By Michael Lewis
Wow! That’s what I said when I put the boat in the water. At 5 am the water is 85 degrees. I make a joke about the fish being cooked before you take them out of the water.
As we idle out to where the fish have been chasing shad, a small bait fish. It’s dark but you can tell that the sun isn’t far away.
Usually just before or right after the sun starts showing itself, the bass start herding up the bait fish. Sometimes you can see the bait before the bass start eating them. If you cast too soon you can mess it up. If you wait until the bass break the water you have a much better chance to get a bass to chase your lure.
When we first get started I usually have two or three different types of lures tied on and I let the fish tell me what color they prefer each day. Sometimes it can change while you are fishing. I have caught them on a silver lure and all of a sudden they don’t want that any more – they want green, go figure. I have even had them jump over the lure many times. And I have had them play volleyball with it. One will knock it out of the water and then another tries to take it from the other. ‘Really fun to watch but it can drive you crazy if you can’t hook one.
On the last two trips my clients would cast just a little to the left or at least little to the right of where the fish were, and with the water so hot the fish won’t chase anything far. So patience is the key. You really need to watch and wait. I call it sight fishing even though it’s not in shallow water, more like 20 to 30 feet. I have caught them in more than 50 feet of water but they will come to the top to feed.
‘Looking forward to the fall and the cooling down. If you want to go chase the fish around the lake give me a call.