.....Bright sunny days, warm and slightly breezy tempt you to pack it in early and get in a few hours fishing before dark. How can you make the most of your few hours on the water? In this month's article we will give you some tips on how to make those precious few hours as rewarding and productive as possible.
.....In this months article we will be joined by James Hanohano an accomplished tournament angler and fishing guide. Like many of us "in the business" James is working at his "real" job during the day while he pursues the Big Girls (Bass that is) the rest of his waking hours.
Robbie "James, let's not beat around the bush, what is the best way for our readers to make the most of their time on the water during these summer months?"
James "One of the best methods I have and can recommend to your readers involves patterning the fishes movements. If you are an experienced fisherman some or all of this will be old news. Patterning simply means how will the fish behave as the day moves from early morning to late evening. Where will you be able to find them at 6:00am, 12:00 noon and 7:00pm."
Robbie"So if I were to head out to my favorite water at 3:00 in the afternoon and it was a heavily used lake that allowed skiing, jet skiing and so on where would I start?"
James "Fish are going to hold where they feel most comfortable. At 3:00 in the afternoon you will find them hiding way back up in the bushes where the boats can't go. That is assuming you have bushes or tree on the lake. Also, you will find them holding close to the mudline created by the wakes of the boats. The mudline is that area a foot or two of the shore where the water is clouded or "muddy". The bass hold tight in this murky water as if it were actual cover. In a way it is since we can't see the fish but you can be sure you will pull out at least one or two fish for each hundred feet of mudline."
Robbie "That sounds like a great place to start, now what?"
James "Now that you know where your quarry is you have to make them an offer they can't refuse. My favorite style of bassin' is the "Run N Gun". In heavy cover either Carolina Rigged or Texas Rigged I will use plastics in the afternoon to entice the Big Girls out of hiding. At this point key in on bait type, color and size for best results.
Robbie"How specifically do you do that?"
James Once you have decided where you will fish, decide what bait you have the most confidence in. I suggest a spider jig as a good all around bait. Then decide what color you will use. You will need plenty of colors and sizes of each bait for consistent results on the water. Example: You are fishing heavy cover in 10 - 15 feet of water and have decided to use a Carolina Rig with an 18" leader and a 4" spider jig in watermelon color. Now you're fishing. Try this pattern two maybe 3 times max then switch to another color until you find one they like."
Robbie "That sounds pretty simplistic, is that really all there is to it?"
James "Well mostly. Once you start getting hits on a particular color, change the size, generally down in size say to 3" from 4". If you get more strikes then it was a good choice, If not go back to the 4" or try a 5". Work your plastics until you are catching them like the pro's. Let me recommend a few colors and styles of baits before we move on to one final thin you should do to ensure fishing success."
STYLES: COLORS: Worms, Crawfish, Tubes, Spider Jigs, Lizards, Crankbaits Green, Purple, Pumpkin, Watermelon, Transparent Colors for clear water, dark colors for muddy water.
Robbie "James, before we go you mentioned one final thing we need to know to ensure a successful day on the water. What would that be?"
James "Baitfish in the area you are fishing is a MUST to keep your fish holding in one particular area. Remember there are two kinds of fish, Stalkers and Ambushers. Stalkers are the fish that pursue and stalk balls of bait. They go where the bait are. Then we have the Ambushers, these are the really big bass who need to get the biggest meal with the least energy expended. Last months article talked about how to pursue these fish. This months article addresses the other type of feeders. Remember if you are on the fish and they are biting and you are having fun that is what it is all about."
Robbie Well James I would like to thank you for your advice. I am sure our readers have learned how they can get out on the water and in just a few hours have several fish on board.
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