Blues over 30lbs in warm water?? Too many good fisherman here to not share knowledge.
With new water we haven't kicked off a summer pattern too well, plus it's a little early still. Usually we focus on humps and drops above the thermocline. Mud bottom seems to be best with good wind. I usually stay with BIG bait for big ones all year but have seen some caught on small bait. Usually shad, sometimes perch and we mainly anchor on them after we've located bigger fish on the finder.
Like you said, humps and drops but also main lake points and shallow especially at nite. I like big baits but this time of year medium threadfins are good too. One of the best fisherman I know taught me the tater chip theory! The biggest guy you know can get his fill at the all you can eat buffet but when he gets home and there's a bowl of chips on the table, he can't resist it!!!!
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Caught most of my bigger summer time blues off of main lake points. Id throw perch cut perch cut shat or cut carp, all have done well. Rig of choice would be abu 7000 30 lb ande main line, 50 lb ande leader, Carolina rig with a snelled octopus hook.
Last year I had pretty good luck control drifting deep points, humps and ledges. I would drag a few baits and suspend some straight down. It seemed that a harder bottom would produce a little more. I prefer anchoring rather that trolling/drifting, but it was working. And big cut shad was the ticket.
When I fish in the summer time it is only at night and I go shallow. Now when I say shallow I mean shallow to were your boat is about draging. I look for timber with open water near it. I am not afraid to throw right up to the bank. I use big bait because I am only after big fish. If I am bank fishing I was taught to wade your baits out nice and slow so you don't scare them off. Hope this helps
We are suppose to have a cooler and after summer so the thermocline may not be a factor in some lakes. I have said this before and some agree with me...I don't think some lakes (ie - Gvine) form a thermocline every year. I think it might be the realitively small size and the aerator.
Edited by BrianTx01 (05/20/1507:18 AM)
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