Bass pros spend 200 days or more on the water every year. You don’t. You’ve got a full-time job and a family. That’s why by the time you get on the lake, learning something new is the last thing on your mind—you just want some bites. The problem is that as bass fishing continues to grow in popularity, fish in public waters are getting more educated than ever. It’s no longer possible to tie on a spinnerbait in March and fling it successfully until November. You’ll still get some solid bites many days throwing nothing but your favorite flipping jig, but there will also be days when you’ll scratch. And if you are a fiend for finesse, woe betide you when the bass get buried up under a thick canopy of hydrilla. The key to success these days is being adept at all sorts of specialized tactics, offering up the right tool for the specific situation that confronts you. Nothing hones those skills like time on the water, but if you don’t have tons of it, we talked to four veteran bass pros to get their best hacks for the must-know technical skills that work everywhere. Their advice will put you on the fast track from novice to expert, helping you maximize your precious time on the boat.