Brysen Trenasty is one of ACK’s youngest Hobie Pro Staffers.

At just 16 years old, he’s already well-integrated into the kayak fishing community and has a lot of experience-based advice to offer:

In my opinion, bass fishing in the summer can be one of the hardest times of the year to catch fish. The conditions are mostly bluebird skies, light wind, and high heat, which means that the fish are going to be found deep, or in the shade trying to escape the heat in cooler water.

Here are a couple techniques that I’ve found work very well in the summer for catching bass:

1. Deep Cranking

I’ve caught many fish ranging from 15-20 feet in depth with a big crankbait. My preferred way of fishing a deep diving crankbait is to troll it behind the kayak because it can be easier to just cast it out and pedal around.

I love using my Hobie Pro Angler 12 with this technique because it’s much easier to pedal and steer with a rudder while fighting a fish than having to use a paddle in one hand and the fishing rod in the other. As far as colors of crankbaits go, any shade of color will work well in the summer because of the numerous amounts of baitfish spread around. Your rod and reel combo would preferably be any seven-foot cranking rod and a 6:4:1 gear ratio reel.

2. Fishing Shaky Heads

Another great technique in the summer is dragging a shaky head on the bottom or casting it near shade lines on the bank. I caught my personal best bass dragging a shaky head on the bottom across a deep drop-off. Look for big drop-offs because the fish will likely be posted up in the cooler water.

I usually go with a shaky head of 1/4 to 1/2 an ounce. Either one works great; it just depends on what kind of soft plastic you are using. Bigger soft plastics go with the bigger sized head. Preferred colors are natural colors like green pumpkin or watermelon red.

Rod and reel setup is a 6 feet 10 inches to 7 feet medium heavy rod with a 6:4:1 gear ratio reel. Again, I enjoy using my Hobie Pro Angler 12 because it’s incredibly easier to fight and land a fish without having to deal with a paddle.


Just like everyone else in the summer, bass are looking to relieve stress in the hot water by staying close to drop-offs and ledges for long periods of time. When they come out to feed, it’s going to be in short, quick bursts, then they retreat back to shadier shelter. Know this, follow these tips and get ready to catch some big fish!