Whether the bass in your region are in pre- or postspawn stage, sometimes an in-line spinner draws more strikes from these notoriously tough spring fish better than the fanciest new crankbait. To target these bass with in-lines, focus on the transition zones adjacent to deeper water and the shallow spawning areas. Look for depths of 5 to 10 feet, preferably with emergent weed growth, and cast a No. 3 or 4 Mepps Black Fury on a medium-action spinning outfit. Vary your retrieve to see how fish react. Some days, a slow, steady retrieve that falls deeper in the water column will get the most bites. Other times, a fast-moving bait fished just below the surface will trigger fish to feed.