5 Best Lures For Summer Bass Fishing | Bass Fishing

Keri: There you go. Glenn: Hey, folks. Glenn May here at BassResource. com. And today, I wanna talk to you about the five
best 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 feeding
a 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 best
because 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 have
in 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 bait
during the summertime. It’s a great bait to use. Really, when the fish are shallower than ten
feet 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 technique
with this or alongside docks, or flooded bushesand timber. Great bait to throw out there when the fish
aren’t. . . the bite really isn’t super strong. They’re a little lethargic. Maybe after a cold front comes through, they’re
a 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 the
summer because you can put it behind a split-shotrig or in a Carolina rig, for example, or
even on a jighead. And then you can fish deeper than 10 feet
out 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 out
in 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 types
of 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 with
those is actually throw them out in deeperwater and jig them off of the bottom. Throw them out, let them. . . they vibrate when
they fall so a lot of times, the bite is inthe fall. But then when they hit the bottom, I pop it
off of the bottom, let it sink back down. Pop it up off the bottom. Great way to fish those deeper structure that
I just mentioned. Great way to fish out in deeper water with
lipless crankbaits like the One Knocker, forexample. Another type of crankbait is a shallow diving
crankbait. That works, of course, when the fish are really
shallow. I love to fish those around boat docks, around
stumpy fields. Usually, a squarebill crankbait is the one
that I use the most in those situations. Squarebills tend not to get hung up in the
weeds as much. That’s a great crankbait to use during the
summertime fishing around logs, rocks, stumps,things like that. You can deflect it off of that and you should
get 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 two
different wide bills here. This one dives. This one here dives a little bit deeper than
this one here. And they look pretty similar and I really
do like these better than the narrow billin the summertime because a narrow bill’s
got a real tight wobble to it. In the summertime, these have a nice, wide
sashaying action, which, for some reason,that’s what the bass tend to key on in the
summertime. 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 down
into 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 they
pounce on it. Or if I’m fishing, say, riprap along the face
of 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, that
tends 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 with
those deeper-diving crankbaits like the oneI just showed you, they float. Here’s a little trick for night time fishing
because night time fishing during the summertimecan be a killer. Take one of those crankbaits, throw it out
there 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 dock
pilings, those type of things at night. And sometimes, you just don’t even let it
go 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 speed
reel. You’re using more like a below six if you
got it, below 6. 1:1 reel. If you got one of those 5. 3:1s or maybe even
one that’s in the four-seven range, that’sreally good because you just reel nice, slow
cranking 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. . . or
topwater bait is the third type. This is topwaters. Specifically, I mean, there’s a lot of different
topwaters, 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 guy
right 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 right
here, okay?It’s got a big blade on it. You throw that out across the water and you
bring it. . . you get it up on top of the wateras quick as possible, and it gurgles across
the water. That bait creates a lot of commotion, looks
like 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 around
docks, around stump fields, open lily padsand we throw them between those, along weed
edges, those type of things. It works really well. And one little trick that I like to do is
when 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 and
it’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 buzzbaits
and 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 throw
is, 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’s
a 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 really
can’t throw anything in there that. . . you canget weeds and stuff hang up on it. Like a buzzbait won’t work really well over
that, 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 and
clock it through the pads, through the mat,and clock it. The Poppin’ Pad Crasher, that one I like to
use when it’s a little more open, like instump fields or in open lily pads, or around
docks. I like to throw that. Then you let it sit for as long as you can
stand 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 chop
in the water, then I get more aggressive withthe pops. I’m really not, you know, really yanking down
on that rod to give it boom, boom, boom. But if it’s glass calm like you see behind
me, 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 with
topwater baits is you have to wait to setthe hook. When a fish blows up on it, he’s busting through
the surface, you see that explosion and yourknee jerk reaction is to set the hook right
away. Well, you’re reacting on the fish breaking
the surface. He still has his mouth open and hasn’t clamped
the 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, just
keep. . . 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 goes
underwater. You wait. When you feel the fish pulling. . . taking off
with the bait, that’s when you set the hook. So it takes discipline but you’re gonna get
a 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 in
cover, when they’re buried up and floodedin bushes, flooded timber, they’re up in the
thick 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 them
out. They get into that cover. When they’re buried up in it, you can throw
up in there and you can dig them out of thatcover. Now what I’m using, I’m using pretty heavy
equipment then. I’m using, you know, at least a 7-foot, seven-and-a-half
foot heavy power rod with a moderate to fastaction tip, with 50 pounds Seaguar Kanzen
Braid. Sometimes I’m using the Smackdown braid as
well, it depends. . . So I’m taking a lot of braid on different
reels. So sometimes I use the Kanzen but I’m also
using the Smackdown braid as well. But I’m throwing in that cover and digging
those fish out. When the sun is bright and high and the bite
isn’t as aggressive, the jig is all-time. I know it works all-year round but it works
especially 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 more
feet deep. Let it sit on the bottom for a minute. And sometimes a bass will pick it up when
it’s sitting there, right?That skirt just starts to flare open like
that 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 you
didn’t even do anything. But what I like to do is after I let it sit
like 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 that
bait 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’re
not in the mood to be aggressive, that suddenmovement popping up up at the bottom elicits
a strike. One little trick I like to do during the summertime
with 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 because
I gotta get it down deep. What I like to do is get it down those rocks
and 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 of
ruckus down there to attract the bass. It works, okay?Just banging on those rocks with that three-quarter
ounce jig bouncing around that and they’llattract bass and they’ll come up and smack
it. So that’s a great trick to use during the
summertime. Final bait I like to fish is a Texas-rigged
plastic bait, any kind of creature bait. Structure Bug works really well. There’s a variety of YUM baits out there I
love to throw. Throw them out there. Just Texas rig them. I like to go as light as I can to get away
with, usually a 3/8 ounce weight, quarterounce weight, but you can throw it anywhere
a jig, just like I mentioned, and then fishit. You know, the same way with a jig but with
the different types of lures out there, differenttypes of plastic baits, you can control the
fall rate a lot better. A bigger bulk of your bait like a Structure
Bug or, you know, maybe a Brush Hog or somethinglike that falls a little bit slower through
the 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 throwing
it in bushes and weeds, and it’s kinda hardto work it through. Whereas, a Ribbontail worm will slide right
on through all that. So it’s great for getting into that cover
where 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 fish
jig versus a Texas-rigged bait. I like to mostly fish with Texas rig when
it comes to the real thick weeds because ajig tends to grab it all and you kinda, you’re
pulling back a lot of weeds. But if you’re fishing a slender Texas-rigged
bait, it’ll pull through those weeds betterand you won’t be picking up as much gunk. Anyway, those are the top five baits that
I use throughout the summertime. Again, there’s a lot of other ones out there
that are great. Don’t get upset if I didn’t mention your favorite
one. It does work but those are the five I always
have 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 those
and I know I’m gonna catch fish no matterwhat during the summer. Hope that helps. For more tips and tricks like that, visit
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