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hey. where i live, fishing season starts in 17 days... right now we have been having temps in the 90-100°F, and we expect to have these temperatures for the next month or so...

i began fishing last season, but since my boat didnt work, i began fishing by mid-august... at fist i began using mid-diving cranks, but for the first month or so, i didnt catch anything.... i thought it was because i was learning how to work them.... i began catching them on cranks and spinnerbaits by the end of september maybe.... after that, i began catching them consistently until the water temps got very cold... then, i began using only spinnerbaits and started catching fewer but bigger bass on the same lakes....

however, i have never fished hot weathers.... the lakes i fish are really small, sometimes the trolling motor is all i use, so, there are some points that i would consistently get fish out of there.... so i somehow know where the fish are, however, i dont know what to throw at them... with these temps i believe they will be very deep, on cooler water.... should i use t-rigged worms?? jigs?? i tried worms last winter but only caught one, and lost about 3 because of a late hookset....

so, please school me, i hope to be fishing on the opening day!!

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typically in warm weather the bass will be in the shallows early in the moring feeding then return to deeper water late morning .i use a topwater bait early then switch too a texas rigged worm or craw my self. but there are many options.

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This is an important time of year to know structure.

The fish are locating and frequenting deep haunts, I like a few this time of year, my number one in the morning right now poppers and super spooks, spinners around docks until it gets sunny then I switch to jigs and slow down, during the heat of the day when the shallow bite slows down, I usually bring out the c-rig and start fishing structure.

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thanx!! i just bought a humminbird fish finder, i think i will better learn how to use it quick...

so, when the water cools down, the fish will come to shallow water and stay there all day, right?? i used to fish the shorelines that had weeds or rocks, and these points would most often than not, have some fish around them... i dont know how to fish deeper structure, only visible cover, any tips you could give me??

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I am interested in this also. Hot weather fishing has been difficult for me. I know what bait I like to use but finding the fish on hot days has been my foe.

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I am too old and fat to enjoy fishing in those temps, and if I were living in place that hot I would do most of my bass fishing at night. Day or night I would try heavy cover near deep water, pitching right into the heaviest stuff. I would spend most of my time on deep structure. With a lttle work and your new Humminbird you can find the depth that most fish are hanging out in. Then find where structure meets that depth and get busy. A big jig, or worm (iether T or C rigged) would be my first choices. A single colorado spinnerbait bumped along the bottom would be next, followed by a crankbait running deep enough to bump structue as a last resort. Many would start with a crank, but they don't suit my style much. Wear a hat and drink plenty of water... :hot-sun-192:

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thanx for the info!!

fishing at night is not much of an option, since i mainly fish a lake inside the city where aceess is not permited after 10:00 pm.... i can fish from about 6:30 to 10, and that is what i plan on doing as soon as the season starts.... sunset is at about 8:00 pm so not really "night" fishing, but it will be a little cooler...

s, basically, in hot water, go deep, right?? i was told the deepest part of the lake is 25 feet, but i have never fished there, and i dont know if is is flat, or if it has some kind of structure or cover....

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I am too old and fat to enjoy fishing in those temps, and if I were living in place that hot I would do most of my bass fishing at night. Day or night I would try heavy cover cover near deep water, pitching right into the heaviest stuff. I would spend most of my time on deep structure. With a lttle work and your new Humminbird you can find the depth that most fish are hanging out in. Then find where structure meets that depth and get busy. A big jig, or worm (iether T or C rigged) would be my first choices. A single colorado spinnerbait bumped along the bottom would be next, followed by a crankbait running deep enough to bump structue as a last resort. Many would start with a crank, but they don't suit my style much. Wear a hat and drink plenty of water... :hot-sun-192:

Good post !!

Was the sonar new? if so it will have some helpful tips in the box.

Understanding structure is probibly the most important thing you need to learn, it takes time, so don't rush it !!!

Structure is the bottom conture of the body of water you are fishing, it is the most vital part of what fish use to travel from place to place, it's in short their highway.

All fish will hold structure, not all structure though will hold fish, so how do we know which structure holds fish? simple, it's time on the water, you have to make the time to fish and fish often to understand your particular body of water.

In these articals you will find so much information that it can be mind blowing to say the least, just because there is so much of it, but don't pass up the opportunity to read it all.

We all know how to beat the banks early, we often get lost in the thought that this is the pattern for the day, after the bite stops, where do we go from there?

Well if you have found a spot or two with a good morning bite chances are you are in luck, not far from there should be the kind of structure you are looking for, it could be a lake bottom covered in grass, gravel, clam shell, rocks or tree stumps or even a bunch of humps, an old creek bed, road bed...the list goes on and on.

I would suggest using the Carolina rig, this rig is built to find fish and all kinds of structure, you have to use it to get the feel for what is on the bottom, and start using it as soon as the sun comes up over the trees, I would start out using at least a 1/2oz weight, with an 18" leader and matching the bait to what forage the fish are after, it may be a lizard, a grub, a fluke etc...

If the water temp is close or above 80 degreese when your season starts, I would look for water at least 20ft deep, and have multiple points around the location.

Points are one of the most important parts of fishing different structures, if at all possible find a place where two different creeks come together and form part of a mid lake channel or a V in the lake.

Use your sonar to your advantage, scan the area for fish.

Fan cast the areas really well until you find humps, determine what those humps are, rocks, stumps etc... go over it with your sonar and get a picture of what it looks like, if you find fish pay attention to detail, what was your retreive speed etc...make good notes you will need to remember this later on in the fall.

Fishing in the heat of summer is/can be much like fishing the dead of winter, slow, experiment with it find out what they want fast or slow presentations.

If you start fishing structure now it will only make you better in the long run, of course this is only the begining so the info is basic and condenced, but I hope this will help.

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Good post !!

Was the sonar new? if so it will have some helpful tips in the box.

Understanding structure is probibly the most important thing you need to learn, it takes time, so don't rush it !!!

Structure is the bottom conture of the body of water you are fishing, it is the most vital part of what fish use to travel from place to place, it's in short their highway.

All fish will hold structure, not all structure though will hold fish, so how do we know which structure holds fish? simple, it's time on the water, you have to make the time to fish and fish often to understand your particular body of water.

In these articals you will find so much information that it can be mind blowing to say the least, just because there is so much of it, but don't pass up the opportunity to read it all.

We all know how to beat the banks early, we often get lost in the thought that this is the pattern for the day, after the bite stops, where do we go from there?

Well if you have found a spot or two with a good morning bite chances are you are in luck, not far from there should be the kind of structure you are looking for, it could be a lake bottom covered in grass, gravel, clam shell, rocks or tree stumps or even a bunch of humps, an old creek bed, road bed...the list goes on and on.

I would suggest using the Carolina rig, this rig is built to find fish and all kinds of structure, you have to use it to get the feel for what is on the bottom, and start using it as soon as the sun comes up over the trees, I would start out using at least a 1/2oz weight, with an 18" leader and matching the bait to what forage the fish are after, it may be a lizard, a grub, a fluke etc...

If the water temp is close or above 80 degreese when your season starts, I would look for water at least 20ft deep, and have multiple points around the location.

Points are one of the most important parts of fishing different structures, if at all possible find a place where two different creeks come together and form part of a mid lake channel or a V in the lake.

Use your sonar to your advantage, scan the area for fish.

Fan cast the areas really well until you find humps, determine what those humps are, rocks, stumps etc... go over it with your sonar and get a picture of what it looks like, if you find fish pay attention to detail, what was your retreive speed etc...make good notes you will need to remember this later on in the fall.

Fishing in the heat of summer is/can be much like fishing the dead of winter, slow, experiment with it find out what they want fast or slow presentations.

If you start fishing structure now it will only make you better in the long run, of course this is only the begining so the info is basic and condenced, but I hope this will help.

If you didnt help him, you sure helped me! Great post.

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In early morning I use a spinnerbait or topwater and later i use a Texas rigged worm or a deep crankbait.

Jake

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95 to 100 out in the sun is too d**n hot to fish but if you have to deep diving cranks.

Spool some 10 pound fluoro and get some cranks that dive from 15 to 20 feet.

It sounds like it's a small lake you fish so covering it won't be hard.

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Any cover on top of the water,weed mats, lilypads, slop throw a frog and work on top. My PB came on a 92-94 degree day around noon throwing a frog.

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thanx!! great post Nitrofreak!! i definitely keep it in mind when i finally get to the water this season....

yes, the main lake i fish is really small, it has a perimeter of only 6.5 km (about 4.5 miles).... lots of people go there to run or bike, and some fish from shore, but i have only seen one bass boat once last year....

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I fish from sunrise to sunset in the scorching Louisiana heat. I can catch fish all day long, even at 1pm - 3pm when it is 95F+ out.

My advice to you is try different techniques and locations; don't limit yourself to a crankbait. Sometimes the fish want a slow verticle/bottom presentation, some times they want top water, and other times they want a horizontal presentation.

A small lake is a great place to learn how bass move throughout the day with changing temperatures. Become comfortable with jigs, T rigs, C rigs, topwaters, and your depth finder. Start fishing all techniques (including your cranks/spinners) in different areas and different times until you find out what the bass want. After a few outings you will start to see a pattern, then you can build on that knowledge. For example, you notice that the fish are in deep cover mid day and like slow/bottom presentations. Now you know what they want and you can hone in on what bottom baits they prefer at mid-day and experiment with other bottom lures.

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it was about 90 or so deg. sat. and i caught the fish in my profile pic at 12:30 or 1 pm

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I have trouble in the summer down here in FL on natural lakes with little to no offshore structure and water no deeper than 12-13ft. 95% of everyone on the lake will flip the grass line and this usually produces a few fish, however, there are many days where this fails miserably. Perhaps I'm not always doing it correctly or perhaps the fish want something else. It can get very tricky at times for sure, however, someone always manages a 20+ lb bag in a tournament. Either they ran into the one hole on the lake where you could flip up a huge bag or they're doing something else. Don't get me wrong I definitely have my good days but there's certainly room for improvement.

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