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Any tips on catching bass in the summer? It's going to be 80 degree highs where I live pretty soon, and 90 not long after that so I'm wondering how I'm going to catch them when it's that warm. What kind of lures should I use? And where should I be fishing? The pond I fish is pretty shallow, with not very much visible cover. Thanks in advance. :) 

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Top water early and late.  While the sun is high in the sky, drag a big worm through the vegetation and use heavy braid to get them out of the junk.  Summer fishing patterns!

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Jigs, worms, swimbaits, lizzards, creature baits, frogs, topwater. But at night like catt mentioned. I'm my opinion nothing makes you better at bottom contact fishing than fishing in the pitch black. And it helps that it's cooler, less pressure, and the fish bite awesome in summertime at night. 

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8 hours ago, EGbassing said:

Any tips on catching bass in the summer? It's going to be 80 degree highs where I live pretty soon, and 90 not long after that so I'm wondering how I'm going to catch them when it's that warm. What kind of lures should I use? And where should I be fishing? The pond I fish is pretty shallow, with not very much visible cover. Thanks in advance. :) 

Try fishing at night.

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At night in the summer is when I consistently catch the biggest bags all year except maybe prespawn. The funny thing is I do it in one area about the size of a football field.

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Night is best.

But I will fish early mornings too.The fish are usually more active after the cool of night than in the late afternoon after the heat of the day. Primarily, I start the day with a pad crasher.

Two patterns I use though if I'm still out after 11 a.m :

• I fish a big ribbon tail worm very slowly in deep holes. This is for quality fish.

• I skip under boat docks, primarily with a 4 inch senko or a fluke.This is for numbers.

I also find shade with some deep water nearby as a third pattern.

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8 hours ago, N Florida Mike said:

Night is best.

But I will fish early mornings too.The fish are usually more active after the cool of night than in the late afternoon after the heat of the day. Primarily, I start the day with a pad crasher.

Two patterns I use though if I'm still out after 11 a.m :

• I fish a big ribbon tail worm very slowly in deep holes. This is for quality fish.

• I skip under boat docks, primarily with a 4 inch senko or a fluke.This is for numbers.

I also find shade with some deep water nearby as a third pattern.

 

I don't usually get the opportunity to fish a lot at night, so most of my fishing is done early mornings until late mornings. 

 

@N Florida Mike is spot on with his advice. I use the same pattern/methodology. Top water, starting just before the first light. I've had some great hits as the first rays are cresting the horizon. Once the temp starts to heat up, I'll switch to Senkos (wacky rigged if no/light vegetation or weightless T-rigged in the thicker grass) or weighted T-rigged ribbon tails (usually in the 7" or 10" sizes). I'm mostly bank fishing ponds and lakes, so not doing much skipping under docks. The target is shadows, vegetation, and holes within my casting distance on these ponds and lakes. There have been times I've lost track of the time, and caught fish past the noon hour on the hot Florida days using this targeting method. 

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