Kayak Bass Fishing Tips & Tactics

Tips from Kayak Bassin TV

Fishing Grassy Water

Lake Guntersville, taped September 2015

  1. Milfoil and foam - A common sight on Guntersville in SeptemberBe sure to put scupper plugs in gear wells, especially when mother-shipping. They’ll keep algae, weeds, slime and bugs out of kayak and gear well.
  2. You’ll find surprisingly cold the water under the weeds…. very attractive to bass that leave the warmer, oxygen-starved depth and move into the shallows in late summer.
  3. Milfoil provides concealment for ambushing bass. Hydrilla grows to the surface, spreads out, and then clears out underneath giving bass plenty of room to roam, picking off bream and shad taking refuge above in the canopy.
  4. Sit still and listen for the clicking-popping sound of bream feeding under the hydrilla. Hear nothing? Move on.
  5. Rattletraps where there’s a foot or more of open water over milfoil… frogs, toads, finesse twin-tail grubs over hydrilla.
  6. Use popping-style frogs like the SPRO Bronzeeye Pop 60 along grass edges; pointed-nose styles across top of hydrilla mats. Stanley’s Ribbit frog and other soft plastic toads are deadly, too.
  7. With frogs, toads, and rats, patience is a big key not only in presenting the bait but setting the hook. Avoid Premature Ejerkulation. Give the bass a couple seconds to take the bait securely in its mouth before setting the hook.
  8. Guntersville bays look more like swmps in late summerVary your frog presentations. Sometimes, fast retrieves work. Some days, bass are not so quick to strike. Learn to Dance. Sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow. Try giving the bait five or six pops, and then allow the it to sit 5, 10, 15 seconds before moving it again. Or try a quick-quick-slow sequence.
  9. Remember, elephants eat peanuts. A black twin-tail grub on a 4/0 hook make a dandy finesse frog. You still be glad you spooled up with braid, but don’t leave your spinning gear at home.
  10. After bass blow-ups miss a frog, blasting it into the air without a hookup, don’t rip it away. Allow the bait to lie there, twitching it as though it’s wounded, and many times the bass will wheel around for a follow-up attack.
  11. Sometimes one blast is all a bass gives you… no number of follow-ups will produce a second strike. Other times you can throw back to the same hole repeatedly and that bass will blast your frog or rat again and again until you finally nail her.