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Ledge Fishing For Big Time Bass

June 24, 2015

I will be the first to admit that ledge fishing is a little intimidating. Whether it’s the spoons as big as my hand or the crankbaits that look like they belong in my live well, going after the ledges takes some patience and practice.

There’s no doubt that it’s much easier to tie on your favorite jig and pound the banks. Armed with the right knowledge, however, fishing ledges can lead to some really exciting days on the water.

This is especially true for places like Kentucky lake that often require some skills on the ledges.

Here are the top 3 baits I use when I am fishing deep ledges:

  1. Carolina Rig
  2. Deep diving crankbait (I love the Strike King 6XD )
  3. Football jig (3/4 oz. for deep water)

I will have a setup for each of these ready to go before I hit the water so I can change quickly and present something different to the school. Most of the time I will start with the crankbait and use a steady retrieve. Hopefully this will attract the more aggressive fish in the school and helps me pinpoint the depth at which they are feeding.

If I’m unable to find them or if the bite dies I will switch to the jig or the C-rig and see if the school starts back up.

Check out this video where Scott Martin shows you how he attacks the ledges of Kentucky Lake:

The biggest drawback to this method of fishing is that good electronics will greatly increase your effectiveness. When you are fishing in open water this will help you pinpoint the right ledges and in turn the first.

I love Garmin electronics. They have a wide array of products that will help you target the right spots to start going after those ledges!

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The Hogs Come Out at Night – Bass Fishing After Dark

June 23, 2015

Now that we are in the heat of summer there’s not many days where you can spend 8 hours on the water when it’s 95 degrees. Don’t put away your reels until fall just yet or you may miss out on some of the most exciting bass fishing there is.

Bass fishing at night follows all the same rules as daytime fishing however it’s nice not have to lather up with SPF 250 and wear 14 Hoo-rag’s just to keep your skin from melting. The lake is never crowded at night and most likely someone won’t be camped out in your “secret” spot.

During the summer I notice a lot of people hit the water early in the morning looking for the shallow or topwater bite and then head off to the boat ramp as soon as the sun is high in the sky. Bass will come up to the shallow water early in search of food before heading back to deeper water. For most people this is the preferred method of fishing. Trying to find bass in deep water can be tough for those without the electronics or patients to do it.

This is another advantage to bass fishing at night throughout the summer. Most of the time all of your favorite fall and spring baits will be effective and you won’t deal with the common daytime frustrations that comes with bass fishing in summer.

My favorite way to fish at night, however, is with topwater baits.

The added anticipation of not being able to fully see your bait while you wait and listen for that explosive strike is an experience that only night fishing can bring.

Check out this video where @lakeforkguy takes us on a 12 hour night fishing trip!

Check out Justin’s channel on YouTube: LakeForkGuy

As he mentions in the video, a lot of anglers prefer to use dark baits at night.

Outside of topwater baits I like to use a Texas rigged worm or a jig. At night you can really go big with the size of your bait as a lot of good sized fish will be hanging in grass and other structure in shallow water.

If you are typically frustrated with summer bass fishing then you should definitely give night fishing a try. You may never fish during the day ever again. 🙂

 

 

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Jig Fishing For Bass – Why You Should Be Doing It

June 23, 2015

For a long time I stayed away from jig fishing for bass. I’m not really sure why but it seems that a lot of people are hesitant to learn this method of fishing. I didn’t feel that it was a huge change from my favorite Texas rig so I just stuck with what was comfortable.

This probably cost me a lot of quality fish over the years.

A jig is extremely versatile and can be used in virtually any conditions. Want to pound the banks and throw it into the nasty stuff? No problem, the jigs weedless nature allows you to attack thick cover without fear. Just make sure you use a heavy enough rod to pull the fish out.

Are the fish holding deep? Use a 1/2-3/4 oz. football jig and attack ledges, points, and deep structure.

Some of my favorite jigs are the Strike King Tour Grade Jigs

I like to use a Strike King Rage Craw for a trailer.

My favorite colors are black/blue and green pumpkin. These can be used in most conditions and usually when one color isn’t getting the bite the other color will.

Check out this video where KVD explains some additional ways to fish the jig that can be extremely effective.

Overall the jig can be an extremely effective bait for putting quality fish in your boat in a variety of conditions. If you are able to match your bait to the conditions and feeding patterns there is no doubt that you will have some fun on the water.

If you haven’t yet, give the jig a try.

Start out with a 1/4 or 3/8 oz. jig and fish it just like you would a Texas rig. If you aren’t already I think you will become a believer in no time!