I know it’s the middle of August but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start thinking about fall. We’re already starting to see alternating cold fronts and cooler nights. That, along with the rains we’ve been having lately and the shorter days, will quickly cool the water.
I’m writing this as a concerned man. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) told me they counted 183 dead smallmouth bass in Dale Hollow Lake today.
I’ve been fishing several nights a week since I got back from vacation. You know about my messing around with the float-and-fly technique. What you may not know is that, once again, I’m finding a lot of good smallmouth on deep wood.
I said I’d tell you more about the hot weather version of the float-and-fly after I knew more about it. Well, this week I’ve had a chance to give it a try, and I think it has a future in smallmouth angling.
I recently heard an interesting story that may help us with this heat were facing. A guy I know real well ran into a man who has been catching tons of big smallmouth this summer with a modified version of the float-and-fly technique.
Go deep, follow the forage and upsize your baits if you want more smallmouths.
It’s supposed to reach 100 degrees in the coming days in many parts of our country, and the Fourth of July holiday is right around the corner. Between the heat and the party crowd, smallmouth anglers are up against it.
We’ve talked about moon phases and how they affect smallmouth bass. Now, let’s talk about the dog days of summer and how the heat affects smallies. It’s very different.
Lure selection is always important ... even at night.