Look to spinnerbaits as a fantastic option this time of year.
Now that July is behind us, the summer doldrums are starting to come to end. Some of the best fishing of the year is getting ready to hit high speed all across the country as fish gear up for fall, and then eventually winter.
Fishing for bass this time of year can be fast and furious, and picking up a few big girls mixed in with numbers is more common than not. If you aren’t using a spinnerbait this time of year, you may be missing out on a lot of bass that are looking to put on some early fall weight.
Normally when water starts dropping down from the summer highs of July, baitfish begin to school up in shallower water, hanging on to the warmer temperatures and weed growth as long as they can.
Bass are normally right behind them, staging in deeper water just a little lower in water column. Bass tend to stay in this range during the high sun times of the day because the water depth can still camouflage their appearance but yet allow them to be capable of a quick strike at a school of baitfish at any moment’s notice.
They will remain at this stage for most of this month until a few cooler nights of September changes things up again. However, for right now, a spinnerbait just might be the best bet to putting good numbers of bass in your boat.
During most of August, I prefer to use a 3/8th’s ounce, willow leaf, or tandem spinnerbait that matches the water clarity as best as I can. I like the blade choice to be a little smaller so it reflects the pattern of the baitfish that these bass are chasing.
One such lure from Throw’N Thunder, caught almost 30 bass before it finally gave up on me from abuse just the other day. When bass are moving, the titanium shafts of these baits really hold up well, and can be bent right back into place fish after fish.
During the low light periods of morning and evening, buzzbaits can create some violent reactions from feeding bass as well as very explosive strikes on the surface. As soon as the sun drops below the tops of the tree line, my double wing buzz bait, another Throw’N Thunder specialty, is the first lure on the my rod.
I love casting these right along the break lines of where the shallow weedy water drops off to where bass have been sitting all day long, busting schools of baitfish. Adding a trailer hook is always a good choice too and has no effect on the action of the lure.
As the evening gets darker, threading a grub on the back hook, making the silhouette a little bigger, can often generate a few more strikes.
The season is slowly starting to wind down so get out there and make the most of it while you still can.
While we’re at it, what spinnerbait tricks and tips do you have?