When you encounter bass busting schools of baitfish on top you can throw a variety of lures (jigs, tubes, topwaters, crankbaits) into the action and strikes are often fast and furious. Many times the bass working the bait on the surface are the smaller (12” – 14”) one…
It’s always nice to catch bass but sometimes a bigger fish would be a nice addition don’t you think?.
Many anglers fail to realize the larger fish are often sitting below the surface feeding activity waiting to “slurp-up” any stunned or injured bait falling beneath the main school.
Though it can be difficult to get a bait through the smaller bass feeding on top, switching to heavier lures and targeting the edge of the surface activity will often get the baits to the deeper and larger opportunistic bass!
Great baits to consider for penetrating through the smaller schooling bass is a lipless crankbait or blade baits.
Be sure and give it a shot the next time you hit the water to fish for schooling bass!