Parallel cranking is one of the most effective techniques when covering narrow flats, rip-rap or gently sloping banks. Not only does it keep your bait in the strike zone for much more of your cast, it often gives the fish an angle of deflection they haven’t seen, provoking a reaction strike.
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.
It is only natural to want to make a quick exit following a poor tournament performance, but sticking around afterwards can often lead to learning what techniques or locations produced. You can then apply the information gathered the next time out
Fish something different, I fish the California Delta several days a week and I try some place different every time I go out even if I caught 20 fish from one spot. If I go to the same places day in and day out, I assume the fish will be too pressured and stop biting. Read More…