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Bugging for Summer Bass

Bugging for Summer Bass Bugging for Summer Bass
By Bill Vanderford

Uniting a flyrod with a floating bass bug is a deadly combination for summer’s predator fish! When properly presented, bass and bream of all sizes will knock the paint off of these fake bugs. Reasons for this fascination by bass and other hungry fish varies from the popping sound the lures make when jerked on the surface to their appearance as an easy meal. Most bass bugs are light and usually land on the water softly, which never seems to scare the fish. Also, any movement looks to the fish like an injured dragonfly, grasshopper, or other struggling insect.

To fish successfully with bass bugs, one only needs an inexpensive flyrod filled with weight-forward, floating fly line, a 7 to 9 foot leader of 4 to 10 pound line, and a small assortment of bass bugs in different sizes and colors. A 6 to 8 weight flyrod with a simple, single-action reel is perfect for this endeavor.

Probably the most important item is the bass bug, and even that can be kept quite simple. A good bug usually has a cork body mounted on an extra-long shank hook with a flat to slightly concave face and not too many feathers. The face allows the bug to be popped on the water for attraction, and by having a reasonable amount of tail feathers, the bug can be cast easier. Color is normally of little concern. However, brighter colors that can be seen more easily by both the fish and the fisherman seem to produce better.

Learning to work a bass bug on the surface of the water requires a period of trial and error. When one finds the the right combination of movement, the fish will let you know by their actions, but usually the method is no more than a simple jerk and stop retrieve.

These little poppers seem to work better when fished near logs, stumps, fallen trees, boat docks, rocky points, or any other visible structures. Since fish are sometimes spooked by a sloppy cast, the first cast to or near an object is important, so make a good initial presentation.

Despite the productivity and excitement of fishing bass bugs during the hot summer months, this type of fishing has its limitations. Calm water is normally required for success, and the best times are always around sunrise or sunset. Nevertheless, when this method works, no other system of fishing has the visual impact of a big bass or bream exploding the calm surface as they inhale a bass bug!

Find out more about Bill Vanderford on his website, or drop him an email at [email protected]

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