Ok guys and gals, I'm getting pretty old. So it's time I revealed the BEST way to catch bass in eastern NC in April and May. (sometimes early June and late March). Put 'em right back in the water, close to where you caught 'em and they'll be fine. Zoom 6" Watermellon/Seed Lizard rigged on a 3/0 Owner hook - weightless . Sorry but you'll have to use 8# or 6# florocarbon. Use a quality spinning reel with an excellent drag, a fast 6-7' m/h rod and adjust the reel drag "tight with some give". You'll catch some fiesty males but you'll also get the occasional rod busting mama-san. Let it sink on slack line as long as you can stand it and then bump your rod with your hand. This will work everytime, everywhere during the months I mentioned. The hard part is being quiet, getting close, and getting a good cast with the weightless Zoom lizard. Don't try to deviate from this set up. I've tried everything under the sun .... this is the ONLY combination that works 100%. You're welcome.