Patterning Summertime Bass

Article By: Matt Massey

It’s hot, very hot!  The water temps are rising and the fish seem to be harder and harder to catch.  This is when we go back to the saying “The early bird gets the worm.”  This also applies to bass.  Just think of a bass being like you.  What do you do when it’s hot and sunny? 

When we reach the dog days of summer, fishermen tend to think that the fishing is going to be bad for a while. Actually the fishing will remain good if you adapt to the conditions.  It is always best to get up with the birds, that hour before sunrise is magical.  Get down to the lake and be ready to fish when that horizon starts to light up.  Fish are like you and me except they don’t get to put on a pair of sunglasses when the sun comes up.  This is why that early and late bite is always better.  Those fish are more active when they feel safe, low light hours, and are up shallow and feeding.  Once that sun gets up to the 10 o clock position the light starts penetrating the water and those fish feel like they are in a spotlight.  What they will do is back off to the deeper parts of the lake or tuck under cover.  Bass like to be able to hide by something and ambush prey. 

Here are a few things to help you catch fish:

    •       Early and late, fish shallow and fast
    •       The higher the sun gets the deeper the fish will go
    •       Find cover or a depth change
    •       Use a technique you have confidence in, no confidence= no fish
    •       Cloudy days can give you a good bite all day

These few things will help you catch more fish.  Things are not always the same at every lake, but over the years I have learned that by following these couple rules I have caught more and better fish.  I constantly see guys showing up to the lake at eleven, fishing till two and saying the fishing is not good.  I feel that you can catch fish anytime of the day, but those two hours in the morning can sometimes be priceless!  So next time that sweat is dripping off your nose, try fishing out little farther off the bank, or cast up close to the tree limb laying in the water.  You might be surprised at what you will catch.

Matt Massey

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