When late summer presents warm water, and fish that seem to hide in the thickest of deep vegetation, look no further than beaver baits! We have all been there, spending hours upon hours fishing shorelines and shallows for fish that seem to not even be there. In the head of late summer here in western PA, and many other regions bass tend to go into deeper water vegetation to seek shelter from the sun and take advantage of cooler oxygenated water. These deep weeds can be tricky to fish effectively, because of how they tend to stick to your hook, bait, line, and just about everything else that you throw near them. This can be frustrating for some, but the reward of pulling a massive largemouth out of the thick stuff is well worth it!
Begin by rigging your rod and reel with 30lb PowerPro mainline with a 20lb Seaguar AbrasX leader. This will create a virtually “stretch free” setup that will give your bait the best action with ultimate sensitivity and power to pull out large fish from the weeds. Texas rigging these beaver style baits works best with a tungsten worm or flipping weight pegged or free floated right above the hook. A 4/0 hook will work in most situations, but larger or smaller can be used to better suit the size and style of bait being used.
This technique is as simple as fishing shorelines and starting in shallower water and making your way out into deeper water. For example, in many Lake Erie bays and inlets, starting on rocky points and shorelines and making your way from 3-4 feet of water out into 15 feet in roughly 3-foot increments will allow you to fish the correct depth. Sometimes, you will be surprised with how close to shore fish come if there is adequete cover, and how far off the bank in deeper water they will be when there is lack of cover. Using your graphs to mark deep weed edges and pockets leads to the most success when fishing in this manner. The baits should be flipped or pitched into the deeper pockets and allowed to hit the bottom. Snap upwards sharply to moce the bait roughly 1-2 feet and allow it to fall once again. This technique has been productive for me, but also crawling the bait across the bottom in areas between the thick vegetation can produce excellent numbers of fish.
Even though this article if focused on late summer and early fall, this technique has proved successful from the pre-spawn all the way through the fall season for many anglers. Beaver baits are a very simple, yet effective, way to catch both largemouth and smallmouth bass in many areas!
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