In central Arizona where Yamamoto Pro Tai Au lives, daytime temperatures in the summer regularly soar into the low teens and occasionally foray into the low 120’s. By mid-morning water temperatures climb above 80 degrees. Of course it’s possible to catch bass under these conditions, but in addition to the sweltering heat during the day, you have to deal with hordes of pleasure boaters, water skiers, and jet skis. The solution is to fish at night. The bonus is that nighttime is a great time to catch a really big fish.
What the heck are the “dog days” anyway? The term actually comes from an ancient Greek term for the time in the summer when the dog star, Sirius, rises just before the sun. Sirius is called the Dog Star because it’s the brightest star in the constellation of the dog that follows Orion the Hunter around. The dog days might not actually be the hottest days of the year, but they often feel like it. If you can tough it out, this time of year can be really hot bass fishing, too.