Early August can be a great time to catch sunfish because many are spawning for a second time and are either on the shallow spawning flats or hanging around in deeper water near them.
We had located a spot with some open holes in the dense weed beds where we could use ultralight rods to cast tiny Yo-Zuri Snap Beans, Rapala Mini Fat Raps and miniature minnows. The Snap Beans come in two lengths, 3/4-inch and 1-inch, and I’ve been sold on them since they were introduced to the U.S. a dozen years ago. The Rapala lures are 1 1/2 inches.
Most people are so accustomed to fishing for bluegills and other sunfish with worms and insect larvae that they forget these little fish are aggressive predators that won’t hesitate to suck in any fish smaller than themselves that they can get in their mouths.
That’s why my sunfish box has a good selection of Snap Beans, some little Rapala Mini Fat Raps and miniature minnows about 1 1/2 inches long. The Snap Beans have a single treble hook under the belly, and miniature minnows have one at the tail. The Rapala Mini Fat Rap comes with two trebles, but usually I remove the belly hook, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in how it runs. Click Link Below For Full Story!