Keri: There you go. Glenn: Hey, folks. Glenn May here at BassResource. com. And today, I wanna talk to you about the fivebest lures for summertime fishing. Now, before I get in to all of these lures,I want you to understand that during the summertime,the bass, they’re aggressive. They feed a lot. Their metabolism is up so they’re feedinga lot during the day, so a lot of differentlures work. You can catch them on virtually everything. So this is why I’m picking out the five bestbecause these are the ones that, day in andday out, work for me throughout the summertime. And especially if you’re beginning bass fishing,you gotta start somewhere, right?There’s so many to choose from. So these are the top five that I always havein my boat and I’m always throwing duringthe summertime, starting with the YUM Dinger. This bait right here. Day in and day out, this is a killer baitduring the summertime. It’s a great bait to use. Really, when the fish are shallower than tenfeet is when I use it the most. I rig it with this Texas Rig, weightless. Throw it out over submerged weeds. I can weave it in and out between lily pads,stump fields. Skip it in under docks is a really good techniquewith this or alongside docks, or flooded bushesand timber. Great bait to throw out there when the fisharen’t. . . the bite really isn’t super strong. They’re a little lethargic. Maybe after a cold front comes through, they’rea little bit hesitant to bite. This is a great bait to use during that time. But don’t limit yourself to shallow water. This is why this is really good during thesummer because you can put it behind a split-shotrig or in a Carolina rig, for example, oreven on a jighead. And then you can fish deeper than 10 feetout there on the offshore structure wherea lot of bass hang out during the summertime. Those are points, humps, rock piles, channels,even submerged road beds and old sunken houses,foundations, things like that that are outin some of the reservoirs out and around. So great bait to use during the summertime. That’s number one. Number two on my list. Number two on my list is a crankbait. Now there are basically four different typesof crankbaits. You’ve got your lipless crankbaits. Those work really well in the summertime. I know they’re great in the spring. But in the summer, what I like to do withthose is actually throw them out in deeperwater and jig them off of the bottom. Throw them out, let them. . . they vibrate whenthey fall so a lot of times, the bite is inthe fall. But then when they hit the bottom, I pop itoff of the bottom, let it sink back down. Pop it up off the bottom. Great way to fish those deeper structure thatI just mentioned. Great way to fish out in deeper water withlipless crankbaits like the One Knocker, forexample. Another type of crankbait is a shallow divingcrankbait. That works, of course, when the fish are reallyshallow. I love to fish those around boat docks, aroundstumpy fields. Usually, a squarebill crankbait is the onethat I use the most in those situations. Squarebills tend not to get hung up in theweeds as much. That’s a great crankbait to use during thesummertime fishing around logs, rocks, stumps,things like that. You can deflect it off of that and you shouldget a reaction bite when you fish it likethat. The third type is a deeper diver crankbait. And really, there’s two kinds. One is a wide bill, one’s a narrow bill. And I like to use, see, I got basically twodifferent wide bills here. This one dives. This one here dives a little bit deeper thanthis one here. And they look pretty similar and I reallydo like these better than the narrow billin the summertime because a narrow bill’sgot a real tight wobble to it. In the summertime, these have a nice, widesashaying action, which, for some reason,that’s what the bass tend to key on in thesummertime. So I fish these more than the narrow bill. But there’s more to it than that. What I tend to do is I’m fishing in, say,10 feet of water, I’ll go for a deeper divingcrankbait like this. One that goes 12 to 15 feet. This one maybe even go to 20 if I’m lucky. I like that because I want it to dig downinto the bottom. I want it to dig up the dirt, dig up the silt,make a lot of racket noise that attract thebass to come over and they see that and theypounce on it. Or if I’m fishing, say, riprap along the faceof a dam or around buildings, you know, they’vegot riprap everywhere, throw it out there,deeper diving crankbait. It goes deeper than the bottom. You hit those rocks. You hit it and deflect off of the rocks. That change of action, all of a sudden, thattends to provoke a strike. So this is why I fish it in deeper water,or deeper crankbaits than the water that I’min. Another thing, though, is a lot of times withthose deeper-diving crankbaits like the oneI just showed you, they float. Here’s a little trick for night time fishingbecause night time fishing during the summertimecan be a killer. Take one of those crankbaits, throw it outthere and let it float. And you just want to slowly reel it. Slow reel it. Get it just down underneath the surface. I mean, like a foot on the surface. You’re just doing this… killer technique. It is killer. Man, I’ve caught a lot of big fish doing that. Throw it around bridge pilings, around dockpilings, those type of things at night. And sometimes, you just don’t even let itgo below surface. Just let it go across the surface like this,all right?I’m telling you, you’re barely cranking it. This is when you use a slower, slower speedreel. You’re using more like a below six if yougot it, below 6. 1:1 reel. If you got one of those 5. 3:1s or maybe evenone that’s in the four-seven range, that’sreally good because you just reel nice, slowcranking it during night time fishing witha deep diving crankbait that floats. Killer technique. Okay. So let’s move on. Let’s go to the next type of topwater. . . ortopwater bait is the third type. This is topwaters. Specifically, I mean, there’s a lot of differenttopwaters, right?There’s Pop R’s, there’s buzzbaits. There’s all kinds of stuff. But there’s really three kinds that I…actually,it’s two and then the subsets of two. So one is a buzzbait and the other are frogs. With the buzzbait, we’re looking at this guyright here. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about,the buzzbaits, since I can’t get them unhookedfrom my rod, the buzzbait is this guy righthere, okay?It’s got a big blade on it. You throw that out across the water and youbring it. . . you get it up on top of the wateras quick as possible, and it gurgles acrossthe water. That bait creates a lot of commotion, lookslike someone’s scurrying across the top, andthe bass just can’t stand them, man. They got to clock it. And this is a really good bait to throw arounddocks, around stump fields, open lily padsand we throw them between those, along weededges, those type of things. It works really well. And one little trick that I like to do iswhen I’m running along docks, I’ll bend thatwire, look at it straight on. You bend it this way or bend it this way,not twisting it, right?You bend it and then you can throw it andit’ll curve in underneath the docks. You know, bounce off those pilings. And that often creates a vicious strike. So even during the daytime, don’t be afraid. A lot of people think, “Hey, only fish buzzbaitsand topwaters in the early morning and inthe evening. “No. I fish them all day long, definitely. When the sun’s bright and high like this,you can still catch them on topwaters. The other kind of topwater I like to throwis, like I said, frogs. I fish two different types of frogs. I love the Booyah Pad Crasher. Here’s the original pad crasher right here. That’s the one. And the other one, the difference is it’sa Poppin’ Pad Crasher. See that?It’s got a little cupped face to it, okay?So where do I use these?This one I like to throw, the pad crasher,I throw that when the weeds are all mattedover. You’ve got a lot of thick cover and you reallycan’t throw anything in there that. . . you canget weeds and stuff hang up on it. Like a buzzbait won’t work really well overthat, so. Unlike with the hydrilla and milfoil top over,throw that pad crasher across the top andlet it just scurry across the top. Bass don’t know what it is. They just see something trying to, you know,some amphibian trying to go across the waterand they’ll come up through the water andclock it through the pads, through the mat,and clock it. The Poppin’ Pad Crasher, that one I like touse when it’s a little more open, like instump fields or in open lily pads, or arounddocks. I like to throw that. Then you let it sit for as long as you canstand it and give it a little twitch, pop,pop, pop, and then let it sit. Give it a little pop, pop. It depends on the weather. If it’s windy and there’s a lot more chopin the water, then I get more aggressive withthe pops. I’m really not, you know, really yanking downon that rod to give it boom, boom, boom. But if it’s glass calm like you see behindme, then just real subtle pops is all youneed. Try to match that, the weather, the wind,with how aggressive you’re going with yourpops. But that bait works really well all…again,even when it’s sunny out, that’s a great timeto fish these lures. Now one thing you’ve got to remember withtopwater baits is you have to wait to setthe hook. When a fish blows up on it, he’s busting throughthe surface, you see that explosion and yourknee jerk reaction is to set the hook rightaway. Well, you’re reacting on the fish breakingthe surface. He still has his mouth open and hasn’t clampedthe bait. . . his mouth around the bait. You’re literally yanking away from him. You’re kinda doing a Lucy with Charlie Brown,pulling the football away from him. So you have to wait. The fish has got to come up, grab it, turn,and go back in the water. So while you’re fishing these baits, justkeep. . . as you’re retrieving and thinking,”Don’t set the hook. Don’t set the hook. Don’t set the hook,” just keep reminding yourself. That way, when it happens, you don’t go, “Oh,”and set the hook right away. You’re ready for it. Set the hook, the fish hits the bait, it goesunderwater. You wait. When you feel the fish pulling. . . taking offwith the bait, that’s when you set the hook. So it takes discipline but you’re gonna geta lot more hook ups that way. So let’s go on to the next lure. Next one is the jig. The jig, which I have one tied on right here,the jig is great bait to use when the biteisn’t as good and not as aggressive. That’s what you wanna throw right there. This is when the bass are up buried up incover, when they’re buried up and floodedin bushes, flooded timber, they’re up in thethick weeds, that kind of thing. Or even when the bite isn’t all that good. When they’re. . . sometimes during the summer,they just aren’t as aggressive as they shouldbe. A jig is a perfect bait to go in and dig themout. They get into that cover. When they’re buried up in it, you can throwup in there and you can dig them out of thatcover. Now what I’m using, I’m using pretty heavyequipment then. I’m using, you know, at least a 7-foot, seven-and-a-halffoot heavy power rod with a moderate to fastaction tip, with 50 pounds Seaguar KanzenBraid. Sometimes I’m using the Smackdown braid aswell, it depends. . . So I’m taking a lot of braid on differentreels. So sometimes I use the Kanzen but I’m alsousing the Smackdown braid as well. But I’m throwing in that cover and diggingthose fish out. When the sun is bright and high and the biteisn’t as aggressive, the jig is all-time. I know it works all-year round but it worksespecially well during the summertime. And in a deeper water, those offshore structures,great way to fish the jig then is to tossit out there, let it sink all the way down. I know you got to wait a little bit. Be patient because you’re fishing 15 or morefeet deep. Let it sit on the bottom for a minute. And sometimes a bass will pick it up whenit’s sitting there, right?That skirt just starts to flare open likethat very slowly and there’s maybe a currentin the water so it moves it and waves it. Sometimes the fish will pick it up and youdidn’t even do anything. But what I like to do is after I let it sitlike that, then I reel down like boom. Give it a pop and let it flutter back down. Reel up to it, let it sit for a second. Boom, pop it again. Sometimes, I don’t know what it is but thatbait just shooting up off the bottom, thefish will…if they’re hanging around there,they’ll react to it and hit it. Even if they don’t wanna eat, even if they’renot in the mood to be aggressive, that suddenmovement popping up up at the bottom elicitsa strike. One little trick I like to do during the summertimewith jigs is, if I’m fishing offshore structurethat’s rocky, like I said before, rock piles,points, humps, I’ll take a three-quarter ouncefootball head jig. Three-quarter ounce, yes. Throw it out there. Now I’m not using a three-quarter ounce becauseI gotta get it down deep. What I like to do is get it down those rocksand then lift it and bounce it. Pop it down those rocks. I want it to bang on those rocks, boom, boom,boom, boom. Click and clacking and making all kinds ofruckus down there to attract the bass. It works, okay?Just banging on those rocks with that three-quarterounce jig bouncing around that and they’llattract bass and they’ll come up and smackit. So that’s a great trick to use during thesummertime. Final bait I like to fish is a Texas-riggedplastic bait, any kind of creature bait. Structure Bug works really well. There’s a variety of YUM baits out there Ilove to throw. Throw them out there. Just Texas rig them. I like to go as light as I can to get awaywith, usually a 3/8 ounce weight, quarterounce weight, but you can throw it anywherea jig, just like I mentioned, and then fishit. You know, the same way with a jig but withthe different types of lures out there, differenttypes of plastic baits, you can control thefall rate a lot better. A bigger bulk of your bait like a StructureBug or, you know, maybe a Brush Hog or somethinglike that falls a little bit slower throughthe water column or you can go to a Ribbontailworm and it can drop faster. Also, it depends on the cover you’re fishing. Something with a lot of appendages on it,when it falls through, it can get stuck onthe little branches and twigs if you’re throwingit in bushes and weeds, and it’s kinda hardto work it through. Whereas, a Ribbontail worm will slide righton through all that. So it’s great for getting into that coverwhere the fish are buried during the summertime. You can go in and dig them out. It’s really a tool at that point. You just look at the cover that you’re fishing,the depth that you’re fishing. Is it vegetation?Is it rock?And that will tell you whether or not to fishjig versus a Texas-rigged bait. I like to mostly fish with Texas rig whenit comes to the real thick weeds because ajig tends to grab it all and you kinda, you’repulling back a lot of weeds. But if you’re fishing a slender Texas-riggedbait, it’ll pull through those weeds betterand you won’t be picking up as much gunk. Anyway, those are the top five baits thatI use throughout the summertime. Again, there’s a lot of other ones out therethat are great. Don’t get upset if I didn’t mention your favoriteone. It does work but those are the five I alwayshave in my boat and those are the five I alwayshave tied on somewhere in my rod locker. I can bring them out and I can fish thoseand I know I’m gonna catch fish no matterwhat during the summer. Hope that helps. For more tips and tricks like that, visitBassResource. com.