It's always been said that August can be the "dog days" when it comes to fishing. I really don't believe in that theory. In my experience, August is a great fish catching month. The water is cooking and there's bait everywhere. If you make your bait look a little different you're good to go.
Finding large schools of baitfish on your graph is pretty easy this time of year. Once you find baitfish you know that larger fish are near. A tail-hooked redtail chub is lethal in August if you can keep it alive. Use the aerator on your baitwell.
Redtails are so tempting that you may have a fish try to eat two (with hooks in them) at the same time! It happened to me the other day. My best two-hook story happened last year when Jeff and Don Fick caught the same 28-inch walleye. Jeff claimed it because Don didn't know the fish was on until we found his hook in its mouth after netting it.
This reminds me of another oddity. Have you ever hooked a fish from the stomach of another? That happened today and it happened to me last year, too. I was out with a customer who set the hook and reeled up a partially decomposed 4-inch perch. Last year I did the same thing except I reeled in the carcass of a very large decomposed fish. I definitely would have liked to have seen the monster that had that in its mouth. It probably was "Jingles."
Q: Walleyedan, what kind of electronic graphs do you use?
A: I use a Lowrance X-15 MT in summer and a Vexilar flasher in winter. Both are hard to beat.
Happy Birthday Alex from Walleyedad!
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