Topwater Bass fishing is hot during summer

The temperature was pushing 80 degrees. Not bad for a July afternoon, but this was at 6 a.m. It was going to be a hot one, and I wanted to get my time in on the water before the direct sun drove the bass to the deepest, darkest holes on the creek.

I was fishing a Jitter-bug. Chugging it along a rock bluff a half-hour before the first rays of sunshine topped the eastern tree line. Surface explosions were periodically disrupting the morning silence. I fell into a rhythm of casting, until, wham, my first surface strike of the day.

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