- First, you get a map, and get in tune with the water. For the Classic, the competitors would have four lakes comprising 107 square miles to choose from. History, Clausen said, had dictated to him it was worth focusing on Lake Kissimmee, which has a record of producing the most big fish in past tournaments
- Second, you get in tune with the season. That will tell you where the bass might be. Clausen knew he was fishing around the spawning cycle, which means he was looking for bass in the shallows on their beds.
- Third, you try to establish trends. At what depths do you catch the most fish? What types of cover do the fish like? Are they bunched in the hydrilla, the alligator grass, or maybe down around the pad roots?
- Lastly, you chart the proximity of your "trend" places, and factor in what the wind might do. When you have several options close together, in a place that can produce no matter which direction the wind is blowing, you've found your "area."