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August 3, 2013

Ken Maurer Outdoors Column: Take it from the top

Last week I talked about how the river seems different this year and that has been the topic of several discussions I’ve had with anglers recently.

I think a lot of the difference is that we have had just the right amount of rain to keep the river level above average for this time of year.

I was on the river again this week a couple of times and I am still seeing a good number of smaller fish. They are not everywhere, but if you cover some water with a Big O or a senko, you will catch some bass.

I have been on this river in some July and August time periods over the past few years where it was a struggle to catch a bass. Not so at the moment. I get a little paranoid about talking about how good it is because we could get that summer slow down at any time, I’ve seen it before.

Last summer was more typical. Bass fishing at this time last year was tough, you had to work a lot harder to catch anything. Last fall was excellent. If this summer is any indication, the fall fishing this year could be phenomenal. It all depends on the river of course. A couple of tropical storms could change everything.

I really enjoy topwater bass action and the past few years have not been as good for topwaters as it used to be. I remember going out on the river with only topwater lures, those of different color, make and style, just to have fun and see which lure would dominate the action. This year, we’ve had a lot of fun with topwater lures. There’s nothing quite like the explosion of a big smallmouth annihilating a topwater.

Most of the old-time topwaters are still with us and still work. Among them are the jitterbug, crippled killer, tiny torpedo, pop-r and zara spook.

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