Patrick Bone’s cast to the back of a shallow pocket with no cover around it soon illustrated what he had been telling me. He had just begun walking his Super Spook Jr. when a bass devoured it. When he started fighting the fish – a spotted bass of about 2 ½ pounds – we saw at least two other like-sized spots running with it, presumably hoping it would drop its meal.

We were fishing at Lake Lanier, a deep, clear North Georgia lake that’s known for open-water spotted bass that feast on plentiful blueback herring. Bone, a pro angler who calls Lanier “home waters,” certainly spends his share of time chasing deep “herring fish.” However, he also enjoys great summer success in super shallow water by targeting mixed spots and largemouths that are feasting on bedding bluegills.

“They cruise along those flat banks, often in wolf packs, because of the bream that are up shallow to spawn,” Bone said.

Bone’s shallow approach is as simple as it gets. He follows flat “nothing” banks in pockets and throws a Flitter Shad Super Spook Jr. He angles casts ahead of the boat and toward the shore so the fish see the lure before they see him in the shallow water, and simply walks the dog. Bone has tried other lures and presentations, but nothing has topped that Flitter Shad Super Spook Jr. for working around bluegill beds.

“It’s the right size and color, and the bass can’t resist it,” he said. Bone does use other models and colors of Heddon Spook for fishing over deep structure, but for shallow bass, he sticks with a single size and color.

Bone continually stares into the water as he fishes, looking for bluegill beds and for cruising bass. If he sees one or more bass, he’ll cast ahead of them and usually will get one to attack. Otherwise, he just blind casts, and zips past points and steeper banks, focusing all of his attention on flatter banks in the backs of the pockets.

“Hit enough of the right kinds of banks, and you’ll find them, and often you’ll end up doing really well,” Bone said.