Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

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June 21, 2014

Bass transitioning to summer patterns

JACKSONVILLE — Summer has officially arrived and bass are quickly transitioning into summer patterns.  Basically speaking, the bass are moving out of the back of coves and pockets.  Also bass are moving off of the shallow flats headed back towards deeper water.  Bass are moving back into the creeks and setting up on creek bends.  Some bass are transitioning out from coves to main lake points, humps and ridges.  

On Lake Jacksonville you need to fish boat houses, main lake points and brush in approximately 10 to 20 feet of water.  

On Lake Nacogdoches I might fish the creek bends on the north end or move further out into the lake and fish the creek near the island.  Later I might move to the main lake and fish grass lines in about 10 feet of water.  All these areas are holding bass.

To locate summer bass you have to move around a lot.  Simply put, you need to explore.  The best time to explore is from daylight to about noontime.  

Deep crank baits, Carolina rigs, Texas rigged worms and jigs come into play now.  On a Carolina rig I use a three-foot monofilament leader attached to braided line.  It’s best to use a worm, creature bait or lizard that floats.  To properly fish this rig and get more bits you need to slow down.  Most people fish too fast and use fluorocarbon line.  This is a mistake.  You will get a lot more bites using monofilament that will allow your bait to float up.

I’m already seeing some bass feed on shad on the surface.  Always have a top water bait tied on to immediately cast to surfacing bass.

Last Monday David Nichols and I fished Lake Nacogdoches from daylight to noon and caught about 25 bass up to 7 pounds.  Most of the bass including the 7-pounder succumbed to a Sienko in both a black and blue color and a pumpkin, green flake.  We used both straight tail and a swim tail rigged weedless with no weight.

On this outing the bass refused to bite a spinner bait, but we did catch three bass and missed one other on a white 3/8 oz. Chatter bait.  We fished the bait in an erratic stop and go retrieve.  We only caught one bass on a Nichols’ white blue back, Pop-U-Lure and one on a frog.  The frog bite seems to be the best around mid-July and August.

On Lake Jacksonville there are a lot of big bass under docks.  Many times these larger bass are hard to reach because they position themselves from 1/2 to 2/3 back under a dock.  The best technique for catching these bass is to skip a bait.  The further you skip a bait, the better.  Bass will quickly react to a bait skipping way up under a dock.  This takes a lot of practice but is well worth the effort.  

One key to catching a lot more bass is to begin your day in an area that you know holds some bass.  Fish the area using a variety of baits until you start catching fish.  I often go through a lot of lures before I can determine which bait or baits the bass are willing to strike.  It’s simply a matter of elimination.  I always try to find at least one fast moving lure the bass will strike.  

You can always catch bass on soft plastics, but that’s a slow process.  If I can get a bass to strike a crank bait on some spinner bait, my catch rate will go up dramatically.


Jerry Miller can be contacted at: gonefishing2@suddenlink.net


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