It was great seeing all the kids at the
last couple of tournaments. I love listening to the baits they use to catch fish
and the reasons why they chose them.
As we enter the summer months, lots of
fishing experts talk about the “summer slumps”. This is not necessarily
true, but you do need to change your tactics to catch fish. Early in the morning
and late in the evening will be the most productive times. This is when the fish
are the most active as our lake and canal water temperatures near 90°. To catch
these fish you will need to try some different techniques. Since the water is
so warm the fish will be hiding under anything they can find for shade. One of
my favorite early morning and late evening techniques is to throw a Nemire Spoon Buzzer across lily pads. This technique can catch you some giant bass and the top water explosion is unbelievable. To fish this bait you need a little heavier rod and line to get the big ones out of the shade cover they
have chosen. Just make a long cast and start reeling, with your rod held high, as soon as the lure hits the water. Hand on
to the rod tight because when they hit it will scare you death.
As the sun continues to rise in the day
you need to slow down and fish a plastic worm. Again, the fish will be next to
the cover or towards deeper water in the middle of canals and lakes. They use
deep water for the same reasons they love lily pads and weeds; the light does not penetrate to the deeper parts of the water
so the water temperature is a little cooler. For middle of the day fishing my
favorite baits are Gambler Sweebo worms rigged on a Giggy Head, or if I’m looking for a big fish, a 10” Gambler
worm. Cast these out and work slow along the bottom. In the middle of the day, with the sun high, slow is the key. Work the
worm slowly pumping your rod upward and be alert for any slight tap. When you feel the tap, lower your rod, reel up the slack,
and set the hook.
I hope these tips help you catch more summertime
bass and if you come up with any exciting techniques or ideas, drop me a line or email.
Until next time, have fun and good fishing.