Targeting Big Summer Bass with a Pencil Bait

May 24, 2022 Fishing Tips

Targeting summer bass with a pencil bait can be equal parts fun and challenging. Keep the pencil bait dancing in place as long as possible by throwing extra slack to it and turning the reel handle more slowly.

When fishing high pressured lakes, using a monofilament leader can help you get bite. But if you're fishing low pressured waters, you can get away with using straight braid. Braid floats, so it keeps the nose of the bait above the surface where it can freely slide from side to side. Walking a bait is easier with a braided line because it has zero stretch, so your rod twitches can be more subtle.

A cool trick to finding summer bass is to become a birdwatcher. Look for white birds actively circling and diving in groups. These birds are feeding on bait balls, perfectly mirroring what the bass are doing below.

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