Since the dawn of competitive bass fishing, recreational anglers have clung to and leaned on trends set by the pros. Right now, using sensitive spinning outfits, light line, and finesse baits to catch big bass is what’s in fashion, and for good reason. Thanks to modern braid and fluorocarbon, 6- to 10-pound-test is stronger than it’s ever been. Couple that with the fact that prime bass waters see loads of angling pressure, and suddenly you gain an edge by presenting small baits with subtle approaches to fish that no longer want to hit the same spinnerbait being yanked on 12-pound mono that they’ve seen season after season. That’s why tournament pros are getting in the money with techniques like spybaiting, light-line drop-shotting, and working micro wakebaits, and understanding these methods can help you score on the toughest days.