5 Finesse Fishing Tricks For Early Fall Bass

Early Fall can be awesome bass fishing! The fish are gorging on baitfish as we head toward the cooler months. You can throw all sorts of reaction baits to catch them but what do you do when conditions don't line up and the fishing gets tough? Do you struggle to catch fish when everyone else is talking about how great it is? Today you're going to learn to finesse fish through the tough days and its going to make a huge difference for you!

Tim loves to power fish but when the going gets tough he immediately reaches for finesse tackle. The beauty of Fall is that bass become incredibly predictable. As the grass dies back the fish pull up against hard cover. Dock pilings, lay down trees, rocks, etc... all become easy targets that consistently hold bass. Because fish are pulling to cover you can fish effectively with slow moving baits like dropshot, tube, Neko rig, etc.

We're not suggesting that you stop reaction fishing (Crankbaits, spinnerbaits, swimbaits, etc...) during the Fall. Instead, recognize there are great opportunities for both fishing styles and when the fish stop responding to fast moving baits, immediately slow down. You'll be amazed how many fish you can catch on what would have been a very tough day.

Below is a breakdown of the baits and tackle that Tim shows in the video, including key colors for Fall fishing.

Dropshot Baits...

-Reaction Innovations Flirt 4.95” (Lickety Split, Morning Dawn) : http://bit.ly/2CMB33J

-Damiki Armour Shad 3” (RP Blue Pearl, American Shad) : http://bit.ly/2KtPDAT

-Keitech Swing Impact Fat 2.8 (Electric Shad, Rainbow Shad) : http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

-Roboworm Straight Tail Worm 4.5” (MMIII, Prism Shad, Aarons Pro Shad) : http://bit.ly/2asZyH3

-Bite Me Small Smasher - (Silver Smoke Blue, Green Pumpkin Purple Flk) : http://bit.ly/2ZpCOCY

-Strike King Dream Shot 4.25” (Brown/Purple, Moon Juice) : http://bit.ly/2KNXuK9

Dropshot Terminal...

-Swagger Tackle Tungsten drop shot weight (3/16th, 1/4oz) : http://bit.ly/2UY7cgx

-Owner Mosquito Light hook size 1 : http://bit.ly/2zQVKx3

-Lazer Trokar Dropshot hook Size 1 : http://bit.ly/2ahxJOr

Shakeyhead Worms and Terminal...

-Dirty Jigs Shakeyhead 3/16th, 1/4oz : http://bit.ly/2aFOs0V

-Reaction Innovations Flirt 4.95” (Lickety Split, Morning Dawn) : http://bit.ly/2CMB33J

-Roboworm Straight Tail Worm 6” : (Aarons Pro Shad, MMIII, Prism Shad) : http://bit.ly/2asZyH3

Neko Rig Terminal, Parts, and Worms...

-G7 Worm Tube Pliers. : http://bit.ly/2PRMNrG

-G7 Worm Protect Tubes Size 6 for 5” Senko : http://bit.ly/2PWEkUs

-Yamamoto 5” Senko (Electric Shad, Natural Shad) : http://bit.ly/2axAmNS

-Z-Man Zinker Z 5” (Smelt, The Deal) : http://bit.ly/2ZVJANs

-Owner Sniper Finesse Neko Hook Size 1 : http://bit.ly/2kfdv37

-Swagger Tackle Pagoda Nail Weight 1/16th, 1/32nd : http://bit.ly/2iGNSFW

Tubes and Heads...

-Dry Creek 3.5” Tourney Tube (Old Ugly, Green Pump Purple Copper Flake) : http://bit.ly/2cJwI6r

-Big Bite Baits Tour Tube - (Green Pump Purp Cop Flk, Dark Grn Pumpkin Smoke Purple) : http://bit.ly/32e23VR

-Bite Me Big Dude Tube Head : http://bit.ly/2CV3o7S

-Bite Me Flat Eye Tube Head : http://bit.ly/2diyVXK

Finesse Swimbaits and heads...

-Megabass Dark Sleeper (Donko, Wakasagi) : http://bit.ly/2TyR1GT

-Keitech Easy Shad 3” (Electric Shad, Pro Blue Red Pearl) : http://bit.ly/2bxJK6H

-Keitech Swing Impact Fat 2.8” (Electric Shad, Pro Blue Red Pearl) : http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

-Damiki Armor Shad Paddle Tail : RP Blue Pearl, American Shad) : http://bit.ly/2KtPDAT

-Dirty Jigs Guppy Head (1/8oz) : http://bit.ly/2nyUJRS

Ned Rig Worms and Heads...

-Swagger Tackle Tungsten Flanders Head (1/8oz) : http://bit.ly/2KcIB6M

-Missile Baits Ned Bomb (Fishalicious, Goby Bite, Super Bug) : http://bit.ly/2XCOGwd

-Roboworm Ned Worm (Hologram Shad, Prism Shad, Desert Craw): http://bit.ly/2j9F0X

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Ned Rig - Catch More Bass With These Simple Tips

After using the Ned Rig heavily this past year we've formed strong opinions about baits, colors, head sizes, and gear. Its time to revisit the topic and really break down the specific tackle that we have had the best success with.

There are a variety of "Ned" baits on the market but Tim has found 2 that really stand out from the crowd. His preferred baits are the original Finesse T.R.D. by Z Man, and the 3" Roboworm Ned Worm. Tim's best success has come on natural colors fished with the minimum weight necessary to maintain bottom contact.

Below is a breakdown of the baits, hooks, colors, and gear that we've had the best success with while fishing this Midwest Finesse technique.

The Worms...

-Roboworm Ned Worm: http://bit.ly/2j9F0Xy

Tim's Favorite Colors- Green Pumpkin, Desert Craw, Prism Shad.

Matt's Favorite Colors- Margarita Mutilator, Peoples Worm.

-Z Man Finesse TRD: http://bit.ly/2hs4RtR

Tim's Favorite Colors- Green Pumpkin, Mud Bug, Smelt

Matt's Favorite Colors- Green Pumpkin Goby, Junebug

The Hooks...

-Z-Man Finesse Mushroom Head: http://bit.ly/2hs2cAe

-Z-Man HD Lockz Head: http://bit.ly/2kIgRYK

-Owner Block Head Jig Head: http://bit.ly/2qL0A8n

Tim's Preferred Combo...

Rod- Daiwa Tatula Elite AGS Spinning Rod 7'6" ML - http://bit.ly/2QHupT9

Reel- Shimano Exsence Spinning Reel 3000: http://bit.ly/2iMtscV

Line- 12 lb Sunline SX1 Braid: http://bit.ly/2tn8EzQ

Leader- 6 lb Sunline Sniper: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

Great All-Around Combo...

Rod- Shimano Zodias Spinning Rod 7'3" Med Lt: http://bit.ly/2jOUXAO

Reel- Shimano Stradic CI4+ 2500: http://bit.ly/2gu84t7

Line- 10 lb Power Pro Braid: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b

Leader- 6 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Bait Storage Container...

-Plano Waterproof Stowaway 3740: http://bit.ly/2fvjcFB

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This Finesse Fishing Trick Will Save Your Winter!

Struggling this Winter? Tried Everything and just can't catch a fish? There is a reason! This simple technique is going to make your life so much easier! 


If you're struggling to catch bass this Winter, odds are you're fishing too aggressively. The water has cooled down now, the baitfish are moving slower, and you need to follow suit. The key to Winter success if fishing SLOW. Slow is good, slower is better! 


In today's video we break down one of the most mentally taxing methods of bass fishing; dragging bottom. We explain the benefits of dragging and show a few fish catches from this past week to show its effectiveness. We're not trying to catch the biggest bass of the Winter with this technique but if you're struggling to get a bite, this will help. 

The baits...
Dry Creek 3.5" Tube: http://bit.ly/2cJwI6r
2.8 Keitech Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v
Roboworm 6" Fat Worm: http://bit.ly/2awYSxM
Reaction Innovations Flirt Worm: http://bit.ly/2CMB33J
Z-Man TRD Ned Worm: http://bit.ly/2hs4RtR
Dirty Jigs 3/8 oz Finesse Jig: http://bit.ly/2eJinXo
Yamamoto Double Tail Grub: http://bit.ly/2db9w1p

The Hooks...
Matt's Preferred Tube Head: http://bit.ly/2diyVXK
Revenge Dart Hedz: http://bit.ly/2cHMZbm
Owner Dart Head: http://bit.ly/2dR6e5N
Shaky Head: http://bit.ly/2aFOs0V
Ned Head: http://bit.ly/2hs2cAe

Matt's Spinning Setup In This Video...

Rod- Zodias 6'8" Medium: http://bit.ly/2jOUXAO
Reel- Shimano Ultegra 2500: http://bit.ly/2nfApml
Line- 15 lb Sufix 832: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji
Leader- 6 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Matt's Casting Setup for Dragging...
Rod- NRX 852C JWR: http://bit.ly/2hedqsq
Reel- Aldebaran 50: http://bit.ly/2fdX1Uy
Line- 15 lb Sufix 832: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji
Leader- 8 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Budget-Friendly Setup...
Rod- Dobyns Fury Spinning 7' Medium: http://bit.ly/2e7HZPF
Reel- Shimano Nasci 2500: http://bit.ly/2g278cC
Line- 15 lb MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 6 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
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