Fishermen: Set The Alarms To Catch An Early Morning Bass

OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM

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A successful fishing trip to Roosevelt Lake in the summer means an early wake-up call and a 45-minute drive in the dark to be on the lake at first light.

The obvious purpose is to be on the lake, fishing, prior to sunrise in hopes of catching bass during their active feeding patterns.

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Andy Shelton of Tonto Basin stands with a 10-pound bass at Roosevelt Lake.

Reduced light in early mornings and late afternoons often trigger bass to be more active.

This pattern during the summer often correlates into a topwater bite, which is exciting fishing for the bass angler.

There is something about watching a topwater bait skidding and slurping along the undisturbed, glasslike surface and seeing a bass break the stillness with an early morning strike.

For the bass enthusiasts, it is worth the early wake-up call to experience that moment. This bite has been going on at Roosevelt Lake and hopefully will continue for a few more weeks into the summer.

A telltale sign of bass feeding are shad exploding along the surface.

This can happen anywhere on the lake and, when it does, have that topwater bait ready to throw.

I might add, this can also happen at anytime during the day.

It is convenient to have a rod already set up on your boat so you are ready to throw at a moment's notice when the topwater action presents itself.

A true bass enthusiast will have three to six rods fully rigged with various baits, in hopes of being prepared for every possible fishing scenario.

I don't necessarily fall into this category, but I do enjoy watching a bass slam into my topwater lure. So, I do go prepared in the summer months on Roosevelt.

There are three or four baits that will work and can provide plenty of action on your next fishing trip.

If you are new at topwater fishing, start with a Pop-R made by Rebel or a Spook manufactured by Heddon.

These baits are relatively inexpensive and can be purchased for about $5 or $6 each. Color selection is critical and it will vary, but right now on Roosevelt go with clear, bone, chartreuse or shad colors.

The more serious bass fishermen will have a Luckycraft Gunfish or a Rico in his or her topwater arsenal that presents a little different action, as well as a variety of other color patterns.

These are the highest quality lures on the market and are made for fishermen by fishermen. The price range for these topwater baits will vary from $15 to $25, which is a little pricey, but they do catch fish.

The key is to get that topwater bait into the strike zone. Whether you are casting with the most expensive baitcasting combo or a push button Zebco 33, you can catch bass on topwater baits.

Give it a try. This weekend, enjoy God's creation and take a friend fishing.

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