Bass often gravitate to shallow banks where they hold beneath overhanging tree limbs. These fish are virtually unreachable with overhand casting, but you can drop a lure on their noses every time by skipping it into the strike zone. Plump soft-plastic lures such as straight-tail trick worms, tube baits, and soft stickbaits are best for skipping. Fish these without a sinker on a medium-action 61⁄2-foot spinning rod with 10- to 12-pound monofilament line. Tying a small swivel 12 inches above the hook helps reduce line twist.