The best lures and techniques for bass fishing in summer (PART I)
Summer time, and the fishing is easy … at least it is if you follow Deeper Hero Nick Kost’s incredible tips for summer bass fishing. He’s put together a comprehensive guide to his favourite summer bass fishing lures and techniques, plus 5 great tips for summer bass fishing success.
People like to break down fishing into different seasons for many reasons. Remembering past experiences when fishing in particular conditions during certain times of the year can make or break a day on the water.
Fishing in Ohio can be rather challenging because weather conditions are very unpredictable. Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter arrive at different weeks and even months every year, so the ability to adapt to the current situation is the key to being successful. Summer fishing can be the most productive time of year if you follow this simple rule … be yourself. Summer is the only season where every technique is on the table. Every angler is unique, with their favorite techniques, baits, and locations. Let me show you my 5 best summer bass fishing lures and techniques.
I love to throw weedless, Texas rigged flukes into heavy grass. Why? During the summer when the temperatures spike, fish need to find cover to stay cool. Grass also provides them with a great ambush point when they are hunting prey. While some may approach grass differently, year after year flukes have been proven to be more successful than any other approach.
Position, casting and retrieve
I like to position myself with the wind to my back and cast high in the air, allowing the wind to maximize my casting distance. In all facets of fishing, one of the most important things I need from a bait is the ability to cast it far. I slowly move the fluke through the water by a series of gentle twitches, then a 3-second pause. I like to flutter the bait through the vegetation – the bait will hang upon the weeds, kick up particles and cause noise, which will catch the bass’ attention. If you fish a fluke that is weighted, it sinks to the bottom too fast. With the bait being weightless, it will suspend on the weeds, leading to an easy target.
Which summer bass fishing fluke and line to choose
My go-to fluke is made by Zoom – the Super Fluke has been the most productive in my experience. The color really matters. I like to give each color fluke a ten-minute window to produce results before switching patterns. Experiment with a light and dark color profile first, then improvise from there. I use a 3/0 hook paired with heavy 30-pound braid. I have also had success with a new bait company called Nextgen – they also make a great realistic fluke that includes an internal rattle.