Beneath the surface of summer bass

Glen’s Secret

Summer is a great time to create your own feeding area. It’s a trick I use to activate bass when fishing is slow. To do it, you need a boat with an outboard motor, an area with weed cover that you know holds some bass, and a little patience. Start by driving into and through the vegetation, churning it up and generally disturbing anything that lives there. By tearing up the weeds and pads, you dislodge lots of small organisms and start a feeding chain. The predators — usually starting with bluegill — move in and begin to feed on the smaller forage. The bass come in to eat the bluegill.

Once you’ve gotten everything stirred up, it’s time to get into position. Put yourself within easy casting distance, anchor, wait and watch. It usually takes about 30 minutes for things to get going. Don’t mess it up by casting into the area too early. That could alarm the bass that are looking for an easy meal. Instead, wait until you see some bluegill moving in to feed or until you see signs of bass feeding on the bluegill. This technique is great almost anytime. There’s something about a feeding opportunity they can’t ignore, even if they’ve just eaten.

My favorite baits for this method are soft plastic craws and tubes. I fish them weightless or with a 1/8-ounce sinker. I like them to settle very slowly after they hit the water on a cast. Most of your strikes will come on the initial fall.

I call this method “Glen’s Secret” because I’ve kept it to myself until now. It’s absolutely deadly and will catch bass any time of the year when you have healthy green vegetation, though it’s at its best during the dog days of summer. Try it, be patient and let the bass come to you.

Originally published July 2011.

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