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Scents are a product that I firmly believe in. I will put Berkley's PowerBait on my crankbaits, hair jigs, fuzzy grub tails and a little on the line in front of the lure with my fingers. It works especially well on FireLine. You can actually still smell the scent on the FireLine hours after you have applied.
A livebait leech, minnow, or nightcrawler suspended below a float (bobber) is one of the most efficient ways to target walleyes that are gathered in relatively confined areas. Shallow, windswept rock reefs are one common gathering area for walleyes during late spring and throughout summer.
The Bass are always biting somewhere in a lake. The key to catching them consistently is versatility with different lures and techniques. You can catch bass any day of the year on some Berkley lure.
Black marlin hunt on the edge of the reef and feed on the abundany schools of both skipjack and yellowfin tuna. Boats catch live tunas each morning on the edge of the reef and transfer live tuna to 'tuna tubes' - a type of live bait tank that keeps the tunas alive until they are deployed and slow trolled along the drop-off.
Docks and boat houses are important cover for bass, particularly when shoreline development has depleted natural cover. High-percentage spots depend on water depth and cover options. To tempt bites, flip or pitch jigs or softbaits like tubes, soft stickbaits, worms, or craws by pilings and into boat stalls.
Walking baits, poppers, propeller baits and minnowbaits twitched on top shine on rivers during the summer months. Much of the habitat is shallow and snaggy, and topwaters keep you fishing without hang-ups. Topwaters have magic appeal for river smallmouths in warm water, too. Work them, then pause and let the current carry them over another likely spot.
Within a specific range of sizes and actions, plastic worms are the most versatile and most effective tools to use for smallmouths in lakes. The right worm is 4 to 5 inches long and relatively thin.
Reservoir smallmouths often congregate close to shore along riprap and rocky breaks into deeper water during early spring. The rocky shallows warm early, drawing bait.
One of the best methods to locate marlin early in the season is by trolling a set of marlin lures. Most boats troll at 6.5 to 8 knots and stagger trolling lures along the 'clean' lanes or alleys which form behind a boat at trolling speed. Placing your trolling lure in these lanes is critical.