Categories : Fishing Tips & Tricks
July and August. 2 months most southern bass fisherman wish didn't exist. If you could add your sweat to your creel, you'd probably add a few pounds to your limit, am I right? Tell me I'm not the only one who has told themselves,"When I get home, I'm listing all my gear on eBay!" That was me, a lot this summer, most summers for that matter. Yet, here I am, more gear than ever! Why? What is it that drives anglers to get up, grab a few bags of ice, sweat getting the boat off the trailer, sweat standing there making cast after cast trying to break the cycle? Is it the fish? Are we stubborn? (I promise you the fish will win that battle!) Do all summer time fisherman like a little torture in their lives? Who knows. One thing I do know is even when fishing is tough, someone ALWAYS has em'. How? What secret bait or Jedi mind trick did Jim Bob have up his sleeve to whack that summer time sack? In this blog entry, we will focus on a couple bait theories.
Disclaimer: the beauty of fishing is there is no right answer, only decisions that may increase your odds. Take the following information in its entirety and formulate a game plan that fits your strengths.
Ok, back to bait size. BIG BAITS vs. small baits. The general rule of thumb is when the fishing gets tough, shrink your lure size. Is that always best? Another theory a good friend of mine, Danny Periard, gave me 14 years ago during a Lobdell Wednesday nighter would suggest the opposite. As an avid esox angler, it's no surprise he takes the BIG BAIT path to success. He suggested that summertime fish are less active and want larger meals and feed less often. Depending on the forage in your lake, BIG BAITS might be the way to go! Bream beds are a great example of lazy fish opportunisticly feeding. A Triton Mike Bucca Bull Gill, Jackal Gantarel or Mattlures Gill may be the big bait you need to trigger that lazy largemouth to gorge! Another favorite big bait pattern of mine this time of year is dragging a ZOOM Ol' Monster around blow downs and on ledges. When fishing structure, use a smaller weight and let the worm fall slowly. Fishing a herring lake? Match the hatch and upsize to a Bull Herring burned under the surface, a ZOOM fluke on a donkey rig or a Pencil Popper on top!
On the flip side, if you're targeting schooling fish on points or ledges, a small War Eagle spoon, Robo worm on a dropshot or a single Keitech swim bait may be in order to match the hatch and get those finicky schoolers hooked up. Small forage, small baits.
Whichever you choose, be sure that you match the forage size in the area you're fishing!