Fall is the best time to try to land that hawg you have been after. Here are five of the best lures to help catch fall bass.
Fall bass fishing is probably the thing anglers look forward to the most after the spawn. With cold weather creeping in the bass begin to gorge themselves on anything they can find. This makes for some phenomenal fishing if you throw the right lures.
When those cold fronts start to hit bass become erratic on their behavior. Some stay put in deeper water, others move in shallow, and the rest start chasing schooling shad into creeks. This means you will need to cover a lot of water as well as be strategic at the same time to really find them.
Regardless they are all after the same thing, food. Imitating any type of forage from shad to crawfish is what will get them excited this time of the year.
Here are my five go-to baits to get the job done.
1. Lipless Crankbaits
Lipless crankbaits are fantastic for covering water quickly, especially in the shallows. Casting them out far along the bankline and burning them back will get some great reaction bites from hungry fish.
I like to use a 1/2 oz chrome, black/chrome, blue/chrome, or crawfish colored Rat-L-Trap brand. The noise combined with the flashing drives bass crazy.
While jigs are effective all year, they are especially effective during the early fall. Crawl, hop, or swim them through hard cover fast to entice them.
A 1/4 oz jig in white, bluegill, or dark color skirt works best. I like to throw a white or dark colored creature, craw, or curly tail grub on the most eye catching action.
Jerkbaits are one of the go to lures when fishing around schools of baitfish. The erratic action draw bass's attention as they are aggressively feeding.
My favorite jerkbait is a white or white/chartreuse Zoom Fluke. I throw it on my spinning rod, cast it out, and lightly jerk it back to the boat with small pauses in between.
Tubes are a very over looked lure, especially on days when the fishing is slow. They have a very unique spiraling fall that drive bass nuts. They can also be drug or hopped across the bottom making them very versatile.
The reason I like to use them in the fall is because they imitate crawfish very well. I like to toss them next to a laydown and if I don't get a bite on the drop I slowly hop them back to the boat for a more finesse approach.
Spinnerbaits are probably the most used lure during fall. They put off a lot of vibration, imitate bait fish well, and can be fished fast or slow.
My favorite is a 1/2 oz Strike King KVD spinner in sexy shad/chartreuse. I have probably caught more bass in the fall with this than anything else I have ever thrown.
I guarantee if you keep these five lures ready to go, you will get onto some fall bass. Just remember the most important thing in the fall is to keep moving until you find the fish.
Now is not the time to return to your same spots during the summer and expect the same bite. Fish all over the place from shallow to deep as well as cover and open water.