Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2018 Kentucky Lake BASS Elite

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2018 Kentucky Lake BASS Elite

I like Kentucky Lake, but my track record there is weak at best. It’s full of bass — nearly all species in fact — but it can be fickle at times. And it’s almost always due to fluctuations in water level.

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2018 Grand Lake BASS Elite

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2018 Grand Lake BASS Elite

After competing on Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees so many times before, I felt my chances were strong going into this event, especially since it was spring.

The lake offers plenty of prime spawning habitat; including pea gravel and chunk rock banks within protected pockets. Visual targets include laydowns, willows, docks, bridges and all forms of rock transitions.

Beatin’ The Bank with Bernie Schultz —2017 Lake St. Clair BASS Elite

Beatin’ The Bank with Bernie Schultz —2017 Lake St. Clair BASS Elite

My main goal going into the Lake St. Clair event was to qualify for the Angler of the Year Championship (AOY). That and try to win, of course.

Having secured solid finishes in the three previous events really helped — I was now within ten spots of qualifying.

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2017 Lake Champlain BASS Elite

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2017 Lake Champlain BASS Elite

After an exhaustive week of competition on the St. Lawrence River, I made the drive to Lake Champlain — site of our seventh Elite Series event.

Arriving in the village of Plattsburgh, NY shortly after sunset, I caught up with fellow Florida pro Cliff Prince and his family. They had booked a room for me at a low budget motel on the outskirts of town, and though it was rough, it would serve as interim lodging until we could move into our lakeside cabin for the remainder of the week.

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2017 St. Lawrence River BASS Elite

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2017 St. Lawrence River BASS Elite

Whenever our tour visits the St. Lawrence River, I know my chances for success are strong. I’ve been fishing there for decades, and in that time I’ve experienced all types of conditions. I was looking forward to this event more than any other on the schedule.

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2017 Lake Dardanelle BASS Elite

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2017 Lake Dardanelle BASS Elite

Located near the town of Russellville, Arkansas is Lake Dardanelle — a large pool on the Arkansas River. It covers roughly 40,000 surface acres, and it’s full of prime bass-breeding habitat.

I love this lake because the fish stay shallow most of the year … and they usually bite!