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The Fishing Pro Staff at bigbassbaits.net have developed a couple of tricks that will turn your fall fishing into fun fishing. When the air and water temperature begin dropping below 50 degrees, in most lakes across the country, largemouth bass fishing can be very hard to figure out and catch.
Nobody knows everything about catching Mr. Bigmouth Bass (except maybe K.V.D) but it can be as basic as knowing what to do and when.
Bigbassbaits.net Trick #1: Shallow bass tactics
As we discussed in last month’s article, bass fishing in the fall on all lakes is Shad orientated. It’s called chasing the food chain. The most important tool in finding and catching fall bass is knowing how to find the lake’s food chain. When the lakes are cooling down, it is time to stop fishing far off shore and start fishing close to shore. Remember when the food chain is shallow the bass are shallow.
How Shallow? Well, many years , while I was fishing a BASS tournament I heard a story that helped me understand how shallow is shallow!
A veteran Pro-fisherman drew a co-angler partner and immediately thought this guy was nuts, crazy, etc. The co-angler wanted to fish in a creek that was so shallow there were cows walking in it. The Pro said “There can’t be any fish here” and his partner just laughed and taught that pro a lesson I will never forget. That shallow section of the creek was loaded with giant largemouth bass! Most important, it was loaded with the lake’s food chain – big shad and baitfish which those big bass followed all the way back to the cow’s feet. Needless to say, both fishermen ended up cashing big checks after winning the tournament.
That story changed the way I fish in the fall. FOREVER!
Don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t work in all areas of your lake. Eventually you will learn to pattern the food chain transition. Once you do, it’s time to discuss what to fish with. These are the fishing lures we have had the most success with over the past 15 years. The key is Match the Hatch. If there is threadfin shad, throw baits that look like that type of shad.
Try and fish as fast as you can, covering lots of water. Once you find them, then pattern them. Example: You fished the shallow part of 4 creeks and only 1 had Shad and Bass. Why? It was the only creek that faced North and had wind blowing in. Now, go to every northern facing creek pocket with wind blowing in and you will discover 90% of the time they have Shad & Bass! WOW, now the fishing gets fun!
Bigbassbaits.net Trick#2: Lake turnover and jig fishing
The truth about cold water turnover. Have you ever gone fishing and just about every creek that you go into, there are bubbles coming up from the bottom and the top of the water has a brown film and stinks? Get out of there as soon as possible.
It means the lake has turned over. What is turnover? By definition, it is when the lower layer of water mixes with the upper layer in a short time span. We at bigbassbaits.net believe in most cases, turnover only lasts a few days, but if it’s the day you go fishing……how do you adjust?
Basically, there are 3 area types to find bass:
How do you adjust? First thing, slow down! Then use your electronics and start hunting for schools or balls of shad. From the area you discover the turnover, starting working out of the creek toward the main lake. Concentrate on visible structure and only work areas that have shad. It is important to find the largest concentration of shad because that is where most of the bass will be.
Once again, Pro Staff at bigbassbaits.net recommend the following:
When turnover is complete, all the warm water is now on the bottom and the coldest water is on the top. Once everything stabilizes, you can go back to Trick #1(Shallow Bass Tactics), up until winter when all the shad have returned to their winter homes in deep water, and then we will go to game plan 3 & 4.
Until next year,
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Chasing the food chain
If you love topwater bass fishing, the fall is your best time of the year
The most important tool in finding and catching Bass is knowing how to find your lake’s food chain. If the lake is cooling down, it’s time to stop fishing far off shore and concentrate on my favorite area to fish and that is close to shore. When the food chain is shallow the fish become easier to catch and easier to find.
If you love topwater fishing like I do, it’s best to get busy now. The transition from late summer to easy fall is by far my favorite time to go fishing. Why?
All the bass food chain is close to shore and stacked up. That means Topwater is now an all day deal, not just early morning.
Just do what we do at Bigbassbaits.net.
so Match the Hatch
As the last few golden leaves of fall hit the ground, it seems everyone becomes an expert on telling us how to catch more and bigger Bass. Basically they all talk about the same thing. For those who want more than the basics, please continue reading.
Our group of pro-fishing guides and lure makers are not experts with a degree in fish management. However, each of us have been fishing for more than 30 years. If you total that up, we at bigbassbaits.net have over 150 years experience, so we have formed opinions regarding the sport.
We all love “Bass Fishing” .
From now to the end of December, most people are focused on Thanksgiving and Christmas. However, history tells us this is also the time to go catch the biggest bass in the lake. Just like you and I are beginning the holiday season of eating to excess, so do the bass! But what triggers them to do so….it’s baitfish and water temperature.
When the lakes water temperature drops below 65 degrees and the nights seem longer than the daylight, there is a movement of all the baitfish to the shallows. So we begin our fishing day by hunting. HUNTING? Yes, hunting for the baitfish. Some days we spend more time hunting baitfish than actually fishing. Once you find the baitfish, you have eliminated 80% of the lake and are now dialed into the area the Bass are. LOCATE AND STAY WITH THE BAITFISH!
Bait fish actually run in cycles. In Spring they are shallow, In Summer they go deep, In Fall they go shallow and In Winter they go deep again. The baitfish will always tell you where to start fishing. With today’s outstanding electronics finding bait fish is easy for most.
Now that we have located the baitfish and based on our guide notes, the following are recommendations for what lures to use at what temperature.
60-65 degrees = swimbaits, jerkbaits, crankbaits
55-60 degrees = spinner baits, jerkbaits, jigs
50-55 degrees = jigs, jerkbaits, spoons
Remember, water temperatures are more important in the fall than any other time of the year. Generaly, the colder the water the slower your presentation.
Now, let us study the structure. Rocks, roadbeds, bridge, boat docks, blown down trees. Remember, structure affects the water temperature. Why? Rocks and wood absorb heat.
In addition, the color of the baits are chosen by the type of baitfish (MATCH THE HATCH), water color, time of year. Example:
When crawfish mate, use orange/brown crawdad crankbaits.
Reviewing our day…..
We started with finding the baitfish.
Determining water temperature and what it means.
Fishing the right structure and how to fish them..
Finding the bass – BIG GIANT BASS
And last, deciding what kind of bait to use.
Use these methods to solve the beginning of the puzzle. Next time we will learn about type of line, speed of presentation, rattle or no rattle and even how to use wind to catch more giant bass.
Now, you too can buy the same custom, hand-painted fishing lures that we make for the elite fishing pros. For more information, facts and fishing tips, check us out at www.bigbassbaits.net. There are archived articles on fishing tips and more.
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