During the summer, smallmouths sometimes go deeper than the vegetation grows. The bass prowl weedlines on feeding sprees, but these events are short-lived. The advantage swings to anglers in the fall. As the water cools, the bass move to weed edges from their deep summer haunts and often feed throughout the day. When Tomasko finds active bass, he coaxes thrilling topwater strikes by working poppers and floating minnows over the deep edges of submerged weedbeds. If the bass refuse to come up, he retrieves a wide-wobbling crankbait, a jig dressed with a curly-tailed grub, or a jig-and-spinner combination along the deep side's weedlines."On outside weed edges," says Tomasko, "it's not unusual to catch good numbers of largemouths right along with the smallmouths. If you fish holes inside thick weedbeds or shallower inside weedlines, you catch mainly largemouths."