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Summer Patterns are Starting to Change
on Monday 30 August 2010
by Mark Menendez

Summer Patterns are Starting to Change
by Mark Menendez

 

Weather patterns will begin to change soon and so will the fishing patterns.  Anglers have been using two attacks to catch summertime bass. Offshore anglers have had great success using football jigs and deep diving crankbaits on structure. While the shallow water experts have been fishing up the creeks and rivers looking for flowing cooler waters. Each way can be a fantastic on any given reservoir of lake.

Cooler nights will begin the actual change. This will signal a portion of the the shad population to look for cooler waters. As the the shad head to the backs of the creeks to avoid the boiling August heat, they will follow the creeks back to where they enter the lake. These areas will hold large schools of the these baitfish if there is a natural source of running water coming into the lake. Running water is cooler water. It will also have a higher oxyen content. The ecosystem is in hyperdrive this time of the the due to high temperatures. The system is using all of the availble oxygen for the depths. This forces offshore fish to begin to suspend at depth with a better oxygen content. A high percentage of the fish will begin to relate to the bait. As the bait balls move into the creeks, the bass will follow them. This is the beginning of the breakdown of the offshore pattern.

Finding the running water on your home lake is very easy. Look at the largest creeks on the lake to find the source of the running water. Within the large creek, an angler will usually find multiple branches of new cooler water. The major creek channel provides the greatest source. Following it back to the back of the creek will place an angler in the correct section. The creek channel is a great source of structure to find fish. Before the Bassmaster Classic dates were changed from the fall, every Classic was won with this pattern in the cooler waters. Look for isolated pieces of cover in the forms of trees, stumps, or brushpiles. Creek banks that swing to an actual bank of land will usually have rock or docks along them. Making them strong areas to prospect.

Once the shad make their move, Bass will follow. The warmer the water will generally dictate slower presentations. A flip stick loaded with 20-25lb line is a great choice to fish the heavy cover. Always remember that that the water is still rather warm. The larger the presentation the better. Bass will try get the biggest meal for the least amout of energy expended. A ten inch worm like a Strike King Anaconda with light wieght is a great choice. As water temperatures fall below the 75 degree range, moving lures will be better choices. Buzzbaits, Redeye Shad, and square billed crankbaits will draw many strikes. Once the tempertures fall, the shad will cover the flats in the backs of the creeks. The bass will roam the these flats in small "wolfpacks" herding and feeding on the shad. Power fishing with moving lures will up your odds of catching these bass. As the water cools below 60 degrees in the back of the creek, the shad will begin moving out of the creek to the main core of the lake. Warmer water temperture will be found on the main stem of the lake. Reverse the process and cover the water along the creek channel with large crank baits fish towards the main lake. Strike King Series 6 or Series 6XD crankbaits will cover the water along the creek channel. Use white sided baits like Gizzard or Sexy Shad to mimic the bait fish. As the water dips to the 50 degree range look for main lake points that have a shallow water access near deep waters. This will be the area the bass will setttle in for the winter. Shad Colored crankbaits like a Strike King Series 3 or 5 are perfact for working the shallow water transition to the depths.

The shad become the major target as summer patterns breakdown. Use these ideas to caputure your fall bass.





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