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Tips on catching late summer lunkers.

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.

KayakTournaments.com Day 1 Fishing Report.

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!

Targeting fish on hot summer days

Hey everyone and thank for swinging by my blog. This weekend I fished some heat indexes of over 100 and figured this weeks blog would be about how I target fish in the heat. Below are my four keys to catching fish during the dog days of summer.

#1 Shadows are the key to bass

Bass will congregate along structure and overhangs that provide large shadows. The predatory fish use the shadows to stay a little cooler and also as an ambush point to feed on smaller baitfish and insects. A good technique to target these bass is with small crank baits or plastics.

Crappie also follow this habit and will concentrate around bridges and submerged structure in 5 to 10 feet of water. My main method for catching crappie in the summer is jigging light tackle curly tail grubs and minnow like plastics along the structure.

#2 Mid day fishing is sometimes crazy  good

You would think that mid day temperature periods during the summer would be dead, but my trip on Sunday showed my that even in 100 degrees and at high noon, the topwater frog bite was insane. I ran out of my Stanley Ribbit lures before I even got to the good fishing holes. After summer rains look to target bass as high up on the bank as the water rises, it always blows my mind how many bites I get in water that has flooded into standing grass and weed lines. I throw a weedless Stanley Ribbit in the watermelon red color to target the bass. Just remember if the water rises so do the fish.

#3 The good old fashioned Super Fluke

My favorite and most effective bass fishing method has and always will be the Super Fluke. My go to color is watermelon red flake but I have also had success with the Arkansas Shiner color as well as the Mardi Gras color. I usually fish the fluke with a weightless setup but sometimes a 1/8 ounce bullet weight gets it deep enough to work the structure the fish are holding on. 90 percent of your strikes will be as the fluke is falling through the water column so be patient with your lure action and let it sink.

#4 Finess fishing worms

A texas-rigged worm is the most widely used method for summer bass. When bass are lethargic and don’t want to chase fast moving or floating baits a slow moving worm dragged in front of their face is hard to resist, My main colors I use are pink, purple, june-bug and watermelon red. a 1/8 to 1/4 ounce bullet weight is all you will need in most situations. Once again, in the early morning and evening hours don’t be afraid to literally throw your lure onto the bank and work it into the water. My biggest bass the summer was in less than a foot of water when he hit my worm.

I hope this short post will help you catch some more bass this summer and remember, snakes also like shaded areas so be careful when you fish and always keep an eye out. Good luck and stay safe!

Fishing update

Hey everyone, sorry for the lack of material, its been bad weather slow fishing and long days at work. I managed to sneak in a quick trip yesterday and unfortunately the fishing was depressingly slow. I had one good hook up on the fly rod that ended up breaking me off. The highlight of the day came with my only landed fish of the day, I was flipping a roadrunner style rig along a bridge and ended up dragging in a very nice crappie. It’s the biggest crappie for me in this river system so far. I didn’t get it on video but I got some photos of it before it went in the cooler. I avidly practice throwback fishing with bass and most freshwater fish, but catfish and crappie I put straight onto the ice. Right after that fish I turned on my GOPRO and caught on video a hard strike right as I reeled in my lure to move to another spot. Sadly, I didn’t land the fish but it still was fun to get it on video.

I’m  going for a good fishing trip tomorrow and will have plenty of new video and photos monday. My first tackle selection video is coming up tomorrow and will be represented in my trip tomorrow morning.

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Sometimes the best soft plastics can’t beat a bucket full of minnows.

My love for bass fishing is rooted deeply in my ability to fish soft plastics and consistently catch bass using them. It’s been unbearably hot here the last two weeks and my production with plastics has dropped dramatically, some days they don’t even hit a beetle spin which is very very bad.

So for this trip I decided to go old school, I threw on a red and white bobber, bought two dozen minnows and set off in my kayak. The heat index was still over 100 so I settled in the shade of a bridge and threw my first cast, I had my first fish on the line before I could even turn my camera on to start the trip. My First fish was a keeper largemouth measuring 15 1/2 inches. I was still skeptical as maybe I caught the one bass that was eating but sure enough my next four casts all yielded fish within 5 seconds of that bobber hitting the water. i ended up catching a few bass fishing my plastics while my minnows worked the drop offs and structure but the minnows stole the show yesterday. I ended up catching over 15 bass, 2 catfish, a small rock bass (I think), and four gar including on monster at the end of the video who broke my line.

One piece of advice for this blog is when fishing around or under bridges in my kayak i prefer to use my light tackle rod, due to its shorter length and compact reel I can maneuver easier in tight spaces and have a less chance of losing the fish due to improper rod placement. As always be safe, have fun outside and don’t forget to take someone with you on your next trip, it just might be the highlight of their summer.

WARNING! – NOTICE 3/4 THROUGH THE VIDEO A 5 FOOT PLUS SNAKE DECIDES TO CHECK ME OUT. I GOT THE HEEBIE GEEBIES WATCHING IT SWIM BY

This Week’s Fishing Report.

Hey everyone and thanks for swinging by. This weeks freshwater fishing started off with a bang and slowly tapered off into a lethargic day yesterday. Below I will cover where fish where caught, what lures, and what presentation.

Where they were caught-

95% of the fish caught this week where in two feet of water or less with a drop off close by, once again most fish where under the overhangs or right up against structure such as stumps or fallen trees. Last weeks bridge fishing action wasn’t happening as the only fish I caught on the bridge pillars was a massive bluegill on a rattle trap. Another hot spot this week were canals leading up to private launches and boat houses.

What was i using for bait?

Almost all fish caught including the Largemouth and Bowfin were caught on a Watermelon red flake super fluke with a paddle tail. the presentation was almost always a weightless fluke on a 3/0 wide gap worm hook in red color. every now and then i put a 1/16 bullet weight to help get it down a little deeper in the water column. Other fish caught consisted of a chain pickerel while trolling a small crank bait for crappie, two catfish on worms targeting crappie, and a big water moccasin that wanted to be in my kayak but i paddled like the wind to get away from him. Always be weary of drifting near overhanging branches and tree limbs because that’s where the cottonmouths and copperheads like to sunbathe.

Thanks for stopping by alto outdoors and come back next sunday for pictures and videos from the White River in Arkansas.

Pictures and videos form this week’s fishing trips.

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How to catch fish on bluebird days

If there is one odd habit among fisherman it is the notion that a perfect “bluebird” day will yield horrible results of fishing. The high pressure does turn bass off of this normal aggressive tendencies but don’t let that fool you. A bass or any other species freshwater or saltwater for that matter will very rarely turn down an opportunity for an easy meal. While you might not have as much success throwing fast moving baits or top waters as usual, a good soft plastics technique can yield big results even during periods of high pressure.

Bass have incredible eyesight, while a human might consider the water to have 6 inches visibility a bass could be able to notice visual movements at more than 2-3 feet. This is because bass have highly developed and sensitive eyes. During days of high pressure where there isn’t a cloud in the sky think of bass as someone who just had their eyes dilated. They are sensitive to sunlight and want to be in the shade. As the shadows shrink throughout the day the bass will move to submerged structure or next to large objects in the water that off them some shade. Early mornings and late evenings they will move up to feed in the more open shallow waters.

My recommendation for high pressure fishing is to target the bass along structure using soft plastics, my weapon of choice no matter what body of water I’m fishing is almost always a super fluke with a 1/8 or 1/16 bullet weight or even weightless depending on the situation. My color of choice is always to start with the deadly watermelon red color pattern. Another effective bait is a Jointed Rapala floating minnow, Fish love that basic old school lure. When you cast your worm, fluke or lizard make sure you either cast it on the bank and drag it into the water or slap it against the structure to get as close to a realistic presentation as possible. I even purposely throw my weedless lizards into tree limbs just to jiggle them out and let them fall like natural prey would.

I hope today’s post helps you target bass on the high pressure days. Below is the video of yesterday’s bluebird kayak fishing trip. I  ended the day with 4 bass, two bowfin that I let throw the hooks the one on the video was massive , a chain pickerel trolling a tiny chartreuse crank bait while paddling to the boat ramp and a large perch on a tiny rattle trap under a bridge.

Throwing flies at bass.

Hey everyone, today’s post is for our fly fishing friends around the world. I’m going to go over three tips and tactics for getting more bass to hit your flies! All shots are from a trip this week in my Cobra Marauder Kayak.

Man-made structures.

Never pass up casting at structure.
Never pass up casting at structure.

When throwing flies into barns or along pier pilings and bridges, what I like to do is smack my flies against the surface of the structure so that it falls almost straight down or bounces slightly and makes a small noise. What I am trying to duplicate is a bug or critter falling off the structure or running into it and hitting the water. Bass and other predatory fish will hit your fly before they even know exactly what it is. When your fly hits the water let it sit for 10 seconds and you will be surprised with who many hits you have with no lure action. The fly hitting the water is the first action and many times the only action you need.

Natural submerged structure

Submergerd structure such as bushes or tree limbs offers great habitat for predatory fish.
Submergerd structure such as bushes or tree limbs offers great habitat for predatory fish.

Submerged trees, bushes, limbs and other debris provides the natural habitat that aquatic life has been living in for thousands and thousands of years. everyone has a honey hole where there is one piece of structure that has produced fish for as long as you can remember. When one fish leaves another takes it’s place. That’s why you can catch a linker bass in a certain pocket, and a few days or weeks later another bass of a similar size is in that exact same spot. the video below shows how bass stick to structure even with a lot of fishing pressure. If you hook a bass and lose the fish or he misses the bait on his strike, go back a few days later for a second chance.

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