Bass pro Marty Robinson has to do more than his share of fishing in less than ideal conditions. He said that while August may not be a favorite time for bass fishermen to hit the lake, that doesn’t mean you can’t still catch fish.
Across the Carolinas, August typically means the hottest, driest, and least bass-like conditions, but Robinson, a two-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier from Lyman, S.C., is quick to point out that even extreme conditions can play in favor of an angler who understands how bass react.
He has three productive summer scenarios he looks forward to dealing with for: clear water, stained water caused by storms, and isolated cover.
On many lakes across North Carolina and South Carolina, water is in short supply during August, except during a tropical storm intervention. Drought conditions makes for low and clear water, and Robinson said clear water is always ripe for a good topwater bite.
“The bite could just be in the morning — or it could last all day,” Robinson said. “Bass will become more nomadic and follow baitfish, especially spotted bass, and you can expect a lot of schooling activity as fish suspend below the surface and wait for baitfish to come by.”
Robinson said a clear-water schooling bite is not very reliable, as fish tend to move with baitfish rather than hold in known locations. He will tailor his topwater baits to the amount of wind that is affecting the surface.
“On calm days, I’m gonna use a clear Spook or a clear topwater walking bait,” he said, “something they can’t see too well but can hear and will come look for. The windier it gets, the whiter I want my bait