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Day 2: George Cochran Says to Spit on the Grass to Catch the Bass

Editor’s Note: George Cochran has won more than $1 million in tournament bass fishing, including the 1987 and the 1996 Bassmasters Classics and the FLW. Most of his winnings have occurred while fishing shallow water, particularly in the grass in August and September.

Click for Larger ViewGeorge Cochran, who enjoys seeing a big bass blow-up on a top-water bait on the surface, can think of no-more deadly lure you can fish around grass than the Spit-n-King, a lure he developed for Strike King Lure Company. "Most top-water spitting baits require a lot of rod-tip action to make the bait spit," Cochran says. "However, when you jerk those baits forward and cause the lures to spit water out in front of them, in most instances you're moving the bait away from the bass."

Click for Larger ViewThe Spit-n-King will spit water with just the lightest twitch of the rod. Cochran has found that to catch bass around grass on top-water lures, you must have a bait that you can work it extremely slow. Cochran names fishing a bait too fast as the biggest mistake anglers make when fishing topwater lures around grass. "You've got to keep that topwater lure in the right spot where the bass can see it long enough to get that fish mad enough to attack the lure," Cochran mentions. "A bait that's sitting on the water spitting water and only moving inches will solicit more strikes than a bait that's moving 1- to 1-1/2-feet at a time away from the bass."

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewWhen Cochran finds clear pockets in the grass, he'll cast the bait out. Next he'll let the lure sit dead on the water until all the rings have dissipated from the lure's splash. "I'll twitch the bait just enough to let it spit one time before allowing it to sit dead in the water for another 15 to 20 seconds before I move it again," Cochran advised. Next Cochran will twitch the bait once more and let it sit still in the water. When the lure has moved 1- to 2-feet away from the grass, Cochran will quickly retrieve the bait and make another cast. According to Cochran, "The Spit-n-King produces best at first light when you fish it down the edge of the grass and parallel to the grass and also during spawning season when you cast it into the holes in the grass. Just get it to spit enough to cause the bass to blow up through the hole and take the bait."

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Tomorrow: Fish Worms in the Grass to Catch Bass with George Cochran

Check back each day this week for more about "Weed Whacking in August for Bass with George Cochran"

Day 1: Bass Pro George Cochran Fishes Grass for Bass in Late Summer
Day 2: George Cochran Says to Spit on the Grass to Catch the Bass
Day 3: Fish Worms in the Grass to Catch Bass with George Cochran
Day 4: George Cochran Fishes Spinner Baits and Crankbaits in the Grass for Bass
Day 5: Jigs in the Grass Catch Late Summer Bass with George Cochran

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Entry 678, Day 2