Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Fall Fishing Feast


Fall Fishing Feast
Fall is a wonderful time of the year.  As the relentless heat of summer turns to the crisp morning chill of autumn, we never want to forget the rod and reel in all the excitement of hunting season.  Fall can be one of the easiest fishing seasons all year and I want to give you a few tips to get the most out of your shortened Saturdays due to the decrease in the length of days.

What is the magic water temperature?  As soon as the water begins to cool, the fish will become more active with vicious strikes on the surface as well as hitting crank-baits, jerk-baits, swim-jigs, soft plastic swim-baits, etc.  However, the giants like it when the water temperature hits 50 and below.  Target flats that range between 3-6 feet or look for the big patch of water with shad rippling the surface.

Gizzard Shad
Gizzard Shad
What do I throw to catch them?  The fall is when the shad begin to school up.  You will find bass exploding on balls of shad and you can fish for them in a number of ways.  This is super fast fishing at it''s finest.  Basically, anything that looks like a shad is a good choice.  Erratic action will trigger strikes regardless of depth but keep in mind monster fish typically prefer to hold in the deeper sections of flats.

Any last tidbits?  Absolutely!  Don't be afraid to experiment.  This is an easy time of the year to get bit so try the weird or ridiculous bait to fine-tune your methods.  Also be mindful of weather systems that are moving in and out.  By timing your fishing excursion to the afternoon a front comes in, you can really catch some of the biggest fish of your life.

Water running off in a lake
Ok, my last tidbit and man is this a doozy.  Look for running water that is coming into a lake or pond after a heavy rain.  I once fished a golf pond that had a large lake to store water that would be pumped and sprinkled over the golf course.  They fed that lake by pumping water into it from spring-fed ponds that were located all over their property.  Standing in one spot with anything shad'ish, I could catch 10-20 bass in an afternoon.  Some of those went as large as 5 lbs or more.  They would lay in that current like slabs of lumber and man was it fun!

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