Looking at a massive field of lily pads is like staring at the ocean. Trying to decide where to start fishing can be daunting. The trick is breaking down that field into segments that are easier to digest. “Look for irregularities of any sort,” says Bassmaster Elite Series angler Brandon Palaniuk. “This could be a channel through the pads, a different species of pads or grass mixed in with the most common variety, or even an isolated patch of pads by themselves.” According to Palaniuk, bigger bass tend to gravitate to sections with these irregularities, often because they offer a better ambush point than sitting in the middle of the thick field.