With the current hot spell we are under, water temps are starting to get into the 80's and the smallmouth bass are moving to deeper structure. They can become difficult to catch at this point in the season but it may be worth the effort to fish for them and limits of large smallies can reward the persistent and patient angler.
Yesterday I hit the water for a couple of hours and a large number of smallies were found in deeper water. The water temperature at 6 am was already over the 80 degree mark. After 2 hours I easily reached my limit and was culling smaller sized fish. My bait of choice was an XZone Slammer. These baits continue to amaze me. I tried a new color for the first time yesterday and this color worked great. In addition to about 20 bass I managed 3 walleye and a handful of panfish.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
I first got some of these baits at the end of 2009 and I fished them in the fall with limited success as dropshoting was a new technique to me. As I have fished these baits more and more over the last couple of years, I have become very comfortably with finesse fishing the drop shot rig. All I can say about XZone Lures is that they are simple amazing. I used to have favourite go to baits but they quickly become extinct. The Slammer has an incredible fish catching power that no other bait can even come close to. When I pick up a rod rigged with a Slammer, I have 100% confidence that with a bit of patience I will be able to put a good number of decent sized fish in the boat. Since the opener the above statement has proven to be 100% accurate. The action has been quite hot and the bite has not slowed down at all even with a few cold fronts going through. The bass seem to be up shallow and water temperatures are optimum for metabolism. As the water temperature rises into the 80's in the dog days of summer, the bass will move to deeper water and suspend and then I predict the drop shot Slammer rig will absolutely kill them. Looking forward to a prosperous 2011 season thanks to XZone Lures and the Slammer.