Jay's July Tackle Picks

July starts the hottest period of the year, the majority of bass all over the country and done spawning. Their main goal this time of year is to find the coolest most oxygenated water possible. One thing to keep in mind is that on some lakes a thermocline will setup which will push the bass a bit shallower. On your electronics you can often see this fuzzy line on your graph (fish above that depth). I like to target bass on the ledges, creek channels and deeper structure if possible. Another tactic this time of year is to look for bass around aquatic vegetation and grass mats. check out my tackle selections below for the month of July!

Some of my favorite choices are big soft plastics and worms like the D-bomb and X-Zone 11″ worm pitched around heavy cover. I also love probing the deeper ledges with the Picasso Lures Suijin head and a Hog farmer Spunk Shad. When bass come up, usually early and late in the day, and feed on top its just so hard to beat a popping style topwater.

Check out some of my favorite selections and put some fish in the boat this month!

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Xzone Lures 11" Blitz Worm

11″ / Green Pumpkin Black

Picasso Lures Suijin Head


Spunk Shad


Berkley Bullet Pop

2 3/4″ / Black Chrome

Sunline SX1 Braided Line

Sunline SX1 Braided Line

Missile Baits D-Bomb

Super Bug

Sunline Super FC Sniper

Sunline Super FC Sniper

Picasso Lures Pro Metal Worm Weight

1/4 oz / Green Pumpkin

Gamakatsu G-Finesse Hybrid Worm Hook

Gamakatsu G-Finesse Hybrid Worm Hook

Rods N' Reels

Here are my favorite Shimano rods and reels that I recommend for my July bait picks!

Rods N’ Reels

Shimano Expride Casting Rod

M Glass / 7′ 0″ / Moderate -This is the perfect rod for topwater baits and braided line.

Shimano Zodias Casting Rod

– 7′ 5″ / H / Fast -This is excellent for worms and flipping soft plastics around heavy cover. 7’5″ gives you lots of leverage and the fast tip sets the hook with power.

Shimano Curado 300 K Baitcasting Reel

Right Hand / 4.7:1 – The low gear ratio makes this the perfect reel for the suijin head or big crankbaits!

Shimano SLX Casting Rod

M / 7′ 2″ / XTRA FAST -The longer rod and moderate action of this SLX make it ideal for big swimbaits like the Suijin Head.

Shimano Curado MGL

8.1:1 / Right-Great choice for a topwater reel or flipping and pitching soft plastics. The high speed 8.1:1 ratio helps get big bass out of cover fast!.

Shimano Curado DC

8.5:1 / Right Hand -Another high speed reel but with Digital Control technology, great for casting into the wind and minimizes backlash.