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  • Topwater and Jerk Baits on Lake Hartwell

    With the hot weather dog days of summer upon us, daytime anglers are still catching fish on Lake Hartwell by throwing topwater and jerk baits.

    Of course fishing starts at sunup with casting to long points on the main body of the lake near the river channels where the bass are congregating and waiting to feed on shad or herring. The bass are in 25-35 feet of water and suspended in 15-20 feet over brush piles and timber.

    By using a Bomber Super Spook or a Lucky Craft Sammy 120, you can 'call-up' these suspended fish by 'walking-the-dog' over the top of them. If the bass start 'blowing-up' on your bait and missing the lure, then down size the lure or try another color. The major colors for Spooks are clear, chrome, chrome/blueback and aurora black, chrome or ghost minnow for Sammys.

    If the Spooks and Sammys are not working for you, then try jerkbaits like a fluke. Albino, white ice or pearl are the primary summer colors, and some variations would include fishing a magnum or double fluke. The general way to fish a fluke is fast to imitate an escaping baitfish, but also slowing the lures down may also generate a strike.

    Even with the water temperature in the 90s, bass can be caught this time of year by fishing flukes, Spooks, and Sammys from sunup till noon. With the dog days upon us, it will not be long till the water will start to cool off and the fishing will pick back up.

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter
    Capt. Glenn 'Teach' Corley