Summer is Comming
As Spring slowly makes way for Summer, the waters gradually become more warm and filled with lethargic fish. Summer usually comes after the great spawning periods of many fish, which would make it seem like this one of the most profitable seasons to start fishing in. But if you’re not familiar with fishing, or aren’t a regular fisher during the summer months, there are a few things to consider before going out into the rivers and lakes during those hot July afternoons. With fish not being as active as they are during the other times of the year, they’re going to be more picky with what they’ll bite at, and where they’ll be found. With the changing temperatures, and the fish adjusting their lifestyles to accommodate these temperatures, you’re going to want to consider this and a few other things, no matter what type of fish you’re going after.
My Tips and Tricks
- First of all, and perhaps most importantly, you’re going to want to know what type of fish you’re going after! This seems pretty obvious at first, and indeed any fisher will need to keep in mind what kind of fish he or she are going for whenever they go out to fish. Even so, it won’t hurt to look into the venue you’re considering to fish at and take note of what sorts of fish are commonly seen there during the summer months. Each fish adjusts to summer slightly differently, and it would do you well to look into how these fish behave during this time. For example, despite being the most popular fish during the summer season, largemouth bass aren’t as prevalent in the summer as they are in the spring, and are often found at deeper depths than they would be earlier in the year. On the other hand, redfish can often be found in murky and shallow tidewater in the evenings and during rainy days. It would be wise to research what kinds of fish are at your chosen fishing site, and how those fish act in the summer.
- Secondly, consider the time of day you’re wanting to fish. In summer, though it might seem like the afternoon would be a good time to fish to a novice fisherman, the reality is this is probably the worst time of day to be casting lines, unless you intend on setting those lures really deep. Warmer water makes fish less active, and this inactivity makes them less likely to snap up bait. Fish will be more active deeper in the water, where it’s cooler, but even then they won’t be as active as they are during the early morning or in the evening. Evening and sundown are perhaps the most opportune time to do your summertime fishing, as fish are much more active once the waters have cooled. Evening is typically when fish come out from the deeper parts to feed, making it much more likely for a fish to bite during this time.
- You should also consider the types of lure that work the best with the fish that are out during this time of year. Because of their lazy nature during the summer, bass will often go for slow-moving bait that resembles dying baitfish, or for bugs tied with synthetic fur for fly fishing. Trout will often go for injured or damaged bugs, grasshoppers especially, when looking for something to snap at. Striped bass prefer fresh-caught baitfish, though like most other bass fish, they like their fish slow and easy to snap at. The important thing to consider is just looking into what your preferred fish is eating, and how to best imitate their prey with your bait.
In the end, a novice fisher would do well to look into these things before going out to fish in the summer. While fish are often quite lazy during this time of year, especially during the later parts of summer, knowing what to look for, how to catch it, and when to catch it, is imperative and will help you make those summer fishing trips worthwhile.