Whats up guys. So I have been inshore salt fishing my whole short life (23 years) and i just got into bass fishing heavily last fall. I had a killer spring and early summer, got about 20 fish over 6 lbs and one 11lber. I discovered live shiner fishing and was able to find a couple of ponds where I was easily able to get some. I haven't been doing much bassin since May and I did really well that month. Lately I started getting back on it and I have been doing awful.
I know that early and late are the best times now. Most of the places I fish are small ponds and lakes. I have tried sunrise, sunset, night time, and afternoons in all my good lakes and ponds. I ahve caught about 6 small bass all month. I have tried frogs in heavy cover, crank baits, the regular worm gig (whacky, texas, and carolina style). In the past week I have even tossed perky shiners and nothing but a couple of babies.
So my question is what do the bass do in late summer? I hear some people say fish deep, some people say just fish early, and some say fish slow some fast. AGGHHHH!! Nothing seems to be working. Do bass tend to be suspended in the water column this time of year? I know in the fall they school heavily but that hasnt seemed to have happened yet. I am attempting all the techniques I know and coming up with nill. I guess I am looking for some advice more on bass behavior this time of year than specific techniques really, but by all means let me know.
BTW if anyone lives in the Clearwater/Dunedin area and is looking for shiners I got a dynamite spot where I can get them like clock work. Send me a PM and I will let you in if you let me in on a little specific spot lol. :red