During seasons like spring and summer, tournament anglers are more likely to focus on and win with largemouths, consequently arranging their patterns around them. This is because largemouth love to bite in the warm weather, usually grow bigger on average, and are more predictable. It's during these times of year that spotted bass and smallmouths are less predictable and, therefore, tend to become "bonus fish." Smallmouths and spotted bass are roving creatures, making the daily patterns that catch them harder to figure out during the warmer months. They are often difficult to target because they perform disappearing acts like suspending in the middle of the water column, randomly following bait around in deep water, or entirely switching locations due to minor weather changes. In fall and early winter, however, these species often magically show up in places where there were only largemouths a week or two before.