Many bass anglers have a strong affinity for topwater lures. There's something addictive about watching a bait that is gurgling, sashaying, and spitting across the water's surface disappear in an angry boil. The thrill of the strike may be enough to entice the weekend bass angler to throw a topwater lure even when conditions are no longer prime.
Watching Kevin VanDam fish during the postspawn and summer months on lakes like Kentucky and Guntersville, it would appear to the untrained eye that the Michigan pro is lost, helplessly flailing at open water.
When it comes to professional bass anglers well versed in the art of tempting big bass with spinnerbaits, the initials KVD are at the top of the list.
Describing techniques in various water conditions and depths Gary Klein shares his flat fishing expertise. Baits vary when targeting different species as well.
Fishing riprap helps Stephen Browning to get his season back on track. Browning is one of two anglers to weigh in a limit all four competition days as he fished his way to fifth place.
During the fall, Tucker often relies on jerkbaits. Suspended bass in open water are typically some of the toughest fish to target. Tucker describes some techniques using jerkbait to lure them in.
For Elite Series pro Mark Tucker, the finesse jig is a lure with year-round applications. On clear water lakes Tucker can often be found tempting suspended bass with the bite-sized morsel.
Elite Series pro Mark Tucker points out that there are other options while fishing around and during the spawn. The Missouri pro often rigs his floating worm wacky style. Using a wacky rig, he can slowly twitch and shake the worm to entice strikes.
For tournament anglers, calling it quits early when the temperature climbs toward the triple digits isn't an option. Elite Series pro Mark Tyler explains how to fish the various forms of shade that can be present.
Elite Series pro Marty Stone points out that there are times when fishing a crankbait in open water can be really productive. In clear water, a fast retrieve also has the capability to draw bass from great distances and your chances of hooking up are better says Stone.