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What's everyone's favorite fall time lure?

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Too many to list, I LOVE FALL!  

Jigs, crankbaits, jerkbaits (hard and soft), spinnerbaits, lipless, topwater, to name a few.

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If I had to pick one it would be a suspending jerkbait, but I use many other lures in the fall.  A few of my favorites are the suspending jerkbait, ned rig, squarebill crankbait, blade bait, and popper.

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The Rig

 

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Depends are where the bass are and what mood they are in . Yesterday I expected shallow fish and found them 13 to  20 foot  deep . A Red Eyed Shad worked like a worm caught bunches of them . Today it might be a whole new ball game . A

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soft jerk bait. bass assassin,gambler, etc.

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Suspending jerk baits, and blade baits. Tried the vault for the first time yesterday, caught some real pigs on it. 

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Shallow running crankbaits, and lipless crankbaits.  Jigs too if the bass are in the mood for them.

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Whats The Rig & The Vault ?

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2 hours ago, Ghostshad said:

Whats The Rig & The Vault ?

The rig is the Alabama rig or umbrella rig. Idk what the vault is

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13 hours ago, Ghostshad said:

Whats The Rig & The Vault ?

The rig is the Alabama rig and the vault is a blade bait made by damiki

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Whatever one they're eating at the moment. 

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With fronts moving in/out, water & air temperatures dropping fall is a lot like spring.

Now when I break out my alphabet baits!

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Year in and year out, my go to baits for largemouth in the fall have been jigs. 

Either a  white or bluegill swimming jig with a rage grub trailer on days they want to chase.....1/4 oz on the bank, 3/8's oz over the grass, and 1/2 oz along the deep weed edge...........I'll go with a chatter bait in dirty water. In the fall around here, sometimes the grass gets funky, and swim jigs come through better, where as cranks.........while a go to, often will just wad up, and not pop free out of this fragile grass.....every year is different, some years the grass remains hearty well into late fall, other years, like this year, it started getting mushy and difficult to fish treble hooked baits around as early as mid sept.

As the water temps fall and the bass move from deep to mid depth, to shallow, and then back out again I follow them with different weights and styles of jigs/trailers

In early fall, before they start moving up, and water temps are going down slow, I will start on the deep grass line of hard offshore cover with a 3/4 oz football jig with a 4" chigger craw trailer. Either in black/blue, or a green/brown depending on water color/light conditions. As they move back into the mid depth grass, it's hard to beat ol'reliable............the 1/2 oz. flipping jig in the same colors, with the same trailer..........that is IF the jig is heavy enough to get through the grass, sometimes I have to bump it up to a 3/4 or 1oz............and also the clearer the water the heavier I go............faster is better in clear water. When they have moved to the inside grass line, up under boat docks, and other bank cover like laydowns, etc....I go with a 7/16 finesse flipping jig with a 3" chigger craw trailer.

As water temps start falling more rapidly, and they start reversing this movement, I again make adjustments to my jigs.............the shallow jigs get downsized to a 5/16oz, and I put a more subtle trailer on, like the small Havoc pit boss or the small yum craw bug, the 7/16 oz finesse flipping jig now gets the call in the thinned out grass, with the same subtle trailers, and the deeper grass lines, and offshore stuff get targeted with a 1/2 oz football jigs trimmed and thinned to be more compact..if I can get away with it. If the winds blowing or I am having trouble keeping bottom contact, I'll bump back up to 3/4's oz, but thin and trim that jig up as well. I also go with a smaller subtle trailer here too. 

I use other stuff.........sometimes quite often, as there are days when they just don't want to bite a jig very well. But year in year out, a jig in some form or another would be the only type or bait I would use in the fall if I had to pick just one.

For smallmouth, I consider the fall bite to be on here when they are grouped up again, and back in realatively shallow water (for them), which is less than 20', and usually not much shallow than 8-10 feet. 

On calm clear days, I like to poke around in these depths with 4" stick baits on wacky jigs, or something nose hooked on a drop shot, and some top water or suspending jerkbaits early in the AM and late in the evening. When the wind picks up, and the clouds roll in,  cranking with a 3xd or 5xd works well, or the old "drift and drag" over/through smallmouth holding areas with wobble style football heads with a chigger craw or pit boss,  dragging a tube on the bottom, or drifting with a drop shot put fish in the boat for me. Swimming a grub on ball head is another old school technique that works really well for me on fall smallmouth. It's about as simple as it gets, thread a 4" grub on a 3/8's head, cast it out as far as you can on spinning gear, let it sink to the bottom, and just reel it back in nice and steady.

As the water temps reach the point of no return in the late fall/early winter and the largemouth action all but grinds to a halt for me, I reach for a silver buddy style blade bait, and fish those in the same areas, at different depths until I find out where they are that day. I am a noob with these, but in the last 2 years, they have been a go to in both late fall before ice up, and early spring after ice out........they catch everything in the lake, and work when nothing else will.

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Square bills, rattle traps, spinner baits, buzz baits, jigs, chatter baits, senkos, swim baits and flukes for the most part.

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Dropshot, Ned rig , Jigs and Spinnerbaits are my favorite fall lures.

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A few thoughts here - once the waters in the low 50's and below.

First one is - in the fall for me the bite is ALWAYS best in the afternoon - during that warmest part of the day.  It's also OVER 90 minutes before sunset.  I've beaten the water to a froth early & late in the day and have had very little to show for it.  So now - when it's cold, 11 am to say 4-5 pm is when I concentrate my efforts.  If I choose to go earlier - it's just to look for spots but I won't wet a like until the day warms up.  The lake always looks great but the bass are not interested until later .

For LMB there are a couple of spots I look for this time of year and rarely fish ANYTHING ELSE ~ First one is the last deep green weeds - doesn't matter what kind - just needs to be green and of decent size.  The bigger the patch / area the better.  If you know the body of water you're fishing well, this is less of a challenge.  If not I'll go searching for it, using eyesight & / or my electronics to locate.  If it's too deep to see - I'll use  a bait (a deep crank, lipless etc) and run it down into it and see what comes up.  If it's brown I move on - green I mark and usually fish.  I either parallel the deep edge with my bait or sit up on the shallow side of the deep weed edge, throw out past it and work the bait back into the weeds.  A 3/16 oz tube (open hook) or a lighter jig  (1/4 or 3/8 oz) with a slow action type trailer work well here.

 The second spot and this is usually easier to find is INSIDE TURNS.   I'll check any & all.  Backs of coves, if the water's deep enough.  Same baits  Tubes & Jigs.   There's no need to "Cover water"  because the LMB are on very specific spots.  So fish the spots.  Not all will produce.  You may go several in a row without a touch and then you'll come to one that's loaded. 

The wind blowing in on both of those is good - but not always needed.  Sometimes the sunny calm spots are best. 

ALSO - deep green weeds on an INSIDE turn is MONEY !

For SMB -  sometimes the above info applies - sometimes it doesn't depending on the lake.  My best SMB lakes are deep and the smallies will usually relate to the steepest drops closest to the main lake basin.  Same fishing time frame applies- and when they shut off - it's over.  Big thing for SMB - THE SUN - gotta have it.  Doesn't seem to matter with LMB but SMB in the cold water - if there's no sun  - I don't even go.  Seriously.    A tube works, but this is where the BLADE BAIT has been like MAJIC for me.  Because I can cover a steep drop in a few minutes - no bites, I move to the next one.  If they are there - and feel like eating - they'll nail it right away.    Some wind on the drop is good - if it's on an inside turn it can be very good and again - gotta have at least SOME SUN.

I fish spinning gear this time of very almost exclusively.  The clear water, lighter baits & deeper depths fished dictate that.  Also tossing a 3/16 oz tube into the wind on casting gear is not happening - at least for me.  10 - 15 lb braid and a 8 - 10 lb leader is standard in my boat here.

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A-Jay

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I agree with much that was said above by Ajay and ww2. I usually fish middle of the day for the most part. However, I have found that mornings after the sun is up, any northern shores with rock, like rip rap, and such, that warm quicker can be productive areas. Fish seem to move up to these areas sooner in the day.

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14 minutes ago, Dogmatic said:

I agree with much that was said above by Ajay and ww2. I usually fish middle of the day for the most part. However, I have found that mornings after the sun is up, any northern shores with rock, like rip rap, and such, that warm quicker can be productive areas. Fish seem to move up to these areas sooner in the day.

I hear that and it makes sense.

I'd be all over that too - Just not much (ANY) rock like that in these parts to fish.

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A-Jay

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Location and latitude is so varied that you cant get absolute answers . I expect a good bite all the way through November unless it gets unseasonably cold and I will be using whatever lures that work well at the location I find bass .It might be a deep diving crankbait , lipless crank , worm , jig , spinnerbait even a top water if the bass are on a late season feeding spree .Around here I consider December  winter and my fishing usually stops by then . 

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Lipless cranks, spinnerbaits, spooks, jigs, s waver, jerkbait/fluke, and a rig.

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I prefer starting out shallow about 30 minutes before daylight (not sunup) & by 9:30-10 I move deep or offshore!

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