Summer means its time for the avid bass hunter to prepare their tackle box, and look for that elusive prize sized bass. But for that to happen, you need to use some tips, specific lures, and techniques.
That’s where we come in and ensure your success with some key points and tricks. If you don’t have a plan for your day, then you might end up with less fish than you anticipate. You wouldn’t like that, and neither will i. Now let’s begin.
1. Search in shadows
In the scorching heat of the summer, shadows are the hotspot for bass. This technique is most effective early morning towards midday. And again from late noon to late afternoon.
But in midday, you can find a few basses in weed beds, long vegetations. And big bass likes cooler water during midday.
Us a six or eight-inch golden shiner at the bottom of the tale and make the bait swim beneath the weed bed. And wait for that much-awaited tug.
You can also replicate the pattern of a wounded baitfish using bobber and minnow. Take the bobber and push the hook near the fin of the minnow. Make sure the minnow has enough line to reach the bottom vegetation of the water.
Also, make sure to add enough weight so the minnow can imitate a wounded baitfish like swimming towards the surface and drift downwards.
2. Deep diving Crankbait
In late summer, the bass often wanders around in deep break lines, humps or other structures. Especially when they are not schooling.
To pick one up, use a crankbait that can dive deep within. Find covers like shells, rocks, timber or any other structures, and drag it with deep diving swimming plug. This technique is also effective for catching Tuna and king Merkel.
Just make sure the plug is hitting the bottom, triggering a detection by nearby inactive bass. This will increase the chance of a successful bite.
3. Stick bait (Topwater)
Bass tend to look for shad and other pelagic baitfish as the summer progresses. Bass likes to ambush the school of shad from the offshore. These are one of the main sources of food for bass.
Bass become inactive after they complete a school of shad thus becoming uncatchable for the day. So if you are hunting for those bass schoolers, topwater Stick Bait should be the best choice.
Do the walk-the-dog technique for better bass bites with the topwater stick bait. Topwater stick bait is very effective if you cast quickly on any feeding activity in the water. Make sure to cast to those typical schooling areas like tailraces of dams, submerged timber or any other obstacles and channel swings.
4. Try Clear Water
In the clear water, you need to be patient and slow to present your bait. Because visibility is very high, and bass can be easily spooked if you toss up plastic baits or jigs in the water.
Instead, go for crankbaits with natural baitfish like colors. And avoid using any rattle type lures. If you use spinnerbaits, make sure the bait you’re choosing can make a flash under water. This will attract bass and you will have bites in no time.
And also, don’t use any plastic worm. The key to success in clear water is a gentle bait presentation.
5. What about murky water?
Crankbaits work well in muddy water also. But the bait presentation is a bit different. Instead of the gentle cast, you need to cast quickly, especially into the deep water of nearby structures.
Unlike clear water, the plastic worm can actually award you with a bite. All you have to do is make the bait reach the lake floor, and tug the line frequently to make it jump off the bottom.
Spinnerbaits with single or double Colorado blades with bright colors like chartreuse, fire tiger and red can be exceptionally good.
And for topwater, louder is better in murky water. Go for chuggers that make a bloop sound, clacker style buzzbaits or loud double prop baits. For crankbaits, loud rattle or wide wobble is good enough.
6. Frog with hollow body
If you’ve chosen a body of water has a lot of vegetation and weed beds, you can bet that these shallow basses are fond of thick grubs like a frog.
Many anglers fish only early mornings and late afternoons, but if they could utilize the topwater hollow body frog presentation, things would be much different. Because frogs are effective throughout the days.
Frogs with a cupped mouth can be a great bait for bites. These frogs make a popping splash upon retrieval. All you have to do is cast them and retrieve with a pause. During these pauses, you will likely to score a bite.
These type of frog works well in windy condition as well as in open water. You can seal the deal with added smell at the frog’s bottom. Even if a bass doesn’t spot the splash, it will surely pick on the trail of scent.
Frogs without a cup mouth work well in dense floating vegetation. Especially if you can hit between those floating weed beds. But if you miss your mark and hit the greens, don’t worry. Slowly lead the frog near those blow-up holes and pause once the bait goes under the water.
If a bass track that movement, you will surely get a bite. Anywhere the grass comes close to the currents, and wherever two separate types of vegetations merge, these are the key spots for frogs presentation.
7. Fishing with a fluke
When the temperature heats up, I go for weedless Texas rigged flukes and fire into heavy grass. Because in these spots basses are seeking shelter and cooling off.
Also, dense grasses provide these fishes with baitfish and other nutrients. To catch one of these basses, nothing works better than a fluke.
Now if these kind of spots are far away from you, use the wind. Cast the fluke with the wind on your back. Once your bait reaches the spot, move it around with some gentle twitches. And don’t forget to pause a moment after each twitch.
These movements will catch the attention of nearby bass. Be sure not to use a weighted fluke, Because it could sink too fast into the water. Choose a fluke with balanced weight for a sizable bass.
These are 7 bass fishing tips for summer I have for you guys now. For more tips, subscribe and stay tuned.