Outdoors column: Super summer bass

Now that we’re settling in with some good ol’ summer heat, it’s a great time for getting after some largemouth bass. Patterns are setting up that can hold for several months and one of the most consistent includes working deep weed lines with plastic baits.

John Janousek of Nisswa used a tricky rig to nail this big summer bass.
John Janousek of Nisswa used a tricky rig to nail this big summer bass.

Plastic worms like an Impulse 7-inch Ribbon Tail rigged on a jighead are perfect for working deep weed edges. By threading them on a jighead like a Northland 3/32 ounce Lipstick Jig-Worm you have a bait that will catch everything including crappies, pike, walleyes and, of course, bass.

The Jig-Worm head has a couple of keeper barbs that help to hold softer plastics in place and you want to keep the tip of the worm up tight against the head (looks more natural). If the fish are a little sluggish – like after the passing of a cold front – a smaller lure like a 3½-inch Impulse Jig Crawler might mean more fish hooked and boated.

Effective use includes getting out on the deep edge and very slowly creeping along with the Minn Kota (or even sitting in one place) while you cast up just into the weeds and then let the bait sink to the bottom on a slack line, all the while trying to feel and envision what’s going on.

Anything that feels out of the ordinary deserves reeling down and setting the hook. A twitch of the line on the surface before you figure the bait hit the bottom, a line that starts moving off or a thump that you feel, all qualify for a hook set.

Letting the bait fall on a slack line will allow it to drop more straight up and down and let you get to the very base of the deep weeds.

Bass can often be found holding tight and even into the weed edges and you have to get the bait close to get hit.

When you do hookup with a fish be sure to give that area some extra time. Chances are there are more bass nearby, maybe a lot more.

Summer bass will school up big time and you can have all the fun you want off of one small patch or short stretch of weeds. If you’ve spent some extra time but have come up empty don’t be afraid to go back a little later. Fish will turn on and off at different times and they don’t all get active at the same time.

See you on the water.

Ron Anlauf is a contributing writer to the Outdoors page.

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