COMB THE COVER
Flip or pitch a 4¼-inch, ribbed, Tex-posed tube to prime staging cover using a baitcasting outfit with at least 20-pound line. When you're casting tight to the edges of stumps and boat docks, peg a 3/16-ounce bullet sinker to the head of the bait and work the tube over the bottom with both short and long hops, until you find out what the bass prefer. Go with a 3/8-ounce sinker to penetrate flooded bushes, brushpiles, and fallen trees. Don't hesitate to drape the line over a branch and twitch the tube on or above the bottom.