I went out on a warm summer morning to do some Sand Hollow shore fishing on the 4th of July. I only had an hour or two, but wound up “Kraking” half a dozen bass. Here are the conditions, what I used, and where I crushed some fish from the shore at Sand Hollow.
Sand Hollow Shore Fishing – Summertime!
Here were the condtions on friday July 4th from 6:15 am to 8:15am Sand Hollow shore fishing.
Water Temp: 78 degrees
Weather: 82 degrees in the morning, started creeping up when I left.
Wind: 12 – 20 mph it was really howling when I got there, but slowly it toned down.
Water Clarity: Super Clear, you could see the bottom at about 15 feet.
Where I fished:
I only fished a small section of shoreline. Here is the map for you to see where I caught bass.
What I Used:
I tried three different baits. The first was a buzz bait hoping I’d get a nice top-water strike. Then I tied on a drop shot with a green pumpkin smallie beaver. A little trick I like to do is dip the tail of the beaver in chartreuse soft plastic dye. I feel like it makes the bait look more like a bluegill with the chartreuse tips. I also used a pink (morning dawn) roboworm on the drop shot rig. The smallie beaver and the roboworm caught all of my fish.
How Shore Fishing Went:
I pulled up to the far north end of the parking lot, and took two rods with me down to the water. One with a topwater bait tied on, and the other had a drop shot rig set up on it. Usually early morning in the summer you can get some decent top-water action, but when I got there the wind was howling. I’ve found topwaters are better in calm conditions, so I tied on the buzzbait hoping it could produce a strike even in the wind chop.
I threw the buzzbait for about 30 minutes without any strikes. I spoke with a guy in a personal pontoon as he came floating by me while I was fishing. He said he caught a few fish off the rocks. I could tell he was fishing deep along the bottom, so I abandoned the buzzbait and tied on a drop shot with the smallie beaver.
On my first cast with the smallie beaver my line swam off, and I set the hook. I was stoked when I felt the drag zing with a bass at the end of the line. The bass really took me for all I was worth, and then hung me up behind a rock. I let my line go slack for what felt like an eternity hoping he would unlodge himself on his own. There was no way I could pull him out with my light spinning gear. Eventually, he swam out from behind the rock, and the fight was back on! I was blown away by what I saw when I landed him. He wasn’t really that big, but he had a giant gash in the back of his head. Check this bass out in the picture below, I couldn’t believe he was alive. I let him go, and he still swam off like a champion after our struggle. He was one tough stud.
After the battle was over with the stud, I threw to the same spot and caught another one! I was feeling really stoked. I tried a few more casts in that general area, but before I moved spots I decided to try the pink roboworm in the same place.
On my first cast where I’d already fished I caught another bass on the roboworm. Then on the next cast I whacked another! I wound up catching six bass in one spot. I was really impressed with the roboworm it was on fire. I wanted to stay longer, but the 4th of July band was playing, so I went to go celebrate. Here is a selfie of one of the good ones I caught on the roboworm.
Feel free to leave your thoughts or questions about the trip in the comments below. Hope this helps you with your Sand Hollow shore fishing, so you can “Krak” some bass!
This is the main gear I used to catch fish on this trip:
Spinning Rod & Reel Set up:
Abu Garcia Spinning Reel
Shimano Convergence 7’2″ Medium Heavy Spinning Worm Rod
6-Pound Test Fluorocarbon Fishing Line
Spiderwire Stealth Braid 300-Yard Spool Moss Green 15lbs.