Ever notice that as soon as the weather breaks, everyone from that kinda-pal at work to that guy who helps coach your kid’s soccer team starts asking you to take them fishing? I always make the effort to get the rookies out because it’s good for the sport, but these trips are inherently different from you and your dialed-in bass buddy beating it up. As the teacher, you want to live up to the skills said rookie believes you have. Thing is, most rookies only care about feeling the pull of a bass. They don’t usually want to spend half the day figuring out that the little line shake that doesn’t come close to registering could have been their 10 pounder. One thing that can take some of the guesswork out of a rookie trip is live bait, but if you’re not willing to go that route, here are some ideas.