Keeping live bait alive and healthy during summer is more than a challenge. Understanding what baitfish need and how to provide it takes away much of the risk of losing bait to less-than-ideal water conditions.
Although they’re an elusive target at Norman in the summer, when pro angler Bryan Thrift is fishing a dog-days tournament there, largemouth bass are not off the menu. To catch his kicker fish, Thrift takes advantage of the overabundance of sunken brush piles provided by crappie fishermen.
The oyster toadfish is a common catch for anglers who fish the nearshore ledges and reefs for flounder, gray trout and other species. They will hit spoons and jigs but are more likely to strike live and cut baits.
During a long day of fishing in the summer, all I want to drink is cold water; nothing quenches thirst like it. I’m a big fan of sweet tea and Pepsi, but when I’m genuinely hot and thirsty, they won’t do. A good, cold bottle of H20 goes down easy, keeps the body hydrated and leaves no aftertaste.