|22in Citation Largemouth|
Summer has rolled into the Tidewater region and it is HOT. To beat the heat, a quick late afternoon trip down to the local lake can put some quality bass on your line.
|A double header of nice bass caught on jigs|
I keep these quick trips simple, bringing only a few rods and a few tackle boxes. The rods I bring will be rigged with: a jig, a Texas rig, a popper, and a lipless crankbait. These four baits will always produce summer bass no matter where you fish.
My jig of choice is PowerTeam Lures (PTL) new Bull Nosed Jig in either Natural, or Susky Slayer with a matching Craw D trailer. I throw this around all types of shallow cover and catch a lot of big bass on the jig. Since I'm throwing this into cover I like to use a heavier rod and 20lb test braided line. The braid adds sensitivity and allows you to feel the softer bites.
|A Mouth full of Jigs|
Everybody knows that the Texas rig is one of the most popular rigs in bass fishing. the reason why is because it catches fish, a lot of fish. My Texas rig combo consist of a PTL 1/4oz tungsten weight and a 3/0 EWG worm hook. As far as plastics go, my personal favorites are: PTL Sick Sticks, 6" Gators, 7" Tickelers, and 10" Ribbon Hinge Worms. I pitch these baits in shallow brush piles, and also hop the Ribbon Hinge worm around long main lake points. I will use a little lighter rod than my jigging rod, but will keep the 20lbs braid for the sensitivity.
|Working a point with a Texas Rig|
|Bass caught on a popper|
|Nice bass couldn't pass up a Red Eyed Shad|
The weather may be hot, but so is the fishing. So get on the water and get in on the action.