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Bass fishing, in the fall, can be some of the most exciting of the year but with the pressure of bass tournaments and recreational anglers, bass during the fall can prove to be a very seasoned adversary. In this article I hope to introduce a few tips and techniques that can help you outsmart those finicky fall bass.
Smaller Baits Downsizing your baits can prove to get more strikes when bass have seen, and probably have been caught, on the more popular aggressive type baits like spinnerbaits and crankbaits. This relentless bombardment of these same type lures all season leaves the bass weary of striking and a more subtle and natural looking bait may be needed to score more strikes. My favorite bait to use during the fall, when finesse is needed for success, is the ZOOM fluke jr. rigged on the Arkie U-Head jighead.
I use the Super Fluke Jr. when the water is clear and the Swim' Super Fluke Jr. in stained to muddy water. The split tail on the Super Fluke Jr. gives off a subtle action needed in clear water when natural presentation is a must. The Swim' Super Fluke Jr. is a must in stained to muddy water where finesse is still the ticket but a little vibration will help the bass locate your bait which means more strikes.
Downsizing your baits for finesse usually means downsizing the weights you use. I rig the ZOOM Fluke Jr's with a quarter ounce or smaller sinker. A split-shot works great either positioned at the nose of the fluke or a few inches above it. Positioning the split-shot above the nose really creates a lively and realistic presentation and is a great rig for fall bass. Use a bobber stop below the split-shot to keep it from sliding down the line. Another great bait for this rig is the Berkley Shakey Shad or the Zoom trick worm. The trick worm gives off a great realistic action that even picky bass can't refuse.
Below The Baitfish: When pursuing fall bass it is tempting to chase the schoolers in the shallows as they rip apart schools of baitfish. I know it is hard to do but while you can find wolf packs of good bass within these schoolers most of the time the bigger bass will linger around and patiently devour the wounded shad that the schoolers miss. The commotion above will wound baitfish and they will soon fall out of the school and like a wolf on a weary deer nonchalantly move in for the kill.
Big fall bass are not only cautious about their actions but also experienced and they know that laying back allowing the young bucks to do the work will save much needed energy for the winter months on the way.
Knowing this bit of information can help you catch more big fall bass and while everyone is slinging topwater baits and spinnerbaits into schools of 14 inch bass you can lay back with your finesse baits and fool those prowling bass below. The trick is to present your best dying baitfish presentation to the wolf pack below and with few anglers fishing for them you might find that these bigger bass will readily smash your bait as they let their guard down in the midst of their own little feeding frenzy below.
The fall is a great time to be on the water in search of bass as they once again show themselves in the shallows. The fishing can be so fast and furious this time of year that it can be hard to decide what to throw. So many anglers are throwing spinnerbaits and topwater baits during this time of year and of course they catch a lot of bass in the fall. Give these tips a try when the baitfish move into the shallows and the feeding frenzy has begun with bass busting on top and you just might find a great way to catch big fall bass as you enjoy a little feeding frenzy of your own down below all the commotion. Whether the bass are tucked away in thick brush, waiting to ambush wounded baitfish, or roaming beneath the massive schools, waiting for one to drop out, give these techniques a try this fall and remember that often the road less traveled is often paved with bigger bass.
Wacky Worm Rig
An often overlooked presentation, during the fall, is the wacky worm rig. I have yet to find a better worm for this presentation than theYamamoto Senko . There are several hooks that can be used with the wacky worm rig and I continue to experiment, with my wacky worm hook selection, trying to find the best hook for the highest hook up ratio as well as the most important landing the bass. Wacky worm finesse hooks are great for hiding the hook with its short shank but man I loose a lot of fish using them. Right now I am trying a different rig for my wacky worm and that is a treble hook. I have used a treble hook for my wacky worm rig with good results but I find myself going back to the finesse hook. I really haven't noticed a significant reduction in my wacky worm bites using the treble but have just not committed completely.