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Size: Swimbaits 6" or larger late evening or early early morning.

 

Number: Small baits on dropshot or the NED rig (something with a slow fall) same hours.

 

"Fish 'em early fish 'em late

Fish bit best from six til eight"

 

I like the way it rhymes, and it keeps me out of the heat. Can't get out like I used to, can't be gone for more than an hour or two at most. Fishing a DS + Tiny Fluke or NED rig from 6:30 til 8:30 (+ or -) I've averaged 7=12 bass per night for the last two weeks. Did get a 6.26, 3.75 and a few twos on the swimbait, but the numbers are with the smaller baits on light 6lb tackle. Seems like I'm putting on a clinic every other night. I've given away 2 packs of Shroomz and as many baits. just so I don't feel guilty. Done well on the Finesse ShadZ and Finesse  WormZ, haven't been able to get bit on the TRD, maybe that's a Smallie thing.

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Probably my favorite time of year to fish. Make sure you use sun screen, stay hydrated and a neck gator and bandana dunked in the ice chest every so often make things a little easier thru the day!!

Keep an eye on the depth that a majority of the bait and bass are found and target those areas!

Deeper points with a little bit of rock or stumps, drag a Carolina rig or football jig has been my go to this time of year. Don't let the middle of the day get you off your game, they eat then too!!

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10" worms dragging or a sweep and sit retrieve, topwater early or late. I stay away from fishing in the mid day. 5-8 am and 5-9 pm are my times

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If you can get to a big lake's tailrace, there's more oxygen in the water and cooler because it's off the bottom of the dam. I've fished Wateree R below the dam and it's pretty good on the hottest days. It also makes a big difference in how you feel. Be careful. In the heat, they run for power a lot more often and it can get hairy. Listen for the horn. A kayak is the way to go, but water level can change fast. On down the river it widens and slows some and is easier to fish.

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Umbrella.

 

Get one of those umbrellas that attach to the back of your chair.

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Do you have matted grass on the lakes you fish? I've been catching a ton flipping and its been high 90's all week...

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I go nocturnal. 

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I think the heat affects me a lot more than it affects the fish. I get impatient and don't do the things I usually do to catch fish when I'm more comfortable.

Keeping the sun off your coconut is the trick. On my boats I always add a canopy top that is really effective:photo7.jpg

Having a shady spot in the middle of a lake is a big moral booster during TN summers.

 

It's easy and cheap to make with 3/4" EMT and these fittings:

http://www.tents-canopy.com/canopy-fittings-flat-roof-fittings.html

 

easy to put up and take down if it gets too windy.  Could easily be added to almost any boat...

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Fish early or fish late, nap in the afternoon.

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Heat and humidity don't bother me much, what does bother me is algae growth, high weeds, gnats and lethargic fish.  My solution is fishing for other species, spending very little time on bass.

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I go nocturnal. 

 

 

Ditto!

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I like to fish at night when it gets this hot. It's in the 90's by 9 am here so I go out an hour before dark and fish til.....well as late I can and still make it to work the next day

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Normally no problem, the last week of so yeh there is a problem.  I fish the beach nearly every morning, a real lack of wind and it's stifling so I've been cutting my time.  I generally go out and do freshwater in the pm, the gnats have been exceptionally bad this year, just swarming.  Haven't been doing too much freshwater, it's on the backburner for a while.

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This time of year, I choose to go towards the later half of the day. Summer is going be tough. Water temps where I go fishing was 92.5 degrees!! The fishing was not that good either. Only tips I can provide you are the following: Like some have mentioned if going nocturnal suits you then go for it. Fish first thing in the morning for a few hours and/or fish the last few hours at the end of the day. If you can only fish in between, then hydrate like crazy, cover up head to toe, and summon a lot of patience. As far as where to fish, look for the slop with varying types of vegetation. What helps me is, that I imagine what I would do if I was out in the summer sun. (Besides fishing of course..lol) I would be seeking shade and lots of it. In turn the bass do the same thing. Pitching, flipping, and punching, should be high on your list. 

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I just got back from lake Bacarrac in Mexico. We had temps over 100 up to 104 every day for six days straight. We were on the water around 6am each morning and fished to 11:30 to noon. Back on the water at 2:30 to 3:00 pm and fished until 8:00 pm give or take. We started drinking water before we hit the boats until we hit the beds. Probably about 10-14 bottles per day. We did have a breeze in the afternoons which helped immensively. I personally do not like the heat but the big fish possibility kept me going. Our best bite was in the the AM. Water surface temps were in the low 90's.

Surprisingly we held up well.

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All goes well I'll be fishing El Golfo and Puerta Penasco in Mexico next week.

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All goes well I'll be fishing El Golfo and Puerta Penasco in Mexico next week.

I think you just made that up........ El Golfo, ha........

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Start fishing 2 hours before sunrise until 2 hours after sunrise.

Pack it up and have breakfast at Denny's

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I think you just made that up........ El Golfo, ha........

El Golfo de Santa Clara, Sonora Mexico.  90 miles south of Yuma Az on Highway 3, I'll let you look it up.

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El Golfo de Santa Clara, Sonora Mexico.  90 miles south of Yuma Az on Highway 3, I'll let you look it up.

I hope you know I was just funnin'

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In shallow Florida lakes I've always done well with frogs in the middle of the day in water temps close to the 90's - the fish come up under the pads or hydrilla and are accessible - not frantic action but usually good quality. The difficulty for me it is dealing with the heat and sticking with the program.

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