What has been the consistent producer this year? Last year it was crankbaits. They always seemed to catch fish, no matter where or when. This year, it has been topwater frogs and weightless plastics for me. I can throw cranks and spinnerbaits all day long and get maybe a couple bites, but as soon as I tie on a frog and hit the grass and pads, it just seems to light up. That or flipping a weightless beaver craw underneath overhangs and around grass.
Frogs & senkos have been my go to lures this summer. I’ve gotten some on spinnerbaits too, but not the greatest size or consistent activity on them. I should be trying some different things, but I’m of the opinion, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it & if they’re biting on something, ride it out till they’re not then try something else.
Well for my home lake the chart/blue back crankbait has been a killer. When I went on vacation to Minnesota and Lake of the Ozarks a spook, buzzbait, and popper have been killers. I would have to say that the spook has caught me the most fish this summer with the chart/blue back crankbait is a close second.
This year I am a really big fan of the new jig heads for fishing Senko wacky style. I like both the Jackal Flick Shake head, and the Zappu Inchi Wacky Jig Heads. I like using the jigheads because it gets the bait down in the strike zone without loosing any action. My new favorite Senko style worm is the Strike King Ocho. It has great action, I like the scent, and Ochos cost less than Yamamoto Senkos. The three colors of Ochos that have worked well for me are Baby Bass, Okeechobee Craw, and June Bug.
Zoom Brush Hogs and Baby Brush Hogs have been my go to bait along with the Strike King Rage Tail Space Monkey. I just flip those in and around boat docks and pencil reeds. I went out with CBASSMaster one day and we weren’t having much luck. We broke out some cranks and I caught a couple small bass and a little pike. It was my first time using a crank to.
I wanted to start throwing a swimbait this year and these were on sale at Walmart. They produced early in the season when I ‘slow rolled’ them deep and they have produced in the heat of summer at the edges of the weeds.
I’ll be looking at different makes next year (or later this year) like the Yum Money Minnow or the Berkley Power Bait.
For me this year it has been doing the ol’erie drag with gidzit tubes. Iv had to force myself to slow down this year and it has worked. Although I busted my tube rod last week on a hookset I was so PO’d!! Anyone have a decent 6’6” or 7’ ML spinning rod for sale?
I have a 6’6” Med-light, Fast Action St. Croix Triumph spinning rod, and an a Abu Garcia Cardinal 6’6” Med action I could part with if you made me an offer. Both rods are in good shape, and have not been used much. I just have not used my spinning tackle a lot after I bought my Revo, and my BPS Pro Qualifier baitcasters. The St. Croix is a one Pcs, and the Abu is a two Pcs rod.
For me its been a Lucky Craft Gunfish 95 and a 5/16 oz round ball finesse jig with a Zoom double tail fat albert grub. My top colors have been the sunfish color for the gunfish, the jig colors have been pb&j;with a pb&j;fat albert twin tail grub and a color called bruiser black/blue and purple with a smallie beaver in penetration.