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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Bass Fishing: Best Baits For Fall Fishing

Look inside Matt's day box at what he's really using! There are no secrets, no hidden baits, these are the baits we're taking to the lake to catch fish right now. From Shallow to deep, big to small, it all fits in a single Plano box.

Many anglers complicate their Fall bass fishing but it doesn't have to be that way. With just a small handful of baits we're able to cover virtually any circumstance that could arise. The real beauty of this box is that it will catch fish in almost any water temp, water clarity, and regardless of what sort of baitfish the bass are eating.

Do you have any favorite baits that aren't in the box? Some would say the spinnerbait or chatter bait are missing (and they are) but for most Fall fishing conditions the Underspin, square bill, and lipless will fill the void.

Below is a breakdown of the baits in the box...

Swimbait Heads/Underspins

Matt Allen Swimbait Head:

Dirty Jigs Guppy Head:

Blade Runner SpinTrix UnderSpin:

Spoons and Tail Spinners...

Blade Runner 1 3/4 oz and 3/4 oz Spoons:

Damiki Axe Blade:


LV-500 Lipless:

River2Sea Ruckus Lipless:

6th Sense Quake Thud Lipless:

Biggie Smalls Squarebill:

Crush Squarebill:

Lucky Craft Silent Squarebill:


Reaction Innovations Vixen:

Megabass Dog X Diamante:

River2Sea Rover 128:


River2Sea S-Waver 168 and 200:

The Box...

Plano Waterproof 3740:


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Fall Fishing Tricks You Didn't Even Know To Try!

Catch more fish with these 4 tricks you've probably never thought to try! They're going to change the way you fish this Fall so be sure to pay close attention!

The key to consistent fishing in the Fall is to stand out from the crowd. Often the shallows are full of baitfish and surrounded by aggressive bass. Locating fish isn't the problem, standing out from the crowd is the difficult part. These 4 tricks will help you stand out  and get bites when no one else is. 

Front Runner...

Front Runner:
Super Spook Junior:
Super Spook:
River2Sea Rover:
Reaction Innovations Vixen:


River2Sea Bling Spinnerbait:
War Eagle Screamin Eagle Spinnerbait:
Revenge Spinnerbait:
Revenge Spare Blades:
Picasso Willow Leaf Blades:

Flashy Jerkbaits...

Lucky Craft Staysee 90:
Lucky Craft Pointer 100DD:
Jackall Rerange:
Jackall Dowzvido 90:

Make Your Own Underspins...

Matt Allen Swimbait Head:
Owner Beast Hook:
Pro Point Underspin Blades:

Owner Flashy Swimmer:
Blade Runner Spintrix Underspin:
Cool Baits Underspin:

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Best Baits and Colors For the Summer To Fall Transition

Tim and Matt provide a master class on making the right bait and color choices for moving out of summer and into the fall transition. They both have their favorites and we bet you will have a blast putting their choices head to head on your own body of water as the summer heat fades away.