Now that the dog days of summer are bearing down on us, the bass fishing bite can get tough. If you’re looking to avoid those slow days on the water, preparing yourself for the summer bass fishing bite is key!
Gene Jensen (aka The Flukemaster) lays out his 5 favorite summer bass fishing baits.
Summer Bass Fishing Bait: Topwater
Early in the morning, it’s going to be some sort of topwater bait. First thing in the morning right when the sun starts to break out all the way up until the light starts hitting the water, I’ll be throwing some type of topwater.
Summer Bass Fishing Bait: Squarebill
The next one I can probably say is one of my bread and butters just for covering water. When you’re not fishing a lot of grass and you’ve got a lot of cover like wood or even if you don’t have any wood, I’m going to throw a squarebill. It’s going to be a small one. The baitfish are typically fairly small this time of year so I’m going to throw something like a 1.5 or 1.0 squarebill.
Bait examples: 6th Sense Squarebill
Summer Bass Fishing Bait: Bladed Jig
There are two chatterbait colors I throw: green pumpkin and black and blue. ½ ounce or 3/8 ounce are typically what I throw the most. This is another one of those moving baits I rely on heavily. When you have a lot of grass, this is probably the best moving bait you can fish in the grass.
Bait examples: Picasso Tungsten Knocker
Summer Bass Fishing Bait: Spinnerbait
Notice a lot of these are search baits. Bass tend to scatter early in the morning and work along the banks so a search bait is typically really good. A spinnerbait looks like a small school of baitfish going by. And it’s an all-terrain vehicle. It’ll go through a lot of different types of cover.
Bait Examples: Strike King Spinnerbait
Summer Bass Fishing Bait: Texas Rig
My bread and butter for bottom bouncing. When the bass get deep they get on that offshore cover, those points and humps. A Texas rig worm is awesome for that offshore cover. My favorite color is tequila sunrise for the summertime. My go-to around grass and flipping cover is going to be a Rage Bug. They go on the same Texas rig. No matter what I’m doing. If I’m flipping cover, if I’m Texas rigging off-shore, or if I’m hopping the bottom that Rage Bug is just absolutely incredible.
For more on Summer bass fishing check out Flukemaster’s video below:
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