spot on the spot, bass fishing, bass fishing location, where to catch bass

Ever wonder why a handful of boats can share a community hole, but only one or two anglers are consistently catching fish? Bait selection, presentation, skill, luck—yeah, these are definitely elements in the formula, but more often than not, the most significant factor is location.

Bass anglers call it “the spot on the spot.”

The latter part of that phrase refers to the larger geographic location, such as a Tennessee River ledge, a line of reeds, a lily pad field or a big laydown. The former spot means the specific area of concentration within that honey hole.

It could be a point, a couple of isolated stumps, a shell bar, or a little ditch running through a grass bed—as was the case for Casey Smith, who won the Costa FLW Series Northern Division tournament Saturday on the Potomac River.

Working a lush field of hydrilla mixed with milfoil just south of Aquia Creek, Smith had at least six boats around him the final day of the tournament, but while he jacked several quality bass on a swimbait, his neighbors engaged in little more than a glorified catfish roundup.

The difference was that ditch. Small, subtle, but surely significant, this extra foot of depth in the surrounding range of 4 to 6 feet created a natural travel lane with easy access into and out of the area.

Anytime the bass wanted to feed, they simply eased out of their little trench and patrolled the grass. And when they did, Smith caught a bunch of ‘em—from his spot on the spot.