The annual spawn is like crack for die-hard bass anglers: They just can’t get enough of it.

And what’s not to love? Bass gang up in dead-end canals and calm coves, and the big girls are at their most vulnerable.

But fishing the spawn in South Louisiana is different.

Anglers in other regions — even in North Louisiana — are looking at fish on the banks through clear water. They know fish are there; they just have to convince them to bite.

Here in Cajun country, however, things are a little murkier. As in, you really can’t expect to see fish on the banks. A swirl as a bass moves in the shallows? Maybe. But you rarely put eyes on the actual fish.

That’s no big deal for us, right? We’re bank-beaters anyway, no matter the time of year.

However, there has to be better ways of putting springtime lunkers in the boat than just putting down the trolling motor and blindly flipping cypress trees and bushes.

So we turned to four Louisiana-born Bassmaster Elite Series pros who cut their teeth fishing the stained waters of South Louisiana to learn how they consistently put together tournament stringers of hefty bass.

Positioning is everything

Gonzales pro Gerald Spohrer has seen it time and again: A boat runs into a canal, and the anglers get close enough to pitch every piece of cover they can see.

On the face of it, that’s a sound approach. But Spohrer said those anglers have absolutely missed out on some big bites.