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.
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.