Glenn: Hey folks, Glenn May here at BassResource. comand today I wanna talk about the five bestlures for fishing in the fall. Now, that’s kind of an odd thing to say, becausein the fall, the fish are very aggressive. They’re chasing baitfish. They bite a lot of different lures. So, excuse me, it can be a bonanza. There are times you can throw virtually anythingin and you’re gonna catch fish. So what I want to talk about is really oneof the five main ones that catch a lot offish for me, during the fall. With these five, you are guaranteed to catchfish at some point in the fall, whereas someof the other ones may not be as productive. So let’s start off with the buzz bait, ortopwater lures, in general. Buzz bait, I also like to use Zara Spooks,but buzz baits and Zara Spooks catch big fishin the fall. Keri: Woah. Glenn: Woah. Keri: He missed. Glenn: There he goes. No, he got it. He came back. Keri: He came all the way out of the water. Glenn: He came back and hit it twice. Keri: He came all the way out of the waterfor that. That was awesome. Glenn: He missed it, turned around, and hitit again. Keri: Hit it again. Nice looking buzz bait fish, all day long. Face full of buzz bait. Come here, baby. Oh, boy. Let me see if I can get you up. I don’t know how I got you hooked. I’m trying kiddo. Nice little guy. Glenn: Yeah. Keri: He came all the way out of the water. Holy smokes. That just shocked me. Okay little guy go have fun. Evidently I got the fin. Glenn: I like to throw them over the topsof weed beds. As fish are moving up shallow, they’re movinginto the backs of coves. They’re moving into the backs of bays, thesebig flats, these weed flats. They set up shop in there and that’s whatworks really well over the tops of them. And these fish are so aggressive, they’llcome out of those weed beds like a Polarismissile and just clock them. Man, it’s crazy. Especially buzz baits, you can cover a lotof water quickly with that. If you can tune that buzz bait to hit likesay, if you’re dock piling. You’re fishing a lot of docks or in stumps,and you bounce it off of that and change thatdirection a little bit, you’ll catch a lotof fish that way. It also works well on some of the points thatare sitting out there, secondary points, fishwill sometimes sit on that and you can bringa buzz bait over the top of that, and thefish, there’s no problem for the fish, thistime of year, to come up out of 15 feet ofwater to clock a topwater or buzz bait. Glenn: That’ll work. Glenn: So that’s number one. The second bait that I like to fish, is aspinnerbait. Now, if the fish just aren’t quite committingto a topwater, maybe they’ll chase it downand follow it, but they won’t bite it, it’sa good time to switch over to a spinnerbait. The spinnerbait with a willow-leaf blade,I like to use a silver willow-leaf with acopper, small Colorado blade in the front. It mimics the flash of a baitfish. I just use a simple white skirt or maybe awhite and chartreuse skirt, and that’s it,half ounce. The reason that’s a little bit larger baits,because I can move it quickly and it won’tlay over on its side. So use a half ounce bait, and just throw it. You can throw it just under the surface, wherethe fish, maybe they were chasing a buzz bait,and you can throw that spinnerbait in thosesame areas, but just under the surface andyou can connect with a lot of those fish thatweren’t willing to commit. You can also slow it down and work the watercolumn a little bit more, a little bit deeper,little bit more on the outside weed lines,up in the bays and coves. I like to fish, speaking of those coves, Ilike to fish coves that have freshwater movinginto them because the baitfish are lookingfor that oxygen rich water, and that freshwaterbrigs in that oxygen water. If there’s a cove in there that doesn’t haveany flowing water moving into it, then I’lljust skip it, and move to the next one, becausethat’s where I’m going to find most of thosebaitfish and those active fish. So I covered a lot with those topwater, withthe buzz baits and with the spinnerbaits,I cover a lot of water that way. The next bait that I like to use is a Rat-L-Trapor a Booyah One Knocker, something like this,a chrome color bait. This does two things. First of all, I can cover big flats, big expansiveareas quickly with it. If you’re getting the theme here, we’re coveringa lot of water quickly trying to find a schoolof fish. And I can bounce this off of logs, and offof stumps, and I can burn it over the topof weed beds, calling up fish that are buriedup in it, quite effectively. If at any time, I get bit with these baits,that’s when I slow down and start to coverthe area a little bit more thoroughly withthese baits, because these fish school up. They’re chasing pods of baitfish, so you’regonna get, you know, three to five, anywhereto 20, 25 fish in a school. And if you catch one then there’s likely morein that same area, so you wanna slow downand work it more methodically and cover alot of area in that, you know, nearby, andyou might catch a lot more fish. But once you catch the fish out of that school,pick it up again, pick up the speed, keepmoving down the bank and catch more fish. Glenn: Ah-ha. Keri: You’re right, he does not. . . Oh, he’s got a little fight left in him though. All right you. Can you do an easy release and shake yourselfoff?Oh, no. I got it. Glenn: You got him hooked weirdKeri: He did that to himself. He’s hooked really weird. You weren’t going anywhere, but somehow youimpaled yourself. You slapped at it and it got you. Glenn: Yep. They’re sharp hooks. Keri: They’re gone. Smallmouth don’t mess around. Glenn: This One Knocker’s also really goodfor fishing along the weed lines. As the fall progresses, and this is from,you know, late summer, as you’re moving alongin the low 50s, the temperatures get in thelow 50s in the fall, what happens is the weedsstart to die off. And when they die off, they consume oxygen. Well like I said before, the baitfish arelooking for oxygen-rich water, so they’llmove out to the greener strands of weeds thatare still remaining that’s in deeper water,anywhere from 10 to 25 feet deep. You can use that One Knocker to just parallelalong those weed lines. It’s a great way to fish at this time of year. You throw it out and let it flutter all theway down, and then move it along, lift itback up, and let it flutter back down. Baitfish are starting to die off this timeof year and that mimics that action that thebass are keen on. So you can catch a lot of fish working atthat. We also work outside structure the same waywith that One Knocker, fishing those points,those humps, those ditches, those ledges,those rock piles, those type of things thatthe fish are on. As you move into the fall and closer in tothe winter, those fish are going to move outof the shallows and start moving out to deeperwater, and you can target it with the OneKnocker, fishing it that way, just lettingit fall down and lifting it back up, and lettingit fall back down, you can catch a lot offish late into the fall, doing it that way. Now, the other bait I like to use, the fourthtype of bait, is a tight wiggling crankbait. This is one that’s got a narrower bill likethis. Okay?So it’s got a real tight wiggle to it. This I’ll use towards the later part of thefall. The water temperatures gets into about themid-50s or so, and it starts to cool off evenmore. That tighter wiggle sets off a less action,less vibration than a big wide action, lotsof movement, type of bait. You don’t want that when it’s cooler. That tighter wiggle is perfect for targetingthose outside structure, the deeper structure,main lake points, everything I just mentioned. I like to fish it with that and I like toposition the boat up shallow. And I’ll throw out to deeper water, and I’llslowly crank it up, and let it bounce andwiggle along the steeper point, or along arock hump, but something like that, just bouncingoff and triggering those bites deeper intothe fall. Colors, I just like to use fire tiger. It’s a great color to use for crankbait duringthis time of year. It’s universal, works all throughout the fall. I’ve practically don’t throw any other colorexcept for maybe a chrome color when it comesto the one knocker. But with those two types of crankbaits, Ican do most of my crankbait fishing in thefall. Now, this brings me to my fifth bait. If you notice, all four of these baits areaggressive, fast-moving baits because you’recovering a lot of water, and the fish areaggressive, and they’ll actively chasing forage. But there are times when you get a big frontthat blows through and as the water’s coolingdown, there times where the fish will shutoff, and there in that neutral than negativefeeding mode and they don’t wanna chase downsomething. That’s when I break out my fifth, my littlesecret bait here. This is a sixth-inch finesse worm. Check that out. This is something not a whole lot of peoplefish during the fall, but this is perfectwhen that bite is off. Keri: Oh, come on. Glenn: There we go. Keri: Got one already. Glenn: Oh boy. Keri: Got a big one already. Glenn: He came all the way out of the water. Don’t go in the weeds. Come on, baby. Come on out. Don’t go in the weeds. Keri: Using finesse worms today. Glenn: Finesse worms. Keri: Finesse worms. Glenn: I don’t think he hooked right. I don’t know what’s going on there. Keri: Yeah, that hooked weird. Glenn: I got it hooked, but boy. If I could get your face, that would be helpful. There we go. He’s got a lot of fight in him. Keri: He’s a little angry. Glenn: Oh boy. He’s got that finesse worm just hanging rightthere. That works. That does the trick. I put an eight-ounce tungsten weight on it. Why?Because look, it’s a real slender profilebait, doesn’t have a lot of appendages toit. It doesn’t have that bulk like the other Texasrig baits do. So it falls very fast through the water column. So an eighth-ounce weight, it’ll fall niceand slow like the other Texas rigs that areusing 3/8th ounce or half-ounce weights. If you use too much weight on it, what happensis it just goes right through the water column,and all the bites on this come on a fall. And so you’re missing, you’re really not utilizingthis bait very well if you’re letting it shootdown to the bottom really quick. So I rig it with a tungsten weight, becauseit’s very sensitive, so it transmits everylittle bump, and tick, and anything that happensunderwater, you’re gonna feel it, whereaslead kind of absorbs it and it deadens thatfeel. I’m using a bobber stopper because I wantthe weight, I’m using the weight for the actionof the worm. And if you can notice, I got it kinked justa little bit, not much, but just a bit ona two-watt extra white gap hook. Now the reason I’m doing that is because whenyou rig it this way, when you throw it, itdoes this nice slow death spiral. Okay?That’s what you want, a nice, easy, slow deathspiral. That’s exactly what the baitfish are doingthis time of year in the fall. And if those fish are in a lethargic mood,kind of a neutral and negative feeding mode,this will trigger bites. The key with it is, you’re not flipping andpitching this, or throwing it in nearby cover. You’ve gotta back away from the cover becauseI don’t like bringing a 20-foot boat rightup on top of the fish when they’re in a neutralfeeding mode. It just gives them another reason not to bite. You can spook them that way. Especially in the fall, as you move along,the water starts to clear up, they can seeyou coming. So I back away from the cover and I make longcasts with this and let the worm just do itsdeath spiral. So that’s what you want and you’re gonna catcha lot of fish when they decide that they’rejust gonna shut down for now, and not bitea whole lot. This is great when you’re fishing behind people,too. When they’re knocking them down on crankbaits,and you can’t buy a fish on a crankbait, youcan use this when you’re throwing behind them. You back seaters make a note of that, youcan catch a lot of fish that the guy’s missingwith his crankbaits, because this is attractinga different kind of fish, one that isn’t aswilling to chase down a crankbait and there’sa bunch out there, you’re gonna catch a lotmore fish this way. So armed with these five baits, you’re gonnacatch a lot of fish this fall. For more tips and tricks like this, visitBassResource. com.