The Largemouth Bass Fishing Slump Buster

the largemouth bass fishing slump buster

Yesterday, I used this simple 4-step plan to get out of my fishing slump. Not only did it help me catch bass – it helped me methodically break down a local lake that has changed drastically due to the fact that all of the large algae pods the bass used to get up under close to shore are gone (removed with chemicals).

In short – the plan worked. Here are the 3 best from yesterday:

Overcast Pond Bass Ocho Largemouth Slump Buster 3
Largemouth Bass #3 – 2.25 lbs
Overcast Pond Bass Ocho Largemouth Slump Buster 2
Largemouth Bass #2 – 2.5 lbs
Overcast Pond Bass Ocho Largemouth Slump Buster 1
Largemouth Bass #1 – Just Under 3 lbs

This was the key:

My downsized wacky rig was weedless, but I used heavier tackle and added a little bit of heft. There was a swivel between my braid and fluorocarbon leader for weight, plus a 1/32 ounce bullet weight. (Yes, you read that correctly – tiny!) This allowed me to cast a bit further, fish a bit faster, and find the deep grass edge these largemouth bass were set up next to.

It worked again and again (smaller fish not pictured). Here was the gear:

Strike King Ocho Stickbait
Strike King Ocho Stickbait
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Berkley Fusion19 Weedless Wacky Hooks
Fusion19 Weedless Wacky Hooks
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seaguar invizx fluorocarbon
Seaguar Invizx Fluorocarbon
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Top 4 Bass Stickbaits Berkley X5 Braided Braid Fishing Line
Berkley X5 Braid
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This got me thinking about a video I did a while back, when I was using VMC Weedless Wacky Hooks with a wire weedguard exclusively. I missed a lot of fish using these… but I still have them on hand for the heaviest of cover. It’s worth considering so you’re a bit more versatile… but remember… only get ’em if you’re gonna use ’em!

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Even though it’s a bit older, if you have any feedback, I’m all ears.

Hope you fellas get some fishing in this weekend.

Tight Lines & Godspeed, Patriots.

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