3. Watch the Weather Breezy conditions typically call for a faster, noisier retrieve, whereas calm conditions require the opposite. On especially calm days, consider switching to a lure with a more subtle action, such as a Zara Puppy or Strike King Spit-N-King. Under clear skies, which typically push bass tighter to cover, target stumps, stickups, and other objects, fishing each one thoroughly. Bass tend to roam under cloudy skies; so if the sun's not shining, cover more water with a faster retrieve.