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Top 3 Summer Bass Fishing Techniques

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The video explains bass fishing techniques for late summer. The first technique is flipping, using a tungsten weight, a big hook or a flipping style straight shank hook, and a plastic bait such as a craw tube or a striking rage bug. The second technique is finesse style jig fishing, using a brown ball head jig with a Z-Man hula stick on the back, on the edge of thick vegetation and harder structure.

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  • Technique: Texas Rigs (Pitch/Flip)

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  • Technique: Deep Diving Crankbaits (13'+)

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Hey everybody, this is the top three techniques to catch bass in the summertime, anywhere you are in the country. No matter where I am, whether it's down south on a reservoir or up north on our natural bodies of water we have up here that are grass-laden, these are three tactics that it can go out and catch you fish no matter where in the summertime.

I'm going to start off first with the ever-popular drop shot. Now to me, when I think summertime fishing I think about the drop shot. Because all these fish tend to start gathering up offshore, finding locations where the water temperature is stable, those bait fishing moved off to more stable, cooler water that's down in the depths a little bit, and the vegetation where I live in the north part of the country has gotten to its peak. It's grown up at the deepest depth it's going to get, and I like to find those hard edges and indentations and structure within that grass and target it with a drop shot.

You know, the fish sometimes in the summertime are, they only feed at key parts of the day, and sometimes during those slower parts of the day where they're not necessarily chasing down food, a drop shot can get you those bites. I fish one here on a baitcaster with my bait text-opposed because of the vegetation I'm fishing around. I like to use these tie-on style drop shot sinkers because I'm casting it really far distances and pulling it through vegetation all the time, and those pinch clip ones tend to cut and break off your weights quite a bit more. Now if I'm fishing in more open water scenario, like for smallmouth or down south somewhere where there's not as much vegetation, then I'm going to use a spinning rod, a lighter line, and more of that clip-on style smaller drop shot weight.

Next up would be my favorite way to fish, and most people's favorite way to fish, and that's the Texas rig. So this Bobberstop Straight Braid Big Hook, and this right here is a staple from where I live, the craw tube up in Minnesota, but you can use it with a worm. You can pack this weight further up here and use a swivel if you'd like in Carolina rig it, but a Texas rig with a worm, or this style bait, which I consider part of the creature family, even though it's more of a tube, are perfect for fishing vegetation or anywhere that you've got to get a Texas pose bait through it, whether it's a brush pile, things like that, where you can't have an exposed hook. This can be a deadly way to catch them this summer, and probably my favorite way to catch them this summer.

And the last one is something that if you put the time in and learn how to master, it can be the most effective way to catch larger fish in those summer months, and that's a deeper diving crankbait. This one here is pretty small. This happens to be my confidence crankbait. The smaller forage that I have in the lake that I fish around here most of the time, this size crankbait matches up with that really well, and this bait does get a lot of depth out of it. But even those deeper crankbaits like the 6 and 8 XDs, the 10 XDs, the giant ones, the DT family from Rappela DT 14 16s. 20s come into play in those summer months.

Those fish are staged up offshore, like I said, and if you can find and locate where those schools are on ledges, offshore structure of any type, getting a crankbait down in those depths, to me a key part of the summertime is getting the bottom contact of the crankbait, so find a depth, get a crankbait that dives a little deeper than the depth you 're actually fishing, so you can get that bottom contact and get the bait to deflect off cover down there, you will get more bites. And if you can dial in the crankbait bite in the summertime, you are going to have the biggest stringer of the day.

So I always love to try and find him with a crankbait, but typically that doesn't work out as well for me all the time. So the drop shot, the first one I started with, is definitely the one, one of the bite stuff that gets me the bite. So those three techniques will get you bit in the summer. Go catch them!

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