by John Presley
Summertime is not typically known for the best time of
the year for catching big bass. But big bass can still be caught in the
summer. This time of the year, bigger is better because using bigger lures
will catch bigger fish. Smaller lures will catch big fish too, just not
as consistently. Big bass are less effected by the sound of a big bait
hitting the water than one might expect . These fish are more aggressive
than the smaller fish. They don't like to miss a chance at one good meal.
In the summertime cover is very important. And where the cover is close
to deep water is the best. Big fish will move deeper when they feel threatened.
On Sam Rayburn I like to work weedlines that are near creek channels or
ditches. Some other good places are main lake humps. Big bass will feed
on these humps that have deep water all around them and will hold big
fish all year long. I like to also fish tapering main lake points these
points usually have lots of under water stumps and grass beds growing
around them. Also remember to fish the deep side of points and ridges
because a lot of time fishing pressure and boat traffic will make big
bass move to the deep side. I like to start out early fishing topwater
some of the best big bass baits are the Zara spook in black chrome, clear,
baby bass, and bull frog. Another big bass topwater bait to use is a buzz
bait. When the water temp gets in the mid 80's to upper 90's this bait
can produce some big fish. Also try a black buzz bait on cloudy days and
a white on clear days. If you want some really hot action try the Yellow
Magic which is a popping bait made by Buddha Bait Company out of California.
My favorite big bass bait is a Texas rig worm, a Falcon
jig and craw. Work the edges of the grass with a Texas rig worm, using
a Ring Rascal 7" or 8" bandit tail worm, or a Gambler 8"
or 10" ribbon tail. The colors to use in the summer are black grape,
tequila, plum, red bug, june bug and watermelon. During the summer our
fish also like just a straight florida rig crawworm using ½ and
¾ ounce Gambler Florida Rig weight. Gambler also has a Rattlin'
Florida Rig weight which works well. The Gene Larreu 6 inch hawg craw
colors to use are texas smoke with green & orange flake, plum, pumpkin
green flake green claw and watermelon blue flake. Flip the grass with
short casts fishing straight up and down and cover a lot of water. When
fishing your worms work them slow. Make sure if you catch a fish to throw
in the same spot because where you catch one big fish there may be more.
It is very possible to catch several trophy bass off the same spot over
a period of 2-3 days and remember big bass eat all the time to get big
and to stay big A trophy bass has to eat more often and more efficiently
than other fish. The Swacky Worm also will catch big fish during the summer
on Sam Rayburn .I use the K-Wacky hook with a weed guard in a 1/16 oz
to let the Gambler Swacky worm slowly fall on the grass line. The best
summertime colors are red bug ,june bug and watermelon . The K-Wacky hook
is made by Falcon Lures. Also, the crappie fishing has been good over
the grass using black and chartreuse 1/16 oz jigs and road runners. Also
this month, the crappie should be moving to the brushpiles and try live
minnows in 25-35 ft of water.
Also during these hot summer days start taking care of your fish from
the time they are put in your livewell until the time you release them.
Remember larger fish will die faster than smaller fish. The warmer the
water in your livewell the less oxygen it can retain and uncirculated
water allows toxins such as carbon dioxide and ammonia to build up inside
their systems. Both these conditions contribute to death by stress and
infections. One way to help prevent this is by having plenty of ice to
cool the water in your livewells and to practice and use catch and release
methods to help reduce stress and death.
By the way, when I am not fishing tournaments, I am a full-time fishing
guide on Lake Sam Rayburn. If you would like to book a trip please call
me at 409-698-9713 or Ann's Tackle Shop at 409-384-7685. Or e-mail me
at JOHN@SAMRAYBURNFISHING.COM. or check out my website at SAMRAYBURNFISHING.COM.
Good Luck and Good Fishing.
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