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Fishing for Big Bass in Shallow Water By Reed Montgomery

Capt. Reed Montgomery
August 14, 2015
Birmingham - Freshwater Fishing Report

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Fishing For Big Bass in Shallow Water Throughout all of Alabama's Lakes During the Remainder of the Hot, Summer Season By Reed Montgomery / Reeds Guide Service Birmingham, Al.(205) 663-1504 Website www.fishingalabama.com

It's mid August and many bass anglers are out dredging Alabama's lakes for deep, summertime bass. But many other astute anglers (such as myself), can still successfully fool big largemouth bass while targeting shallow water on any Alabama Lake!

That is, if you apply these tactics and target these shallow summertime bass using lures like spinnerbaits, worms, jig combos and yes, even topwater lures like buzz baits, imitation frogs and walking type topwater lures like the James Heddon three-hook zara super spook!

* Feeder Creeks and Incoming Rivers - Targeting these shallow, summertime bass can be easily be accomplished while fishing the main lake, or while targeting bass along deep, main river banks.

But sitting in the hot, midday sun can cause heat stroke and often there is still very little wind or available shade to be found. Both of which always helps bring somewhat of a relief, especially when the bass are not cooperating as well!

But fishing for bass far back in the lake's many feeder creeks and incoming rivers can provide anglers with an all day shade, some wind or at least a light breeze and often even cooler water, current, and some stained look to the water clarity with daily summertime evening showers.

Add very few anglers in these feeders and lots of unmolested bass and you may find it rather lonly and have these bass all to yourself!

If there is an available food source like plenty of minnows, bream, or shad and other bait fish, then its all that much better...often all summer long on into the Fall season!

The further you must travel (often far back up in the scenic country side for miles), while fishing in these feeder creeks and incoming feeder rivers, the more likly other anglers will bother.

This especially holds true if this is a dangerous or hard to navigate feeder creek or incoming river system. So use caution as well.

* Lures and Techniques - If retrieving hung up lures all day is not for you then this is not for you as well. For it will happen! So get used to it and be ready to lose a few lures if so.

Using weedless lures really helps for less frustration with over-hanging trees, bushes and aquatic weeds. Start with a spinnerbait or Texas rigged worm, if so.

But practice makes perfect, especially with the use of those other less-weedless lures, like topwater lures featuring those weed and wood grabbing dangling treble hooks!

* Short handled rods or pistol grip rods are suggested for targeting these bass often hidden along shady banks, right up in thick cover like wood and weed cover, and usually found at midday in some very tight fishing situations.

Heavy line, whether its braided line, florocarbon like or high test monofilament line is highly suggested! With 65 pound braid, or at least 20 pound test on the latter two line types!

Sharp hooks, a good landing net, sunscreen and plenty of snacks or food and especially plenty of water of other fluids for your sweated out body is all thats needed to complete this shallow water summertime recipe for big, largemouth bass during this mid-to-late-summer and early Fall seasons!

Or you can always call on Reeds Guide Service (205) 663-1504 for bass fishing any lake in Alabama, year round!
Thanks and Good Fishin' Reed Montgomery

Birmingham Fishing Forecast:

Low 90's this week! A 30-40 percent chance of rain this weekend and partly cloudy all next week!

Target Species:

Largemouth bass

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Reeds Guide Service
141 Reese Drive
Alabaster, AL 35007
Phone: 205-663-1504
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