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anglers think that once July and August roll around that the only
bassin’ action taking place is for largemouth in the weeds.
But in my eyes, some of the most exciting bass fishing an
angler can do during these hot days is go chasing after some
effectively chase these brown fish as many anglers refer to them as, I
am going to talk about five lures that will help you catch these fish
and also look at key situations that they should be used.
not only allow you to mimic baitfish on the surface, but they also put
you in the position to have some fun when a behemoth smallie crashes
the surface to attack your plug. My
two favorite lures in this category are both poppers.
The first being a Chug Bug and the other being a Pop-R.
Both work very well and it is up to you to determine which one
you like the best and in most cases the fish will tell you which one
they want. A key piece to
my equipment is the new Quantum Gerald Swindle signature series rod
(PTC664FGS). This rod is
6’6” but is specifically designed for these styles of baits and
allows me to get the most action out of them.
I also want to point out, that using a monofilament line here
is important because fluorocarbon lines sink, which will hinder the
action of your bait.
key situation in which topwater plugs shine is when smallmouth are
feeding on baitfish. They
could be feeding on a point, sandbar or rock pile.
Regardless if the cover is wood, rock, or weeds a smallmouth
won’t pass up a topwater plug when they are feeding.
Depending on how active they are when feeding, will dictate how
much action to put into your plug.
A pop and stop retrieve can be used or a very aggressive
constant chugging can be very successful.
Having a dressed treble hook at the rear of your bait will help
attract these fish even more. Many
baits come with a dressed treble, but if not Eagle Claw has come out
with a very sharp dressed treble hook that will add color and
enticement to any bait you have.
are a great lure because you can cover a lot of water very quickly and
you can effectively mimic several things that a smallmouth may be
feeding on, they are shad or crawdads.
Crankbaits come in a wide variety of colors that resemble these
tasty morsels that smallmouth love to feed on.
Another color crankbait that smallmouth like is one that has
chartreuse in it. This may
resemble a panfish or not, but a hungry smallmouth doesn’t like to
see a chartreuse lure go by his face.
Some top crankbait brands to look at are, Bandit, Rapala and
Bomber, they are all good and will work for you.
a shoreline, weedline or point is very easy to do with a crankbait.
These are also good choices in the same areas you were fishing
for when the smallies were feeding, but have stopped at the moment.
A crankbait fished through an inactive school of smallmouth may
help turn those fish back on to feeding.
is something that some anglers won’t touch with a ten foot pole,
while others rely on it day in and day out.
I began to experiment with this technique late last summer and
had good success with it. The
important thing to remember is to use the lightest weight you can get
by with to maintain bottom contact and that your leader length depends
greatly on the water clarity. Since
I fish the
the two other lures mentioned about the C-rig allows you cover water
quickly, which is key for summer smallmouth fishing because they do
move frequently depending on baitfish and current.
Dragging this rig over sand bars, rock humps and along a break
line all work very well and can put some very nice fish in your boat.
are a great go to bait when fishing for smallmouth.
As we have all seen from
have become extremely popular not just on the tournament scene, but
for recreational anglers as well over the past five years.
Just by simply casting out these plastic baits and allowing
them to slowly sink, just tempts a smallmouth into biting.
My two favorite baits and ways to fish them are a Gambler Ace
wacky rigged and then a Fluke fished very slowly.
An Ace wacky rigged on a 1/0 Eagle Claw extra wide gap hook is
what I use when casting to stubborn smallmouth.
This lure is a very natural presentation that works well when
the fish are holding tight to cover or are suspended.
same goes for a Fluke, a 4/0 Eagle Claw extra wide gap hook will
increase your hook up ratio greatly.
Casting this weightless Texas-rigged bait to points, weedlines
or any areas where smallies are feeding is good.
I have caught some very nice bass in mid-August just by letting
my Fluke slowly sink down and then ever so easy twitching it back to
these five baits and knowing where to use them, you to can go take
advantage of some phenomenal Dog Days of summer smallmouth fishing!!