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the month of September continues progress towards October, the water
that you fish begins to undergo a number of changes.
Often these changes are subtle, yet significant.
Regardless of where you live, you’ve probably noticed that the
days are getting shorter, the daytime temperatures continue to scream
summer, but the daylight hours are telling us fall is coming.
It is important to remember that the length of daylight hours
often is the triggering mechanism that affects all wildlife.
the September days begin to wane, so will the evening and nighttime
temperatures. The shortening
of the days and the slight lowering of the air temperature often trigger
the fish to make a move out of their deep summer haunts and into the
shallows. It is this
migration that often creates some of the best untapped shallow fishing
of the year. While most
anglers are continuing to fish the traditional summer time locations,
there is often a fair, if not large number of bass to be caught shallow,
and remember these fish will be relatively unpressured
first sign that this fall migration is beginning to take place is the
presence of shad schools in some of your historically successful fall
fishing areas. When the shad
begin to show up, the fish that thrive on them are not too far behind.
It is this time of year that you begin to see schooling activity
take place. Schooling fish
present the opportunity to catch a large number if fish in a short
amount of time. Schoolers
can be caught a number of ways, with top water baits like the Pop-R, and
an often overlooked bait such as a black ¼ oz Lunker Lure buzzbait.
Other baits that work well are lipless crankbaits like the Bill
Lewis Rat-L-Trap and a spinnerbait.
My preference is a ⅜ oz. Hawg Caller spinnerbait Chartreuse
and White with a # 3
the fish begin to migrate into the bays and creeks, they will set-up on
the same places they used when they left in the late spring (remember:
this migration can take place as early as mid-September).
The only exception to this rule is the presence of shad can cause
the bass to follow the shad schools throughout the bay, placing them in
areas where you may never have caught fish before.
It is very important to keep an eye out for these schools of shad
and pay attention to any type of available cover they may be holding on,
the bass will not be very far away.
If choosing a bait or technique to use is confusing, tying on a
Lunker Lure buzzbait or a Hawg Caller spinnerbait and just going down
the bank can be a successful strategy for early fall-late summer bassin’.
last thing to keep in mind, although there may be fish in the
traditional summer places, as the month September rolls on it is
extremely important to be aware that the fall migration is beginning to
take place; you just may get the jump on a bunch of your fellow
tournament competitors. If
you don’t fish tournaments, you are likely to enjoy some of the best
unpressured fishing of the year.
safe on the water and Good fishing,