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August 24, 2014

Today is the official launch of the CastForBass.com Podcast! I’m really excited about our first guest Gene Jensen. Some of you make know him as the Flukemaster from his Youtube channel that has a HUGE following! I found Gene’s channel (click here to check it out) this summer and was hooked (terrible pun intended) on watching his tutorials. He has a second channel named Flukemasterreviews where he reviews different products and my personal favorite, the MTB slam. Go check it out if you don’t know what that is.

In this episode Gene tells us how he became the Flukemaster, how to catch fish in the blazing heat of summer, and what we should expect this fall when it comes to bass fishing! I had a blast with this interview and I’m really excited to share it with you. Please subscribe, share, and leave us a review!

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Fishing Tips

The Only 3 Bass Fishing Lures You Will Ever Need

August 5, 2014

Ok, maybe that title is a little over the top, but I do believe that these are 3 of the best bass fishing lures for people of all skill levels. I understand this is simply my opinion and we could go on and endless debate about why I am right or wrong but come on people. This is fishing. It’s supposed to be fun. That’s why I have come to love this sport so much. I’m in constant pursuit of a target I can rarely see with what is probably a very raw understanding of what will make them bite. That’s what it is about for me. I have used a lot of different baits but for me these 3 always produce quality fish. I have confidence when I fish them and that probably has a lot to do with my level of success. There are a few main reasons why I love the combination of these baits:

  1. You can cover a lot of water in search of fish.
  2. You can fish many levels of the water column effectively. 
  3. They are easy on the wallet and easy to retrieve when hung up.
  4. They flat out CATCH BASS

Ok so let’s take a look at these 3 baits.

#1 – Texas-Rigged Creature Baits (Plastic Worms)

I think I am partial to the Texas rig and soft plastics because it was the first bait I ever caught a largemouth bass on. It was the only bait I tied on for about 5 years when I was younger fishing on a local pond and it always produced great stringers (I loved motor oil so it was the only color I bought). To this day it is still my go-to when the bite gets tough and I need to feel a tug on the line. I have more confidence with this bait than anything else and I love trying a lot of the new plastics that are being released. If you are new to bass fishing this is a great way to learn. Simply cast your worm, let it sink, and drag it slowly across the bottom. If I’m not getting bit I will vary my retrieve by popping it up off the bottom and sometimes even swim it slowly with some pauses in-between. Since the Texas rig is weedless you can throw it into really thick cover and rarely get hung up. Not only that, they can catch fish at all times of the year. Soft plastics are one of the most affordable baits you can buy for a quality day on the water. If I get snagged and can’t seem to retrieve my bait I’m probably not going to do diving after it like I might a crankbait that I just bought for $15.99. If you haven’t given the Texas rig a chance I suggest you do. You won’t be disappointed.

#2 – Spinnerbaits

When I am trying to cover a lot of water I always go to a spinnerbait. They are easy to fish, easy to retrieve, and you can try a lot of variations to get the bass to bite. Bass will always target shad and other baitfish and a spinnerbait does a great job of mimicking their natural forage. You can fish them just under the surface, target suspended bass, or retrieve them slowly across the bottom. Either way you are able to fish multiple depths which will increase your chances of finding the fish. Spinnerbaits will catch fish all year round and you simply adjust your retrieve to the seasonal pattern of the bass. Change up your retrieve every few casts and the first bite will usually tell you what the fish are wanting that day. I’m never hesitant to throw these baits into cover and you can usually pull them through without much trouble. To start I would pick up one in white and chartreuse. I’ve had success with both single and double blades so try a few variations and see what works on your local body of water.

#3 – Jig and Pig – A Classic Combo

For a long time I stayed away from jigs. I’m not sure why, probably because I didn’t want to learn how to fish them or I didn’t want to spend money on something that was unproven for me. Either way, that was a mistake. The jig has become my favorite bait lately and I have caught most of my quality fish on a jig this summer. Right now I stick to two main colors: black with blue flake and green pumpkin. I like to use the black and blue combo in murky water and the green pumpkin in clear water. My best fish the summer was caught on a black and blue jig with a green pumpkin trailer. All of my jigs are Strike King in different sizes and lately I have been using the new Rage Craw as a trailer. As with the Texas rig I will usually go to a jig when I am flipping into heavy cover. We have a lot of grass here in TN and I love throwing these baits right into the middle of the nasty stuff. Most of the time I will let it hit the bottom and drag or hop it back on the retrieve. The one the cool about the jig, however, is that you can swim it back with a faster retrieve and mimmick a baitfish such as bluegill. I have caught a few bass lately with this method and it’s been a cool way to diversify with these baits.

All in all I probably use one of these 3 baits 80% of the time when I am on the water. When I’m catching fish I never really feel the need to change and these will probably always be my favorite bass fishing lures. That being said, I have purchased a few crankbaits lately and am starting to become more efficient at recognizing when these would be most effective. More on those results to come!

If you could only have 3 lures what would they be? Please share respectfully in the comments.

Keep casting my friends!

Dennis

 

 

Fishing Tips

How to Catch Bass in Late Summer

August 4, 2014

Here we are approaching the later part of the summer in Tennessee and many people are wondering how to catch bass in late summer. This can be a very frustrating time of year for bass fisherman but if you are willing to get out of your comfort zone and try a few new things you might find yourself enjoying your time on the lake a little more.

If you are like me, you don’t have the opportunity to fish every single day or even every week. When you finally get the time to get on the water you would like to put a few decent fish in the boat. We’ve all been on those fishing trips that you anxiously await only to come up empty handed. Even a bad day on the lake is enjoyable for me however, which is why I gave up golf and took up fishing!

The later it gets in the summer the more the fish tend to spread out and leave the comfort of their deep offshore spots. The advantage to you is that you can usually catch them shallow and deep, depending on your body of water of course. It’s not uncommon to find yourself hooking up on 3-4 lb bass in a foot of water or below during this time. Depending on the oxygen levels many bass may prefer to relocate to shallow water. Most anglers prefer to fish banks with visible structure (I know I do) so this is beneficial if you like to pound the banks. Here are a couple things to look out for that may increase your catch during late summer.

Find Isolated Cover in Shallow Water

At one of the local lakes here in TN there are a ton of duck blinds built on shallow points that extend way out into the middle of the lake. Most of them are adjacent to the main channel or creek channels that the bass have been holding in since the spawn. I have been catching bass off these every time I visit. Don’t expect to run into a huge school like you would offshore and catch a toad every single cast. These isolated areas may hold a few quality fish. Usually I will spend a little time at each blind and then rotate to the next one. As most summer patterns do this may take some work and movement on your part but if you find some areas similar to this you have a good chance of putting some bass in the boat.

Find the Minnow Fry… Find the Bass

A great way to catch bass in late summer is by locating large balls of baitfish that attract cruising bass. Keep an eye out for the dark spots in the water as they will often congregate around isolated cover in shallow water. Mark areas on your lake that are hotspots for these young baitfish as these areas can be a go-to for quality bass in late summer. Try using a Zoom Superfluke or a smaller shallow running crankbait and cast out past the school. Run your bait right through the middle of the minnow fry and try to make them scatter. At a few spots that I frequently visit, I can always count on 4-5 of these schools desperately trying to escape the hungry bass that is unknowingly about to gobble my bait.

For those of us that love the shore, late summer should be welcomed with open arms. Hopefully you have a better understanding of how to catch bass in late summer and will have some impressive stringers to show the frustrated anglers that are still glued to their depth-finders in search of deep bass.

Keep casting,

Dennis