The fear of calm days


There are probably no worse conditions to fish in than the days where it is dead calm. The problem is the summer is generally full of these calm days, and it adds to the summertime stress of catching fish. No wind, clear water, and hot summertime temperatures generally add up to tough fishing conditions, and you as a fisherman must make some adjustments.
The changes that must be made are, many times, in your presentation. Many fishermen believe that the first thing they should do is go to some sort of finesse bait to slow their presentation down. While this has merit if the water is stained, it’s not generally the case when you combine the calm with clear water.
I believe you don’t want to give bass a chance to see your bait for any extended period of time; you need to speed up your retrieve to get the bass to react to your bait going by. You want them to investigate and chase your bait, and if you are moving it slowly they will quickly turn away from it, if it sits in their face. Speed will be your friend; many times I reel as fast as I can with this mind to cause a reaction bite.  
It’s also important that you do not crowd your fish. Back off your spot; make long casts so the bass cannot see you in the clear water. Remember that bass feed upward. That is a proven fact, this means they are looking upward and can see you from a distance in the clear water. If you’re sitting on top of them the chances of them biting on a clear calm day is slim. Use the rule of a good cast away by being able to just reach their location at the end of your cast.  
You also don’t want to overpower the fish with bright bait colors. Use natural colors to entice the fish. If you combine a fast-pace retrieve with natural bait colors you are giving the bass a reason to investigate what went by them and a reason to react to your bait. Think about your surroundings, what you are wearing, how much noise you make, and how speed can help you. These factors might be the edge you need to have a successful day as we hit the dog days of summer.

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