Chapman makes short pitches to sparse, submerged grass 8 to 11 feet deep, then strips line off the reel. This lets the sinker zip his baits straight to the bottom with no resistance. "The fast sink rate is the key to this technique," he says. "It triggers a reaction strike." If a fish doesn't have the bait when Chapman lifts his rod tip, or after the first hop, he reels in and makes another pitch. The heavy tackle lets him apply heavy pressure and swing the bass into the boat quickly. When I fished with Chapman, he didn't lose one fish, and the short battles were easier on the bass.