It’s almost that time of year when then the sun gets high and stays out for long periods of time. The humidity soars causing hot muggy nights and long hot days. If you are a pond, lake or river fisherman, you have probably already begin to notice patches of thick grass coming in on your favorite body of water. So what does this mean for anglers? The bass will congregate to these grass mats to due to oxygen and safety matters. As the water warms, the oxygen levels decrease. Grass mats / beds are nature’s way of supplying oxygen back into the water thus bringing all different types of forage and fish to the areas. Below are a few tips as to how to approach grass beds:
There are predominately two types of grasses that thrive in the summer; hydrilla and milfoil. If I had a choice as to which type of grass to fish, I would prefer milfoil. The reason, milfoil is easier to punch through due to the leaf / weed patterns. It also creates better canvasing spots for the fish to hide in. I like to use an 8’ Cajun Custom Rods Hella-Bomb fishing rod, 1oz Tru-Tungesten sinker with a bob stopper, Penetration Hooks “J” Hook with a Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver in “Magic” color, to punch through the mat. I also utilize SeaGuar’s Flippin Braid line 65lb test. What makes this a great combo is how the “J” hook is rigged with the beaver. The bait is rigged to where the hook is skin hooked and when I set the hook, the bob stopper doesn’t allow for anything to move / slide up or down the wire thus allowing the hook to penetrate the fishes mouth more easily that if just Texas rigged. The fish grabs the bait right when it pops through or when it hits the mat coming back up. Some call it “tapping the roof” This is where the angler punches the grass, letting it fall to the bottom and then bringing the lure back up to the bottom of the roof, thus tappiong, and letting it fall back. The best areas I concentrate on are points of matted grass, especially points close to creek or river channels.