Match the Hatch --

Bass can be finicky feeders,

so experienced anglers usually carry hundreds of lures and baits in different colors, patterns and sizes. Most of these anglers try to follow the traditional fly fisherman’s mantra: they “Match the Hatch.” In simple terms, find lures and patterns that mimic the bass’ primary forage base in a particular water. For example, on a lake where bass feed on bluegill, a Purty Perch pattern can be effective, whereas a Blackback Jack color scheme best suits areas where bass feed on shad.

Note: Patterns for poppers are different than lure patterns.