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July Bass - I Need Help

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I know it's tough, but I've been out on Travis every day this week, fishing deep bluffs, humps, valleys

 

10-25'

 

Texas Rig Brush Hog

Zoom Magnum Worms (TX Rig)

Drop shot - finesse cut tails

Senko (Smokey black w/glitter)

 

Running out of ideas. Am I just wasting my time? I've got the itch bad.

 

Travis rose about 50' about a month and a half ago. This was after about 5 years of serious drought, so a lot of crud went straight into the water. Significant amount of submerged vegetation (as to be expected).

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Somthin moving fast might be the ticket. Maybe try a 1/2 oz. rattletrap. A crankbait or a heavy spinnerbait. If that don't work move to shallow cover and pitch flip

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Travis rose about 50' about a month and a half ago. This was after about 5 years of serious drought, so a lot of crud went straight into the water. Significant amount of submerged vegetation (as to be expected).

 

 

If that caused a bunch of vegetation in the water, and it lowered water clarity my advice would be to fish shallow. Squarebill Crankbaits, Spinnerbaits, and Pitching or Flippin' a plastic are all good techniques.

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Sounds like a black Shaky head worm might do the trick in 6'-8' of water.

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Try using a square bill crank bait. Preferably around the depth range of 3-6ft. You could match the minnow color pattern at the lake. But I've been catching all of my bass this year on a Rick Clunn's Red Crawdad color.

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I would be flipping vegetation. 

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Try pitching into some heavy cover using that texas rigged brush hog. During the summer there are always some bass in shallow cover

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I caught a 5-1 last night on a Chug'n Spook Jr, frog pattern so late It was hard to get a pic. Had some good misses too. A few bites on the Lunker Lure frog. I'm not sold on it yet, fills with water too easy. 

 

Anyway, I fish early or late, preferably late.

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What you need to be doing is using the Ned rig, or if you don't have the stuff, just take a medium power spinning rod, a 1/16oz jig head and a 3" Senko and you're good to go. Seriously, the conditions you are encountering is exactly what the rig is meant for, it will catch fish when nothing else is.

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Use your sonar unit to locate the bait and bass. Check the areas you have fished first to see if any bass are in that area, if not start looking around any major point ( mouth of a creek arm ) until you locate fish before fishing. Your lure selection need to be affective where the bass are located. Active bass use a more active lure presentation, you can always slow down, the key is the right depth and location.

If you find bass and no action, go back at dusk and fish at night.

Tom

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Early mornings before dawn. Early evenings till dark.

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What you need to be doing is using the Ned rig, or if you don't have the stuff, just take a medium power spinning rod, a 1/16oz jig head and a 3" Senko and you're good to go. Seriously, the conditions you are encountering is exactly what the rig is meant for, it will catch fish when nothing else is.

I've got all of that, and I got few thumps on a senko last week.

 

How do you work it? Bounce off bottom? Crawl on bottom?

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Use spinning tackle, light line and a light head and just let it fall until it hits bottom. You can dead stick it for a bit and then just lift and drop, you aren't going to work it fast, just lift and drop.

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Use spinning tackle, light line and a light head and just let it fall until it hits bottom. You can dead stick it for a bit and then just lift and drop, you aren't going to work it fast, just lift and drop.

When you say dead stick it. You mean just let it sit there? Or Carolina-rig dragging kinda?

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When you say dead stick it. You mean just let it sit there? Or Carolina-rig dragging kinda?

 

Just let sit there, maybe give a shake, but do not raise the rod tip up as you would if you were trying to hop something on the bottom.

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