Glenn: There we go. Nice. Keri: Playing with that rock is what I wasdoing. I was like, “I know that rock has gotta holdfish. “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 fishingjigs in the fall. The bass are up feeding. They’re eating a lot of baitfish and thislittle snack size, little Scooby Snack hereis something just perfect when they’re inthat feeding mode. So I want to talk to you a little bit of howwe can capitalize this time of year and catchthe most fish with jigs during the fall. First of all, what I want to talk about iskind 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 Ilike to throw this in the heavier cover becausethey like to get up in that shallow waterand 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 breakit into two different seasons. The early fall and the late fall, I’ll talkto 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 ouncejig with a football head jig on it. Okay?Very straightforward. I got more videos on jig fishing and it talksa 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 intotwo different seasons. There’s the early fall, which is from latesummer until the water temps get into themid-50s and then I have the late fall, whichis the mid-50s down to lower 40s and thenyou’re in the wintertime. So on the first half of the season, firsthalf 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 thatoxygen-rich water and the bass are followingthem. So they’re not going to sit on one piece ofstructure 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 findthose packs of bass that are chasing schoolsof baitfish. So a jig can be a really effective tool todo that. Basically what I do is I start, during thistime of year, is I start on the outside ofcoves and pockets that have freshwater movinginto them. Because freshwater brings in oxygen-rich water,which is what the baitfish are looking for. So if a cove doesn’t have freshwater flowinginto it, then I will skip it and move to thenext. It’s not that there won’t be baitfish in therebut they’ll just be more and greater concentrationsof baitfish in the coves that do have freshwaterand, 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 covesfishing, any kind of structure I can find,be it a point, a main-lake point or a humpor a ridge or drop off, something like that. This is why I got a football head tied ontothis because I’ll throw it out there in thatlittle bit of deeper water first. And also I want to do is bang along the bottomand 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 becauseI 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 prettyquickly. If I don’t get bit in those areas, then I’llstart moving up shallow and work my way intothat cove further and further. Anything you can see, any kind of cover that’sworth throwing to, that’s what I throw to. So laydowns, chunk rock, docks, any kind ofweeds, that kind of stuff I like to throwto, any kind of timber, anything that thefish 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 gotto slow down and fish that area thoroughlybecause again, there’s pods of fish. They’re you know, anywhere from 3 to 20 or25 fish in a school of bass, they’re roamingaround and once you connect with them, there’smore in that area. So you catch one, you can catch more if youslow 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 froma different angle and you’ll get more bitesthat way. So just milk that area until you can catcha 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 comingalong 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 andthen boom, the bite picks up again, you’recatching much more fish. It’s a risk because you may end up waitinga long time, maybe a while before the nextschool comes along and you may not get asmany. So your other choice is to pick up stakesand speed up again and start covering morewater and throw to more cover and structureand 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 thatyou have to make to see what kind of feelsright. If you get a real good, juicy piece of structureand you’ve caught a whole bunch of fish onit, that’s probably going to be used againby 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 inthat cove and I haven’t caught any fish, thenI’ll pull off to the creek channel, rightoff the creek channel in the middle of thecove. And when I’m looking for there are bends inthe creek channel where it swings in closerto the shore or where it connects with saya sandbar or a point, something like that,where it’s got that close access to shallowwater but that deep water is right nearby. And I’ll target that. Specifically, I’ll target the inside bendsof those channel bends. So if it bends like this, then this part outhere, 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 itcurves 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 chunkrock or blowdowns or you’ll find weed patchesand that’s where you’ll find the baitfishand, of course, the bass will be there too. So I’ll work in those areas and target, theycan be really good hotspots. If I don’t catch anything there, I go downto 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 inthose 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 thereand 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 summerinto mid-fall. Now for mid-fall going into winter, earlywinter, the fish are now moving out. The weeds are dying off. The weeds will consume oxygen when they’redying. And like I said before, the baitfish are lookingfor oxygen-rich water so they won’t be inthose. . . the areas where there’s dying weeds. Instead, they’ll move out to the deeper weedlines. 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 theshad 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 itout 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 itflutter back down on those areas because afish will come right out and nab it and biteit. If I don’t get bit doing it that way, thenI’ll slow it down and I’ll drag a little bitmore but typically you can get bit on thoseoutside weed lines during that time of year. And gradually work your way on out to deeperwater. 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, anythinglike that. This is where the football, the head comesin 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 littlebit and let it fall back down. Especially if I got the boat positioned onthe outside, the deep part of that water,and I’m working on throwing up shallow becausewhat happens is you’ve got this slope, thebait is here, you lift it up, it’s going toswing out towards you and come way back down. So you don’t have to lift up much to makethat swing on a steeper drops where the fishcould be hanging. So I only lift it up 3, 4 inches and let itswing back down and fall. I don’t want big, huge movements when thewater 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 areasis, especially you’re getting closer intowinter, early winter is I’ll position theboat up shallow. I’ll cast off into deeper water and then hereI’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, upthat point. Nice and slow and slow, just bumping it along. It looks kinda like a crawdad just bumpingalong the bottom. There’s not too many crawdads that are leftduring that time of year. They’re all looking to get. . . you know, hadto 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 remainingactive bass this time of year is just crawlingit uphill, up those points and humps and ridges. And a lot of times, unless you’re fishingfrom 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 thewintertime. And then finally, the water temperature isbelow 50 what I like to do is I take the jigand I’ll throw it out in those deeper structureareas and then I’ll just drag it. I just throw it out there and I just holdthe rod out to the side and I use the trollingmotor or a slight breeze to kind of push theboat 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 toyour line and be in tune with what’s goingon under the water because those bites arevery, very subtle. If it was really rocky, I’ll use fluorocarbonline instead of braid because rock can chewup the braid line. So I’ll use something like 15-pound fluorocarbonline like Seaguars InvizX Fluorocarbon lineis real abrasion-resistant. It works really well in that rocky area. I don’t need anything stronger than that becausethere’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 inthose situations and just kind of bounce alongthe bottom and you can catch a lot of fishthat way going into winter. So that’s the different ways I fish with jigand where I fish it during the fall. I hope that helps. For more tips and tricks like this, visitBassResource. com.