Everyone likes to share tips about targeting bass in the heat of the summer. It’s no secret that bass love to get around deep water structure like humps and ledges. When venturing out to these areas, pay attention to your electronics. If you have side imaging or structure scan look for schools of baitfish and bass that may be using the open water off the sides of these structures. After you’ve worked the structure itself, try positioning your boat on top of the high spot and cast a deep diving crankbait or a swimbait out into the open water and bring it back towards the shallower high spot. Many times you can draw bass in from the open water that you might have been overlooking. For the most effective way to capitalize on this technique, a humminbird 360 can show you exactly where these bass are in relationship to your boat. Not only where they are, but also where they are moving as they chase open water baitfish. It takes the guess work out of where to cast.
Fishing 1-4 weeks after a lake thaws out after the winter freeze. Look for shallow coves or bays that are protected from the wind, with dark bottoms, located in the north, west, or northwest corners of the lake. These Coves and Bays will be the first to warm up, because they receive the most sunlight Read More…
To me the most productive and exciting summer bassin’ I know of is Nighttime Jitterbuggin’ on my favorite lake. Sometimes the strike is just a sip of the plug off the surface and other times the violence of the strike will propel the bass 3 feet into the air. This is easy, just cast and retrieve with a steady pace. No stop and go, and no buzzin’, we want this lure to look like a little mammal swimming home from his girlfriend’s. Slow and steady is the key.
We have learned during our tournaments to use just a little common courtesy by staying till you make sure the last fisherman is in from the long day. You never know when one has had problems if you hook up and run. Take care of your fellow fisherman