By Bob Humphrey
Summer’s here and the time is right for working in your plots. As you’re mowing, spraying or dressing your food plots you’ll probably notice a preponderance of grasshoppers. You may also notice as they flee from your passing ATV some haphazardly land in adjacent ponds and streams.
You won’t be the only thing to notice. Hungry bass eagerly suck these gift hoppers into their mouth. Now is a great time to take advantage of this abundant source of free bait and do a little bass fishing.
Start by collecting a liberal supply, which shouldn’t take long. This task is made easier with a butterfly net. Put them in a jar with holes in the lid - just like you did as a kid.
Now “thread” the hoppers lengthwise onto a hook. Starting at the head makes for a more secure hold, but may kill the grasshopper if you thread too deeply. For better live action, thread the hook through the abdomen.
Casting a light hopper can be a tad troublesome. In shallower water you can add a small split shot some distance above the bait. The shot will sink but the hopper will float. Another option is to use a casting bubble or bobber.
Now just leave it be and let the hopper do the work. As they thrash around on the surface they’ll send out ripples that no hungry bass can resist.