Want To Catch More Late-Summer Bass? Here’s Some Tips!

Tips and Techniques
With the radiating sun beating down, late summer bass fishing can be sluggish, discouraging, and difficult. Many bass tend to slow down and move into cooler, deeper water, under cover, or near structure. Others may suspend mid-water or continue foraging along shallow lines. Confusing right? We know! Deciding what lure to tie on next when the fish aren’t biting can leave anglers scratching their heads wondering what they are doing wrong. While summer seems like a tough time to fish, with a little bit of work, it can also be the most rewarding.

Here’s a couple tips to help YOU catch more bass in late summer:

1) When the surface water is heating up, key in on fishing under cover – like docks, fallen trees, vegetation and more. Docks and submerged trees make for an excellent bass utopia. Vegetation like Hydrilla and Lily Pads are home to baitfish, higher oxygen levels, and mostly importantly, SHADE! Targeting bass in these areas can produce a satisfying summer catch.

2) Take advantage of feeding times! Get on the lake before the summer heat begins or as the evening sun begins to set. Low light and low heat are the perfect conditions for hungry bass. Tie on your favorite topwater, buzz-baits, or trick worms. This small window provides a prime-time experience and increases your chances of nailing your next personal best.

3) When bigger baits, frogs, and crank-baits stop working, go finesse! Use a drop-shot rig. Keep in mind – while we all want to feel the every twitch at the bottom by using heavier weight, lighter weight helps your worm maintain a natural presentation. Slow your crank speed down and stay confident in your technique!

4) Find the current! Whether it be from the wind, water density, or a nearby dam. Finding the current means finding oxygen, higher levels of oxygen means finding forage, finding forage means you find hungry predatory bass! BOOM…

5) Remember, not all bass are deep during the summer months, because this species of game-fish have a higher tolerance for heat, some remain shallow foraging on craws, bugs, frogs, some remain near points in search of ambush prey, and others will migrate to cooler deeper water. Don’t focus your energy in one place, the water is your wonderland!

6) When the hot gets hotter, match the hatch and throw a deep-diving crankbait. Use it as a search bait to cover a big area of deep water. Varying your speeds and technique can entice even the most lethargic fish to bite!

Bass can be finicky in the summer months, but with a little bit of time, effort, and technique you can quickly improve your catch ratio and thus, improve your summer-time fishing experience!

New Savage Gear Goby Tube- A game changer in the tube market

The 2017 Bassmaster Classic in Houston marked the official release of the Savage Gear 3D Goby Tube, and these baits were a hit.

3D Goby Tube

The Savage Gear 3D Goby Tube is just that, a 3D molded Goby that matches and mimics both Goby and freshwater Sculpin species.  The bait has incredibly lifelike details from facial features, down to the fins.

 

Bryan Simons with a nice Smallmouth that big his 3D Goby

 

Largemouth cant resist the gliding action of the 3D Goby

The side fins on the 3D Goby make for a gliding action on the fall that triggers fierce reaction strikes.  This bait is perfect for dragging or hopping techniques.  The most excitement seemed to be the guys that were interested in fishing these as a drop shot.  They said it was a secret though, so don’t let the bait out of the bag.

You can really get a good look at the detail in this side profile of the Light Pumpkin Candy Color.

3D Goby Tube

 

Fishing the Goby is easy.  You can insert any tube style jig head from 1/8oz to 3/4oz.  The Goby is available in 3.5 inch and 4 inch sizes and comes in 12 of the hottest smallmouth and largemouth bass colors.

While at the Bassmaster Classic, the guys from BassResource.com stopped by the booth to take a look at the baits and see them in action. Here is the video that they put out from the show featuring Dave Brown from Okuma/Savage Gear.

The Savage Gear 3D Goby Tubes are slowly trickling through the sales stream and should be at a retailer near you soon.  If you don’t see them, ask for them by name.

More information on the Savage Gear 3D Goby Tube will be up on our website shortly.

Feel the Vibe

On a recent trip down to El Salto Lake outside of Mazatlan Mexico, the guys from Savage Gear got into a wide open bite on the Fat Vibe baits.  With the incredible side to side vibration, loud distinctive rattle, and swim action on the fall, these baits just plain got it done.  The action was fast and furious, and the bass just kept coming.

The Savage Gear Fat Vibe lipless crankbait was designed to fish the entire water column drawing strikes from a great distance.

Fat Vibe largemouth

The distinct rattling noise and exaggerated belly makes the Fat Vibe deadly on a lift and fall retrieve.

Fat Vibe Largemouth

The Fat Vibe does not spiral down on the fall like most lipless crankbaits, but rather has a side-to-side swimming action on the fall.

Nice Largemouth Fat Vibe

Available in the hottest colors with high quality, super sharp hooks.

Fat Vibe Colors

Here is a video with a more detailed look at the baits and description by Savage Gear USA Product Manager Mike Bennett.