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Summertime Bass Fishing

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Summertime bass

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summer-bass-tom-loweryThe bass have spawned. The shad have spawned. The post spawn recovery is over....so now what? SUMMER FISHING! I love this time of year but there are days where I wonder "why can't I get a bite". For me successful Summer time fishing is all about following the baitfish. If you find the bait the bass are close by. I find that during the summer months the bass are spread out throughout the lake and the water column. There are fish shallow, deep, and everywhere in between. The "hot area" on the lake changes weekly. Summertime bass fishing can be a challenge but also make for some very fun days.

This is the time of year you can catch a bass on anything; topwater, crankbaits, chatterbait, swimbaits, frog, jig, worm, senko, spoons, etc...if there is ever a time to build confidence in a lure and try a lure you have never caught a bass with its right now. I think it is because there are many "moods" of summer bass on a given day. Some bass are aggressively chasing shad some are roaming deep some are laying low in the grass. These different groups of fish mean there will be several different "patterns" on the lake during these summer days.

My approach in the summer is as follows; I'll look for areas with active signs of life; bait, birds, grass, etc...and I start with a topwater bait. My 2 favorite Summer baits are a Rico pop bait and a buzzbait. I fish the pop bait slow and the buzz bait fast. I like to cover water fishing both flat and steeper banks. If I come across some grass I will throw a frog on the thickest part and around the edges. I also like to jerk a fluke around the grass if it is "sparse" grass or clumpy with holes.

ice-jig-largemouth-bassI keep my eyes on my Lowrance HDS unit a lot in the Summer. When I see large shad schools on the graph over deep water I'll drag my drop shot rig or swim a scrounger/shad bait around. If the bass are in the mood that day to chase shad to the surface I will go chase the "busting" fish for a while. It is important to point out even if those school fish aren't busting on the surface chasing shad (like yesterday) they are still down there and you can catch them. If you locate those schools over deep water a tailspin, A-rig, scrounger/shad bait, and Rapala ice jig are my weapons of choice.

By late morning/mid day I will focus my efforts on the deeper bite 15-40ft of water or fish shallow anywhere there is grass. For me those deep fish seem to hold deep on the larger structure, channels, and trees as opposed to small rocks and bushes but it depends on the lake. This is especially true at El Cap where at Hodges it's not. At El Cap I'll fish big points and main lake rockpiles with a drop shot, crig, and jig. At Otay I'll focus on the grass beds and at Hodges I will cover the shoreline throwing at every bush and rock.

In the afternoon I like to switch gears again and go back to the bank. If it's windy I like a crankbait, jerkbait or A-rig. The wind seems to push the bait and bass up to the bank. In the afternoon the key is to keep moving until you run into one. When I do catch one I pay close attention to where that fish is positioned and try to duplicate that cast around the lake. What I like most about Summertime fishing is that you never know what you may run into and it's always different. If you happened to stay on the lake till sunset you may be in for some great topwater action in that last hour. Keep casting!

   

FREE BASS FISHING CLINIC June 23

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

As promised SDBFS free Bass fishing clinic is June 23 8:00am - 9:30am. Equipment, line, techniques, and Q&A. Beginners, and kids new to bass fishing are welcome. Location: Santee Lakes. Please send me a Private message if you plan to come. PLEASE READ...

LOCATION FOR MY BASS FISHING CLINIC SUNDAY IS SANTEE LAKE 3. I WILL BE IN THE SOUTHEAST CORNER. YOU CAN PARK ON THE NORTH SIDE AND WALK ABOUT 150 YARDS OR YOU CAN DRIVE ALL THE WAY AROUND. 8AM START TIME. THERE IS A $5 PARKING FEE AND A $9 FISH PERMIT IF YOU PLAN TO FISH AFTER. PLEASE SEND ME A PRIVATE MESSAGE IF YOU ARE COMING. SEE YA SUNDAY!

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April / May...Still Biting! Let's GO!

Monday, May 20, 2013

April / MAY! - I like this time of year because things are changing. Fish are on the move and in search of food after all that hard work they did spawning. After a brief recovery they will be ready to chew and get fat again. May is the month I start throwing smaller swimbaits, topwater baits, and all types of "reaction" baits. You can catch em on a rapala type jerkbait pretty much anywhere right now. I like the lucky craft pointers. Flukes, crankbaits, smaller swimbaits, buzzbaits, topwater, and my favorite "wake bait" will all be effective over the next few months. The grass beds will start growing at Otay and hold nice fish all summer long. So get all those fancy expensive baits you've been buying and go use em!

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Fishing is GREAT!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

NOW IS THE TIME! LET'S GO!

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Winter Report and What's to Come

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

San Diego City Lakes Winter Bass Fishing has been good with the best bite going at the Red Hot El Capitan Lake. It’s nice living in a place where you can fish and catch Bass year round! The bite at El Capitan has been crazy.

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Recently, a 32lb 5 fish limit took 1st place at the National Bass West Team Tournament with limits of 20lbs plus common. I have had many days of quality 15lb plus limits of Bass during a time of year usually considered “slow”. In typical fashion, the Bass have been gorging on Shad and Crayfish getting fat and healthy for the upcoming spring. For the last several weeks I have caught em shallow on Crankbaits, small swimbaits, Jig and craws, and drop shot. My bigger fish have come very early and again at mid day. The deep bite for me has been the best from 8-10am on a Carolina rig and drop shot watermelon and green pumpkin plastic baits.  Also, the Umbrella Rig and Rapala Ice Jig have been great fish catchers on the right school of deep water suspended Bass.  This time of year my Lesson trips have helped Anglers learn the deep “offshore” bite that is often overlooked or a new technique like the Rapala Ice jig. Don’t look now but things are about to change….SPRING IS COMING!

Yes Spring is the time of year all Bass Anglers wait for. February – May will offer San Diego Anglers very good Bass fishing at all San Diego City Lakes. As the water temps get warmer Bass will start moving shallow. They won’t all rush the banks at once. During the pre-spawn Bass will be “staging” on the outside points, channels, and breaklines along the banks where they will be spawning. This is a great time of year to catch a Giant. Big fish will be staging in waters a bit deeper than the keeper size fish roaming the shallows. Most productive techniques will be fishing on the bottom with a drop shot rig, Carolina Rig, or other soft plastic baits and the always reliable senko. Large Swimbaits will also catch big bass looking for an easy meal before moving on the beds to spawn. I like to throw a texas rigged 9in fat worm and crawl it slowly from deep to shallow. Once the spawn is on shallow Bass will be very aggressive striking many lures that invade their homes.

Spring is a great time to introduce our sport to a friend or a kid new to Bass fishing. Visit one of our local San Diego tackle shops and get geared up!  

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