In fact, some bass will always remain shallow, and for die-hard bank beaters like Tennessee pro Charlie Ingram, that's good news. "I find that bass in hot, shallow water are unusually aggressive," he says. "In summer, they're shallow not because they're spawning, but because they're looking for a meal. So they'll strike readily if you put the right lure in the right spot. By comparison, summer bass on deep ledges and channel dropoffs can be lethargic and feed more sporadically."