SA Bass

KICKBOATIN­G

The seasons have changed and things are starting to warm up. This is truly my favourite time of the year to be fishing. Not only is the weather a lot better but the fishing generally improves a fair amount as well.

- >> Dwayne Frenzel

“Kickboatin­g in Summer” The seasons have changed and things are starting to warm up. This is truly my favourite time of the year to be fishing. Not only is the weather a lot better but the fishing generally improves a fair amount as well – Dwayne Frenzel

nother plus is that I get to throw my favourite baits that I have not been able to use as much during the colder months. With summer fast approachin­g and the days starting to heat up, you will definitely find the bass start to move shallower, which is great for kickboats. This means less time kicking to look for offshore structure and drop offs, and more time being able to actually fish.

It is important to know what baits to pack, as space is normally quite limited on a kickboat. I have learnt over the years what to pack for certain dams and what baits are more effective for each dam, so I can take the bare minimum if I have to. I really enjoy fishing reaction baits, as do most of us, so what I have done is dedicate one tray to just topwater and fast moving baits, such as lipless and spinnerbai­ts. In my second tray I have various crankbaits and jigs. In the way of plastics, I have two specially made bags; one being for fluke type baits, Senkos and a variety of other plastics. In my second bag I have my plastic frogs, pitching baits and various creature baits. Lastly, I have my terminal tackle box, which consists of all my hooks, sinkers and odds and ends.

Throwing a topwater bait would be the best way to start off your day, it really is also a lot of fun and a great warm up to the day ahead! I generally target structure right up against the bank or weed patches just off the bank. Normally, I start off by throwing either a hollow body frog or a soft plastic frog and have had great success with them. Other effective baits to use are spooks, buzzbaits and floating plastic jerkbaits. Some days you can catch on topwater all day, but as the day heats up the bite might die down and the fish will move deeper into cover. When this happens, I change tactics. I then either fish weed patches with slightly slower baits, such as spinnerbai­t or jerkbait, or I pitch creature type baits into the structure (this I find very productive).

In the end it all comes down to experience. If you fish a certain body of water often enough you will know what to pack and what to throw during the day. If however you are fishing new waters, then pack your confident baits as well as a few different baits just to experiment. As I mentioned in my previous article (Catching Big Bass from a Kickboat), do some research before heading out and ask around to see what has been working. One last thing, protect yourself from the sun; especially your legs and your face. We are hitting our hotter months now and you need to be aware of this. In a kickboat, you are much lower to the water, meaning that not only do you need to worry about the sun’s direct rays but also the reflection off of the water; these will be more intense than if you were on a boat. Cover up and hydrate, you will definitely enjoy yourselves more. Enjoy those topwater bites and have fun out there.

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