Too hot to fish

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By Shelton Young

In case you're wondering, being outside when the temperatures are over 100 degrees is just a little insane, unless of course you have to be.

As for me, I haven't stepped outside in a week. First off, I have a spider bite on my hand that's been giving me fits. I don't know what kind it was. We weren't formally introduced, but I know it hurt!

Anyway, my hand swelled to three times its normal size and was accompanied by a high fever.

If that weren't enough, I developed a pretty mean summer cold to go along with it.

Now, if you're still with me after all that whining I'll try to come up with some kind of article worth reading.

I did get a report from John on the Mid-KY Bass Anglers. Yes, I skipped a bass tournament. It was that bad.

In first place, with four bass weighing 4.02-pounds, was the team of Stacy Benningfield and Joe Hickey. Seems Stacy was having engine trouble so he and Joe caught all their bass within idling distance of the ramp. Just goes to show you, good anglers catch bass regardless of the handicaps they face!

Jason Spalding, fishing by himself, caught two bass, which put him in second place with a total of 3.55-pounds. Course out of his fish was a 2.16-pounder, which took second place.

John, also fishing by himself (I told ya I was sick) finished third with a total of 3.53-pounds. Notice that he was .03 out of second place. Now that's close!

John threw several different baits but all his bass came on purple/blue fleck creature baits. For once he fished deep. Well it was deep for him.

He was sitting deep and throwing toward the bank. The bites came as his bait settled in at five to 10 feet (for John that's deep).

The next Mid-KY Bass Anglers tournament will be a night tournament on Willisburg Lake. Launch will be at 6 a.m. on July 21. Weigh-in is at midnight.

While this is billed as a "night" tournament I believe we'll have as much daylight as night. So how do you fish a night tournament?

Well, you break it into three areas: daylight, transition stage and dark.

During the daylight hours we'll fish it as we'd fish any other day. It's during the "transition stage" that we have extra stuff to do. First, we've still got to fish! Then, we have to get everything ready. We'll be fishing worms and a spinnerbait mostly. Everything else will be out away.

Since we're using two outfits the rest will be in the way. Besides, there's too much of an opportunity to kick something overboard.

O.K., now that everything is put away you can get to fishing!

A lot of anglers use a nightlight. They rig up with monofiliment line that'll glow under the nightlight. They say it looks like you're casting a rope. With this you can detect line movement and see where you're casting.

I just like to tighten my reel down since you're not casting very far away. Then use just enough light to see the bank. If you adjust your reel correctly you'll seldom backlash.

Use as big a black worm as you can find, heavy line, like 20-pound, and cast away. Crawl the worm back and hope you get bit.

As for your spinnerbait, use a single big Colorado blade, black in color on a black jig with a black skirt.

Black worm, black spinnerbait, a lot of black there. We'll, it's night. Bass will be feeding mostly by vibrations. Think that worm doesn't put off vibrations, think again!

If they do sight feed it's within inches of your bait so sight isn't all that important.

Alright, there is one other method to use and that's topwater. And going out on a limb, I'll say the only thing to use would probably be a jitterbug.

Cast it out, let it sit till the rings go away, then reel it in.

So what do I do? First I'll parallel the bank with the jitterbug. Then the spinnerbait, then the worm.

If two of you are fishing together then one guy fishes on top and the other fishes on the bottom. That is, until you find out what the fish want that night!

Well, I guess that's it for now. Get out, enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer, stay safe and I'll see ya next week!