Several years ago I spent a day fishing the California Delta with a guy named Rob Belloni. I was pitching a black jig at bank wood and rock, which is a pretty simple and effective spring bass technique. But I came to find out that throwing a little jig around was all Greek to Belloni. See, Rob is the quintessential trophy bass hunter. He understands that his quests are going to produce fewer bass, but the ones he catches are likely to be enormous specimens that many of us would consider a fish of a lifetime. To put it in perspective, Rob has over 25 bass exceeding 13 pounds to his credit (including the one he's holding in the photo). He doesn't even bat an eye at 3 to 5 pounders. Some of the huge baits he uses have teeth marks, while others have yet to draw a single strike, but he still fishes them. I've kept in touch with Rob, and I've managed to pick his brain on what it takes to be a true trophy hunter. I found out that it's not like tournament fishing, and it's surely not like recreationally casting your favorite worm around Uncle Charlie's pond.