Summer Bass fishing tips

Jacob C.

i know we are past post spawn and the bass have moved into deeper water. but how deep? and what is the best technique to pull them out? also there's a canal i've been fishing for almost 2 weeks right behind my work and still have not caught a single fish from out of there. i see them all the time and they really nice sized. Bass (smalmouth, largemouth and striper) gar, bowfin, lots of bluegill but small. i'm usually fishing it in the middle of the day on lunch break. i wanna catch some friggin fish this summer!! any tips? in Georgia/ South carolina area.

Posted by Jacob C. created over 7 years ago - last updated over 7 years ago
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john Meatstick

anything that u think the fish havent seen they will bite.

Posted by john Meatstick Expert Member over 7 years ago - Report Abuse

AD37 .....

Id come back in the late afternoon...a few hours before DUSK..Id then start simple...use live nightcrawlers (Walmart $2.96) see what kind of action you will get...use on 3/0 or 4/0 hook n bobber just to get started..Once you catch fire, throw in a cotton cordell chrome rattletrap(walmart $2.99), or a Rapala Xrap crank....you cant go wrong...

Posted by AD37 ..... Expert Member over 7 years ago - Report Abuse

Brandon Mabrey

I agree with AD37 on coming back in the late evening or early morning, but I would use some live shiners or large minnows instead of night crawlers if you want to catch a nice bass,  if you dont want to use artificial lures, if there is any overhanging limbs or brush piles try throwing near them cuz the bass are  not necessarily deeper but they are definitely hanging around shade in the middle of the day. If it is a canal try some lures that are close to what lives naturally in that canal a artificial crawdad rig like a speedcraw or something of that nature would prolly do well in there, mepps is prolly a good choice or a large roostertail.....they are biting off points in 10ft of water in the lakes right now and around boat docks cuz of the shade the water temp is 75 to 85 degrees surface temp right now on our lake....hope this helps and if there not biting a certaion lure keep switching colors till you find a color they like sometimes thats all it takes to start wearing the fish out is color....for example you dont like eating a certain food everyday do you? I couldnt eat pizza everyday of my life so switch it up.......

Posted by Brandon Mabrey Elite Member over 7 years ago - Report Abuse

Jacob C.

i really like using artificial lures due to the fact that its hard to get live bait at 5 in the morning where i live and the place to get the live bait is to far from my fishin holes. do you recommend any particular lures? i've always heard that a plastic worm always does the trick. i wanna go hit some ponds this saturday but it'll be to early in the morn to buy shiners or minnows. i could always hit wal mart for some live worms, but i've never done that good with live worms.. i've found the bite is way better in the evening and early morn. i get skunked every time in the middle of the day.

Posted by Jacob C. over 7 years ago - Report Abuse

Brandon Mabrey

hit walmart and buy some Watermelon candy baby brushhogs, maybe some senkos, green pumpkin color worms work well and junebug lizards made by zoom, junebug color worms are very nice too, I always catch a bass on these lures

Posted by Brandon Mabrey Elite Member over 7 years ago - Report Abuse

AD37 .....

You  can buy live shiners and keep them in a bucket of cold clean water overnight.... buy a foam bait bucket at Walmart for $3... keep them overnight, they WILL  survive overnight......then wake up early morning and hit your favorite  fishing hole, hassle free...Ive caught some very nice bass on live shiners

Posted by AD37 ..... Expert Member over 7 years ago - Report Abuse

Jacob C.

i bet the water critters arn't much different in SC and GA than they are in NC. i bet the fish eat the same stuff up there were you are that they do down here. i'm gonna go get some lizards and bush hogs today. best to fish weightless, texas rig carolina rig?? suspended, topwater or bottom?? hopefully i'll have some fish pics to put up this weekend.

Posted by Jacob C. over 7 years ago - Report Abuse

Brandon Mabrey

rig one rod texas rig and the other carolina to see which one is working best the weight is gonna depend on the current if its not much running water in the canal i would suggest a 1/4 ounce bullet weight or smaller if the water is rough beef up the weight so you can get on the bottom and feel whats going on underwater cuz if you cant feel the bass pick the lure up then you cant set the hook in time he will spit it out, also if you see it get some bang spray or some kind of garlic dip scent to put on your lures it does help with making your lure smell tastier and mask human odor.....crawfish scent is also great...good luck keep me posted on what you do. ps the water critters here are the same there we are not that far apart same fishing styles work there that work here trust me

Posted by Brandon Mabrey Elite Member over 7 years ago - Report Abuse

Jacob C.

cool man! probably gonna hit a pond tomorrow morn and i'll let you know how it goes. thanks bro!

Posted by Jacob C. over 7 years ago - Report Abuse

Aaron Pierre

when im looking for bass i use a silver double willow spinner bait with natural colored skirts like green, black, or brown. if that dont work, or i see one keep following,  then i go with something plastic like a crawfish or lizard

Posted by Aaron Pierre Expert Member over 7 years ago - Report Abuse

yea the june bug plastic worm works really good down here

Posted by Cody Wright over 7 years ago - Report Abuse

We are here in Arkansas, friend told me other day that like the other fellow above mentioned, use a Texas type rig, weighted Hooks, this Friend uses Dark Brown or Motor oil colored Worms or the Watermelon worms. This is on a Creek. I did catch a nice Black Bass, which i will post soon here, on a regular live worm we bought some the night before,(put in Fridge),  and i fished early morning, like 6-7am, first cast off of a Jetty at Bull Shoals State park , Old timers were surprised , it was hard bringing that fish up the rocky weird bank, (make sure if you visit to watch some fellers there fish, cover your hook and pop it out of the water as you see it come up otherwise you get stuck! That Bass we caught was so fresh and made a great grilled Breakfast, man i am going back for more of that!!  Have Fun, AJ

Posted by Aj Shapiro over 7 years ago - Report Abuse

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