How to Catch Shallow Bass In Early Summer

Its time to head shallow for some Summer bass fishing fun! Frogging, wakebaits, flipping, and a whole lot more... its the fishing we dream about all Winter long! If you're not going shallow with heavy tackle this Summer you're missing the boat on a lot of really fun fishing! Today Tim is breaking down all the baits he uses to consistently target bass in Early Summer.

Everyone loves catching bass on topwater but this is the time of year you can upsize to a big wake bait and catch a GIANT post spawn bass. If the topwater bite isn't happening you can head deep into heavy cover with a heavy punching rig and pull the big fish out of the shallows. If that's not working, there are some awesome reaction options like swim jigs and crankbaits that consistently fool Summer bass.

Don't miss your chance this Summer! Whether you're bank fishing a pond, paddling a kayak, or ripping around in a brand new bass boat, the Summer months have some amazing fishing opportunities. Head into the shallows and explore everything your lake has to offer! Below is a breakdown of the tackle discussed in the video.

Topwater Baits...

Wakebait- Evergreen Noisy Dachs:

Walking Frog- River2Sea Bully Wa 2:

Steady Retrieve Frog- Teckel Sprinker:

Buzzbait- Slow Roller Quad Blade:

Toad- Zoom Horny Toad:

Floating Toad- Damiki Air Frog:

Punching/Flipping Baits...

Muted Action- Reaction Innovations Beaver:

Active Action- Strike King Rage Bug:

5/0 Owner Jungle Flipping Hook:

1/0 Tungsten Flippin' Weight:

Subsurface baits...

Stick Bait- 6" Yamamoto Senko:

Jig- 3/8 oz pitching jig:

Jig Trailer- Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver:

Soft Jerkbait- Zoom Super Fluke:

Reaction Baits...

Swim Jig- 1/2 oz Dirty Jigs California Swim Jig:

Swim Jig Trailer- Keitech 4.3" Swimbait:

Chatterbait- 1/2 oz Jack Hammer:

Squarebill Crankbait- 6th Sense Crush 50 Silent:

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Easy Texas Rig Tricks: Best Worms and Creature Baits

An in-depth look at Texas rig fishing for bass. Tim covers which baits catch the most fish, how to rig the bait, when to peg your weight, and which hooks work best. Whether you're fishing a senko from shore on a small pond, our punching grass on a huge lake, the Texas rig is a great option to catch more bass.

There are 4 key Texas rigging styles that a well-rounded angler should understand how to use. They are Weightless Texas rigging (typically stick baits, flukes, etc...), Texas rig worms (curly tails and speed worms), Texas rigged creature baits (beavers, brush hogs, man bear pigs, etc), and punching heavy cover (heavy tungsten and a creature bait). Mastering all 4 methods will open a lot of doors for you as an angler.

Don't let the broadness of the category scare you away. A simple 3/16 ounce free floating weight, a small hook, and a little worm or creature will catch a ton of bass under nearly any conditions. After you get comfortable with that setup you can begin branching out and trying the other styles. Below is a breakdown of Tim's favorite baits and equipment for the technique.

Weightless Style...

Worm- 6" Senko:

(Green Pumpkin/Blk Flake, Watermelon/Red)

Hook- 4/0 Gamakatsu EWG Superline:

Light Texas Rig Worms...

-7" Berkeley Power Worm:

-Zoom Speed Worm:

-Strike King Cut R Worm:

-10" PowerWorm:

-8" Bull Worm:

Light Texas Rig Creature Baits...

-Zoom Brush hog:

-Zoom baby brush hog:

-Strike King Game Hog:

-Reaction Innovations Man Bear Pig:

Terminal For the Light Rig...

Tungsten Weight- Strike King Tour Grade 3/16 oz:

Lead Weight- Eagle Claw 3/16 oz:

Bobber Stop- 6th Sense Peg X:

Hook- 1/0 Offset Owner Worm Hook (7" Berkeley):

Hook- 2/0 Offset Gamakatsu Worm Hook (Most worms):

Hook- 4/0 EWG Superline (Most creatures):

Punch Baits...

-Jackall Archelon:

-Missile Baits D-Bomb:

-Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver:

-Strike King Rage Craw:

Terminal Tackle for Punching...

Tungsten Weight- River2Sea Trash Bomb (1 oz-1/75 oz):

Bobber Stop- 6th Sense Peg X:

Straight Shank Hook- Owner Jungle Flippin (5/0):

EWG Hook- Gamakatsu Superline (4/0):

Favorite All-Around Texas Rig Combo...

Rod- G Loomis GLX 853C JWR:

Reel- Curado 150 DC HG:

Line- 50 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Budget Combo...

Rod- Dobyns Fury 7' Med/Heavy:

Reel- Shimano SLX:

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin:


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