Laydown trees hold bass in pretty much all seasons and conditions, and whenever I approach one, my mind is racing a mile a minute trying to decipher the best presentation angle, lure choice, and precise location for the first cast. After all, it’s that first cast or pitch that typically triggers a strike or spooks the resident tree-dwelling bass. I know for me (and I’m sure you’d agree), most of the big bass I catch off laydowns don't come from an easy spot to reach. I feel like I always have to scratch and claw for those big bites. Big bass, I’ve found, are usually hiding out in the thickest portion of the tree, most likely because they feel secure before and after ambushing prey from that location. So why not cast there first, right? Because many bass anglers are simply too scared.