Where Do Bass Go In Summer? (And How To Catch Them)

Summer bass fishing is really fun once you know where to look! You can catch fish all day long, even in the heat of the day. Summer gets a bad wrap amongst fishermen because they don't understand bass movements and feeding patterns. Once you get ahead of the fish, its non-stop action! Let's take a look at where they are and how to catch them.

During Summer the bass break into two distinct schools. The first goes shallow into cover and the second heads out to main lake structures. The shallow fish are fun because you can target them with a variety of power fishing techniques, our favorite are frogging, flipping, and throwing swim jigs. The fish on outside structures group up around current when available and large structures when the water is calm. These fish can be caught on crankbaits, worms, jigs, and a variety of other lures.

Don't let the pressure steer you away, summer is prime time for bass. Don't be surprised if you find bass stacked up in current and catch 100+ fish a day, and who knows, there might even be a GIANT bass in the mix!

Below is a breakdown of the lures and equipment we use to target Summer bass. We'll begin with cover-oriented options and end with offshore options.


-River2Sea Bully Wa 2 65 (Little Allen, Ghost): http://bit.ly/2axyR2a

-Jackall Gavacho (Gill, White): http://bit.ly/2L7KsWS


-Jackall Archelon: http://bit.ly/2uo4sN5

-Vike Tungsten 1.5 oz Flipping Weight: http://bit.ly/2DUIxB4

-Gamakatsu Superline 4/0 EWG Hook: http://bit.ly/2ac92XG

-6th Sense Peg X: http://bit.ly/2bHjowk

Swim Jigs...

-California Swim Jig 3/8-3/4 oz: http://bit.ly/2auXfmx

-Keitech 4.3" Fat Swing Impact: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v


-Yamamoto Senko (5"-7"): http://bit.ly/2axAmNS

-Wacky Hook (1/0-4/0): http://bit.ly/2aKGmHM

-Texas Hook (3/0-6/0): http://bit.ly/2ac92XG

-Squarebill Crankbait...

-Rattling- River2Sea Biggie Poppa (Abalone Shad, Horizon Shad): http://bit.ly/2ahCzvo

-Silent- Lucky Craft 2.5 (American Shad, Citrus, Gizzard Shad): http://bit.ly/2BGxKPa

Deep Crankbait...

-Strike King 6XD: http://bit.ly/2ery44M

-6th Sense Cloud 9: http://bit.ly/2BQ4uDs

Shakey Head Worms...

-Canterbury Shaky Head: http://bit.ly/2aFOs0V

-Netbait T Mac Worm: http://bit.ly/2jndwj9

-Zoom Trick Worm: http://bit.ly/2aWkG7E


-Football Jig: http://bit.ly/2d0iJbd

-Pitchin Jig: http://bit.ly/2amL3of

-Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver: http://bit.ly/29W3RZW

-Reaction Innovations Spicy Beaver: http://bit.ly/2MPuma1

-Strike King Rage Bug: http://bit.ly/2aAsuiV

Favorite Flipping Combo...

Rod- Expride 7'11" XH: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

Reel- Curado 150 DC HG: http://bit.ly/2yHtsp4

Line- 65 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

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Bed Fishing Tricks With Amazing Underwater Footage!

Let's head underwater to watch spawning bass eat bluegill swimbaits, jigs, and a variety of finesse baits. We're watching their behavior and learning how to adapt bait selection and equipment to catch bigger bed fish. If you're fishing during the spawn but don't consider yourself an "excellent bed fisherman", this video is for you!

Most anglers think of a big white creature bait and shallow water when its time to go bed fishing. The reality is sight fishing season is as diverse as any other time of year. There are a variety of baits for various conditions, sizes of fish, and water clarities. Knowing when to use each bait, how to lure strikes, and when to set the hook, is going to make you a much more efficient bed fisherman.

Below is a breakdown of the baits and equipment discussed in the video as well as some key color recommendations that break the norm. Don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone, throw some different baits, and catch a new personal best this Spring!

Sunglasses- Eye Surrender (Amber and Copper Lenses): http://bit.ly/2glE3eN

Ned Rig Baits...

-Roboworm Ned: http://bit.ly/2j9F0Xy

(Desert Craw, Green Pumpkin Perch, Prism Shad)

-Z Man Finesse TRD: http://bit.ly/2hs4RtR

(Green Pumpkin, Mud Bug, The Deal)

-Z Man TRD Craws: http://bit.ly/2U9vx6P

(TW Delta Green Pumpkin, Blood Worm, Canada Craw)

-Ned Head- Ned LockZ HD Jig Head 1/6 oz: http://bit.ly/2kIgRYK

Dropshot Worms...

-Strike King Dream Shot: http://bit.ly/2KNXuK9

(Green Pumpkin, Ghost Shad, KVD Magic)

-Z Man Trick Shots: http://bit.ly/2TqJwAR

(Bad Shad, Green Pumpkin Goby, Twilight)

-Reaction Innovations Shiver Shot: http://bit.ly/2JCpY7S

(Magic Craw Swirl, Sungill, Smallmouth magic)

-Dropshot Hook- Owner Mosquito Light Size 1: http://bit.ly/2zQVKx3

Jigs and Trailers...

-Dirty Jigs Pitching' Jig 1/2 oz: http://bit.ly/2amL3of

(Bluegill, Canterbury Craw, Go To)

-Dirty Jigs No-Jack Flippin Jig 1/2 oz: http://bit.ly/2fx8YBI

(Bluegill, Magic Craw Swirl, Warmouth)

-Reaction Innovations Beaver Trailer: http://bit.ly/29W3RZW

(Green Pumpkin, Green Pumpkin Red, Magic Craw Swirl)

-Reaction Innovations Smallie Beaver: http://bit.ly/2dR6CkP

(Green Pumpkin, Magic Craw Swirl, Spanish Fly)

Swimbaits and Bluegill Imitators...

-Keitech 2.8 Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

-Mattlures Ultimate Bluegill: http://bit.ly/2aAuAz5

-Mattlures U2 Bluegill: http://bit.ly/2s1dqyf

-Megabass Dark Sleeper: http://bit.ly/2TyR1GT

-Storm Wildeye Sunfish: http://bit.ly/2psTO6t

-Basstrix Bluegill: http://bit.ly/2dPHA4e

Fishing the spawn is all about boat positioning. Our Talons make a huge difference! The advantage of Talons over a trolling motor is that the prop is never turning but you're still able to sit perfectly still. If you've considered Shallow Water Anchors give Talons a look.

Minn Kota Talons: http://bit.ly/2F0QBSP

(We use 15' Talons)


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How to Trailer Your Boat When Fishing Solo

A few months back we did a video on launching your boat by yourself. It was met with such great feedback that we decided to follow it up with a 2nd video showing how easy it can be to put your boat back on the trailer without help.

There are some great products out there today to make your life easier when trailering the boat alone. The most useful is an aftermarket step like the EZ-Troll Tongue Step. In this video we show how to do it without a device like this but if you wanted added safety, a step is the sure way to go.

We hope this gives you some confidence to go out and hit the water alone this year! Don't let a friend who has to work or who sleeps through the alarm clock mess up your next day on the water. Good luck out there!

River2Sea Whopper Plopper

The latest craze in bass fishing is the Whopper Plopper by River2Sea. If you fish in the West odds are you know exactly what it is, how to fish it, and how deadly it can be. If you fish East of the rockies, you're probably just hearing about how deadly this "new" topwater bait really is.

To the surprise of many, the Whopper Plopper isn't a new bait. Its been catching giant bass and winning tournaments on trophy bass fisheries like Clearlake and the California Delta for years!

When the buzzbait, spook, and frog, stop producing the Whopper Plopper just keeps on catching! Like the Basstrix and A-rig's before it, the "plopper"  is taking the industry by storm and changing the way that many anglers think bass can be caught.

Now garnering national attention with recent tournament wins, anglers everywhere are recognizing the fish catching potential of this unique bait.

In this video Tim explains the different sizes that are available, popular colors like "Loon" and "Monkey Butt", and the gear you'll need to fish them. See the bait in the water and how to retrieve it as well!

Whether you're chasing smallmouth and spotted bass with the 90 size or chasing GIANT largemouth in the South with the big 190, the Whopper Plopper is a topwater bait that every angler should add to their arsenal.