During the spring, it might seem like you can’t keep the bass off the end of your line. All you have to do is cast something with a hook and the largemouth bass gobble it up.
Then the hot days of summer come along, and you start to wonder where all the bass went...
They’re still there, but you need to change up your fishing strategies to find them, grab their attention, and make them strike. With the right approach, you can catch largemouth bass no matter how hot it gets.
Top-water fishing can be one of the most effective ways to catch bass on a hot, windless summer day. During the summer, the lake’s surrounding habitat is full of life, and it’s not just fish. Frogs, mice, bugs, and other tasty treats are always getting a bass’ attention, so while it might seem like bass go deep during the hot days, you can usually have success with a popping frog or a plastic plug. Make the lure splash around, creating waves and triggering a bass’ feeding instincts. Always remember to pop your lure a few times, and then let it rest so bass can make a strike. This is a great way to find active bass, as those lingering near the top are often in the market for a meal.
After the spring spawn, bass like to move into grassy and weedy areas where they can rest and regain some energy. The depth can vary depending on the clarity of the water, as dark water will usually hold shallow bass while clear water will push the bass deeper. In general, fishing around the edges of grass and weed beds will be more effective in the early morning and late evening, when bass are usually more active. However, you can often find bass hanging out in the vegetation all day.
Who doesn’t like a nice shady spot on a hot summer day? When the sun is scorching down, bass will look for a cool place to rest, and they often find it under trees and other structure. One of the best places to find bass on a sunny day is underneath docks, where they are hanging out, cooling off, and waiting for a meal to come their way. Work on skipping chatter baits underneath the docks, or use a jig that you slowly finesse around the dock’s structure. Always remember, however, that your first priority should be respecting the property. Never do anything that could damage the area, and always retrieve a lure that has been snagged on the dock.
One last technique is to use lures that have some noise and vibrations. Bass can get pretty comfortable in the summer, and enticing them to come out and take a bite can be difficult. When you’re struggling to get a bite, make the switch to a chatter bait, spinner bait, or clacking crank bait. These lures will make some noise and should give you a better chance at being noticed by a trophy bass.
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Kyle Alsop and Taylor Bivins of Kansas State University are the winners of the 2016 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship, thanks to a series of consistent weights. They finished the tournament on Kentucky's Green River Lake with 36 pounds, 4 ounces.
The Kansas State team was the only one in the field of 89 teams to bring in more than 10 pounds every day.
You often hear the phrase there is nothing more important than a friend but like many other clichés of life especially at today’s pace, many of these old time sayings are said without really understanding their meaning. As I look back at the past five decades of my life spent in blue water and at my hunting career which has taken me all over the globe, I lift both hands in front of me and start counting off the friends which I could call at any time day or night for help; those who would put their life in jeopardy to save mine, or for that matter those who I can count on in the absolute worst of situations.
America (and much of the globe) seems to have an obsession with billfish, but few species are as popular as the Atlantic blue marlin. Not that there is anything wrong with black marlin, sailfish, swordfish, or striped marlin; it’s just that the blue marlin, which is the largest of the billfish group, has captured the hearts and passions of anglers for centuries.
If you want to join the ranks of anglers who’ve pulled up a blue marlin, you have your work cut out for you. But with the right techniques, you can add this world-class trophy to your list.