Bass Fishing: How To Catch Bass On Tough Days

Eat! Eat! Eat! Food is all that bass are thinking about in the Late Fall! These creatures know the cold season is coming and they waste no time filling their reserves with anything that passes in front of them. This time of year an angler can gain a ton of confidence in new lures by targeting bass that are anxious to feed. Need to learn how to catch bass on crankbaits, swimbait, jigs, etc? No problem! It all sounds wonderful until they shut down. All of a sudden you can’t get a bite, no one can, so what do you do now?

Today Tim breaks down his approach to catching bass that are shut down. Anyone can get a bite when the fish are chasing but knowing when its time to stop and adapt can be the difference between a great day and a frustrating outing. Knowing when to downsize to a dropshot, Neko rig, or other finesse bait is an art all its own. Tim explains the signs you need to keep an eye out for and follows it up with tackle recommendations.

Below is a breakdown of the tackle that Tim uses during tough conditions. When the fish turn negative, fish with confidence, knowing that you’ve adapted at the right time. The bass are still there and with a little persistence you can salvage your day on the water.

Dropshot Presentation...

Worm- Strike King Half Shell:

Hook- Owner Mosquito Light 1/0:

Weight- Vike Skinny Tungsten Dropshot:

Swimbait Presentation...

Swimbait- Keitech 2.8 Fat Impact:

Head- 1/8 oz Guppy Head:

Ned Rig Presentation...

Worm 1- Roboworm Ned Worm:

Worm 2- Z Man Finesse T.R.D.:

Head- 1/8 oz Owner Block Head:

Neko Rig Presentation...

Worm- Yamamoto 5" Senko:

Hook- Mustad TitanX Neko Hook:

Weight- Swagger Tackle Pagoda:

Other Great baits when fish are slowing down...

Baby Brush Hog:

Man Bear Pig:

Roboworm 4" Fat Worm:

Tim's Favorite Finesse Combo...

Rod- G Loomis NRX 852S JWR:

Reel- Shimano Exsence 3000 Reel:

Line- 10 lb Power Pro Braid:

Leader- 6 lb Sniper Fluorocarbon:


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How To Catch More Fish On The Neko Rig

The Neko rig is a deadly finesse bait for lethargic bass. Its one of those lures that just seems to catch a bigger-than-average bass. If you're faced with tough weather conditions or bass that just don't seem to want to bite, pick up a Neko Rig and give it a try.

The Neko is a new spin on an old favorite. Neko rigging can be applied to virtually any soft plastic but it shines with straight tail and cut tail worms. It combines the best of both worlds with an exposed hook but still remains incredibly weedless.

Below is a breakdown of Tim's favorite baits, gear, and rigging components for this method. The key to a great hookup ratio with the Neko rig is in the details. Pay close attention to how Tim rigs the baits in order to maximize your time on the water.


G7 Worm Pliers -

G7 Worm Protect Tubes -

O- Wacky Tool -

The O-Wacky Tool O-Rings 25pk -


Swagger Tackle Tungsten Pagoda Nail Weights -

Lunker City Wacky Weight 10pk -


Owner Mosquito "Light" Hooks -

Mustad TitanX Wacky/Neko Rig Hook -


Yamamoto Kut Tail Worm -

Yamamoto 5" Senko -

Daiwa Yamamoto Neko Fat 5" -

Daiwa Yamamoto Neko Straight -

Zoom Trick Worm -

Zoom Swamp Crawler -

Strike King Fat Baby Finesse -

Tim's Neko Setup...

Rod- G Loomis NRX 852S JWR:

Reel- Shimano Exsence 3000:

Line- 12 lb Sunline Xplasma Asegai Braid:

Leader- 6 lb Sniper Fluorocarbon:

Budget Friendly Combo...

Rod- Shimano Zodias 7' M -

Reel- Nasci 2500 -

Line- 15 lb Power Pro:

Leader- 8 lb Maxima Ultragreen:


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Ned Rig Vs Dropshot Challenge - Girl vs Girl

Tonya and CC are going head to head with the Drop shot and the Ned Rig! Which one will be victorious? Come along for a fun day on the water with a couple women who really know how to fish! The girls locate fish, dial in the pattern, and have some fun along the way.

It became apparent almost immediately that the Ned Rig would prevail. There is something special about the "dead action" when conditions get tough. Instead of continuing to fight it for the sake of the challenge the girls tied on 2 ned rigs for their afternoon session and proceeded to slay the bass!

If you're not proficient with the Ned Rig (or dropshot) the cooling days of the Fall Transition are a great time to pull them out and build confidence. Below you'll find a breakdown of the gear the girls were using as they battled their way through this challenge.

The Baits...

Z Man Finesse TRD Ned Worm (Green Pumpkin, Yoga Pants):

Z Man Ned LockZ Head (1/6 oz):

Roboworm 4" Fat Worm:

Owner Mosquito Light Size 1 Hook:

Vike Tungsten Dropshot Weight (3/16 oz):

CC's Setup...

Rod- Dobyns 742 Champion Extreme:

Reel- Shimano Ultegra 2000:

Line- 20 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- 8 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Tonya's Setup...

Rod- Expride 6'10" Med Light:

Reel- Shimano Ultegra 1000:

Line- 15 lb Power Pro Braid:

Leader- 8 lb Maxima Ultragreen:


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Tube Fishing Tricks For The Fall Transition

Are you struggling to catch fish right now? The Summer to Fall transition can be a difficult time to keep track of the fish. In recent weeks we've given some key tips on consistently catching fish during this transition but if you're still struggling, this video is for you!

The finesse tube is an overlooked gem for consistently putting fish in the boat. With the recent successes of the Ned Rig, Dropshot, and Neko rig, the tube has fallen to the wayside. Make no mistake, it is still an amazing producer!

Tim has seen consistent success on a tube for years, especially during difficult transition periods. In this video he breaks down the where, when, and how of catching bass on the tube. If you’re tired of struggling and ready to see success, tie on a 1/4 oz finesse tube and head to the lake.

The baits...

Dry Creek Tournament Tube:

Z-Man TRD Tubes:

Strike King FAT Coffee Tube:

Gitzit Fat 3.5" tube:

Tube Heads...

Bite Me Flat Eye:

Strike King Tour Grade Tube head:

Provider Tackle Light Wire:

Tim's Tube Combo...

Rod- Daiwa Tatula Elite 7'6" Feider:

Reel- Shimano Exsence 3000:

Line- 10 lb Power Pro Braid:

Leader- Sunline Sniper Fluorocarbon:

Other rods that are great for tubes...

Dobyns Champion Extreme 742:

St. Croix Legend Elite 7'6" Medium:

G Loomis GLX 7'5" Medium:


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