Last week, I was fishing with a friend and we bumped into a ridiculous amount of bird play. They’d drop just as the bass would pop up on the surface, thrashing bait into the air. And just a quickly, the school would sound and it was over. When this is happening, anglers have a tendency to fly all over, outboard blaring, in an attempt to stay with the action. I’ve been that guy many times, and often all you’re left with at the end of the day is a headache Ibuprofen won’t touch. During that trip, we did OK, because I remembered the rules of bird play. These are important to know, especially if you live in the south where winter fishing often revolves around these saltwater-style blitzes.