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Fall Fishing Tips
« on: September 19, 2018, 09:32:10 PM »
Hi everyone. I need some help with fall fishing. Every time the water gets cool I have such a hard time catching fish. I seem to do much better in the summertime when everyone says its slow! I know the crankbait, jerkbait and other moving baits come in to play, but I have no idea what I am doing honestly when the water gets cool. Fish offshore, shallow, throw big baits, small baits, fish like I normally do and hope for the best? I don't even know what colors work. I know the crayfish/Crawfish whatever they are tend to turn an orange color in the fall, but do I throw an orange and green jig or creature bait? I know it comes down to letting the fish tell me what they want, but I would like to know where I could find fish to see what they want! Thanks a ton guys. I have learned most of what I know about bass fishing from this forum. I appreciate any kind of info you can give me.

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Re: Fall Fishing Tips
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2018, 08:56:04 AM »
This is my favorite time of year to fish. Most of my biggest fish have come this time of year but you are not alone in your question. The answer depends greatly on where you are fishing, what species is in it and what the forage is. This isnt like the spring where you can go to every point and catch fish. As temps start to drop fish tend to congregate and leave large percentages of the lakes/ponds lifeless. On larger/deeper lakes with large populations of bait fish basically it becomes a game of find the bait,  find the fish. A rule of thumb that is becoming a bigger and bigger staple in my game is go with the wind. Whatever bank the wind is beating on start there. If you have electronics spend some time idling. I always knew that wind was a big deal, but this year the lake I have primarily been fishing there is a pocket with a steep drop and a hump. If the wind is blowing into that pocket that place is fire. If the wind is going any other direction it is a ghost town. I have never seen anything like it but it reaffirmed my feeling about the wind being a major factor. With that you can take your pick as to what you want to throw to mimic shad, alewife, whatever forage is there. Crankbait, jerkbait, spinner bait, topwater, swimbait, drop shot, etc. I always say "match the hatch" when it comes to color. However, this is one time where that rule may be broken. When you are fishing around large schools of bait and your bait looks exactly like one of the thousands of bait fish then sometimes its better to stand out a bit from the bunch. A retired pro was a huge advocate of a bubble gum colored fluke in that situation. He speculated the pink was seen as a "hot white" but the fish and it just felt it stood out from the group.


When is comes to the shallower/weedier places you will start to see the vegetation start to die off as the water gets colder. Even as it starts to thin out the fish with always relate to the best cover they can find. So visible targets become key as docks, laydowns, brush piles, etc.. those dont go anywhere and as the weeds get scarce those become bigger go-to spots. These are places prime for flipping and as the water gets super cold downsize the presentation a bit, but for now as the temps are starting to drop and they are looking to feed up for winter dont be afraid to flip larger profile baits. I really like a tube or a Biospawn vilecraw this time of year because it still has action, but also has a really wide profile and is pretty beefy. Throw a punch skirt on there and you really have a large profile. They are looking for big meals right now. They want maximum calories with minimum effort. Once it starts getting super cold start to downsize for a less aggressive presentation.

As the water starts to get super cold (50-55 and below) I really look toward fishing for smallies exclusively. Largemouth here in the north are just so lazy and lethargic that it makes for long cold days on the water and yes you can get bites, but its a grind. Meanwhile even into December you can go out to deep humps and blister smallies with blade baits, ice jigs, damiki rig, etc as they are still pretty active until we start to get ice.
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Re: Fall Fishing Tips
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2018, 02:30:31 PM »
Thanks a Bunch Brazzy!! I love the wind tip. I have never gotten it to work, being I have been told, always fish windblown banks, because bait will get pushed up there. I don't really know if it has to do with a change in the season but I will give it a shot. I am getting better with fishing though, and finding fish, and bait, so I will go out and try. Also the flipping bait tip. One of my favorite baits to throw. Big fan of the Salty B Bug and the Missile D bomb. I've never tried the vile craw, but I love the biospawn exostick. Thats probably my favorite senko style bait.

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Re: Fall Fishing Tips
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2018, 08:48:29 AM »
I love the D bombs. I actually pour my own D bombs and baby d bombs. Fantastic flipping bait and it is my go to for punching. Right now the water temps aren't too cold so I prefer the vile craw because of its size and action. The D Bombs don't have as much action as the vile craw.  As it gets colder I will migrate to a D bomb because it is slightly smaller and more subtle, and when it gets colder to a baby d Bomb and eventually a small jig with a chunk.

As for the windblown banks, don't assume the bait is there. Use what electronics you have to try and narrow it down.

On a side note dont be afraid to hit up the smallies. Last year was my first year going into late December. I usually winterize and wrap my boat around Thanksgiving but last year the smally bite went well into December. I feel like the largemouth grind will start in early November. You could go out each day and work your tail off in the cold to grind out a bite. Meanwhile the smally bite is still hot.
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Re: Fall Fishing Tips
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2018, 09:28:41 PM »
Thanks again Brazzy. I may try out those Vile Craws. Also I would love to get on a good smallie bite, but sadly I would have to go a bit far into Connecticut or in Mass. Living in Southern RI isnt that great for the smallie scene. All I know is there is some smallies at Watchaug, Which is pretty much in my front yard, but all I have heard the smallies in there you cant really target.