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nutrients into the lake, which draw shad into the shallows, and in combination with grass, they can concentrate bass.” Current, both natural and man-made, can activate fish as well. “A little breeze or some light wind blowing onto a grassy flat can create a perfect scene for nutrients and bass,” says Hawk. Running water through the turbines to produce power at places like Mead further improves the bite. “When the air conditioners come on in the afternoon and they start generating electricity, the fish start snapping.” Even in the hottest months, moving water triggers fish activ- ity, and Hawk has used this knowledge to capitalize on topwater bites that suddenly turn on at 2 PM. It’s no secret that shade positions bass, but Hawk points out a related pattern that anglers sometimes overlook. “Steep cliffs can cast shadows onto grass beds, which can make them even better,” Hawk notes. “You can then start moving around the lake and finding similar spots. You’ll go from catching four or five bass in a day’s fishing to catching twenty.”

fers another advantage: “I have a hard time deadsticking anything,” Roumbanis ad- mits. “The more you move the flick-shake, the better it looks in the water.”

Is there a cure for the

summertime blues of bass

fishing? Break out some

of these tips on location

and presentation and see

if they don’t make a dif-

ference in your success

rate. It may have been a

while since you fished a

spoon, did something with

a jig besides pitching and

flipping it, mastered a new

finesse technique or exper-

imented with a cutting-edge

crankbait. Who knows? You

might add a new dimension

to your game that will pay

dividends for years to come.

The 30-year old pro fishes the wacky jig on spinning tackle, using a 6’ 9” Roum- BASStik and 6- to 10-lb P-line fluorocarbon. “The egg sack on a plastic worm is its cen- ter of balance, even if it’s 2/3 of the way up the worm,” comments Roumbanis. “Put your hook through it and it will balance perfectly. I shake it violently while it’s fall- ing on slack line, which rotates the jig head and adds a lot of action.” Along with fishing it by vertical struc- ture, Roumbanis likes to skip flick-shake worms under boat docks. He notes that bridge pilings can also be prime territory, but he advises that the entire water column may not hold fish. “Bridge pilings are weird because your graph won’t work as well in telling you whether bass are beside it. You don’t have to fish the whole thing, though. Algae only grows as far as the sunlight will penetrate, and that dictates how deep bait- fish will live. I’ll cast my flick-shake worm by a piling, open the bail and let 10 feet of line out, shake it, then let another 10 feet of line out, and keep doing that until the bait is 30 feet deep.”

Few anglers would choose the dead of summer with falling water and suspended fish as their favorite time to go fishing. Those are just the conditions, however, when BASS Elite pro Fred Roumbanis likes to break out a Zappu Inchi jig head and wacky-rig a Yamamoto Senko, Kut-Tail Worm or Roboworm along bluff walls and boat docks. “This rig catches suspended fish,” says Roumbanis. “Find the bait, you’ll find the fish, and if you find the fish, the flick-shake will catch them. For us antsy-types who have trouble with the “less is more” approach, a wacky- rigged worm on a 3/32-oz Inchi jighead of-

The wAckY worLd oF summer Jigging

There are times when certain presen- tation styles catch fire, and one of the hot- test lately has been casting big spoons for outsized bass. “The tournament scene has really taken to them,” affirms James Nigge- meyer of Van, Texas. What attracts the 37-year old BASS Elite pro to the spoon is that you can cast one a long ways like a crankbait, yet fish it like a worm. “When you’re fishing offshore structure, you generally have two choices. You can fish a worm, jig or Carolina-rig, but they’re all slow presentations for feed- ing strikes. Or you can fish a crankbait to provoke a reaction strike, which lets you

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