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HOW2TV High Percentage Lures for Mid Summer (video)

Welcome back for another segment of HOW2TV. I’m Mark Fisher with Rapala and today I’d like to show you a couple quick presentations. Ah, different things to rig up for these dog gone hot summer days that we’ve been having this year. I mean this is real time. It’s happening now. And there’s really four presentations you’ve got to go to in these hot conditions.

So basically you want to be able to do a worm, whether it’s an open hook like a jig worm or a shaky head or a Texas-rig. You want to drop a jig which is a craw imitator. That’s another forage bait form. As well as going out on the deep edges. Deep crank. Work yourself back to a mid-crank. And last, but not least, is topwater. You get a good early start in the morning of the day. You’d be surprised how many big fish are caught on topwater and honestly that’s how I got fired up about bass fishing years ago as a little kid. Fishing with ma and dad. Throwing topwater baits early in the morning. So stick with us we’re going to show you a bunch of different ways to catch fish today. And ah, we’ll be right back.

Alright the first thing, let’s go top to bottom. Talking about topwater baits. There are topwater pop baits, prop baits, and walk-the-dog style of baits. This happens to be an X-Rap Pop. Now, it’s real simple. Cast it out. And the one most important thing about topwater baits is what I just did. Throw it and let it sit. Don’t force it. Don’t rush it. Believe me folks, fishing bass whether its smallmouth or largemouth the minute that baits in the water it’s going to work for you. You don’t really have to do a lot. But there are cadences we are going to show you about. And basically it’s just a pop, pop, pause. Pop, pop, pop, pause. And let it rest for a little bit again. Trust me, that’s how it gets going.

You know the next presentation, hands down it is, it’s so effective, whether you’re fishing vegetation, around weeds, in weeds, around rocks and gravel transition areas is a simple jig and a worm. In the north call it jig worms in the south there’s a lot of shaky headin going on. Basically the same form. You can Texas-rig a jig just like you can a, a standard worm hook and Texas-rig it. But um, minimal cover and leaving the exposed hook is oftentimes the way to go because you can pop the rod if you gets in the weeds it comes clean and the high percentage bites always occur on an open hook. So basically what we do with this, the presentations are very simple. Back your boat off a way from a weed line edge, a deep edge. Engage the reel and let the bait tumble on its own. That’s all you do. It’s almost like topwater fishing but you’re allowing the bait to tumble and drop on the weeds. Remember you’re not using a three-quarter ounce weight. You’re using here like a VMC Mooneye Jig that’s an eighth ounce and it’s just falling and tumbling very seductively along the weeds. You feel it make contact with weeds, pop it to clear it away. That’s all you have to do and let it continue to tumble and get down to the bottom. Somewhere, it will get intercepted.

You know third presentation is simply nothing more than the classic skirted jig which happens to be a Terminator Pro Jig along with a Trigger-X Flappin’ Craw. Um, imitating crayfish patterns is really good in the summer months in the weeds where crayfish do congregate, hang out, and climb around. What’s nice about this workhorse, is exactly what I just said. The jig, the skirted jig, which used to be the old jig and pagan jig or whatever is exactly that. It, it’s been around for a long time and it’s so dog-gone effective. You just basically can throw it out, cast it, let it tumble and fall, just like jig worming or Texas-rig worming. Or you can actually get in and round them out by pitching into thick heavy cover even heavy mattes. But here, depending on how thick the vegetation is tells you how heavy a weight. Try to lighten up as much as possible to let the bait have a natural fall. You know what’s really critical about pitching in shallow cover, or sparse cover. Is try not to make a big splash with your jig. You want to try to let it just kind of slide into the water on the surface. Let me show ya. So as it goes forward, put your thumb on the spool, stop it, and lift up on the rod and then ease it in.

We make a variety of different baits suitable for different situations. Shallow, mid-depth, deep. And I’ll tell you what, this DT10 happens to be a, a, this Caribbean shad, one of Ike’s colors. It’s a great color and if you look at this thing closely you can see a lot of tooth marks, a lot of holes that have been poked in him. There’s a lot of fish that like crankbaits, not just bass. And basically you can finish up a pretty tough day sometimes on the water by just getting out to the deeper edges like we are right now. Tie on a DT10 and start working the deeper edges. And you don’t want to throw the crankbait into the weeds, you want to throw it outside the weeds. It’s okay to tick the bottom, but try to keep the bait out. You wanna not just burn the bait all the time and just run it down the weed line. You wanna stop, pause, throw the rod tip back once in a while. I’ve found that oftentimes or so as so many others, that that is the trigger to get fish to strike.

Well there you have it. Thanks for joining us. Come back again to HOW2TV.