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It’s been warm here the last week and downright hot this weekend with temperatures in the mid to upper 90’s.

 

In the mornings I fish off of my backyard while my dog does his thing and until the past week the early morning bite has been great. But most of the baitfish have moved off except for a few pumpkinseed. Even the catfish hives moved off. There’s been nothing around at sunset or at night, either.

 

I haven’t been out on my kayak in a few weeks because of work and waiting for a new iPilot. But when I head out again it looks like it’s time for some deeper fishing and ledge fishing.

 

I may do some night fishing again, but fishing off my dock at night I’ve seen more than a few snakes on the water.

 

Now that the heat is here I’m wishing I had done a lot more fishing this spring.

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3 hours ago, Susky River Rat said:

I generally struggle during the summer. Spring fall and early winter I do my best. 

I’m hoping that now that I have FFS that I can get better at both summer fishing and deep water fishing.

 

Deep water cranking wears me out, especially in hot weather. I’m hoping that a Damiki rig can land some summer bass.

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Hot water makes for slow fishing around here, August is the worst.

We're still in June and the bite has been good.

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You’ll sizzle like a piece of bacon out there. @AlabamaSpothunter

 

Hungry Food GIF by JLRReyes
 

It’s been pretty stunning here lately. Mostly 70’s during the day and 50’s at night, minimal humidity, consistent rain, no drought. No 90 degree days in sight either. I’m loving it

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It has been hot here as well. We went out yesterday and managed a few in the grass.  I was going to the ledges, but my TM batteries finally gave up the ghost on me and I wasn’t able to keep the boat positioned due to the wind. Lots of the locals are chatting about how slow it has been lately too. 

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The spawn has come and gone for most here, but tonight we have 55* lows. Figure that one out! 

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It hasn’t been very hot here yet and now that the dams are flowing the water is cold . 62 degree water temp last week 

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I did manage to land a two pounder from under my dock early this evening, so some bass are still around.

 

Other than my dock, there’s not much cover or structure by my house. Maybe I should drop a bunch of brush piles. The water at the end of my dock is about 11 feet deep and drops to 18-20 feet within casting distance.

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Summer ≈ My least favorite season.

Our water is 82 and the bite is slow.

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You have a kayak cast parallel to the dock and fish that 11-20ft. 
 

ironically too when the water gets low the fish spread out. When the water is higher the more fish can and will go into an area. 

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Summer is my favorite time especially the dreaded Dog Days of Summer.

 

Daytime temperatures here have been hanging around the upper 90s with water temperatures hovering around 80°.

 

The entire region has experienced severe weather with lots of rain. Every body of water is high but the bite has been on 🔥.

 

Points, drains, & ledges in 15-28' fished with 6XD, 10XD, Carolina Rigs, & Jig-n-Craws.

 

The night bite has been crazy 🤪 

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It's smoking hot down here south Florida! Last year we saw over 100 degrees daily. Probably see same this year. Water temp already 90's. Easiest work-around is to change routines. As easy as punching a button on the alarm clock. Fish the early morning into sunrise and then split about 8am, is what I do. Fishing all night sometimes, but that's my preference. No way I'm gonna be caught in the heat. It's blaring with no end in site. Plus the storms produced from the heat are wicked and heavily charged with lightening bolts. 

 

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The only issue I have with summer is  unbearable heat.  The  waters I fish , bass bite well shallow all season. The deep,  classic points get hammered and I guess I'm just not good enough to find hidden structure that others miss. I still fish the points but they are  not what they use to be.

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2 hours ago, Catt said:

Points, drains, & ledges in 15-28' fished with 6XD, 10XD, Carolina Rigs, & Jig-n-Craws.

 

That's the plan - but first I need to see the Bait Monkey and get some more deep cranks.

 

I've got a kayak tournament next week on a lake I fished once a few years ago from the back of the boat and I don't have time to pre-fish. I marking spots like those on my Humminbird app and hoping for the best.

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11 hours ago, TnRiver46 said:

It hasn’t been very hot here yet and now that the dams are flowing the water is cold . 62 degree water temp last week 

Is this around Knoxville that the water is that cold?  It was 80 on Nickajack Friday. 

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2 hours ago, nso123 said:

Is this around Knoxville that the water is that cold?  It was 80 on Nickajack Friday. 

Yes in downtown , but it was 70 a month ago. The downtown area is fed by swift current from Douglas and Cherokee dams. They fill those two lakes up in spring holding back all the current and the water sits still and warms up. Then once they are full they start letting water loose from the bottom of 100+ ft lakes and its cooollddd

 

between Knoxville and lenoir city the river slows down and backs up into creeks and it gets warmer also 

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14 hours ago, Susky River Rat said:

The issue with summer for me is generally low clear water. Probably why I struggle. 

thats when i use my kayak with torqueedo on the susky. lots of fish caught. now garnted youll get more small fish but i usually catch a couple 18s every trip with lots of 15 and 16s.

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90 here, water around 80. Bass are smashing bait against the banks still. Haven't been out on kayak recently to find out what's going on off shore but I'm sure there are some chilling out there waiting to laugh at my attempts to catch them. 

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This is my favorite time of year- now until it starts to cool down in late September. The bass aren’t thinking about spawning, just eating. Figure out what they are eating and you figure out the bass. For me, that’s a lot of shallow bluegills in early mornings before sun up which just happens to be perfect for what I love to fish- buzzbaits. 

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@padon yeah I get much smaller fish.a which is more the struggle than anything. I have to change tactics and drift more rather than pull up and camp.

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With the first day of summer (summer Solstice) over a week or so away,

we still have some unseasonably cool weather up this way.

Average air temps are in the mid 70's,

but it's in the mid 50's here today with rain and a stiff 10-20 mph NW wind.

Pretty nippy for June.

We were planning on floating in a couple of days but morning air temps look 

like they'll be in the 30's. 

So we're waiting a bit.

No one should be needing thermal undergarments in June.

What is the deal ?

😨

A-Jay

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4 hours ago, A-Jay said:

With the first day of summer (summer Solstice) over a week or so away,

we still have some unseasonably cool weather up this way.

Average air temps are in the mid 70's,

but it's in the mid 50's here today with rain and a stiff 10-20 mph NW wind.

 

It was in the upper 60’s when I got up around 7 am and the temperature quickly climbed.

 

It topped out at 99 today and now at 7pm it’s still 97 out.

 

I didn’t even think about going on the water today. Did my yard work yesterday and cleaned house and sat around today. I can’t remember the last time I did essentially nothing all day. I don’t like it.

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Eatonton and Millegville Ga. Are 2 of the hottest places on the planet with humidity if you ask me.Im going up below the Russell Dam on Clark Hill at 1st light and fish the grass for largemouth.The high tomorrow is 79 with winds around 7mph.the water has been cooler lately as they’ve released some water.

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