Tips and techniques by pro angler Lee Bailey jr

An excellent collection of fishing tips, fishing tactics, and fishing tricks for bass, by Lee Bailey Jr

 

 

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Binsky In Late Summer

September 6, 2021 by lbailey

Binsky In Late Summer works so well when those bass move offshore and begin to school in deeper water, that’s when you can get your money’s worth out of this blade bait.

It’s a good bait for pressured or schooling fish. Bass don’t stop eating bait fish when the water gets warm, so continue to use a Binsky blade bait no matter what time of year it is. When it’s in the dead of summer, you might not be able to just pull up and drop-shot on a school of fish. But, if you use a Binsky, they eat it at first sight.”

Binsky In Late Summer works so well when those bass move offshore

A Binsky has the kind of versatility that you simply can’t get from a drop-shot.

A blade Bait is great to use in summer because it can sink like a rock to whatever depth you need it to/ You can get the reaction bite with it because it’s so fast and moves so quickly. It’s also a good casting bait to use when you’re waiting for topwater fish to blow up because it’s so heavy and you can throw it far.

Binsky In Late Summer is more effective than a suspending stickbait during this time because it can probe deeper and catch fish in the 30 to 40 foot range. Steep drop-offs along main and secondary points or creek channels in the major coves are the prime spots to introduce the metal Binsky to bass.

The best sizes to use for this blade bait are 1/2-ounce for depths under 20 feet and 3/4-ounce for probing deeper than 20 feet. After making a long cast, allow the bait to sink to the bottom on a slack line before starting your retrieve. You want to lift that bait just enough to where you actually feel it vibrate. Once you feel it vibrate then kind of let the lure pull back down on a more tight line to where it will pendulum out a little bit. You don’t want it to go straight up and down during your retrieve.

Make sure you work the lure all the way back to the boat because bass will frequently hit the lure right under the boat. Match the lure with a medium-heavy rod and baitcast reel filled with 15-pound fluorocarbon line.

Summer Glide Bait Fishing

September 4, 2021 by lbailey

Summer Glide Bait Fishing is best when bass are in their main summer patterns, understanding what the fish want helps you plan your big-bite strategy. Here’s the skinny on proven giant-finding prowess.

One of those innovations over the past 10 years is the emergence of Glide baits. These oversized, hard-bodied fish imitators originally were created to mimic trout in California lakes, but have transformed into replicating large bass prey across the country. Glide baits can resemble trout/ gizzard shad/ perch and other types of fish that bass feed on.

Summer Glide Bait Fishing is best
Summer Glide Bait Fishing brings in the giants.

Summer is a prime time to fish Glide baits. For the most part, anglers have learned that these lures produce best in the late pre-spawn, and summer to late fall.

Summer Glide Bait Fishing requires a shift in perspective and expectations. The most important thing to remember is that the number of strikes you can expect go WAY down, especially as the size of the bait increases. For the most part, the most productive and popular sizes are 6-9 inches. Most of them will weigh between 2 and 6 ounces.

Glide bait areas are dependent of the type of cover and clarity available

Casting distance is critical. It is especially important to cast Glide baits as far as you can, as most of the time they are fished in cleaner water scenarios. As well, this give the bass more time to find and tract your bait while tracking the big ones in Summer Glide Bait Fishing . Most Glide baits have a built-in, wide side to side action when reeled straight in. Most experts with this technique prefer to work the bait almost like a jerkbait…twitching the bait to make it dart harder side to side.

Glide bait areas are dependent of the type of cover and clarity available on the lake you are fishing. Since you are targeting big bass, you must fish big bass areas. Some of the better Glide bait locations are bluff banks, steep channel banks, points, and over deeper grass beds. When approaching these areas, wind is your friend. Getting a Glide bait bite under calm conditions in the summer is exceedingly difficult.

Baby Buzzbait Midsummer Bassing

August 12, 2021 by lbailey

Baby Buzzbait™ midsummer bassing begins after the hot weather has set in, bass fishing can be fantastic. Warm waters mean an increase in the metabolism of bass, which can lead to more frequent feeding activity. Additionally, Warm waters allow anglers to move faster and burn lures. The Baby Buzzbait™, not only works retrieving it directly by a bass, but also through the edges of their larger strike zones.

It’s smaller size, especially the 1/4 oz size allows the bait to be sucked in the bass’ mouth deeper.

When bass are aggressive, anglers can choose between lots of different lure options and methods and can often use their favorites to score. Still, the most efficient method is usually going to be a faster approach. Smaller -sized offerings are usually best, the water has an abundance of small prey at this time. Picking a lure that can be fished fast, such as a Baby Buzzbait™, spinnerbait, lipless crankbait, is a top option. Swim jigs paired with paddle-tail swimbaits and some blade baits can be good choices as well.

Buzzbaits may all look the same on the shelf, but each has its own special features

While standard-sized offerings can produce, be ready to quickly switch to smaller sized lures if the bite doesn’t pick up. Likewise, while a slower Baby Buzzbait™ midsummer bassing retrieve speed is best, if the standard and slow speeds don’t produce, be ready to radically increase the speed, even faster than the higher-speed approach common when summer bass are active. Burning lures at high speeds can play on the instincts of bass and cause them to attack lures when they normally wouldn’t with slower retrieves.

Buzzbaits may all look the same on the shelf, but each has its own special features that will work better in different places. A basic buzzbait will simply spin the blade on the top of the water making a slight trail behind it and a slight noise as it moves. The Baby Buzzbait™ is the most compact size on the market today. It’s smaller size, especially the 1/4 oz size allows the bait to be sucked in the bass’ mouth deeper. This produces more bass in the boat, resulting in bigger creels and a lot of fun.

Finessing The Big TRD

August 3, 2021 by lbailey

Finessing the Big TRD will conquer, even though summertime fishing can be a little tough. Rising water temps create a very taxing environment for post-spawn bass still beat up from the bedding process. As fish scatter in search of food and a more comfortable dwelling place, The bite gets a little tricky.

Baits like the Z-man Big TRD are a staple for summertime fishing, from the early summer immediate postspawn time frame right into the fall. Texas rig and Finesse the Big TRD. Try skipping it around shallow cover is a great way to catch big bass and numbers alike.

Finessing the Big TRD

At the urgency of anglers outside of the tiny world of finesse fishing, Z-Man created the Big TRD. Finesse Anglers wanted a bait that they could wield on a wacky rig, and on/or a Texas-style slip-sinker rig. The TRD (Turd) as we call i t can be used to skip and pitch it into various kinds of cover that largemouth bass relate to.

Use it on either a bait-caster or spinning, rod and reel that is spooled with 10-pound or 12-pound-test fluorocarbon line. Employ this retrieve that is called a slow-roll-and-dead stick presentation. Around laydowns, lily pads, and patches of wild hydrilla, where the water is four to five feet deep.

Accomplish this task by making accurate casts and delicate pitches to strategic spots. Along the edges and pockets of laydowns and patches of lily pads and wild hydrilla.

Once the Big TRD rig reaches the bottom, employ a deadstick presentation for four to five seconds. Then make three slow rotations of the reel handle. After the third rotation, pause and allow the Big TRD rig to glide and fall to the bottom. Deadstick it again for a few seconds. After the second deadstick presentation, slowly rotate the reel handle. this allows the Big TRD to swim and glide six to 10 inches above the bottom. Do this until the rig is 10 to 15 feet from the spot where the cast was placed.

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Dog days of summer

July 4, 2021 by lbailey

The dog days of summer on most lakes and ponds will often drive the surface temperatures way into the high 80’s and even into the 90’s. This hot water many times does everything except make lake fishing “HOT”. In fact the bass in most lakes during the hot summer are so tough to catch that most fishermen look for an air conditioned room, a cold one and a baseball game.

I have found that the dog days of summer is a very stable time to fish on most current system bodies of water. Here you will typically find that the water temperatures are lower than in the still water lakes. You will also find it to be a time when river currents and water levels are not fluctuating much either. This lower temperature accompanied by a rivers natural current flow will produce high oxygen levels. The bass that are lucky enough to have current will usually show a higher activity level than those that will be found in most lakes during the summer months.

Daog Days of summer result in exsplosive fishing.

“I have found that the dog days of summer is a very stable time to fish on most current system bodies of water”.

dog days of summer is main river and creek time.

Bass migrate back onto the main body of the river current system, where they hang around channel-oriented structure: humps, points, drop-offs and ledges. Also where there is cover like pilings,bushes and lay-downs and weeds. Your best bet in the first part of this summer migration phase is the mouth of creeks on the main river and at the mouth of a spawning cove.

Baitfish and bass will gravitate to weedy bays and pockets, where the water is cooler and highly oxygenated. Bass position themselves near irregularities in the weed bed, such as holes, pockets and points, laydowns and junk piles. They can be taken on the surface with a weedless frog or rat, or by flipping or pitching a plastic worm or creature bait through the grass.

Bass lay in heavy structure where they can ambush prey

The summer time on most river systems offers bass an increased supply of accessible food. With the current factor river systems offer the bass the capability to stay shallow throughout the summer. Here they take advantage of the current and lay in heavy structure where they can ambush this ample supply of food. This ample supply of feed usually consists of earlier hatched fry and baitfish from the spring spawns.

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