Fall bassn time
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
The Fall Bass Fishing Is Heating Up.
It is that time of year again. The days are getting shorter. The leaves are starting to turn color. The nights are getting chilly, and I noticed the geese are starting to fly in their V Formations. The shad are schooling up and the bass are starting to put on their feed bags. The water temperatures are cooling off and the bass are moving out of their deep summer patterns. It is that time when the bass instinctively know that winter is on its way and itís time to replenish their fat reserves to hold them through the long winter months ahead. The shad/baitfish are plentiful now and they are easy to ambush. They are in schools of thousands. The bass will follow these schools around the lakes, rivers, and ponds just waiting for an opportunity to gorge themselves on the weaker members of the school.
While diving in and around these schools, I noticed that every once in a while there is a single baitfish that wanders or acts like itís injured. The schools of bass lurk below just waiting for an opportunity for one of these morsels to become vulnerable. As soon as one baitfish starts to act differently than the others, WHAM, quicker than you can blink an eye one of the predators gobbles it up. When there are a good number of bass underneath the school, the competition gets fierce. It becomes what is known as a feeding frenzy. The bass start pushing the baitfish to the surface, trapping them, and they go on a tear eating every baitfish can. This will happen a few times a day. One can only speculate what triggers them to do this.
This is a great time to catch gluttonous bass and it is fairly easy to trick them by using different baits and techniques. First you have to locate the school of bait. You can do this by watching the waterís surface for bait fish jumping and skittering across the surface. You can also watch and listen for the bass exploding on them as they ravage the fleeing school. One of the baits used to catch them is the Strikeback Spinnerbait. There are several techniques used to do this. The first one is to catch the most aggressive bass. This is done by casting the spinner bait past the school and retrieving the bait just below the surface. It replicates a bait fish fleeing and the eager bass jump on the chance of a free meal. The second way I catch them is to again cast the Spinnerbait past the school. This time, as you come through the schools pause the bait and let it flutter down a few feet. What this looks like to a bass is a dying baitfish. You can feel the strike as the bass inhales the bait. Reel down and take up the slack and set the hook. There could be one bass below the school or there can be dozens. Keep trying different techniques of running the spinner baits through the school. When you have exhausted that technique you can replicate it all over the lake with a different school of bait fish. This is a great way to catch active feeding bass when the waters start to cool and the creatures of the waters start to congregate together for their fall run. In the next segment, I will explain how to use other types of lures to catch schooling fall season