Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

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August 2, 2013


Summer Rains Turn On The Fish



            Suddenly it became overcast and the wind picked up.  At the same time the bass began hitting our worms and crank baits.  In a very short while we both boated a limit of bass.  After about 30 minutes we had to get off of the lake because of high wind. 

            The conditions that occur during summer rain storms are similar to cold fronts pushing through in the spring.  This sudden change in the weather always triggers the bass into feeding. 

            If you can find a lake that has some current in it during the summer you will experience much better bass fishing than lakes without current.  The larger lakes like Toledo Bend and Rayburn harbor a river system that that often carries a current.  Finding eddies just out of the current is the key.  Bass often position themselves on the back side of main lake points.  It’s the perfect ambush point for bait fish.  This is the type of area that concentrates the bait fish and the bass, making this a premium fishing spot.

            We don’t receive many big three to four inch rains in the summer, but when we do you can experience some of the best fishing of the year!


            On Lake Jacksonville I’ve seen several fishermen during the week chasing schooling bass.  Most of the activity has occurred from the mouth of Cat Creek up to the dam.  Most of the schools can be seen mid-lake.  Recently the best time to go was from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  On one heavy overcast day just before the wind shifted to the north, I caught schooling bass from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.

            My best lure – or should I say lures – was an Alabama-type rig with five 4-inch white swim baits.  The rig I used was called a Yum Yumbrella Flash Mob™ Junior.  I caught half of my bass fishing this rig just under the surface and the other half letting it sink to about 15 feet.  The main benefit from fishing this rig was that all the bass caught averaged two pounds each.  My largest was three pounds.  Smaller bass seem to ignore this rig.


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



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