Summer Froggin for Bass

Friday, July 24 2015 12:41 pm - for Bass
Bass busters throughout the land love the springtime bite. When bass start getting active. Pursuing eats and getting ready to reproduce. Great fun is had by most anglers in the spring. However, many non-fanatical anglers whine about the "Dog Days" of summer. Too much heat. Fishing isn't as easy, etc. That's just fine for the rest of us who can't wait for the heat and the weed-choked areas to form on our favorite lakes. For the uniformed, it's an impenetrable mass. But for those in the know, it's time to bust big bass with frogs in the shallows while others…
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A walleye’s metabolism rises with the water temperature in summer and that means they need to eat more, not less. Most walleye anglers fish with leeches and minnows on Lindy rigs in deeper water during this time of year. But, also try finding them where they are suspending with baitfish or prowling around on shallow reefs, weedbeds, shorelines, and points. These are all primary locations for catching walleyes in summer. Using tactics you would use to catch bass will put you on active walleye quicker and help you put more of them in the boat during summer. A plate full…
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Summertime is channel catfish time across America. In lakes and reservoirs, fish the flat areas in 18 to 25 feet of water using shad, shrimp, dough balls, cheese, prepared baits, nightcrawlers, and even that left over hot dog from lunch. In rivers, try the same baits around undercut banks, old hollow logs, and even slack water. Ponds are also great places to fish channel cats. Give them some time to mouth the bait and pick it up before setting the hook. My favorite part of channel cat fishing is eating them! Here’s my special fried catfish recipe: Cut fillets into…
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Strike King pro Keith Combs loves to fish deep water for largemouth bass. This is especially true during the summer months. The three-time Toyota Texas Bass Classic champ and Bassmaster Elite Series pro decided to take a few minutes to share his Top 3 tactics for dredging largies from the depths. Deep cranking. "Generally my first instinct is to fish crankbaits on the deeper structure," said Combs. "The easiest way to locate the fish is to find points or channel bends. These are classic structures where bass usually live. "I like to fish crankbaits fast this time of the year…
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The simplest way to select a bass fishing rod is to match the rod's action with bait-specific techniques. We can narrow techniques down into 2 categories: tight-line techniques and slack-line techniques. The "action" of a fishing rod is determined by where the rod flexes along the blank. A rod with a"fast action" flexes mostly near the tip. A "moderate action" rod flexes towards the middle of the blank. "Slow action" rods flex near the butt section. Standard bass actions range from moderate to extra-fast. Tight-line Techniques These fishing techniques include fishing with crankbaits, jerbaits, spinnerbaits, and buzzbaits that are retrieved…
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1. A fishing trick to use in stained or muddy water or at night when bass can’t see as well is to use big lures that displace water and create good vibrations. 2. Another trick some fishermen use is to put a little more bend in the blade of a spinnerbait to make it throb more intensely and make more noise as it moves through the water. 3. Maybe the best trick I can give you, though, is to slow down your retrieve. Believe it or not, a slow moving bait will actually send out more heavy vibrations than a…
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Usually, when fishing fans think of Mercury pro Skeet Reese, they think of bright yellow and black, his signature colors. And maybe his Bassmaster Classic win, Angler of the Year (AOY) title and multiple wins at B.A.S.S.  Basically, he's thought of as a great angler. When it comes to pinning down Reese for a specific style of fishing, well, that's another thing entirely. He's won events flipping shallow with soft plastics, cranking, drop-shotting, tossing large swimbaits, essentially using whatever it takes to win. So when it comes to choosing his technique suggestions for summertime bass fishing, Reese has a large…
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Worms, crickets, and other live bait will always catch bluegill, but if you want to catch more bluegill, switch to jigs. Bug-like jigs are great lure imitations, and tiny is better than big. Tiny fishing jigs can be more easily fished at the sluggish pace that sunfish prefer. These featherweight jigs snag less and can tempt fish that may not be hungry enough to chomp a big bait. Also, enticing, erratic retrieves are possible with tiny offerings that can’t be duplicated with bigger jigs. When bluegill get picky, matching their diet with a jig imitation can bring more action. Also…
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On Lake of the Woods or any other body of water holding walleyes, there is one fishing presentation that has become a staple for putting walleyes into the boat.  Growing up, I really didn’t pull spinners much.  When I did, it was a Lindy / Little Joe spinner rig, usually with a small Colorado style red and white blade and one hook.  I would slow troll or drift with either a leech or a minnow.  It was effective, but not a staple. As I matured as an angler, I considered rolling the dice and going pro.  I began fishing as…
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When I think back about big bass I’ve caught, one thing comes to mind and that’s lure presentation. An erratic retrieve, in most cases, has produced many of my biggest bass. Why is that? Because this retrieve most closely mimics live forage. When danger threatens, they are going to do something different, like speed up, retreat, go crazy, play possum or try to hide. In most cases though, they will move out like a late freight train. Fishing lures such as plastic worms, jigs, spinnerbaits (slow-rolled), crankbaits (fished in a stop-and-go retrieve) and even topwater lures can be worked erratically…
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