Fall Jig Fishing Tips for Bass Fishing (These Work!) | Bass Fishing

Glenn: There we go. Nice. Keri: Playing with that rock is what I was
doing. I was like, “I know that rock has gotta hold
fish. “Easy does it, big guy. Easy does it. Gotcha. Yay. Glenn: It’s about catching fish with a jig. Hey folks, Glenn May here with BassResource. com. Today I want to talk to you about fishing
jigs in the fall. The bass are up feeding. They’re eating a lot of baitfish and this
little snack size, little Scooby Snack hereis something just perfect when they’re in
that feeding mode. So I want to talk to you a little bit of how
we can capitalize this time of year and catchthe most fish with jigs during the fall. First of all, what I want to talk about is
kind of how I rig it. Here I’m using a little bit heavier gear. I’m using a medium-heavy rod. I’m using a bait casting outfit because I
like to throw this in the heavier cover becausethey like to get up in that shallow water
and they sit in that cover. So I’m using something a little bit heavier. I’m using a braided line, to begin with. In the beginning of the fall, I kinda break
it into two different seasons. The early fall and the late fall, I’ll talk
to you about that in just a second. So in the early fall, I’m using braid. This is a 50-pound Seaguar Smackdown braid. And then I’m using this. . . this is a 3/8 ounce
jig with a football head jig on it. Okay?Very straightforward. I got more videos on jig fishing and it talks
a little bit more about rigging but that’smy setup. It’s not a fast reel at all. It’s just a strong drag on it. So what I do with the fall is I break it into
two different seasons. There’s the early fall, which is from late
summer until the water temps get into themid-50s and then I have the late fall, which
is the mid-50s down to lower 40s and thenyou’re in the wintertime. So on the first half of the season, first
half of fall, that’s when the fish are reallyup and moving fast. They’re up and chasing baitfish. The baitfish are moving all around. They’re moving up shallower. This is the perch, this is the shad. They’re moving up shallower looking for that
oxygen-rich water and the bass are followingthem. So they’re not going to sit on one piece of
structure for any amount of time. You got to look for them. You got to hunt and peck. You got to fish rather fast to try to find
those packs of bass that are chasing schoolsof baitfish. So a jig can be a really effective tool to
do that. Basically what I do is I start, during this
time of year, is I start on the outside ofcoves and pockets that have freshwater moving
into them. Because freshwater brings in oxygen-rich water,
which is what the baitfish are looking for. So if a cove doesn’t have freshwater flowing
into it, then I will skip it and move to thenext. It’s not that there won’t be baitfish in there
but they’ll just be more and greater concentrationsof baitfish in the coves that do have freshwater
and, of course, that’s where the bass aregoing to be. I’m upping my chances that way. So I start on the outside part of those coves
fishing, any kind of structure I can find,be it a point, a main-lake point or a hump
or a ridge or drop off, something like that. This is why I got a football head tied onto
this because I’ll throw it out there in thatlittle bit of deeper water first. And also I want to do is bang along the bottom
and lift it up and drop it, and lift it upand drop it or I’m reeling. That’s a quick action. I’m making as much commotion as I can because
I want to call in any bass, actively feedingbass that are in the area. So it’s not a real slow presentation. I’m actually bumping along, moving along pretty
quickly. If I don’t get bit in those areas, then I’ll
start moving up shallow and work my way intothat cove further and further. Anything you can see, any kind of cover that’s
worth throwing to, that’s what I throw to. So laydowns, chunk rock, docks, any kind of
weeds, that kind of stuff I like to throwto, any kind of timber, anything that the
fish can relate to I throw to. Now if at any time I hook onto a fish. . . This is what you got to do guys, you’ve got
to slow down and fish that area thoroughlybecause again, there’s pods of fish. They’re you know, anywhere from 3 to 20 or
25 fish in a school of bass, they’re roamingaround and once you connect with them, there’s
more in that area. So you catch one, you can catch more if you
slow down and work that area thoroughly. So if I was fishing that point, for example,
if I caught a fish off it, I’d drop a markerbuoy. And I criss-cross, different directions. Sometimes it’s just a matter of coming from
a different angle and you’ll get more bitesthat way. So just milk that area until you can catch
a bunch of fish out of it. Now once that bite dies, you’ve got a choice. You can go one or two directions. One is, “Hey, that’s a good piece of structure. You’ve caught a bunch of fish on it. “So there’s going to be another school coming
along pretty soon that’s going to utilizethat piece of structure. You can hang on that. Just wait for the next school to come by. And it might be by 15, 20 minutes later and
then boom, the bite picks up again, you’recatching much more fish. It’s a risk because you may end up waiting
a long time, maybe a while before the nextschool comes along and you may not get as
many. So your other choice is to pick up stakes
and speed up again and start covering morewater and throw to more cover and structure
and you might connect with another schoolthat way. There’s two different ways of doing it. I fished it both ways. I’ve been successful both ways. It’s just sort of a game-time decision that
you have to make to see what kind of feelsright. If you get a real good, juicy piece of structure
and you’ve caught a whole bunch of fish onit, that’s probably going to be used again
by another school. So I might hang around in there for a while,
see if another school comes to by. Glenn: There we go. Keri: Oh, we got a fish. We have a smally or largey?Glenn: We got a largemouth. Keri: We got a largemouth. It’s a nice largemouth too. Glenn: There we go. Keri: It’s a nice fatty. Glenn: Look at that. Keri: Look at the light color. Glenn: Well, he’s cold. Keri: I bet he is cold. Glenn: Now, if I fished all those areas in
that cove and I haven’t caught any fish, thenI’ll pull off to the creek channel, right
off the creek channel in the middle of thecove. And when I’m looking for there are bends in
the creek channel where it swings in closerto the shore or where it connects with say
a sandbar or a point, something like that,where it’s got that close access to shallow
water but that deep water is right nearby. And I’ll target that. Specifically, I’ll target the inside bends
of those channel bends. So if it bends like this, then this part out
here, over here is the outside bend. This is where it curves like this. It will be a steeper drop here. On this inside bend on this side where it
curves around, this is a shallower taperingarea and that’s what I’ll target. That’s slower moving current. Often you’ll find cover in there, like chunk
rock or blowdowns or you’ll find weed patchesand that’s where you’ll find the baitfish
and, of course, the bass will be there too. So I’ll work in those areas and target, they
can be really good hotspots. If I don’t catch anything there, I go down
to the next channel bend. I don’t really work the area where it’s straight. And you don’t seem to catch as many fish in
those stretches so just find the next creekbend and fish that. Glenn There we go. Nice. All right. Get him, Kerry. You get him. Keri: There is one particular spot out there
and you have to be spot on it to do it. One spot. Glenn: That’s how you do those deeper jigs,
is deeper fishing. That’s a good, healthy fish. Keri: That’s a healthy fish. Oh yeah, I had him that time. You aren’t going nowhere. Look at that. Glenn: Nicely done. Keri: Deep fishing. Woohoo. Glenn: So that’s kinda how I attack late summer
into mid-fall. Now for mid-fall going into winter, early
winter, the fish are now moving out. The weeds are dying off. The weeds will consume oxygen when they’re
dying. And like I said before, the baitfish are looking
for oxygen-rich water so they won’t be inthose. . . the areas where there’s dying weeds. Instead, they’ll move out to the deeper weed
lines. Look for that in 10, 15 to 25 feet of water,
that last standing strands of green weeds,that’s where you’ll find the perch and the
shad and the other baitfish in there and,of course, that’s where the bass will be. So I like to use this jig and just throw it
out there on the outside weed line and justkind of pump it along. I just bounce it along. I like to lift it up pretty high and let it
flutter back down on those areas because afish will come right out and nab it and bite
it. If I don’t get bit doing it that way, then
I’ll slow it down and I’ll drag a little bitmore but typically you can get bit on those
outside weed lines during that time of year. And gradually work your way on out to deeper
water. Now we’re going to the main lake. We’re fishing main lake points. We’re fishing rock piles. We’re fishing humps, ditches, ledges, anything
like that. This is where the football, the head comes
in use here because it doesn’t get hung upas much in those rocky areas. And I like to just crawl it in. I don’t lift it up as much. I’m lifting up very slightly, just a little
bit and let it fall back down. Especially if I got the boat positioned on
the outside, the deep part of that water,and I’m working on throwing up shallow because
what happens is you’ve got this slope, thebait is here, you lift it up, it’s going to
swing out towards you and come way back down. So you don’t have to lift up much to make
that swing on a steeper drops where the fishcould be hanging. So I only lift it up 3, 4 inches and let it
swing back down and fall. I don’t want big, huge movements when the
water is cold or like that, the fish aren’tgoing to chase it as much. Glenn: Here we are. Boom. Nice. Nice, nice, nice. Keri: Not a giant guy but I’ll take him. Glenn: Jig fish. Keri: Jig fish. Not giant but he wanted it and I got it. Little guy. Glenn: Another way of fishing those areas
is, especially you’re getting closer intowinter, early winter is I’ll position the
boat up shallow. I’ll cast off into deeper water and then here
I’m just slowly. . . I’m just cranking it realslow. I just crank it slow, slow, slow like this,
right?I just want to work it on up the hill, up
that point. Nice and slow and slow, just bumping it along. It looks kinda like a crawdad just bumping
along the bottom. There’s not too many crawdads that are left
during that time of year. They’re all looking to get. . . you know, had
to hibernate and dig deep in that mud. So if there’s any that are still out there,
the bass are going to attack it. So this is a great way to catch those remaining
active bass this time of year is just crawlingit uphill, up those points and humps and ridges. And a lot of times, unless you’re fishing
from the bank, the fish aren’t used to seeingthat type of presentation. So a lot of them will bite it that way. So it’s a great way to fish going into the
wintertime. And then finally, the water temperature is
below 50 what I like to do is I take the jigand I’ll throw it out in those deeper structure
areas and then I’ll just drag it. I just throw it out there and I just hold
the rod out to the side and I use the trollingmotor or a slight breeze to kind of push the
boat along and I’m just letting it bounceand crawl slowly over that structure. And a lot of times you’ll get bit doing that. You’ve got to really pay close attention to
your line and be in tune with what’s goingon under the water because those bites are
very, very subtle. If it was really rocky, I’ll use fluorocarbon
line instead of braid because rock can chewup the braid line. So I’ll use something like 15-pound fluorocarbon
line like Seaguars InvizX Fluorocarbon lineis real abrasion-resistant. It works really well in that rocky area. I don’t need anything stronger than that because
there’s nothing there for them to get wrappedaround. It’s just an open area. It’s just a rocky open bottom. So a 15 pound InvizX works really well in
those situations and just kind of bounce alongthe bottom and you can catch a lot of fish
that way going into winter. So that’s the different ways I fish with jig
and where I fish it during the fall. I hope that helps. For more tips and tricks like this, visit
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