Last week, I spent a few hours on the water with my fishing buddy Paul Shuey. This particular trip was a shining example of how many patterns can present themselves on any given spring day. This time of year, many bass anglers have a habit of focusing on just one pattern, because they’re stuck on the idea of the fish only being in one spawn stage. Truth is, once the water temps hit the 50s, you’ll find bass doing all sorts of different things related to different cycles of the spawn, even within one body of water. We caught the two fish in the photo out of the same cove only ten minutes apart. Paul ran a hardbait next to a log and the big pre-spawn girl on the right came out and clobbered it. Then we wandered into the back of the pocket. That’s where I caught the smaller fish off a fallen tree on pitch number 10 with a soft plastic creature. This bass is thinner with a worn tail, indicating that it’s post-spawn. So am I saying choose the method that caught the big aggressive bass instead of the one that was picky and slow to strike? Not at all. I’m saying be ready to switch gears often, because one of these two fish may not have been in the boat if we had one-track minds.