Follow a quieter fishing protocol in clear lakes, but generate some action and noise in more turbid waters.
Matching the mood of the fish has been my mantra for years for any species. It simply means using baits and lures to capitalize on fish behavior. When for example, should we use noisy versus quiet lures?
Let’s start by answering that question. In darker water, use noisy lures. They also perform in heavy weed cover and for reaction bites. Examples of noisy lures include lipless crankbaits, buzzbaits, topwaters, and rattle jigs.
Follow a quieter protocol in clear water and pressured lakes. When you have a slow bite, go quiet. Short-striking fish is another obvious situation.
When dealing with tougher bite fish, use more of a finesse approach. It’s a good time for weightless plastics such as a wacky worm. That’ll be productive all summer into fall.
Work that wacky rig extremely slow. A plastic’s action is the trigger, and slow falling provides more action. Try skipping plastics under docks, too.
In general, slow down your retrieve. Pinpoint an area, cast, then let a plastic drop to bottom, and leave it lay a moment. Then lift your rod tip and work it back. Twitch it every so often. This approach delivers maximum movement. You’re fishing without weights here, and be sure to use a thin wire hook that doesn’t break or bend.
These finesse tactics can be the difference in setting the hook on a lunker bass.
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