R & R Fishing! 2018

Relaxing & Enjoying – Fishing In The Rain

It was the first weekend of August and raining as the thunderstorms were rolling through, but the wind was calm and there was no lightning in the sky. So I decided I would just go out and relax on the water, fishing for whatever would bite and enjoy this incredible day (I love being in the Rain). So I grab my rain jacket and my poles and off I went for anything that would bite with little effort on my part.

Catching Bass

I first tried for Bass using a Yellow/orange NORTHLAND Buzzbait (⅜ oz), which produced a lot of action, but struggled finding any bass over 2 pounds. I then tried going deep, using the Bandit 300 and still the same result, no big fish. So where are they, why are then not biting, and do I just try later and focus on something else? So I decided to switch to my Walleye rods and stayed out in deeper water, casting for Walleyes.

Catching Walleyes

Here I was using the Bandit 300 (Yellow / Bumblebee) and casting the ice fishing Rapala (green, glow, and bronze). We tied into four walleyes, one being over 20 inches but lost that Walleye when trying to net him. We did manage to land three smaller Walleyes. After an hour of Walleye fishing I decided to relax even more and grabbed the Bluegill rods and started casting for a few Bluegills.

Catching Bluegills

For bluegills I used a small jig with flashabou skirting on it, tipping with a Gulp Maggot (pink). The bluegills ran small 6.5 inches to 7.5 inches, but we caught plenty for a meal or two.

How The Day Went

It rained off and on, there was no lighting or thunder, and the wind was not to be found. The action was great, but the fish ran small, which is unusual for this lake. So a perfect day for relaxing, fishing, and enjoying the weather! “You know a day fishing beats any day working”.

Bass Fishing In Late July – 2018 Action!

Best Bass Fishing 2018

I look forward to the third weekend of July as this is the time the Largemouth Bass really get active and destroy whatever you toss on the surface. So why do I prefer top-water baits instead of diving crank-baits on the weed edges and drop-offs, because I like to see the action of the bite/hit.

Topwater Bass Baits

Depending on the weeds and if they are close to the surface I will either use a Bass Popper or Buzz Bait. I prefer the Popper as the bass seen to hit this harder than the Buzz Bait, but I use the weeds and drop-off to help me decide on which top-water presentation to use.

Fishing The Weeds On A Gradual Drop-Off

Here the Buzz Bait works the best as the bass are just laying under the weeds, waiting to strike anything that ventures into their feeding area. Also the Bass Popper will just keep catching weeds as the back end of the popper is weighted down by the back treble hook.

Fishing The Weeds On a Quick Drop-Off

Here I use the Bass Popper as it frustrates the Bass and gives them plenty of time to locate their prey and attack. The Popper is used with a jerking action and reel, which is much slower than the continuous reel action of the Buzz Bait.

Best Bass Action Of 2018

Here is a short video of our Bass action this past weekend along with a few Pictures. You will see it was very windy and the waves were white-water, but the Bass did not care.

Catching Bass & Crappies 2018 – The Next Generation

Taking The Young Fishing

It‘s the 4th of July week and I have 3 young boys that are interested in going fishing and depending on the action they will either love it or lose interest quickly, possibly forever. So if we really want to hook a new fisherman, especially at this age, we better be able to catch fish and continuously, size is not a factor here or at least I thought!

What Fish Can We Easily Hook A Young Fisherman On

As mentioned above, if you want to hook someone on fishing you will need to produce the fish and the best way to do this is with either Bluegills or Crappies. On our first fishing trip I decided to go for Crappies since they run larger than a Bluegill and the action is almost as fast.

What Crappie Rig To Use

Here I used the best Crappie rig combination I have; the casting bobber, 2 feet of line, and the crappie hook with the Berkley 2” Minnow. This combination seems to really work well for me so why mess with success. In this video the Crappies did well playing their role and the kids were hooked.

Catching Bass On Topwater Baits

Now that I had the 3 young men hooked I thought I was home free, but the oldest (7 yrs old) asked me to take him fishing for a large fish, one bigger than what his dad caught earlier bass fishing (3 lbs). Now that’s a challenge, at least for me. And the bass right now are more focused on the crabs in the lake than anything else, but off we went. I also want him to experience seeing the Bass strike, so my plan was to use a top water Bass Popper, get a bass to hit, set the hook, and give him the pole.

Will we did not catch one as big as his dad’s, but we had fun and I believe we have a new fisherman in the bass fishing family. See our video on our Bass Fishing Trip.

Early August Bass Fishing – Large & Small Mouth

Catching Bass In August

Fishing in August can be very productive, but this past weekend was challenging. Not only did we have to try multiple baits and presentations we had to contend with a Bass Tournament. The best catch was the day after the tournament, go figure.

The Baits We Tried

This past weekend, August 11,12,13th was one of the toughest weekends I have had for Bass Fishing. We had to work multiple baits caughting bass on all but one of them, not the action we typically see. The 5 baits we tried; Buzz Bait, Small Top Water Popper, Bandit 200 & 300s, and a strike King with an Reaction Innovation.

Find The Bass Strike I Missed – In Slow Motion

2017 Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass Fishing At It’s Best!

The lake I typically Bass fish has both Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass. So what are the differences? What baits work best, what structure do you fish, and how do you tell them apart?

Smallmouth & Largemouth Structures

Smallmouth Bass prefer rocky bottoms, boulders, and ledges. Their diet specialty is crab, so you will find them working these areas aggressively. You will also find Smallies suspended in deeper water.

Largemouth Bass prefer aquatic vegetation and warmer water. They can be found near the shoreline and on the weed drop-offs. Their diet specialty is minnows, but frogs and crabs will work.

Bass Baits

When fishing for Bass I use the same baits, Buzz Baits, Bass Poppers, and Crank Baits (Bandits 200s). However, leeches in rocky structures will do well for the Smallies while small suckers on a harness will do well for Largemouths.

Visual Differences

The Smallmouth has a yellowish-brown back and head with dark vertical bars on the side. Between the vertical bars the fish will have a lighter yellowish-brown. The belly of the Smallmouth Bass will be white, turning more of a silver color on older fish. The eyes of the Smallmouth are reddish in color.

The Largemouth have a dark greenish or even black back. The sides are a lighter greenish color giving way to yellow and then a white belly. The eyes of a Largemouth are black.

Easiest Way To Tell A Largemouth From A Smallmouth

The best way I have found to tell the difference between these two Bass are by closing their mouths. When the mouth is closed the hard exterior jaw bone will give it away. On the Largemouth Bass the end of the jaw bone will extend beyond the back of the eye. Where on the Smallmouth Bass the jaw bone will only extend to the middle of the eye. Once you are familiar with both Bass you will be able to tell by the fight, color, and body before you ever get it into the net.

Smallmouth & Largemouth Bass Tips!

1. The Smallmouth produces a harder strike.
2. The Smallmouth puts up a tougher fight.
3. The Smallmouth will be commonly found in rock structures or cruising deeper water.
4. The Largemouth will be found in the weeds and near drop-offs.
5. The Largemouth is a better eating/tasting fish.