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Shallow Water Finesse Fishing For Summer Bass

June 12, 2020 66 No Comments


The bass are in less than 2 feet of water! How would you catch them? We turned to “junk fishing” to get the bites. A mix of swim jigs, weightless senkos, and a shaky head did the trick. Come along and watch how we break down a new section of Lake Chickamauga, build a pattern, and locate quality fish despite difficult conditions. 

Summer bass fishing overwhelms a lot of anglers. Knowing how and when to adapt is difficult until you understand fish movements. Once you understand that half the fish go to offshore structure while the other half focus on shallow cover you will find their behavior more predictable. When the water gets really hot the fish will focus on shade for relief, even when that shade is ultra shallow. 

Today we intended to fish offshore structure but the wind had other plans. As the waves we picked up we knew the only option was to focus on the ultra shallow bite. Don’t let Summer heat or changing conditions keep you off the water. Focus on the basics and you’ll find consistent fish in the heat. Below you’ll find a breakdown of the exact baits we threw to target these shallow water fish. The links go directly to Tackle Warehouse where you can see detailed photos and descriptions of each item. 


Worm- Yamamoto 5″ Senko (Watermelon Red Flake):

Hook- Owner Jungle Wide Gap 3/0:

Shaky Head…

Worm- Netbait T-Mac 6.5″ (Bama Bug):

Hook- Dirty Jigs 3/16 Canterbury Shaky:

Swim Jig… 

Jig- Dirty Jigs Swim Jig 3/8 oz (Crappie):

Trailer- Keitech 4.3″ Fat Swing Impact (Pro Blue Red Pearl):


Frog- River2Sea Bully Wa 2 (Ghost):

Matt’s Senko Combo… 

Rod- Shimano Zodias 7’2″ MH:

Reel- Shimano Curado DC 150 HG:

Line- Maxima Ultragreen 15 lb:

Tim’s Shaky Head Combo… 

Rod- G Loomis NRX 854C JWR:

Reel- Shimano Metanium DC HG:

Line- Sunline Flippin FC 18 lb Fluorocarbon:

NEW Tactical Bassin Apparel… 

TacticalBassin Reaper Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Shadow Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Sun Shirt:

TacticalBassin Hooded Sun Shirt:

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