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Old 10-21-2011, 10:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Kenyon Hill targets places others miss for fall bass
By Ken Duke
Oct 21, 2011

If a spot looks "sexy" to you, it probably does to other anglers as well.


Kenyon Hill is a B.A.S.S. millionaire, a three-time B.A.S.S. winner and four-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier. In the fall, he catches bass that others miss by targeting the places that usually don't get much attention. You can do it, too.

Season

Fall

Water Conditions
Water temperature: Around 65 degrees.

Water color: Stained to clear. If the water's too clear, the bass can be spooky.

Wind/current: Not a major factor, but too much wind can muddy the water and cause the bass to move out off the shallow flats.

Structure/Cover

Structure: Shallow, flat pockets with a sandy or muddy bottom. The bass are here because the shad are here.

Cover: Stumps, old tires, logs, almost anything.

Depth: 0-2 feet.

Tackle

Lures: (1) A shad-patterned topwater popper like the Rebel Pop-R or Don Iovino's Splash-It, (2) a shallow-running shad imitation crankbait like the Luck E Strike Rick Clunn Square Bill crankbait or (3) a Zoom Magnum Finesse Worm in watermelon or watermelon red fished Texas style with a 1/8- or 3/16-ounce slip sinker.

Rod: Hill prefers a 7-foot medium action casting rod for the popper and crankbait and a 7-foot medium-heavy model for the worm.

Reel: Baitcasting reel with about a 6:1 gear ratio. Hill believes that faster reels, like 7:1 models, can lack power while a 5:1 gear ratio is too slow for this run-and-gun pattern.

Line: For the popper or crankbait, Hill opts for 14-pound-test monofilament. For the worm, he likes 14- to 17-pound-test fluorocarbon.

Presentation

Cast/Flip/Pitch: Casts will range from long to short with the plugs, and Hill could be flipping, pitching or casting the worm.

Retrieve: Hill likes to keep the popper moving with quick, soft "spits" instead of louder pops. He works the crankbait with a medium to fast retrieve in search of a reaction bite. With the worm, he's typically making multiple casts to cover in hopes of luring a lethargic fish out of a brushpile or other obstruction.

Keys to Success

This is one time of year and one pattern where boring is good. If Hill sees lots of cover or evidence of fishing pressure in a pocket, he typically ignores it. If, however, the pocket looks dull and uninteresting but has pods of shad in it, he knows he's found an area with real (and likely untapped) potential. He likes to run his Hydrowave Underwater Feeding Simulator on a low setting to help stimulate bass activity. Otherwise, this is a good time to be quiet and stealthy; since the water's shallow, the fish are apt to be skittish.

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Old 10-22-2011, 10:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Kenyon Hill targets places others miss for fall bass

Sometimes that bare bank holds nice fish. There's a clay bank near an old marina at Smith Mountain Lake that looks like nothing more than a patch of land with unproductive water sprinkled on it. What most anglers don't know is that, years ago, someone dumped a bunch of cinder blocks at a couple spots along the bank in about 10' of water. If you can find the blocks, you found the fish.

Sh-sh-sh-sh...

I imagine that a lot of folks will start finding these type spots as SI and DI technology becomes even better and more mainstream. Shoot, how many times have we all caught a bass that was holding to a single stick on a bare bank?

Nice catch, Mark.
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