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What is your GO TO lure when it is in the peak of summer and temps are 90-105 degrees on a daily basis? Is it ever worth being out in the heat, or best to go really early or late evening?

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I've been going last two hours of the day and doing quite well on a Chug'n Spook, Jr. in frog pattern. Caught a couple on a Booyah Pad Crasher and a whopper on T-rigged Zoom Speed Craw.

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Texas rig w/3.0 Gama EWG and Zoom plastics in Green Pumpkin. Worms, Lizzards, Craws. 3/16 oz red bullet unless its super windy.

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Buzz Bait first five hours of the day.

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I do my best on a bunch of lures whichever they are hitting..

but I whip out and stay with TOPWATER as long as I can endure it and right aways

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I have never had any luck with topwater lures. I stay true to my jigs most of the time but when the jig fishing is slow I need some more things to go to. Topwater looks like it would be awesome to catch lots of fish on but I just haven't had much luck at all. Maybe I'll look into some to buy. Any suggestions?

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If I had to choose only one mid-day lure to use in the summer, I'd opt of a jig and craw, mainly because it can be presented multiple ways and because of the confidence I have in it.

To answer your question; YES, it is worth being out in the heat if................1) the action of catching overshadows the physical discomfort of dealing with the heat    2) it's the only time you are able to get out on the water. 

One word to the wise if you decide to brave the summer heat: HYDRATE. Before, during and after getting on the water. Heat and humidity can and will sap your energy along with your fluid level and by the time you realize it, it's likely too late..

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Yea there is never a time that I don't have a jig tied on one of my rigs. I have had catches at all times on a Booyah Baby Boo jig and rage tail baby craw trailer. There hasn't been a time when I have been out fishing that I haven't caught anything on one of those. If you are a jig fisher, I assure you that they won't disappoint. You can swim it or bounce it off the bottom or whatever and I bet you catch fish the majority of the day no matter the weather. I just need to expand my techniques and would like to master the topwater game. Try those Booyah jigs out though. They're affordable too! I stay stocked up at all times!

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Yea there is never a time that I don't have a jig tied on one of my rigs. I have had catches at all times on a Booyah Baby Boo jig and rage tail baby craw trailer. There hasn't been a time when I have been out fishing that I haven't caught anything on one of those. If you are a jig fisher, I assure you that they won't disappoint. You can swim it or bounce it off the bottom or whatever and I bet you catch fish the majority of the day no matter the weather. I just need to expand my techniques and would like to master the topwater game. Try those Booyah jigs out though. They're affordable too! I stay stocked up at all times!

Buy yourself an XPS Slim Dog, and walk it over/around sparse grass. Where there is grass there is bass!

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Good deal. Anyone ever use chatterbaits? I just recently bought a couple but have yet to try them. Good or bad for this hot muggy weather? And do you roll them in steadily or crank them like a jig or what?

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We don't get quite as hot as what you're describing but when its too hot to swim and I'm fishing during the day I throw t rigged tequila sunrise worms. Over the last alot of years that has produced for me. Never good quantity but big fish when you hook up. Ever since career has gotten in the way I just fish when I can but back in the glory days I would go out about four hrs before dark when it was blazing hot. Throw a buzz bait till dark, take a short break to just enjoy being out on the lake then switch to a black lizard on weed lines.

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Depends on water temps.....down south you might get an early shallow water bite or top water bite. Then go off shore. Up north I'm looking at weeds and flipping shoreline cover/structure. And always trying top water in the am. Maybe going after smallest deep but the thermocline where I live isn't very deep.

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I avoid the heat now days , but use to love it. Texas rigs were by far the most productive lure I used in the heat.  If it was windy   I also threw a big chugger ,  like a Pico Pop .

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10 inch worm.

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Most of my big fish (5-9lbs) have been caught between 10 AM and 2 PM - frogs, spooks, prop baits and large worms - with frogs being my most productive - these in water temps up to 90 - all that said if I was fishing for numbers, early and late with jigs and finesse baits may produce more quantity.

Bigger bass do what they want when they want.

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Down here in South FL its been pretty dang hot!! Water temps were at 92.5 a few weeks ago, with the afternoon t-storms we have been having the water temps have dropped down to 86.5 degrees. I have been having success with HB frog out in the Glades lately, and sadly I may have lost a PB pitching in heavy vegetation last week. Decent jig bite every now and then. 

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What is your GO TO lure when it is in the peak of summer and temps are 90-105 degrees on a daily basis?

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F-R-O-G

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i'll take a hollow body frog for pulling over lilly pads and use it during the last couple hours of day light,

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We've been having a cool summer up here -- hasn't hit 90 repeatedly yet. We may get over 90 this week, but not for long. 

Yet, the fishing has been slower than usual almost every time I've been out.

 

Most successful presentations over the last couple weeks have been slow-falling baits fished early in and around fairly shallow emergent vegetation (pads, mostly) -- specifically, weightless t-rigged flukes and senkos and a Zero Gravity Jig.  I have even gotten some strikes on my long-time nemesis, a buzzbait! (why is it my nemesis? I have puzzled over this myself -- everybody loves them, and there is virtually no disagreement, anywhere, over how and when to fish them; they have just never produced for me for some reason.). Still trying to get the hang of hooking up, though.

 

Usually this time of year, on a couple clear-water lakes I fish, there is a good deep bite around submerged cabbage beds, 15' down. It's T-rigged worms/craws/creatures all month. But that has not produced consistently this summer.

 

This is making something hit home that I "know", but clearly have not been putting into practice:  Fish the current conditions, not history. 

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Lot`s of topwater.

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Dropshot if water no more than slightly stained and not too many weeds

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I've been having good luck on Texas rigged curly tailed worms here east Texas.

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T-rigged straight-tail hand-poured plastic worm

 

Roger

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