How to Beat the Heat
Today's blog is the third volume of the Elemental Series: Fire. High temperatures will cause most fish to 'lie low'. Especially walleye and big pike. Even the bass tend to have a slower bite until later in the evening when it starts to cool off.
But for those of you who refuse to be skunked, here are some tips that I have found useful when fishing in hot weather.Fire it into Cover
Thick weeds, lily pads, and submerged logs are a great haven for largemouth bass seeking refuge from the sun and warm water.
The best way to fish these areas are with weedless baits working them on or just beneath the surface. For me, this means using soft plastics such as 7? Berkley Power Worms or Power Lizards (figure 1).
Texas rigging these baits ensures a weedless retrieval over lily pads, through weeds, and allows you to drop into open pockets of a weed-bed.A Slow-Roasted Retrieval
When it comes to catching walleye, smallmouth bass, and pike during the hot and muggy weather, there are two guidelines I believe to be essential:
- Use an irresistible presentation - cause a strike out of aggravation or excitement rather than hunger.
- Make it as easy as possible for the fish to hit your bait - the less energy required from them, the better.
My preference here is to work the drop-offs next to cover using a crankbait. Reef Runner's Rip Sticks, Cotton Cordell's Big-O series, and suspending jerkbaits are ideal (figure 2).
Slowly rip and retrieve
these baits while giving them a pause every so often. This can initiate a strike from a lethargic lunger who would otherwise be too lazy to eat. Too Hot to Handle
The heat can be a dangerous thing, and nothing can ruin a good day of fishing like heat stroke. I can't stress enough the importance of being prepared for the sun. Here are a couple of musts:
- Drink lots water
- Wear sunscreen and a hat
- Seek shade when possible/needed
- Jump in the lake in order to cool down
I've caught plenty of fish in hot weather and it's because I've taken the proper precautions; more time on the water means more time to develop successful fishing techniques.
Let me know if my suggestions have helped you catch fish by leaving a comment. Or if you have any advice on How to Beat the Heat, fill me in! Remember, always follow the laws set forth in your area of fishing. This means keeping fish within their allotted slot size, proper quantities, and so on. Let's make it possible to fish for life!