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In my experience, September in Georgia is a time of great transition.  The weather goes from the dog days of summer to cooler, less humid days where you can fish comfortably all day long.

During the first part of the month, the mainstream summertime patterns will prevail, with a strong topwater bite happening in the mornings and evenings.  Big, deep-diving cranks along with the C-rigs in the deep waters will work the best, along with some big spinnerbaits.

As the month goes along, I have found that more and more bass will make the transition to staging areas, much like those before the spawn.  Look for them to come up shallow, and stay shallow for longer periods of time, but also look for them to be holding on ledges that have deep water access close by.

Also, this is the time that docks that are larger and that have more character and brush will really shine.  For fishing the docks, I will fish a jig with a trailer, a T-rigged creature bait, or lizard, and I also utilize a wacky-rigged Senko.

At the end of September, the temperatures are usually getting a lot cooler, and although humans will feel this, the bass will not feel it as quickly as anglers will think.  However, the changing of the seasons does cause the bass to start making their migrations back to the shallows to feed for the winter, and there will be a 2-4 week period where the fishing will be hotter than the summertime temperatures.

At the end of the month, I will target shoreline cover, such as brush, laydowns, etc., and fish soft plastics, soft jerkbaits, shallow running cranks, and spinnerbaits.  If you notice the bass holding a tad bit deeper, I would still stick with the T-rigged soft plastics and suspending jerkbaits, but I would also change the cranks to match the depth of where the fish are holding.

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power fishing!

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Throwing spinnerbaits at schooling bass, I might not catch alot of monsters, but if I can catch 12" bass every other cast alright!

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Will, a little tip for what you just said..........the bigger bass in the schooling bass will always be at the bottom, waiting to pick off the shad that fall from the smaller bass crashing them above.

If you are talking about schooling bass that are being found with the electronics, I would try a white bucktail jig.  This is a great search lure, and as it falls, the bigger bass will hit it.  It will also let you know what is down there, as I have found that stripers and white bass will school along with black bass.

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Put away the striper gear.

Smallmouth bass on the Tennessee River, size is everything.

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For me it depends on the water clarity.  Could be fishing a football jig 20-30 on clear Ozark lake or churning a buzzbait or spinnerbait in darker waters. Like to see clouds, breeze, and rain.  That maked the job much easier. Baitfish is the key for me in fall, and bass are still using brush and docks at this time esp. on sunny days.

Will fish a 300 boat tournament in two weeks so I'll let you know how that one turns out.

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