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Hot-Water Bass Tactics

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Denny Brauer of Missouri is one of the most-successful bass fishermen in the nation, having won the Bassmaster Classic and many more tournaments. Brauer is in the top-five money winners for BASS.

When Denny Brauer was asked how to find and catch bass under hot-weather conditions, when temperatures reach over 100-degrees Fahrenheit in the South, with a heat index of 110 to 115 degrees, he responded, “Hot weather is no longer just a southern phenomenon. Missouri and much of the Midwest also are experiencing 100-degree-plus temperatures. We’ve had 100-degree-plus temperatures with about a 115-heat index for over 8 days at times, in my section of the country in the summer. Under that type of extreme heat, very-few anglers want to go out on the water to fish, because catching bass in 90-degree water is difficult.

“But anglers won’t give-up fishing; they’ll just change the hours when they fish. Most bass fishermen right now are fishing at night. The best baits for nighttime fishing in hot weather are spinner baits, the Rage Thumper Worm and buzzbaits in darker colors. You’ll get more bites and catch more bass fishing at night in this very-hot weather. If the body of water you’re fishing has a thermocline in it, search for places where the thermocline comes into contact with a key piece of structure, like a point, a ledge or an underwater treetop. These structures can be found at 20- to 30-feet deep. At night, the bass move up to more-shallow water to feed, so catching them is easy. In the daytime, bass concentrate under boat docks where they find shade from the heat and plenty of bluegills, one of the bass’s favorite baits at this time of the year. I also like to fish boat docks in hot weather, since they have some type of brush underneath them.
“To find and catch bass at this time of the year, look for areas on the body of water that you fish that can breathe (receive influxes of aerated water), such as creeks running into a main lake, eddy currents, drain-offs where water drains into a lake or windy points. Fish those areas rather than moving into pockets or coves that don’t have any moving water. Bass want to be comfortable, just like you do. So, shade and cool-water runoffs are very important to them. Look for shade, higher-oxygen content and cooler water.

“I won the 1998 Bassmaster Classic at High Rock Lake in North Carolina fishing in the middle of the day in 2-foot-deep water. There was more oxygen in that 2 feet of water than in any-other parts of the lake. The bait was holding in that shallow water, and the bass were concentrating there, feeding on the bait. Most bass fishermen overlook boat waves. I won that tournament on the main part of the lake, where there was a lot of boat action and a lot of waves hitting the bank. We know that wind blowing into a point oxygenates the water, thereby causing the bass to bite. But we forget boats make a wave action that crashes against the bank, oxygenates the water and causes a feeding frenzy on the shad, which makes the bass bite. So, waves from water skiers and other boats oxygenate the water, causing bass to feed in shallow water, even in the middle of the day.”

These tactics are just a sample of what you’ll learn in the new Kindle eBook, “How to Bass Fish Like a Pro” by John E. Phillips. You can go to and type-in the name, “How to Bass Fish Like a Pro” to find it.

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