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Old 09-14-2008, 04:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How to search for bass as fall begins?

I was wondering what technique people use to search for bass as the fall period begins. I'm thinking that they will be going from deeper haunts and perhaps even being suspended to move into the backs of coves. Is that right? If so, how would you look for them from being suspended and then move into the backs of coves looking? What approach do you use for this?

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Old 09-14-2008, 06:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Watch what the bait fish are doing. Most will make a move to shallower water on main lake points first. Then they seem to follow the banks to the backs of larger creeks. look for what I call jump spots ( places were the bass can jump the baitfish as they make there move to shallower water.) good jump spots could be secondary points or creek bends that come close to the bank. I use allot of shallow crank baits and lipless baits this time of year, They will also start hitting top waters like Pop-R type baits worked pretty fast.
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Old 09-14-2008, 07:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes, the pop r is how we find a bunch of our early fall fish. Just working it very agressivley across the top of the water.

In late fall and early winter we start lookin for deeper fish with carolina rigs and dropshot
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Watch what the bait fish are doing. Most will make a move to shallower water on main lake points first. Then they seem to follow the banks to the backs of larger creeks. look for what I call jump spots ( places were the bass can jump the baitfish as they make there move to shallower water.) good jump spots could be secondary points or creek bends that come close to the bank. I use allot of shallow crank baits and lipless baits this time of year, They will also start hitting top waters like Pop-R type baits worked pretty fast.
Thanks. Seems like search baits and shallow are a good choice.

Do you all think creek inlets and coves are also logical choices?

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Old 09-15-2008, 09:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yes anything like a creek or cove with a submerged creek that is close to or on the main lake.
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Old 09-17-2008, 11:03 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Tie on a shad colored spinnerbait, shallow running crankbait or fluke type bait and start chunking. Start at the mouth of coves and work back in. wh just had the first real cool front here in Texas in the wake of Ike. Lows in the 50's all week so Saturday may be the start of a great fall.
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Old 09-30-2008, 07:06 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Help
Its fall. the water is in the 70s. I'm seeing schools of shad. I'm seeing shad busting the surface (I suspect bass chasing em). I have chased the the shad busting the surface throwing all kinds of cranks, flukes, spinnerbaits, beetlespin . . . .
Ive let a fluke sink through the school - nothing.
This fall i've caught on topwater and cranks but not near visible schools of shad.
What's up?
when you see a school of shad busting the surface, do you throw in the middle, Left, Right?
please give me something new to try
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I posted 2 fall period topics that answer this the basics of this question. If you are looking for a specific answer to one lake, in lieu of a a lake classification, then I suggest you identify the lake. Knowing a specific lake, you can focus on the predominate prey sources and structure elements where bass should be located and why they are there during the fall period.
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Oldschool,

You should link to your posts for him.

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Old 10-01-2008, 01:19 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Oldschool,

You should link to your posts for him.

There are only 4 topics in the Fall forum and thought they were easy to find. Here are the links;
https://www.thebassholes.com/bassin-f...p?topic=3170.0
https://www.thebassholes.com/bassin-f...p?topic=3208.0
The Highland, Hill land post is appropriate to most Texas reservoirs.
As for search baits for migrating bass; crank baits, spinnerbaits, tail spinners, scroungers and buzzers are fast retrieve lures that work well. Top water lures like; spooks/ Sammy's, poppers/pop-R's work well, however take more time to retrieve and are a good choice when you know where the bass are and a surface bite is on. Spoons, like top water lures, work well when you are on top of bait fish and know bass are there.
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