In the northern part of the country, smallmouths tend to outnumber largemouths in size and number in most bodies of water. In the south, the opposite holds true. But in the middle, anglers often have a tough time deciding which kind of bass to target, because many bodies of water have strong and sizable numbers of both. I love having the option, but I’ve been around long enough to know that if you pick wrong, it could break your day. What I’ve also learned, however, is that during non-peak times of year, you’re smarter to put all your eggs in the smallie basket, because from late fall through early spring, it’s much easier to find a bronzeback bite on any given day. I’m not saying give up on green bass entirely, but this time of year, catching them is more about recognizing exactly when a window of opportunity is upon you.