The FLW Cup, one of the biggest annual bass fishing tournaments, was held this weekend at Lake Murray in South Carolina. And just like many of the late summer events in the south, much of the action centered on schooling bass. Although Lake Murray may be considered a little bit of an anomaly because of the predominant blueback herring population serving as the main forage, many of the subtle—yet effective—methods of locating the bass that chase the roaming blueback schools remain the same regardless of the predominant baitfish species. Ironically, many of the anglers have a bag of tricks to catch them once they find them, but the finding often becomes a little more difficult than expected in pressured lakes. The long casts using braided line with big topwater plugs, double Fluke rigs, front runners, flutter spoons and spy baits all become irrelevant if you’re not actually around the fish. So here are four search tricks some good anglers I know use to knock out step one: getting on the schooling fish.