My best tip?...forget
about those fish...change locations...find a spot that looks good where you can't
see the fish...and FISH!
Those bedding bass can be caught, but it seems like you have to be the first one to trick them. Here's a true story:
A week ago I caught an earlybird bass off her bed. I was working a shoreline and saw her chasing little 'gills up ahead...so I eased up for a look. Seeing she was a good one, I lobbed my Texas rigged Yum Ribbontail past her, and twitched it toward her. Don't know how she heard it, felt it, or smelled it...But that bass spun around and nailed that worm before it even got to the nest! It was a nice fat 19 incher( the photo is in turnip's thread, "who caught a fish today"?) so I wanted a pic. Jogged back to the van to get the camera, which was around 100yds. away. Snapped a quick pic and slipped the fish back in the drink. Would you believe that bass beat me back to that bed? I went right back to the bed because my other rods and tacklebag were back there...and there is that fish back on her bed! That quick!
Tried everything you could think of, and that fish would NOT hit again. She nudged a Mightybug out of the nest...with her nose! I've seen this story play out many times. They seem to learn and remember well.
So if you're not the lucky first guy along(like I was), things can be very tough. Guys like Shaw Grigsby love sightfishing...I'm not so fond of it!