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Kevin Hawk Summertime Bass Fishing on Lake Guntersville


Kevin Hawk ~ I’ve had a month long break in between Elite Series tournaments this summer and have been keeping busy with guide trips on Lake Guntersville.  The fishing has been solid with my clients and I enjoying fun days on the water.  You can always catch fish shallow on Guntersville, but May through August I have the best success on my trips fishing offshore on main-lake drops.  I spend a lot of time idling and watching my electronics closely looking for hard bottom and bass anywhere from 10 feet down to 25 feet of water.  Ideally, I want to have as many fish holding areas as possible to rotate through on each trip because I’ve found that sometimes the fish move, or they may not be feeding at the specific time I stop to fish the area, or there may be another angler fishing the spot.  Being successful offshore requires the commitment to stay off the bank and the confidence knowing at some time during the day you’ll run into the fish when they’re feeding.

The water temperature has fluctuated from 80 to 90 degrees this past month and the hotter the water temperature gets the more I find the bass schooled up tightly.  I like to have an arsenal of lures rigged for my clients to fish with to determine what’s working best each trip.  The bite can and does change daily depending on the weather and amount of current generated.  If there’s good current flowing generally the bass are more active and willing to chase down prey.  I have my clients start with a single swimbait rigged on a 3/4 and 1/2 oz Picasso Double Barrel Underspin to pick off aggressive fish and those holding higher in the water column.  The Double Barrel Underspin does a great job imitating the large Gizzard Shad Guntersville’s bass love to gorge themselves on.  I keep two sizes rigged at all times starting with the 1/2 oz for the middle of the water column and the 3/4 oz for bumping the bottom.  It’s important to real slowly to get the most out of the presentation and I’ve found when the bass hit the Underspin without getting hooked I tell my clients to continue reeling “through the bite” in order to get those fish to come back and eat the lure.

When the bass are less active due to little or no current, or after catching fish on the Underspin without any additional bites I like to have my clients fish a 3/4 oz 4×4 Football Jig in either Defensive Craw or Hawk’s Prey tipped with a bulky trailer like the Yamamoto Flappin Hog and a 3/4 oz Picasso Shake-E-Football head rigged with a Green Pumpkin 6” Yamamoto Senko.   I like to tell my clients to count the rocks as they drag the worm or jig over the hard bottom because it’s important to fish these lures slowly keeping them in the strike zone as long as possible.  If the fish are lethargic and not biting well I notice the client who is fishing the slowest usually gets the most bites.

On all my trips I let my clients do the fishing while I stay posted on the trolling motor making sure to keep them in the strike zone and getting the most out of every cast.  I rarely pick up a rod unless I’m demonstrating a technique or if my client insists.   I want my clients to have the best trip possible and I know a big part of that means getting to set the hook as often as possible.

If you’d like to book a trip with me on Lake Guntersville or Lewis Smith Lake please visit Kevin Hawk’s Lake Guntersville Guide Service

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