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Plastics in Fall?

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I don't use those baits, but I do have plenty of luck with
Senkos/knock offs, as well as shad shaped worms (GYCB),
Bass Assassin minnows, and so on.

Mostly rigged wacky or drop shot, but I also have success
on TX, mojo, split shot rigs with hooks from 1 to 2/0 in size.

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we were catching smallies last week with a double tailed hula grub

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Caught a bunch of largemouth last weekend with both the 1/8 & 1/4 oz jigged Cabin Creek salty spider parts. Essentially a DT hula grub but in 2 pieces. Never a dull moment with those baits.

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On ‎10‎/‎18‎/‎2016 at 10:21 AM, Lunker88 said:

Does anybody have any luck with plastics in the fall? Such as a berkely havoc pit poss type of lure, with a weight?

Early and Mid fall have good luck with soft plastics. Late fall and early winter I tend to switch to other presentations, especially when the water temperature dips below 50 degrees.

Early and mid fall a texas rigged rage craw with a bullet weight can be killer.

 Plastics will work year round. I just tend to have more success at times with other lures.I have caught bass, including big bass, through the ice using a wacky rigged senko.

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I've had pretty good success this fall with a single tailed grub, flukes and paddle tail swimbaits.  Like @Mainebass1984 said as the water temps dip into the high 40s here I'm more apt to throw other baits, like a lipless, spinnerbait, chatterbait or jig.  I will still use a soft plastic trailer on a spinnerbait or chatterbait in most instances, mainly to increase buoyancy of the presentation, but also for a bit of a larger profiler and more action.  I always fish some sort of plastic on the back of a jig. 

I did catch a fish last week that had very red lips, indicative of what you see in the spring when fish are feeding heavily on craws.. This was the first fish of the fall that I caught with red lips and gullet like that.. Got me thinking a little bit.  I was under the impression that as water cooled in the fall most of the crawfish went into a pseudo hibernation during which they rarely ventured out from the security of rock piles and mud/heavy vegetation..  Am I misinformed?  I've certainly witnessed bass feeding mainly on baitfish throughout this fall season, but as the water cools do they move back to feeding on craws and being more bottom oriented?  I'll start throwing Texas/Carolina rigged craws and red rattle traps again if that's the case, they're some of my favorite baits to fish in the spring.  

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I've seen no change in plastic worms. Year around it is the one bait I can Texas rig and know if there is any chance of getting bit I will. 

Just last Sunday I was on Lake Fork and it was a extremely slow bite. I over heard 2 different guides at lunch that same day speaking of how the bite had turned off. So I went to a old 8" ribbon tail worm and I was in business. 

I use the pit boss quite a bit but mainly as trailers. Not very often just in place of a worm or as a craw. I mainly use Paca Craws when just tx rigged or c rigged  alone. 

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2 hours ago, S. Sass said:

I've seen no change in plastic worms. Year around it is the one bait I can Texas rig and know if there is any chance of getting bit I will. 

Just last Sunday I was on Lake Fork and it was a extremely slow bite. I over heard 2 different guides at lunch that same day speaking of how the bite had turned off. So I went to a old 8" ribbon tail worm and I was in business. 

I use the pit boss quite a bit but mainly as trailers. Not very often just in place of a worm or as a craw. I mainly use Paca Craws when just tx rigged or c rigged  alone. 

We are speaking about the northeast, Massachusetts specifically, so forage and bass behavior is bound to be a bit different.  Water temps around here are dropping into the low 40s, I don't know much about lake fork but I assume it doesn't get that cold.  That being said I'm sure there's people that catch bass on worms around here year round as well,  it's just not a bait I would personally concentrate on this time of year.  

 

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I didn't see northeast, Massachusetts in the thread title. I was on my phone killing time and didn't see the section it was posted under my mistake. 

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"Plastics" is all I usually have luck with...slow rolling Hudds.

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