Summer Bass Fishing Tips

Summer Bass Fishing Videos
Get summer bass fishing tips from one of the best pros in the country - Scott Martin!

Baits mentioned in this video...

Megastrike Cavitron Buzzbait: 

Heddon Zara Spook Lure - 

Shakey Head Jig -

Football Jig - 

Bandit Series 300 Crankbait -

Bomber Model A - 

Norman Heavy DD22 - 

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We've talked about lots of different times of the year to fish, and the time of the year that I spend a lot of time fishing especially with my kids and friends is in the summer. We don't have any tournaments in the summer, but I spend a lot of time in Lake Okeechobee and travel around the country enjoying the summertime fishing. And I wanna talk a little bit about that and kinda give you a few tips to help you when you're out in those dog days of summer. In the summer time the water temperatures are going to the highest there gonna be all year, sometimes on some lakes you're talking 85, 90 degree water temperatures.

So those fish first of all are gonna have a short feeding window, most bass in the summertime feed first thing in the morning to about 9:00. And the reason for that is about after nine o'clock that's when the water temperature starts to rise from their night time temperatures up to their peak high time noon temperatures. And when that happens those fish really slow down they don't really seem to feed a lot, they kinda become a little bit more inactive. Another great feeding time in the summer is the last couple hours in the evening, like the last two hours that's really good. When that low angle of that sun, again, that's when water starts to cool off again and these fish again will again start feeding. Because in the heat of the summer those fish don't want to feed all day long.

Now where do I target, I target deep water. In the springtime I talked about fishing shallow 12 foot or less. In the summertime I'll do shallow stuff in the mornings and then move straight out to the deep stuff. Because in the morning time those fish will again will be up this main lake points, up on docks and pockets but towards on the main lake. Those fish wanna be relating close to that deep water or those river channels that are in the lake.

Some of the baits I like to throw in the morning again a buzz bait, I use it in the spring I also use in the summer. Your first hour or so in the morning in the summer time a bass bait can be deadly. A walking bait again is very awesome. Those are the type baits that you wanna fish in the summertime.

Then once the sun gets up water temperature starts to rise I like to go a little bit deeper. And what I like to do with that is go with the shaky head like we have here and get out a little bit deeper with the shaky head or even a big football jig like you have here. A big football jig works great. And another thing deep diving crankbaits, deep diving crankbaits in the summer is way to catch a lot of fish. Because those fish will get out there in that open water and they will school up.

The depth that I like to target in the summertime when I'm out deep is, say 15 foot being the shallowest probably down to 25 and even 30 foot deep. And sometime on some lakes if you see a lot of bait fish, out over those river channels, even if it's a hundred feet deep but there's a bait fish on your graph or you see sea seagulls diving in the morning you can get out there a hundred foot of water and it'll be wolf packs of bass chasing the shad around. And top water lures, under spins, jerk baits, things like that, can real deadly choice.

So again in the summertime fish shallow in the first couple of hours in the morning and move out deep. See you guys.