Summer bass are aggressive if you know WHERE to look! Even more important is knowing WHEN to look! If you want to catch topwater and crankbait fish in the heat of Summer, the most likely bite is the low light pattern. Get up early and stay out late to catch bass as they feed aggressively in the low light periods of the day.
Yes, some of the biggest bass are caught under a high sun, even in Summer. But that fact only matters if you’re willing and able to withstand the heat. A lot of anglers aren’t willing to subject themselves to the harsh Summer temperatures so for you, we’ve got some recommendations. If you focus early and late in the day you can experience an amazing reaction bite! Topwater, crankbaits, and swimbaits can all be great producers before the sun hits the water.
When you get on the pattern remember that it is a PATTERN, it can be repeated. Don’t get caught up with fishing a single spot. If you can mimic the area you’re in somewhere else, don’t be afraid to cover water and try multiple locations. This is especially important when your shade is fading. You can stay on the pattern and continue to catch fish, even as the sun rises in the morning sky, by pursuing those final shade pockets.
Tim’s “Go To” baits are broken down below. These are the baits he trusts when he goes out during low light conditions in search of a BIG bite. The links to the baits go directly to Tackle Warehouse where you can see detailed photos and descriptions of each item.
-Evergreen ND180 Noisy Dachs Wakebait (Black Bone): http://bit.ly/2JbrbaM
-G Ratt Magic Mouse (Grey-White Belly): http://bit.ly/2ytrPbP
-D&M Easy Roller Buzzbait (RedBug, White Shad): https://bit.ly/2SCqcmj
-D&M Double Buzz (Bluegill): http://bit.ly/29W2t9z
-Teckel KickKnocker (Bone, Chart Shiner): http://bit.ly/2nvxkoA
-Megabass Pop Max (Gill, White Python): http://bit.ly/2qqfmm1
-River2Sea Bully Wa2 65 (Little Allen, Dirty White, TW Bluegill): http://bit.ly/2axyR2a
GlideBait- S Waver 200 (Warden): http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh
Lipless- Lucky Craft LV-500 (Aurora Black): http://bit.ly/2aAUUbd
Silent Squarebill- Lucky Craft 1.5 (American Shad): http://bit.ly/2BGxKPa
Rattling Squarebill- R2S Biggie Crank (T-1000, Abalone Shad): http://bit.ly/2ahCzvo
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