Aside from throwing massive swim baits at west coast largemouth bass, people often overlook the aspect of light and ultralight tackle for bass fishing. I have noticed while fishing creeks and rivers that when the bass get lethargic and I target yellow perch, crappie, and chain pickerel, I usually end up catching good size bass. When I target these smaller fish I am using my Abu Garcia ultralight spinning setup and throwing small crank baits, plastics and sometimes the rare ultralight top waters.
These lures are tiny compared to the magnum trick worms and plastics that get thrown at bass on a daily basis, so why are they more aggressive towards the smaller lures? Well the answer to that sentence is within the question itself. Most of the bodies of water today are heavily fished and these bass have seen every color of worm, lizard,and fluke thrown at them. While ultralight and light tackle are used in these waters, they are not thrown nearly as often as the larger tackle, meaning there is a slight chance the fish haven’t been overfished using the lures you are throwing at them. I’m not trying to sell you on throwing light tackle at bass with this article alone, I will be filming multiple episodes for my YouTube channel dedicated to nothing but ultralight and light tackle fishing for big bass. follow us on Facebook, WordPress, or YouTube to view these episodes as they come out starting in March of this year.
While I have your attention I will show you the Light Tackle Box I carry on my kayak on every trip, you never know when the fish will have to be finessed of structure or cover with small lures.
I hope you enjoyed this short read and I really look forward to showing you guys what light tackle setups can produce for you in the world of bass fishing. As always thanks for swinging by and don’t forget to check out KayakTournaments.com and TourneyX.com for online based CPR tournaments in your state.
Hey everybody thanks for swinging by Apto Outdoors for today’s article. Today I’m going to be discussing how to work bass off late summer structure even in the heat of the day.
What rig and lure should I use?
My go to setup for late summer bass fishing is a Penn Squadron 7’0 Mod-Fast spinning rod with a Penn Fierce 4000 reel. I run 10.lb test and 12lb leader on my Carolina rigs.
What lure should I use?
My lure choice for hot summer days is mostly going to be trick worms, or worms that have a straight shaft body. Colors will vary depending on your water conditions but always remember to match the water color, the darker the water the darker your color should be…etc. But don’t confuse chartreuse or hot pink with that rule; those are unnatural colors that can produce anywhere.
Where should I fish?
During the dog days of august and early September it’s always a good idea to stick to structure. Docks, bridges submerged brush, and fallen trees should be your primary targets with your backup spots being primary and secondary points with quick access to deeper cooler water. A common thought is that when it gets unbearably hot the bass go deeper, and while most of the time that is the case I will use yesterdays example to prove that’s not always how it works out.
Yesterday I was fishing the river near my house and for the last 3 weeks I have been pitching and flipping structure along the river banks and it has produced good sized bass ranging from 10 to 17 inches. I pitched up against the bank and saw a large fish move in and take the lure, it was so shallow you can see the fish hit the worm if you look close enough. I thought I had hooked a big bowfin and was excited to have a fish pulling drag. When it jumped I freaked out because I realized how big of a bass it was. It ended up being 24.25 inches and just over 10 pounds! My biggest bass so far and I released her as soon as I could because a large healthy bass can really impact and keep the local population of bass in great shape!
Thanks for swinging by Apto Outdoors and check back in for updates on the tournament as the week progresses.
Hello everyone and thanks for swinging by for my first KayakTournaments.com August tourney fishing update.
Today was a very slow day. The moon was bright and shining all night which means the bass were feeding all night. Long story short I was throwing lures at bass with full stomachs, but I still managed to get two pretty decent bass for a quick bluebird morning trip. Both were on a bone colored topwater in 3 feet of water.
Stay Tuned to my blog for an update on tomorrow mornings trip to a different part of the river!