Actually you can easily catch a big bass from a body of water whether you fish on a shallow area or from a much deeper area like 25 feet deep. Try finding a dark spot in just a few feet of water. Search for a stump and fish its dark portion. Of course, you can cast your bait at the lighter area, but always try first at least two casts at the dark portion. Try to do correct casting on the first try as improper casting of the bait can possibly mess up the area and will keep the big bass from being aggressive when you finally make the right cast.
Choosing the appropriate rod to accomodate the different types of bass baits is extremely important. For example, flipping and pitching requires a lightweight rod. You wouldn’t require a heavyweight to cast top water baits. The same applies to spinnerbaits and buzzbaits. Sensitivity is another area many anglers don’t understand too well. I wonder how many fish have bitten without the angler realising he or she had a bite? Sensitivity will allow you to work out what is happening with your bait. It will also give you a guide to just how prosperous a day you will enjoy on the water. With enough sensitivity in a rod, you will be able to determine if the slightest of tugs on your line was from a fish or just a water ripple. It’s that important.
You can try looking over the water for the dividing line between the clear water and the muddy water. This division is usually a potential place to fish for the big bass. You can find this particular location wherein a stream is flowing onto a body of steady water. Just between the contact point of the stream and body of water is a visible line this is a favorite holding out place of big bass.