Cape Cod might be one of the saltiest places in the country, but get away from its coastline, and you’ll find one of its best-kept secrets. There are hundreds of small freshwater ponds on the Cape, many of which hold largemouth bass in size classes that rival Texas and Florida. Come spring, these ponds fill will sea-run herring, and the bass chow down.

Of course, for maximum success with big swimbaits, you ideally want stable spring weather, and there’s been nothing stable about the Northeast conditions this spring. This was one wet, wild, and windy shoot for the Hook Shots crew, but they stuck to their guns. Question is, did it pay off?