Strike King pro Dakota Ebare shares the places and factors that he is focused on during the month of September in Zone 2.
Although many are looking forward to cooler temperatures in the fall, Zone 2 won’t experience cooler temperatures for another month or two. “Zone 2 will still be smoking hot in September, but the fishing will be starting to heat up as well,” says Ebare. The air temperatures will remain high, but there are changes taking place below the surface of the water that will affect fishing in Zone 2. “The thermocline will begin to rise, causing the fish to start to transition into fall feeding patterns,” shares Ebare. He has two main focuses during September – the thermocline and his selection of baits. Ebare chooses to fish main lake areas where bass will be suspended but doesn’t rule out any main creek areas either.
If the water is clear, Ebare prefers the Tour Grade Spinnerbait in Blue Glimmer. In stained water, he switches to White Sliver. For muddy water, he will favor a Chartreuse White.
This can be an ideal choice for covering water quickly on structure-filled flats. It can be worked through vegetation, bounced off wood cover, and burned just beneath the surface to create a wake.
Ebare’s choice for clear water is Green Gizzard Shad, while he opts for Bone if the water is stained or muddy.
Ebare chooses the KVD Sexy Dawg because it’s a premium, “walk-the-dog” topwater lure with great action. When bass are chasing bait near the surface, he always has one tied on.
He opts for Natural Shad in clear water, and switches to Sexy Shad if the water is stained. Ebare chooses the Black Back Chartreuse in low-vis conditions.
The KVD 1.5 is perfect for shallow water, power fishing. The squarebill design and unique “hunting” action will constantly emit erratic movement while still running true.
If the water is clear, he will throw Natural Shad, while more stained or muddy water calls for Pro Bone.
The KVD J300 has the perfect combination of roll, wiggle, and flash. High quality features and advanced technologies give this jerkbait the advantage over others of its kind.
He opts for White in clear or stained water. If the water is muddy, he will throw the Chartreuse White.
Strike King’s Tour Grade Buzzbait is made with premium components, such as a sculpted quick-planing head and an exclusive Gamakatsu® hook, making it a go-to in Ebare’s line up.