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Old 08-24-2007, 10:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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September has always meant trout fishing for me but this year I'm geared up to fish for both largemouths and smallies until the ponds and lakes freeze up. Does anyone have any tips for fishing up in New England once the leaves start to turn and fall?

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Old 08-24-2007, 10:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Im originally from Connecticut and when the leaves started falling I rarely fished anything other than a jig. Mostly a black and blue jig but I found that black jig or a black jig with a few yellow strands in it with a black and yellow #11 pig worked very well in the colder months. I use to fish rocks or sandy bottoms, before all other areas, if i could find them. Both tend to hold heat more.
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Great, I'll grab a few more jigs next time I hit the store. I've really been relying on fishing a 5" Tiki Stick as a jerk bait all summer wth good results. I figure I'll have to mix it up this fall.

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late fall or early winter is dependant on water temperature, see fall and winter seasonal period post.
If the water is cold, less than 55 degrees, you are in the winter period where ever you may be located. In sunny CA we use a lot of vertical lure presentations like drop shot, structure spoons, ice jigs and hair jigs. It's time to locate the winter thermocline or life zone and put the lure on the basses nose and small 3" to 4" soft plastics, baitfish colored chrome spoons with white chicken feathers and blue/chrome Rapala ice jigs work great.
Then there is always my favorite hair jig and superpork trailer BPB anywhere anytime color. Can't forget about deep slow swimming swimbaits work up and over deep structure. Love living in SoCal this time of year. Same lures and presentations work in the cold northwest, good luck and stay warm.
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vertical presentations are something I definitely need to practice up on. I am hoping to do this year now that I have the boat and the electronics to do so with.
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I picked up three packs of YUM Samurai Shad swimbaits (black with chart. tails; red and gold flake) for 90 cents a bag. The paddle tail ones swim fine but the others rise to the top of the water and make a mess. Am I doing something wrong?
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Don't know how you are presenting this soft plastic lure? Try using a grup or fish head jig, 3/16 oz.
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I was fishing it Texas style with a 3/0 hook. The rig looked solid but crapped out on the retrieve.
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YUM uses salt water plastic that is too stiff IMO for the tail to swim good. The original Worm King swim bait, a similar design, was hand poured and swam great until the company was purchased and the lure became injected molded and the sales dropped off. All you can do is use a heavier lead head. You can try putting the lure in hot water and stretch the tail section to make it thinner, if you want to try making the baits swim better at slower speeds.
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I went out on my home waters this weekend, saturday a cold front came through. I had a tough time with the wind but managed to get some small fish on a crank, & a jerkbait. Sunday it poured, I was standing in puddles on my deck, my bilge pump got a workout, the cold front finished coming through. In 4-to-6ft of water I picked up some small fish with a jerkbait, then I remembered what Tom & Jim said about fall. We are in the early fall season here, shorter days, cooler temps, & the water is going down. I would usually keep trying the deep weeds, but rembering what was posted, I headed for shore. I nailed a 3lber on my jerkbait, caught a couple of decent fish with jerkbait & tube, then nailed another 3lber on a tube. Then I went home to dry off & warm up. My good fish came out of less than 31/2 ft., they took the baits pretty well. A year ago I was struggling, now I'm learning, hope this helps some one else.
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