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you sit and read this article, you may be remembering some of the better
fishing trips you experienced this fall, prior to the opening of deer or
waterfowl season. With those
trips in mind, let’s take a minute to look at the changes that have
taken place to your favorite fishing water in the last few weeks, and a
few changes that are yet to come.
now you’ve realized the conditions that existed on your favorite body
of water just three weeks ago, are long gone. Just
as in the spring, when water conditions can rapidly change, the same
thing will take place in late fall.
As nighttime temperatures begin to drop into the 30’s and low
40’s, combined with daytime highs in the 50’s and low 60’s it
doesn’t take long for water temperatures to plummet.
Accompanying this drop in water temperature is the shortening of
daytime hours. When the
daylight hours begin to shorten, this equates into shorter time span for
the suns solar rays to heat the lake or river.
This also begins another change in your favorite water, a change
that will definitely affect your fishing.
These changes and some of the techniques I use to catch fish
during this time are broken down below:
to an area you have confidence in, one that you know normally holds a
fair population of fish. If
you’re unfamiliar with the water your fishing, try a little research
on the internet to see what areas of the lake are most productive.
you’re on the water, start by finding a defined weed edge somewhere
near the last 1/3 of the creek arm you’re in, a secondary point near
the back end is an excellent place to start, and fish towards the back
end. If that is unproductive
come back to that point and fish out towards the mouth of the bay.
Once the weed edge is located, I like to use a Lunker Lure Grass
Monster Jig, tipped with a Zoom Super Chunk.
The jig size ranges anywhere from ½ oz to 1 ¼ ounces, it is all
dependent on how thick the remaining grass is, and where the fish are
located. You will need a rod
with a lot of back bone for this method of fishing.
I use a 7’5” GLoomis GLX Flipping Stick model number BCFR894,
paired with a Shimano Castaic flipping reel.
I spool the reel with either 65lb braided line, or with 20 or 25
lb Maxima fluorocarbon. Remember, even the edge of the vegetation can be
pretty thick, you need to have the equipment to not only pull a good
fish out, but you also need to be able to deliver enough energy to the
bait to set the hook properly. Now,
just follow the weed edge using your depth finder and make short pitches
either to the edge of the emergent vegetation, or ahead of the boat into
the edge of the submergent vegetation and work the bait back by gently
hopping the bait out of the vegetation.
You have to let the fish tell you where they are located, so fish
from the edge of the matted or emergent grass all the way out to the
bare edge of the grass line, and pay attention to where your bites come
it is apparent that a lot of your bites are coming from the outer edge
of the grass line, or the deeper, shorter grass, another method you can
employ is a lipless crankbait. My
set-up for this type of fishing consists of a 7’ Heavy action GLoomis
Crankbait Rod model number CBR847, a Shimano Chronarch reel (6.2 to 1
retrieve) and 15lb Maxima monofilament line.
Again you want to be fishing parallel to the grass bed or grass
line, following the edge of the grass with your depth finder.
Cast ahead of the boat at a slight angle towards the emergent
grass, or cast directly ahead of the boat to cover the very edge of the
grass. Don’t forget when
using this method we have already determined that the fish are
positioned on the outside edge of the emergent grass.
When retrieving your bait, if it comes into contact with any
vegetation, simply snap your rod upwards to free it from the grass and
continue your retrieve. Most
often you will feel the fish hit your lure as your bait snaps free of
the vegetation. The size of
lipless crankbait you use is directly related to how deep the weed edge
is your fishing. I commonly
use a ½ oz weighted bait and go to a ¾ oz bait as needed.
In shallow applications, I will downsize to a ¼ oz bait.
last approach I use often comes with colder water temperatures, this
when the fish become extremely lethargic, at this time bass often look
for the opportunity to feed on one big item as to chase multiple smaller
baitfish. This is where the
suspending jerkbait plays a major role in catching bass.
For this approach I use a 6’6” medium action GLoomis
Crankbait Rod model number CBR 783, a Shimano Curado reel (6.2 to 1
retrieve) and 8-10 lb Maxima fluorocarbon or Maxima Monofilament.
The type of line is dependent on water clarity, I find that
monofilament works just fine except for gin-clear water.
Fishing a suspending jerkbait, you will essentially fish the same
portions of the grass line you fished with the lipless crankbait.
You just have to slow down your rate of retrieve as well as your
boat speed as you travel down the grass edge.
these techniques the next time you venture out on the water, Late fall
fishing can result in some of the biggest fish you catch all year, you
just have to put down the hunting equipment and dust off the reels to
bear in mind one specific note, most of this article was written
relating to largemouth bass in lowland or mid-land lakes and river
safe on the water and Good fishing,