Fall bass fishing is a great opportunity for anglers to catch the most—and sometimes the biggest—bass of the year. Largemouths are putting on the feedbag to beef up before the long winter ahead.
Here are three of my favorite lures for pursuing fall bass.
- Spinnerbait: The spinnerbait does a great job mimicking the baitfish that the bass are feeding on, so it is a logical choice. The depth of water, current and wind will dictate the weight of my bait. I’ll use anywhere from1/4-ounce to 1/2-ounce and shad-based colors are always a good selection.
- Topwater: Fall typically offers a tremendous topwater bite with my preferred plug being a walk-the-dog style bait, such as the Zara Spook. Using a short rod with a soft tip and strong backbone will easily work the lure and put the hooks to anything that tries to eat it. My topwater gear for the fall is a Wright & McGill Tessera Series Jerkbait/Topwater rod that is 6 feet, 8 inches, paired with a Victory Reel spooled with 15-pound Seaguar Senshi.
- Jerkbait: Jerkbaits are not just for spring fish—the lure can be a dynamite presentation during the fall, too. Depending on the bass’ mood, you can tailor the retrieve to match the fish’s willingness to chase down and attack their next meal. Long pauses might be key to getting hooks in a fish—experiment and the fish will tell you what they want. I’ll stick with the same rod-and-reel setup that I do for topwater, but I’ll go with fluorocarbon because its sinking properties will achieve greater depths.
Keep an eye on the forecast and as soon as you see a stretch of sunny days with low wind, I urge you to hook up the boat and head to your favorite water for some fantastic fall fishing. Heck, maybe even bring a radio to catch your favorite football game in the process. What could be better?