Meridian Star

June 13, 2014

Bass in the salad patch

By Mike Giles / Outdoors Writer
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — “We’ve got to do something about all this grass in the lake because there’s so much we just can’t fish.” Have you got a grass problem? If so then you’ve probably got a bass problem too, because bass and baitfish love to live and thrive in the salad patch. No matter what type of grass, moss, or greenery you have growing in your pon,; it can be a boon to your fish population and bass angling in particular. You just have to change your way of fishing if you’re not used to fishing grass.

    I’ve fished many ponds that didn’t have a stich of cover or grass and believe me it’s usually no fun. Shallow water lakes without some grass or cover are usually not very productive in the summertime here in the Deep South. We’ll explore a few options for catching bass in the salad patch.

    Frogs: Once the grass tops out on the surface, bass will attack frogs with a vengeance. As the hot weather sets in try frogs early and late, but always give them a try. A couple of Bass Master’s Classic Champions from Mississippi, Bob Hamilton and Cliff Pace have been very successful catching bass on frogs around the country and they’re dynamite right here at home. Scum Frogs, SPRO frogs and H20 frogs are some of the best in my book.

    Buzz Baits: A favorite of many anglers, buzz baits will wake up the lunkers and aggravate them into bone jarring strikes when fished in or around grass. Lunker Lure was the first buzz bait on the market and I’ve caught a pile of bass on buzz baits since that time. Add a trailer hook to one of Hoot Gibson’s buzz baits and get ready for some hot action.

    Trick Worms: Zoom and Netbait trick worms are probably my favorites when it comes to catching bass in the greenery. Rig them weightless with a Gamakatsu hook and twitch them around the grass and let them slowly sink in the holes and along the grass lines and get ready, because they’re hard to resist. Bass will hit the trick worms almost everywhere even after the topwater bite has shut down.

    Spoons: If you haven’t added a Johnson spoon to your arsenal then you’re missing out on some fine fishing as well. Add a small trailer to the spoon and you have one of the most deadly grass lures ever made. Spoons can be worked across the top like a frog or worked slowly under the surface in a rhythmic wobbling action that can be manipulated for enticing action which draws bone jarring strikes. If you fish a spoon in a lake where it’s never been fished then hold on to your rod because you’re going to have some fun.

    Tubes: While tubing is usually associated with summer fun on the river or creek, in bass fishing tubing means catching bass. Take a small 3 to 4 inch tube, rigged with a light weight and work it around the edges of grass lines or drop it in the holes and get ready. The bass love to crush it even when they’re not active. Simply sweep your rod up in a slow and steady motion and then let the tube glide back down. Watch your line for a twitch, or look for it to start moving off to the side as they usually strike when it’s gliding back down. Tubes are deadly during extreme weather if used properly under the right conditions.

    Soft jerkbaits: We usually refer to all soft jerkbaits as a Senco, and that’s because the Senco exploded onto the market and revolutionized the way many people fish grass and shallow water. Sencos can be fished year round and have the most impact around grass and pads and they’re deadly. Whether you’re fishing shallow or deep grass the bass just can’t seem to resist such a tempting offering.  

    Try a few of these options and you just might find out that you prefer fishing in and around grass.

    Contact  Mike Giles at 601-917-3898 or e-mail him at