Find Your Local 10 Spot
Not everyone lives close to 10-pounder waters, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use the recipe for double-digit heaven to figure out which local lake will give you your optimum shot at a personal best.
Genetics Florida-strain bass usually grow bigger than their northern-strain counterparts, so if you’ve got Florida strains locally, you’re already ahead of the game.
Forage Bass that expend lots of energy for low levels of nutrients can’t reach their peak size and performance. This is why so many big-bass factories are associated with specific prey like tilapia and gizzard shad.
Hiding Spots Even genetically superior bass fry can’t survive if they aren’t protected from predators, and likewise their forage also needs that safety net. That’s why so many top lakes have thick, impenetrable grassbeds or fields of thick timber that prevent entry by any boat.
Water Quality Plenty of great trophy fisheries have sewage discharges and industrial development along them, but when you see the vegetation start to die off, or the baitfish start to dissipate, or the fish of any size start to look unhealthy, you may need to look elsewhere.
Growing Season Not only do the warm temperatures of Mexico, Texas, and Florida provide comfort to the notoriously cold-averse Florida-strain bass, but they also keep the fish active year-round. They may go offshore during summer in search of structure-oriented current, but they continue to feed. Furthermore, it spreads out the spawn, giving a year class more chances to succeed.