June Zone 1

Zone 1 – June

Strike King pro Greg Hackney recommends a few key locations for anglers to check out in Zone 1 during June.

June is considered early summer in Zone 1, which means higher water temperatures and fish transitioning to summer patterns. “Fish start relating more to (water) current because typically in June, our water has started to get really warm – in the 80's,” Hackney states. “In June, there are still some fish back in places. But a lot of the fish in June have started to move. And start to move out on the main bodies of water,” shares Hackney.

Hackney’s favorite spots to fish in June are areas with a current. “I start to look for places that have current – either wind driven current or water current or tide. Because the tide is big – the tide has a lot more impact in June on when the fish bite,” he says. “I start to look for stuff that I consider main drag or throughways,” Hackney shares.  

KVD Squarebill 2.5 Crankbait

BAIT 1: Strike King KVD Squarebill 2.5 Crankbait

If the water is clear, Hackney prefers Summer Sexy Shad. In stained water, he switches to Chartreuse Sexy Shad. For muddy water, he will favor Black Back Chartreuse.

For chasing active fish and power fishing, the KVD 2.5 crankbait is great for covering water quickly.


Rage Cut-R Worm
Rage Cut-R Worm 7"

BAIT 2: Strike King Rage Cut-R-Worm 

Hackney’s choice for clear water is Green Pumpkin, while he opts for Junebug if the water is stained. He will opt for Black Blue Flake when fishing in muddy conditions.

With a rage tail providing the fastest flicker rate on the market, the Rage Cut-R-Worm is made of customized hi-grade plastics for superior action.

KVD Popping Perch
KVD Popping Perch

BAIT 3: Strike King KVD Popping Perch

He opts for the White in clear water, and switches to a Black if the water is stained.

Providing lively, eye-catching action, the KVD Popping Perch demands attention, and when the blowup comes, its body collapses and that big, strong double hook bites back with a vengeance.


Magnum Rage Bug
Rage Magnum Bug 4.5"

BAIT 4: Strike King Rage Magnum Bug 4.5"

If the water is clear, he will throw a Green Pumpkin, while more stained water calls for a California Craw. Hackney will favor a Black Neon when fishing in low-vis conditions.

The Rage Magnum Bug is Hackney’s top choice when flipping shoreline or offshore wood and vegetation. Made to provoke big bites, Rage Magnum Bug is the ultimate flipping and pitching bait.

KVD Perfect Plastics Game Hawg
KVD Perfect Plastics Game Hawg 5.25"

BAIT 5: Strike King KVD Perfect Plastics Game Hawg 5.25"

He opts for Blue Fleck in clear water.  If the water is stained, he will throw the California Craw, while he will switch to a Black Blue Flake if the water is muddy.

Oversized performance with the intent of enticing huge strikes, Strike King’s KVD Perfect Plastics Game Hawg is designed with claws and appendages that emit an attention-grabbing movement that can be useful for a variety of techniques.



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