Fall is fast approaching and the bass are already on the move. If your fish are starting to disappear and you don't know why, we're here to help! As the nights get cooler the bass fishing changes over night, stumping many anglers. The offshore fish begin to gather and the shallow fish abandon their Summer cover in search of new spots. If you're not ready for what comes next it can leave you scratching your head.
The Fall Transition comes much earlier than most anglers realize. Its not a slow progression, the bass will begin their movements overnight. One day you're on an awesome topwater bite, the next you can't find a fish. When this happens its time to step back and look at what is motivating these fish to move. Whether you're targeting shallow bass or deep, the bass' next movement is motivated by the baitfish's location. As the bait begins to gather, so will the bass.
If your fish are out deep, expect them to begin gathering on the best structures. Expect to find them on corners of ledges with deep water access, long tapering points that break to deep water, and later you can expect them to transition toward the backs of deep coves. Shallow fish will abandon the scattered weeds in favor of thick weed clumps and hard structures. As the seasons progress these fish will begin bunching up along ambush points and pockets.
Below is a breakdown of the gear we recommend using during these conditions. We've separated it into shallow and deep approaches depending on which group of fish you're pursuing.
Shallow Flipping components...
Stopper- 6th Sense Peg X: http://bit.ly/2bHjowk
Weight- Vader Tungsten 1.5 oz: http://bit.ly/2NjDYtV
Hook- Owner Jungle Wide Gap 5/0: http://bit.ly/2sBsR1Z
Bait #1- Jackall Archelon (Green Pumpkin, School Gill): http://bit.ly/2uo4sN5
Bait #2- Strike King Rage Craw (Green Pumpkin, Dirty Craw): http://bit.ly/2uoqsLJ
Shallow Reaction Baits...
Crankbait- River2Sea Biggie Squarebill (Abalone Shad, TS Minnow): http://bit.ly/2ahCzvo
Crankbait- Lucky Craft 1.5 Squarebill (Ghost Minnow, American Shad): http://bit.ly/2BGxKPa
Topwater- River2Sea Rover 128 (Ghost Minnow, Sooner, You Know It): http://bit.ly/2acSVea
Jig For Deep Or Shallow...
Jig- 1/2 oz Pitchin Jig (Go To, Molting Craw): http://bit.ly/2amL3of
Jig Trailer- Sweet Beaver (Green Pumpkin, Tramp Stamp): http://bit.ly/29W3RZW
Deep Water Baits...
Crankbait- Strike King 6XD (Chartreuse Sexy Shad, Delta Red, Pro Blue): http://bit.ly/2ery44M
Crankbait- Strike King 10XD (Chartreuse Sexy Shad, Delta Red): http://bit.ly/2gHT4F0
6XD - Gamakatsu EWG Size 2: http://bit.ly/2cZrsbY
10XD- Owner ST-36 Size 1/0: http://bit.ly/2cWpeyw
Biggie- Owner ST-36 Size 2: http://bit.ly/2cWpeyw
Preferred All-around Combo...
Rod- Expride 7'2" Medium Heavy: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL
Reel- Shimano Curado 200K: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Line- 50 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
Budget-Friendly All Around Combo...
Rod- Shimano SLX 7'2" Medium Heavy: http://bit.ly/2L3wppO
Reel- Shimano SLX: http://bit.ly/2NfdOnk
Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm