He adeptly positioned as many as six baits on and around that shadow line, from the surface to the bottom. Our bases were certainly covered, and the results reflected it. That distinct shadow line paralleling the bridge provided the perfect ambush zone for these bass, where they'd lie in wait for the forage fish attracted to the lights and those that were swept past with the tide. For us to have a shot at a bass, the baits had to be precisely fished along the edge of that shadow line. If a bait was several feet removed, it went unnoticed. This served as a prime example of a perfect edge, a zone that fish have come to depend on in their nocturnal feeding, and where anglers can catch monster bass near Virginia Beach.
Zones of Ambush**
Edges come in many forms, ranging from hard ones, such as inlet shelves, seawalls, abrupt bottom ledges and large wrecks with high relief, to "soft" ones, such as shadow lines from bridge and dock lights, rips, tide lines and offshore surface-temperature breaks. The more productive ones have two things in common: They are transitional zones, where well-defined opposing conditions accumulate bait and ultimately game fish, and they will all produce fish under specific conditions — it's up to anglers to decipher the best conditions (tide direction and stage, wind or current direction) and times to be at their respective edges. Anglers adept at locating and reading them are always in a better position to score over those who aren't. This was evident that evening off Virginia Beach, where Neill and I scored three bass.