I still for about 99 percent of the time,I don’t want to talk to anybody. I talk toFaircloth, I talk about techniques and stuff. But I still, I still live up to my name, I’mnatural and I don’t know of anybody else,really, for sure, that does that. Most guysresearch pretty hard. I still, man, thosebombs I have, I’m telling ya it’s just becauseI didn’t quite figure it out. I just missed,you know, and then until usually in the areathat I find, that I won’t find enough areas,and then I’ll get pounded by a bunch of otherElite guys, and then I have nothing else. That guys that have advantage of maybe research,they have other stuff if that gets beat up,they usually have other avenues that theycan go to and still catch them decent. Butsometimes I can’t get enough going, and Iusually, those are the ones I bomb in. But usually I start off, you know, water clarityis number one. You see what kind of what itlooks like. You know, a lot of times I don’tknow what a lake looks like until I actuallyget there in the morning and launch a boat. But water color and clarity, water temperatureis big, time a year, weather. Weather a week before the tournament, that’swhat I will do. I will, like, a week beforethe tournament start watching the weather,like, every day, couple times a day, sometimes,I watch winds. And, I don’t do any logs andstuff. I just, kind of, remember. A lot ofguys do logs, they do log stuff, but if youlook at every day, a couple times a day, andI do. Like, when it’s a week away from thenext tournament, I’ll start checking that. And you can check current and water flowsif you want. But that just let’s you know,kind of, like trade winds and that can makea difference, and some bodies of water. Ifthe wind blows normally from the south, southeastmost of the time, that will, kind of, positionfish for you. And, if you do get a wind shift,you know, you’ll know that it’ll scatter them. Like, if the wind does, if all of a suddenis blowing from the north, or like a opposite,like 80 degrees off, that will also changethe way the fish hold on spots. You know,a complete wind shift, a lot of times, willjust scatter them. Instead of being here,they might spread out. They might suspendup a little. They might move to the otherside, or that’s kind of what I do best. I just try to find, I usually find fish prettygood again. But that’s only because I reallyfollow everything, wind directions and theway the spot lays on the lake. But that’shelped me a lot, probably because I haven’tgot help. I’ve always been, kind of, learnedlakes myself, and it allows me to be a reallygood at finding them. And fishing these littlelakes, like Shasta and stuff, it is a smalllake compared to most lakes we fish. It’shelped me, I mean, all different lakes I fish,it’s helped me to, when I do get to a lakenow, no matter where I’m at, I know what kindof lake it is, over the years of fishing somany different lakes. I’m trying to think what else. Do you start deep or shallow? It depends on where I’m at, I meanthat’s what was I was going to get into. Thebiggest thing I look for, in some lakes it’sreally hard to find is bait. I mean, somelakes you fish you just don’t see bait. It’sweird. It’s like in the grass, or it’s tooshallow. I love lakes when I can start graphing andsee balls of shad. That’s so easy for me tofigure those out. I mean, half the time it’slike that where you actually see big ballsof shad and you start to see the bigger shad,smaller shad, the white bass, all the differentkinds of fish. That’s when I kind of get allexcited and I start and I kind of know whatbass look like. But most of a lot of the places we go, youjust don’t see bait. I mean, you’ll see twoballs a day and that makes it tough, but that’sreally like, like me lately, the last fewopens we had, you could graph bait, whichI mean, that’s where the fish were at. I mean,if you just want to fish and start fishing,you wouldn’t catch them until that bait wasaround and then why fish. Why not just graphuntil you find the bait then fish. It madesense, but that’s kind of how Lake Mead’sbeen, either touch, you’ve got shad in itnow, so you can actually graph shad. But as far as like some lakes I go to thatyou can’t always graph them and you can’tfind them that way, a lot of times you justhave to go fishing, which happens the otherhalf of the time where you actually have tothrow a bait and catch them. And then you’vegot, a lot of times I don’t know what thatlake’s like and exactly what it’s made of,so I got to figure out what they’re goingto bite and then once I figure out that, Igot to make sure that’s what they’re bitingthe best. And then once I figure that out,then you have to go fishing. I do find a lot of my fish back East it’scasting a crankbait. I mean, that’s reallygood search bait. Some lakes I throw a spinnerbait,like Lake Mead for instance. My number onesearch bait is usually’s a spinnerbait. Becauseif they’re not going to hit, at least you’llsee them come up on it and turn on. So I canlocate them that way, but back East, it seemslike the number one – the number one searchbait is usually crank, I guess. Square bill,throw it out deeper, you get into the deepdivers. This time of year back East, we’redoing a lot of deep diving crankbaits. That’sreally big. Swimbaits are good in the grass, if you’vegot a lot of grass in a lake. Spindle worm,Megabass makes a really good one. It’s likethe original, one of the originals like swimbaits,like the actual, looks just like a SkinnyDipper, but they made it 20 years ago. It’scalled a Spindle worm or Dippers. You know,the Keitech’s are good and a lot of timeswe’re putting those on jig head and or justa Texas rig hook, depending on how snaggyyour grass is, but that’s a really good searchbait for find them in the grass. This time of year, I imagine they’d probablyhit a frog really good. I don’t know if youguys kept smallies frogs ever. Not really?I wonder why that is. I mean, I’ve caughta few on a frog, usually the largemouth, butI’d say I’ve talked to Russ a little bit. The lakes around here it sounds like I’d bethrowing a lot of like Dipper type baits,Keitechs and that really works good in thegrass, probably top waters, but it’s dependson where I’m at. It changes. If I had my choice, I mean, I know I crankmore to find fish when I’m looking for them,and most times it’s a square bill. And thetime of year and kind of the position thefish, that’s another thing I really try tofigure out as quick possible is what stagethey’re in. If they are in post spawn, orif they’re in late post spawn, or early postspawn, if they’re in summer pattern, and thattells me what size baits they’re going towant, if they’re going to want a big bait,or a smaller bait, a fast bait, a slow bait,or a suspended bait. A lot of times the time of year will tellyou that, but it’s not necessarily . . . theweather’s been wacky, a lot of times you haveto pay attention to maybe when they were lastspawning or if there’s any fish spawning still,or condition of the fish. Whenever I catcha fish I’m paying attention to their mouthand their body to see what shape they’re in. Their lips, post spawn will tell you if they’restarting getting thicker yet. When a fish is right after post spawn, he’llbe at his thinnest. His mouth is usually whereit’s usually easiest to tell. And that’s whenmy hook will work really good. But their mouth’llget thin and that’s why I’ll occasionallyhave those flurries of losing fish and stuffis because they’ll tear through their lipand it’s just their mouth’s really weak. That’swhy in the early spring a lot when they’refeeding good, you never lose them becauseit’s like their lips are three times as thick. My hook punches through, it never comes out. As we’re getting to that time of year, that’swhy this O’Shaughnessy would be killer forthat, when the fish have the thin lips. Thenyou get to a time when you can look at a fishand I’ll look at him, I’ll check him out,I’ll hold him and push on his belly and I’llcheck his teeth out when I first catch a fishon a lake and check his tail out. You cantell if he’s spawned a month ago, or if he’son the up rise, he’s starting to get healthier. You can kind of tell. Their shoulders geta little thicker, their mouths get a littlemore cleaner looking, a little thicker, healthier. And so I check the fish out a lot. I lookat them. That tells me a little bit of thestory. Usually, you hear guys tell you likeevery time they catch a fish, it tells youa story a little bit. Like each fish you catchbuilds your confidence basically, but eachfish you catch also tells you kind of what’sgoing on. I’ve got to do that back East without hookingtoo many too, which is really hard. Becauseyou don’t want to sit there and catch a bunchand usually I try not to. A lot of guys don’tdo and there’s some guys that still go outthere and catch until the last day of practice,but that’s not good either for me. That’swhy it’s kind of hard is because most of thetime I’m fishing, I’m actually shaking themoff. That’s tough. I still love it though. I can’t wait untilthe time the first day of tournament comes. That’s when I can let loose and start hookingthem. Probably most of you guys are probablytournament guys and I believe in keeping thefish in the water. If you do hook one, especiallyif it’s nice one, I don’t want to pull thatfish out of the water at all. So if he pulls,I’ll let him go. I’ll let him just have hisway, basically, and then when I get him tiredout a little bit. I don’t want to stress himout when I hook a fish I know it’s a goodone. I know I’ve caught some of the same fish inthe past. Here and there I do catch the samefish again. So if I catch a three, or four,or five, or six-pounder, when a fish pulls,I get it off. I’ll even free spool it andlet him run. I don’t want to stress him. Idon’t want to like feel like he’s gettingyanked to the boat and he’s getting punished. And when they get in the boat and usuallythey’ll calm down, you get him worn out alittle bit and they’ll kind of chill and I’llkind of put my hand underneath him and I’llnever pick him out of the water. If I hadto get my pliers and I’ll usually not liphim either, I’ll just hold him and get thepliers, or my hand, get the hooks out andjust kind of like lay him down and let himgo. “Please bite again. ” But you see whatI’m saying.