Hot And Cold Day Fishing Secrets
Editor's Note: Fifty-one-year old George Cochran of Hot Springs, Arkansas, has competed in 19 BASS Masters Classics and enjoys fishing Strike King lures. He won the Classic in 1987 and 1996. Cochran won on Lay Lake in 1996 with a total weight of 31 pounds 14 ounces. He has had six career wins and 47 top-10 finishes.
Question: What techniques do you use on a very hot day?
Answer: The toughest times to fish during the year are in July and August. I don't care where you go, since it's the hottest time of the year, the water starts getting really hot. Then the fish don't bite as much -- and just like people, in hot weather they get in the air conditioning and don't do much of anything. What you have to do is get in an area where you know there are bass and fish more slowly. Spend a lot of time with multi-casts in one area.
Question: How do you fish on cold days?
Answer: I don't like fishing in cold weather at all. If I have to have a lot of clothes on to fish, I don't enjoy fishing. But, in cold water you have to really slow down your fishing. Whenever the temperature gets below 50 degrees, you just have to fish slowly, and the fish will be a little deeper. You also have to be more precise. I mean, your lure must come to the bass at the right angle, or they won't hit it.
Question: What are the best tactics that you've seen, used or heard about in the past year?
Answer: The dropshotting tactic without a doubt, these past few years, has been the best tactic on any lake that has had a lot of fishing pressure. And what lake in the United States doesn't have a lot of fishing pressure? Most bass haven't seen this tactic, and the guys who use it well tend to catch more fish. The dropshot is a technique that people need to learn to fish if they want to catch a lot of fish. That's the hottest thing going.
Question: When you're in a jam, what's your default tactic?
Answer: Well, my back-up strategies change from year to year, depending on my confidence levels. My choice depends on the time of year to determine what's best for me. In the hot summertime, usually I'll fish a lure that moves very fast or very slow. It's funny to say that, but it's true. Most of the time, the bass want you to pitch a worm or a jig and fish it slowly in front of them to get them to hit. Also, the bass need a lure that's going really fast to get that reaction strike. This time of year, what I'm talking about is fishing crankbaits or worms.
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