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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GIANT Bass In A Lake Full Of Predators!

We're on a SMALL Lake full of BIG predators! The plan is to target bass but we've got to avoid the musky and pike to make it happen. How do you find bass in a lake like this? We're about to find out! The plan is to target bass that are moving into the shallows as the water warms up. Come along for a fun day full of GIANT Smallmouth!

We began the day by looking shallow. In clear water fisheries your best bet is often to simply look, don't even make a cast. If the water is murky, use a fast moving search bait as your eyes to determine if the fish have moved in. Once we established the fish had moved up, the hunt for the big ones began! The first bite of the day came from a musky, the second from a 5 lb smallmouth!

We spent the day targeting bass in and around cover. Even the big bass are wary to mix with the big pike and musky for fear of becoming a snack. Despite the presence of heavy cover, we focused on 5-6 lb fluorocarbon line to fool the clear water bass into biting. We used a variety of baits to target these fish, catching them on nearly everything we threw. Below is a breakdown of the baits and gear we used to make this day a success!

The baits...

-Roboworm FX Sculpin (Oxblood Light Red Flake): http://bit.ly/2XMbwoQ

-Megabass Okashira Screwhead (Real Minnow): http://bit.ly/2EpluSA

-Keitech Fat 3.3 (Pro Blue Red Pearl): http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

-Dry Creek Tube (Green Pumpkin): http://bit.ly/2cJwI6r

-Zoom Super Fluke (Houdini): http://bit.ly/2aqys0H

-Strike King Half Shell (KVD Magic): http://bit.ly/2iR9awm

Worm Rod...

Rod- Conquest 902S SJR: http://bit.ly/2BiGUNi

Reel- Shimano Stradic Ci4+ 2500: http://bit.ly/2gu84t7

Line- Sunline Sniper 5 lb: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

(This rod was selected for its incredible sensitivity and parabolic action. It was the perfect match for 5 lb fluorocarbon against BIG fish. Its a rare combination of sensitivity and flex.)

Keitech/Screwhead Rod...

Rod- Shimano Expride 6'10" Medium Light: http://bit.ly/2osaj3q

Reel- Shimano Stella FJ 2500: http://bit.ly/2U8Pkzg

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

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

Budget-Friendly Finesse Combo...

Rod- SLX Spinning 7' Medium Light: http://bit.ly/2AdvIC1

Reel- Nasci 1000 FB: http://bit.ly/2g278cC

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

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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: http://bit.ly/2cJwI6r

Z-Man TRD Tubes: http://bit.ly/2DbJB8s

Strike King FAT Coffee Tube: http://bit.ly/2OC0b2P

Gitzit Fat 3.5" tube: http://bit.ly/2MLZIZR

Tube Heads...

Bite Me Flat Eye: http://bit.ly/2MLZIZR

Strike King Tour Grade Tube head: http://bit.ly/2xpDBDK

Provider Tackle Light Wire: http://bit.ly/2OAvYRv

Tim's Tube Combo...

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

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

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

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

Other rods that are great for tubes...

Dobyns Champion Extreme 742: http://bit.ly/29OVnDa

St. Croix Legend Elite 7'6" Medium: http://bit.ly/2pjJWMA

G Loomis GLX 7'5" Medium: http://bit.ly/2A6HH3O


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Top Spring Baits For Finesse Fishing

Spring is prime time to go fishing and these baits will help you catch more fish! Don't worry about trying a dozen different baits, focus on these key categories, especially when the conditions get tough! 

Many anglers think of Spring as the time get out and power fish. While this is a great plan, it doesn't always pan out. Its important to have a backup plan so you don't struggle when conditions change. If you're ready to adapt and drop down to finesse tackle, you'll become much more consistent through the Spring, Summer, and beyond. 

Bait #1- Roboworm 6" Fat Worm: http://bit.ly/2awYSxM
Bait #2- Strike King Half Shell: http://bit.ly/2iR9awm
Hook- Owner Mosquito Light Size 1: http://bit.ly/2zQVKx3
Weight- Tungsten Tear Drop: http://bit.ly/2oy7i24

Ned Rig...
Worm- Z Man T.R.D.: http://bit.ly/2hs4RtR
Head- LockZ HD Jig Head: http://bit.ly/2kIgRYK

Worm- Yamamoto Senko: http://bit.ly/2axAmNS
Texas Hook- Gamakatsu EWG: http://bit.ly/2d07gvp
Wacky Hook- Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap: http://bit.ly/2aKGmHM
Nail Weight- Swagger Tungsten Pagoda: http://bit.ly/2iGNSFW
Texas Sizing... 3/0 for 5", 4/0 for 6", 5/0 for 7"
Wacky Sizing... 1/0 for 5", 2/0 for 6", 3/0 for 7"

Finesse Swimbait...
Bait #1- Keitech Fat 2.8": http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v
Bait #2- Keitech Easy Shiner 4": http://bit.ly/2bxJK6H
Head #1- Dirty Jigs Guppy Head: http://bit.ly/2nyUJRS
Head #2 - Revenge Darter Hedz: http://bit.ly/2cHMZbm

Bait- Dry Creek 3.5" Tournament Tube: http://bit.ly/2cJwI6r
Head- Bite Me Flat Eye Head: http://bit.ly/2diyVXK

Tim's Favorite Picks for All-Around finesse Setups at every budget...

Ultra High End Combo...
Rod- G Loomis Conquest 902: http://bit.ly/2BiGUNi
Reel- Daiwa Certate: http://bit.ly/2hjRZXg

High-End Combo...
Rod- GLX Spinning 820s DSR: http://bit.ly/2A6HH3O
Reel- Shimano CI4+ 1000: http://bit.ly/2gu84t7

Mid-Range Combo...
Rod- Shimano Expride 6'10" ML: http://bit.ly/2osaj3q
Reel- Daiwa Tatula LT 2500: http://bit.ly/2zrq4id

Budget Friendly Combo...
Rod- Dobyns Fury 7' Medium Light: http://bit.ly/2e7HZPF
Reel- Daiwa Fuego 2500: http://bit.ly/2yDmdtQ

Line and Leader for all combos...
Line- 10 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 6-10 lb Sunline Sniper: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

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