What is it about summer bass fishing? It is simultaneously easier and more difficult. The water is more pressured the bass seem to get smaller, but you are still catching fish, just not the size of fish you want. Matt Allen gives an in-depth break down for finding those summer giants. They didn’t just disappear after spring. It is time to learn the movements and patterns that will help you boat the elusive summer giants!
With all the gadgets and contraptions that bass fisherman use today its easy to get ahead of ourselves and skip important steps when approaching a new lake. Even with GPS, mapping chips, and a network of friends I still spend a lot of time pouring over maps before venturing onto a new body of water. Many anglers have abandoned the paper map in favor of more “modern” options, never stopping to check which is more accurate.
Though I run GPS on my boat I’ve never forgotten the paper map. I still carry maps on the boat and reference them constantly. For this reason I was quite pleased to get an email from an angler asking for an explanation of lake maps and some of the associated terminology.
For this explanation I pulled out the first map my hand landed on, it happened to be Lake Fork, Texas. Though I have not spent a great deal of time on Fork I have been there enough to get a feel for the lake and an understanding of its features. Hopefully this video will shed some light not only on Fork but on every fishery you encounter.
I expect more on this topic in the future from Adam Hinkle, a regular contributor to the site. I’m sure Adam will have a different approach and it will be fun to see how the approaches vary. I look forward to your feedback.