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August 2, 2013

GONE FISHING WITH JERRY MILLER

Summer Rains Turn On The Fish

JACKSONVILLE —

            One of my best summer fishing tips is this:  If possible, go fishing a day or two just after a big rain.  A hard rain will replenish the oxygen level in shallow water causing the bass to get very active.  Try areas where a creek enters the lake.  After a hard rain there will be a run off and current.  Bass congregate in eddies just out from the creek current.

            My wife Betty and I fished Tosh Lake in Rusk and targeted a big weed patch in the mouth of a creek.  Betty landed 12 bass on a Nichols’ blue back Pop-U-Lure in less than 30 minutes.  She was using a Revo bait casting reel and a Falcon 6-1/2 foot medium action rod loaded with 15 pound Mono.  This is the perfect set up for top water fishing.

            One small area near a creek held a lot of bass.  Under normal conditions this shallow water area would almost be devoid of bass, but the heavy rains and current positioned the bass on the back side of a reed patch.  This is the perfect location to ambush bait fish after a hard summer rain.  Betty caught 10 of these bass in 10 casts. 

            Every time I picked up my rod to cast she would set the hook on another bass.  I finally gave up casting so I could take her fish off of the hook.  It’s been about two years since she has been fishing, and I was curious to see how many bass she could catch out of that one area. 

            After that first 30 minutes of continuous action we began fishing around the lake and caught more bass, but they were scattered. 

            I’ve also experienced bass turning on in the hot summer just before a big rain storm hit.  Several years ago on Toledo Bend a good friend of mine, Tommy McDaniel, and I were fishing a “worm hole” on this huge lake.  Bass fishing was slow, but when the weather began to change, the fish turned on.

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