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SUMMERTIME BASS TIPS

Well it's once again that time of year. We've had the pre-spawn, spawn, and post-spawn all over the place. The weather hasn't fully cooperated so many adjustments had to be made this past spring to catch some quality fish. But finally, the heat is here to stay for a few months and it's time to make the most of summer!!!

First off, stay safe on the water for there is more boat traffic all over the nation. Second, be smart about the sun and stay well hydrated.

If you're like me, you enjoy that sunrise, when all is quiet and the topwater bite is on fire. Fish have been ready to feed first thing in the morning and one of the best ways to catch them is on the surface. Listen to what the fish say, they will tell you where to find them as they bust the surface. I like to get out and toss around the Pop ShadZ.

I'm telling you now, these baits are the truth for topwater action. If you might be around those noisy bullfrogs, I'll cast out the Pop FrogZ and be ready for excessive explosions.

Fish this time of year can be really shallow or between 1-5ft depending on vegetation and just overall water quality. But they really love to be up more shallow and blast that surface.
Once the topwater bite slows down and that sun pops up, time to find them a little deeper and around some structure. There's nothing better than tossing a Mag FattyZ in a brush pile, feeling that small "tick", and forcing that big greenhead out of the brush and into the boat.

I like to just Texas Rig them that way it can make its way down there easier. Let it fall in the brush and watch your line. Another great way to catch them around the brush and structure is tie on a Texas Rigged Saw Tail WormZ. They may need a little more action with these and that tail they can't resist.

Hopefully you've noticed that in the summer, hit that topwater action early, grab a Texas Rig as the morning fades, and just slow down for bigger bites throughout the day. We can't forget the trusted Finesse TRD and TRD HogZ for those silly brownheads/bronzebacks during this time of year as well.

The biggest thing is to have fun and enjoy the summer. Every day can be a great day if your attitude is in the right place.

By Nick Butler Z-Man Pro Staff

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