It’s finesse time

When the dog days of the summer set in and the heat has the fish suspending and skittish, it’s time to go to those baits most power fisherman don’t enjoy. Yes, I hate to bring it up, but the dog days are one of the only times of the year that I get out finesse baits.
My favorite way to go finessing is to use a weightless bait. There is no doubt in my mind that the benefits of a weightless bait far outweigh any of the other finesse presentations we all have in our bag of tricks. To me, the rewards of fishing weightless are key to catching fish; you see, weightless baits give you the best opportunity to keep your bait in the strike zone for a long period of time and still let the natural fall of the bait be the enticement. A weightless bait falls with precision through the strike zone; if the bass are suspending at ten feet of water the bait slowly and naturally drops through them and sinks with such enticing movement bass can’t resist it.
Many times, the fact that your weightless bait remains in front of a bass for an extended period of time is reason enough to get a strike; bass just react because your weightless bait annoys them by hanging around.
Another important point is that bass like to feed upward. When you’re throwing a weightless bait over the top of grass in six to ten feet of water the natural reaction to feed upward keeps the bait in the strike zone in grass. Bass generally find cover in the grass in the dog days of the hot summer and the slow drops into the holes around grass are deadly and very rewarding.
Lastly, don’t underestimate the ability of a weightless bait like the Missile Bait 48 stick bait to catch a big fish during this dog day heat.
Generally, I am a believer that big baits catch big fish, but in the dog days that may very well be the wrong thought process. Sometimes, during the heat and summer months, weightless baits catch big fish better than any other bait you can choose. The proof is in the results, and I have caught many big fish this time of year with a weightless Missile Bait 48.

Captain Mike


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