In early summer, that same big rock becomes post-spawn retreat, as well as a likely place to find spawning shad. In late summer and early fall, the rock becomes everything from a great place to call up an early morning topwater bite, to that spot where you know when all else fails you can pluck one on a shaky head. But my personal favorite time to hit that big rock is in the dead of winter. Even if the bulk of the bass are deep this time of year, a well-placed big rock (even if it's somewhat shallow) still kicks out a jerkbait or finesse jig bass on a cold day. After hours of fruitless hunting in the depths, my big rocks have saved me from a winter skunk many, many times.