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Where? When? Why? and How? of Fall Jigging Spoons

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Fall really isn't the ideal time to be yanking jigging spoons up and down.  Jigging spoons are most normally used on concentrated schools of fish holding on deeper cover and presented in a verticle or near verticle presentation.  Fall finds the fish scattered, often shallow but usually not positioned in such a way that a jigging spoon would be the bait to go to.  They're mostly used in Winter and summer when fish are holding tight to deeper cover and want a bait presented directly in front of their nose.

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There's a really cool web site that has a great articles on this subject, I think the name is The Ultimate Bass Fishing Resource Guide.

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Fall really isn't the ideal time to be yanking jigging spoons up and down.  Jigging spoons are most normally used on concentrated schools of fish holding on deeper cover and presented in a verticle or near verticle presentation.  Fall finds the fish scattered, often shallow but usually not positioned in such a way that a jigging spoon would be the bait to go to.  They're mostly used in Winter and summer when fish are holding tight to deeper cover and want a bait presented directly in front of their nose.

Cart7 is on it.  I have fished only a few times the last couple of winters, but I'm planning on getting out and braving the weather more this winter.  Gotta break out the spoons.

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As noted above, bass in the fall are more scattered than at any other time of year.

During the fall, horizontal coverage is usually more effective than vertical coverage.

During the winter however, largemouth bass tend to saddle-up to the steepest gradients.

In this situation, metals such as the cicada or hopkins shorty can be effective,

where a slow delivery is generally best.

Roger

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Fall really isn't the ideal time to be yanking jigging spoons up and down. Jigging spoons are most normally used on concentrated schools of fish holding on deeper cover and presented in a verticle or near verticle presentation. Fall finds the fish scattered, often shallow but usually not positioned in such a way that a jigging spoon would be the bait to go to. They're mostly used in Winter and summer when fish are holding tight to deeper cover and want a bait presented directly in front of their nose.

From Lake Fork Guide Tom Reddingtons last post in the Central loction.

"Presentation Pattern: For those lunker suspended bass, deep diving crankbaits like a Norman DD 22 in shad patterns fished over points and through treetops works well for actively feeding fish that are suspended about 18' or shallower. For deeper bass, counting down a spoon or swimbait and yo-yoing it through suspended fish can be deadly. "

A spoon in the fall when the shad schools are holding in the mouths of coves and creek channels are deadly and put numbers in the boat fast. Spoons are under utilized by most anglers. The colder the water, the easier they are to use, most days requires no movement, just let her set. Thats boring, but a no brainer.

Matt.

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I guess I'm the oddball here.  I use jigging spoons in all seasons except the spawn, as long as there is some visibility in the water (although I have caught bass on jigging spoon in the middle of the night). I start in the shallows and move to deeper water if there is no action.  I believe there are bass that live in shallow water and those that stay deep. I don't think the deeper water bass are as susceptible to the changes that would normally put shallow water bass off the bite.  I look for structure in deeper water with close access to shallow water.  Note that structure could be as simple as a sharp change in dept of a foot or two.  If there are baitfish holding above the structure, then I've got the ideal condition.  The bite of deeper water bass is much more subtle than shallow water bass, so you've really got to practice with the jigging spoon to become proficient.

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