I have a couple of methods I use almost year round and they catch fish.
If fishing is slow, I will quite often switch to a bass jig. I'll use the 1/8th oz jigs if I'm in a pond or the river, but I will use bigger sizes if the wind picks up or if its a bigger body of water with bigger fish. Black and Blue with a craw trailer is my favorite, seems to catch them regardless of water clarity and lighting. Might use a different color depending on conditions.
I know its not a hard bait, but I also love to fish with Tiki Sticks or yum dingers or some variation thereof (I don't care what brand). Watermelon red works great in clearer water, black and blue works great in murkier water. I normally fish them weightless, but you can fish carolina rig or Texas rig in deeper water. I've been tearing up good size smallmouth on the river with these guys and also some good sized largemouth in some of the lakes. I'll fish this almost year round in any body of water. I'll almost always buy the 5" worms, and if I want it shorter pinch some of it off. These things work great and I'll fish them year round.
During the summer for small ponds or rivers, you can use in-line spinners, but I like using road runners or beetle spins. They'll catch almost anything.
I have some rattle traps, crank baits, and spinner baits I also use from time to time, but it really depends on the situation and what I'm going for. I prefer to go to specific areas and dissect them with a finesse bait vs cover a lot of water.
It's a fact that 70 percent of the people who purchase heavier tackle do so with the categorical I just lost a huge snook! Einstein Hairdo.The other 30 percent have either Tarpon Fever or are sporting a hand cramped into a claw from a deepwater grouper.