Now that summer is in full swing, most of the bass have moved deep with the water temperature hitting the high 80’s. Some may still be in shallow waters, but that is most likely in the morning at first light or throughout the night.
In a tournament during these hot days of summer, the first hour is the most critical time to catch a kicker fish because that is when most likely a big female is moving up shallow to eat. After the first hour it is important to move off shore and focus on main lake points, ledges, docks, or channel swings.
Most of the baits I use throughout the summer are: Texas rigs, Carolina rigs, Biffle bug, deep diving crank bait, jig, and a top water in the morning or evening.
From about 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., it is going to be the slowest time to fish because it is the hottest part of the day. During this period I focus on fishing the current around bridges or flipping docks. Beat the heat and get on the water early.