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Black Bass Basics - locating black bass in the summer

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We take a look at locating black bass in the summer.

When it comes to locating black bass in the summer, a great deal depends on the weather and the type of water that you're fishing. Let's say, though, that the sun shines, the air temperatures rise and the water is really warming up. Under these conditions, you'll often find that bass will look for the coolest water they can - especially during the hottest part of the day. In reservoirs, this means that you'll often find bass down as deep as twenty-five or even occasionally fifty feet. Of course, of you're fishing a shallow, lowland lake, the bass won't have this refuge open to them but it's still a good idea to hunt out deeper water or, especially, areas that are in the shade from the sun for as many hours as possible.

Whatever sort of water you're faced with, the usual bass rules still apply and you're still looking to work areas around flooded brushwood, weeds, river channels, submerged islands, rocks and all manner of submerged man-made structures. The golden rule is that bass seek out cover and that's where you're going to find them for most of the time.

Remember that flooded vegetation is particularly attractive during the summer. There'll be plenty of large, green leaves and these tend to block out the sun effectively and  bass welcome respite from bright light. There's also a good chance that there will be food, too, and you'll find bass eating everything from snails to even small, swimming snakes!

What you've got to remember about bass fishing in the real heat of the summer is that you'll find them feeding predominantly both early and late. If you can get to the water before sunrise when the mist is turning the lake to fire, then you're in with a good chance. Equally, once the sun sets and the light really begins to leave the sky, the bass will begin to hunt actively.

Pay attention, too, to prevailing weather conditions. It could be that persistent cloud blocking the sun can produce a feeding spell. A rising wind will create a chop on the surface and introduce oxygen which, again, stimulates the fish. Some lakes, too, are spring-fed and if you can find these currents of cooler water, you'll probably find the bass more willing to feed. The same goes for cool water feeder streams.

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