Summer is well on it’s way in much of the United States and many of us are ready to cast a line for some summertime bass fishing. Many anglers have experienced those long hot, but beautiful summer days, when it seems that you will never reel in a catch. There are some great tips on how to maximize your catch this summer, and one of them is using the right lure and the right fishing technique. Just remember, every cast is an opportunity to practice your game.
Top-water In Shallow Water
From dusk until around nine in the morning your chances of a great catch are much higher if you can fish the shore lines and more shallow areas. Topwater lures are highly recommended for these areas, and when the heat of the summer sun is not beating down, bass are certain to move in for a quick snack.
One great example of a top-water lure would be the walk-the dog lure. This lure is perfect for retrieving alongside cover in the shallows while making your way towards deeper waters. If the presentation is done right, you should also be retrieving another great catch!
Jig in Thick Cover
When you find yourself fishing an area that is thick with weeds, using a jig or creature bait will be the most beneficial lure. You will want to use a punching technique with your setup. This will allow the lure to break through the weeds at the surface, and draw the attention of nearby bass. Bass most likely assume that your lure is a crawfish taking cover.
The cool water temperature and extra oxygen provided by the weeds is the perfect place for the bass, and the angler, to find prey. When you are using this technique, be ready to react quickly, as bass are likely to strike quickly when executed with the proper casting technique.
Shaky Head in Thin Cover
Now as we know, there are no two bodies of water that are exactly alike, and many lakes and rivers will not have areas of thick cover, like weeds and lily pad patches. During the summer months, there are a few other tricks to finding those cooler places where the bass tend to be. For example, under the shade of shoreline trees or docks, where the water is still cool, are great places to cast your line.
Using a shaky head or a wacky worm near docks is perfect for this time of year. Implementing a skipping technique for your cast and retrieval will allow you to land your lure more precisely, but as with all great techniques, practice makes perfect.
Crankbait in Deep Water
So we have covered shorelines and shade, but what about those deep open spaces? Using a deep diving crankbait to reach those cooler depths is probably your best bet. This is because bass tend to linger in the cooler waters, as I mentioned above.
Whenever you are fishing in deeper water, a fish finder will be a great assistant in deciding where to cast. Wherever you decide to cast, a deep diving crankbait will give the illusion of prey also seeking shelter from the summer sun.
Proper execution and presentation will benefit you greatly in these areas, but pay close attention to drop off points, and run your lure from the shallows towards the drop off. This is where bass will be lurking and waiting for prey.
Go Fishing and Test These Out!
Be sure to try multiple lure options in different environments until you find a technique and lure that keeps your hooked. Depending on the time of day, there are a few other great lures that you can benefit from if you use the right approach, cast and retrieve. Most great anglers will tell you that experimenting is their number one key to a successful day fishing.