Glenn: Hey folks, Glenn May here with BassResource. com,and today I’m asking the elite pros questionsthat you submitted on our forums. Let’s see what they have to say. Chris from Maryland, he asked, “If you werescheduled to fish a lake or river that you’venot had the chance to pre-fish or haven’tfished in a long time, what are the threemost important things you look at?”Gerald Swindle: Time of year, water temperature,and water clarity. That pretty much determines what you’re goingto fish, how you’re going to fish, and whereyou’re going to fish. The water temp can always tell you is it spawn,if it’s just spring and the water temperatureis 60 degrees then we know there’s probablysome fish spawning. If it’s the fall and the water temperatureis 60 degrees we probably know the fish areheaded to the back of the creek. So, your water temperature is always goingto be crucial. The time of the year is gonna dictate kindawhere the fish should be, teamed with thewater temperature, and then the clarity wouldbe what color bait you’d fish and what styleyou would fish. Glenn: What are the three most important thingsyou look for?Jason Christie: Well, a river. . . be safe, because,you know, rivers. . . I think of rivers and Ithink of the Arkansas River, stumpy and stufflike that. Be careful. Just, the conditions, if I haven’t been toa place, you can always show up to an eventand just fish the conditions, fish wind. If I haven’t been there, I’m not practicing,and the wind’s blowing 20, I’m gonna run outthere and I’m gonna go to the windiest banks,and fish moving baits, and I’ve won a lotof tournaments doing that. I’ve won a lot of big tournaments doing that. Wind’s not blowing?That’s kinda. . . that might be a little tough,but, you know, if they’re spawning or if they’redeep, pick you a place on the map out thereand go out there and start dragging deep. You just really have to fish. . . you reallyhave to fish the conditions and just developsome confidence quickly and figure out thatpattern as quick as you can if you haven’tbeen there. And believe in yourself. If you get. . . one bite is not a pattern. Two bites, maybe. Three, you’re good. You get that third bite doing something, haveconfidence that what you have figured outis the right thing, and have confidence inyourself to run it. Glenn: That works for me. That makes total sense too, because when yougo out on the lake you’ve gotta throw whatyou’re confident in, but most importantly,start off with more of a search type bait. See what’s going on, and that plays into whatyou just said. Go to a windy bank, go to a windy area, throwa fast moving bait. I mean, covering water looking for those bites,that’s what I’m hearing, right?Jason: Yeah, you wanna. . . in our practice periods,and whenever we get to a lake that I’ve notbeen to or haven’t been to in a long time,I’m going to fish as fast as possible. And it’s. . . if anything, it’s just where Ican see the entire lake, or a big part ofit, and get a feel for it. You can fish through an area and just thinkabout it. If you were to go through it real slow, you’dget 5 bites. . . say you’d get 5 bites. If I go through it real fast, I get 1 or 2. I kinda equate that to getting. . . I feel like,”Hey,if I get 1 or 2, if I come back through thereand slow down I can probably get more,” butalso that lets me cover a big part of thearea and a big part of the lake because weonly get two and a half days. And you may see after you spend a day on thesouth end practicing and you’re going grannyslow, well by the end of the second day youget up there and there’s topped out hydrillaon the upper end, you probably know that youmade a mistake and you’ve missed out on allthat time. So, you wanna kind of. . . when I get to a lake,the first day, I kinda pick an area and Ifish, and I just take off and I fish everythingand I develop some kind of pattern. And then the second day is my run around andtry to pick the best areas for that pattern. And then the third day is just go and makesure I hadn’t missed anything. And it works. Everybody has a little different way of doingit, but whenever you haven’t been there, youhave no history there or anything like that,you just have to move and move until you getit figured out. Justin Lucas: If I haven’t fished them ina long time, my number one’s gonna be whattime of year is it?What stage should the fish be in?I’d wanna know that. I would wanna know what the weather patternwas leading a week up to there, and what thewater level is wherever I’m going too. Knowing the water level, whether it’s high,low, if I had been there before, what it iscomparable to that. So many times, so often, we go places wherethe water level is just different, and youcan’t go back to the same areas and catchfish. You have to fish new ones, and paying attentionto the water level at the lake or river whereveryou’re at is extremely important. Glenn: So don’t fish memories. Justin: Try not to. I’ve heard Brent Ehrler say it before andI really do it myself. I try not to save too many waypoints unlessit’s a hard object that I know is gonna bethere forever. If it’s a rock pile or something like that. I try not to save waypoints because they’realways changing and I don’t want to go backand fish stuff that was good before. Doesn’t always. . . rarely means that it’ll begood again. Glenn: So let’s say I take you to a lake you’venever seen before. What’s the first thing. . . Two things, what’sthe first thing you look for, and what’s thefirst bait you pull out?Justin: That’s an interesting question. First thing I would look at, water clarity,and if was dirty I’m probably gonna pull outsome kind of spinner bait, crank bait, somethinglike that, Berkely Squarebull, cover a lotof water. And if it’s clean water I’m probably gonnapull out some kind of Berkely plastic. Maybe it’s a Pitboss that I’m flipping ora Havoc Bottom Hopper on a shaky head or dropshot. Glenn: Perfect. What are the three most important things thatyou look for?Chris Zaldain: Oh man, unfamiliar waters,that’s my jam. I love fishing just run and gun style. I call it freestyle fishing. The first three things I look for, one isthe most obvious cover in the lake. Like, let’s say we’ve got a Florida lake that’sa big round bowl. I’m gonna look for that one obvious dock withthe green arrows sticking on it. I just. . . the most obvious piece of cover andthat’s generally where I start. So, that’s one, or the most obvious main likepoint, whatever it is, I’ll always start thereto try to get me clues. Two. . . wind. Wind is a huge, huge factor in what we do. Wind always blows no matter what. A lot of anglers run from the wind, and Ilike chasing the wind. I love fishing the windiest banks possible. Breaks up light penetration, it pushes baitfishin to some of those banks. And three. . . water clarity. Water clarity is a big one. If it’s a southern type lake where dominantpatterns, like flipping a black and blue jig,I wanna find that dirty water. If we’re up north I wanna find the cleanestwater possible to throw those little wormsand swimbaits, stuff like that. Glenn: Great advice. I think that’s. . . those three things will putyou on fish, guys. Play this video again and listen to what hejust told you. Justin: Absolutely, I stick by those. Kevin VanDam: That’s a really good question,and we do this all the time. So, for me, I wanna come up with a generalseasonal pattern and find out what areas Ithink are gonna fit that seasonal patternfor the type of body of water that you’regoing to, whether it’s a river, a naturallake, a reservoir, a tidal body of water. So, I know that bass do certain things duringeach season of the year in those systems. Then I wanna get out there and assess theexact conditions. Look at the water clarity, the habitat type,and then when I actually get out and startpracticing I don’t spend more than 10 minutesin one spot doing the same thing without havingsome kind of positive response. So, if I’m there for 10 minutes and nothinghappens I’m gonna be moving on, I’m gonnabe changing baits, I’m gonna be doing somethingdifferent because if you spend an hour ineach little location you go to, before youknow it you’ve wasted your whole day. Glenn: Now that’s pre-fishing?Kevin: Pre-fishing. Yep. Glenn: So, what if you’re fun fishing andyou’re not fishing tournaments and you’venever been in this lake. . . Kevin: Same thing. Pre-fishing, it’s the same thing. You’re trying to learn, you’re trying to findthem, you wanna do it as quick as you can. Glenn: And there you have it. Great questions from the pros answering yourquestions that were submitted on the forumson BassResource. com. For more videos like this, check out our YouTubechannel or visit BassResource. com.