BassWestUSA - July/August, 2009, Page 50


Location & Presentation Tricks for the Dog Days

Summertime and the livin’ is easy...” Too bad the Gershwin broth- ers couldn’t have written the same line about bass fishing. Out- side of the low light conditions of early morning and dusk, hot weather bass just aren’t all that cooperative. Big fish in particular have a habit of becoming more elusive than ever. Basswest USA asked three pros with roots in the western United States for their thoughts on how weekend anglers can make their summer forays on the water more productive. They answered by talking about techniques that many of us may have heard of but haven’t yet incorporated into our arsenals, as well as subtleties as to the whereabouts of bass during the warmest months of the year.

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Few western pros have had hotter hands recently than Roy Hawk of Salt Lake City. The winner of the May 2008 FLW National Guard Lake Mead tourney turned around and won back-to-back FLW Stren tournaments in 2009, first at Clear Lake in March, then at Arizona’s Lake Roosevelt in April. Hawk attributes much of his success to his approach - “I’m looking for things that will concentrate fish around high- percentage zones” - rather than identifying the exact lures or presentation styles needed to put keepers in the box. As a result, he seeks four key factors – oxygen, bait, cur- rent, and shade. Areas that create oxygen are critically important. “You need grass or wind,” he states. “Without them, the fish will be deep. I really like grass beds that are holding bait.” As far as forage is concerned, he searches for whatever is available, be it shad or bluegill. He also notes the im- portance of the monsoon season on southwestern waters. “The rains wash

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July/August 2009