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Summertime is known for catching bass in deep water, the big question is where do I start. One big key to catching bass when the weather is hot is to find the depth the fish are using. My favorite starting point this time of year is the thermocline.
The thermocline is somewhat of a summertime oasis for not only bass but many species of fish.
The thermocline starts to form in the spring on calm, warm days. During these days, the upper layer of water warms while the lower layer of water remains cold. Since cold water is denser than warm water, the cold layer remains on bottom. As spring and summer progress, the temperature difference between the top and bottom grows to such a degree that the two form two distinct layers. The upper layer is warm, high in oxygen, and low in nutrients.
While the lower layer is cool, low in oxygen, and full of nutrients. Between the two is a thin layer where the two mix, and this is the thermocline.
In this thermocline layer, conditions are outstanding for algae growth. The result is an algae bloom. This is the basis of why the thermocline attracts bass. It is no more than a process of the food chain.
Algae attract zooplankton, zooplankton attract baitfish, and baitfish attract bass. This algae bloom can often be seen on a depth finder or LCR unit.
The thermocline forms at different depths depending on many factors such as: water clarity, current, water depth, etc. On my home lake (Table Rock Lake), the thermocline generally forms around 30 feet. In clear water the thermocline can form much deeper. Keep in mind not all bodies of water have a thermocline, it is very prevalent in deeper reservoirs. I have caught fish as deep as 70 feet following the thermocline.
Once you establish where the thermocline is, just find some sort of structure at that depth and start fishing. A couple of my favorite techniques for this situation are fishing a heavy jig and a Carolina rig. I usually start with a 1/2 to 3/4 ounce black and blue or Green Pumpkin Football head Jig. I like to fish it on a 7 foot Worming/Jigging rod with 15 pound test Stren High Impact. I do prefer to use pork when this is my primary bait and I am keeping the bait in the water.
My choice of pork is a Bo-Hawg Jr. cut. Also you might try a white jig since the bass are primarily feeding on baitfish at this time. A sharp jerking motion off of the bottom often triggers strikes around the thermocline.
When I pick up the Carolina rig, I generally use the same rod and line combo and a 3/4 or 1 ounce weight. My baits of choice are Flippin Tubes and grubs and spoons, all of which represent baitfish well. One trick you can employ is to stuff the tube with styrofoam causing it to float off the bottom. Also try sliding a spoon inside of a tubebait. This is particularly effective for smallmouth and suspended fish.
As the summer heats up, don’t let the fishing cool off. Follow the food chain to the thermocline and enjoy.
Whether you live down south or in the far north, fish for Largemouth or Smallmouth , if you are a tournament or weekend angler, you have fished much you are sure to have all run across this scenario: You catch a beautiful keeper or trophy bass and carefully place it in your livewell only to find later that the fish is struggling from air bladder expansion from lack of oxygen and stress and has sadly rolled over on it’s side. Not all anglers feel comfortable enough or have the knowledge to insert a needle into its bladder to “fizz” a bass.
In a field research of this new product I can affirmatively say that this problem may be solved. I was recently introduced to a new product that I feel will be one of the hottest and most used products to hit our industry. This great new invention is called the FLIP CLIP.
This new product from flipclipfishing.com is a simple but very effective device that will increase the survival rate of livewell kept fish.
Jimmy Kramer of Bulgar, Pennsylvania, owner and inventor of the The Flip Clip has introduced a product that I feel all serious anglers will want to carry in their boat. This new product will keep your fish upright and allow the fish to alleviate the air bladder pressure on it’s own while in your boats livewell.
You simply clip the Flip Clip onto the anal fin which is the correct placement according to instructions, with no harm coming to the fish , to keep it upright which will in itself help the fish to recover from stress and air bladder problems. On large fish you can attach multiple FLIP CLIP’s to keep the fish upright and prevent “rollover”.
We here at Bassintips.com proudly announce that Jimmy Kramer and FlipClipFishing.com has joined us as a sponsor in our effort to help improve the Sport of Bass Fishing and help protect our natural resources.
We join along with Bass Expert Doug Hannon and fish biologist Ralph Manns as well as Canadian fish biologist and In-Fisherman activist Gordon Pyzer and wholeheartedly give this new product a big thumbs up.
Visit FlipClipFishing.com at their website to see more on this great new product. Out of the many products I have field tested over the last 30 years of bass fishing I can proudly say that I wholeheartedly endorse this product and that it ranks among the top five of all I have tested.
If you are a serious tournament angler make sure to check out this new invention! You will be glad you did.
Thanks Jimmy for your contribution to our great sport !
Sitting on the dock with a worm on a hook under a bobber.
Well, this isn’t your grandfather’s way of fishing anymore.
Fishing has evolved into a real sport. Professional tournament anglers must fish under any condition, rain, sleet, snow, sun or shine. Add in all the tackle that must be used and you have a huge puzzle.
Today, bass fishing is covered on television, tournaments are taking place every day and new tackle retailers are starting businesses all around the world.
Yes the future of Bass fishing looks pretty good.
There are shows on right now about bass fishing.
ESPN, Versus, FSN and the outdoor channel are some popular channels that host Bass fishing shows. Television is easy access to great fishing information and will allow non fisherman a chance to experience it and then might even interest them enough that they go out and give it a shot. The internet is another great resource to find information on Bass Fishing.
The internet is very popular with today’s youth, so they can get information quite easily.
Every day, there are tournaments taking place.
More and more of them nation wide are being organized.
New fishing organizations such as B.A.S.S. and F.L.W. formats are being founded everyday.
Tournaments bring people to certain lakes and allows locals to watch them and learn more about bass fishing.
B.A.S.S., which is the largest fishing organization in the world today are also one of the largest conservation groups in the world, seeking out to make sure that Bass fishing will be great not only today, but for the years to come.
B.A.S.S. preach the art of practice and release. With so many of the anglers today releasing all their fish, the fish population will continue to grow.
There are tackle shops and retailers all over the country and are still being built. Finding lures and tackle is becoming very easy and will allow anglers to shop quickly and get on the water faster. With all of these elements put together, not only the fishing should be great for years to come, but also kids and other non fisherman will become part of the bass fishing world.…