Dealing with bass anglers from all walks of life, one of the questions I hear often is how one goes about securing good info on an unfamiliar body of water if, say, you’re going on vacation and pulling your boat. There’s no 1-800-DIAL-A-BASS hotline, and even if there was, I could pretty much guarantee it would be bogus info. You could check out some online threads, but I’ll save you time by saying most of what’s posted is vague or not very accurate. There are tons of guides out there that do a great job of posting reports, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s in their best interest to save their real money spots for guide trips. Back in the day, the purchase of 2 crankbaits at the local tackle shop would get you several legit tips about the lake, but sadly, those days are fading, too. So where is the best and most useful info these days? The answer is casual fishermen.