Whether you’re playing sports, in the military, or fishing, knowing your adversary contributes greatly to your success.

In the context of bass fishing, understanding your adversary is never more important than during the late-summer period, when the water is warm and the fish are finicky. If you fish in the same spots, using the same tactics as you did during the spring and early summer, you’re likely to go home disappointed. However, when you understand what’s going on with the bass and adapt your strategy to catch them, you’re well on your way to enjoying a great day on the water.

Pro angler Mark Menendez is also a trained biologist. Wired2Fish caught up with Mark to better understand late-summer bass biology.

mark-menendez-holding-bassIt’s hot—and I’m certainly not referring to the bass fishing action as of late. As both the air and water temperatures continue to rise, the late-summer doldrums of bass fishing are quickly approaching. Before letting the frustration get the best of you, it’s imperative to consider the biological aspects of this period of instability.

Elite Series pro Mark Menendez is well respected in the fishing industry for his intimate knowledge of bass biology. In addition to spending the majority of his adult life pursuing bass throughout the country, he also has a degree in Fisheries Biology from Murray State University.

According to him, understanding the instinctual behavior of late-summer bass and contributing environmental factors will result in more fish catches and an increased sense of satisfaction on the water.

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