Fall Fishing for Schooling Bass By Greg Blanchard

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Oct 17, 2016

The bass are in full swing fall feeding mode and today I was lucky enough to find a couple big schools of them. The key for me today was figuring out different ways to fire up that school by showing them different baits. For example, when they’d stop eating the crank bait, I’d switch it to a jerk bait and start getting bit again. When they’d stopped biting the jerk bait I’d go to a drop shot and then to a swim jig, etc. There are probably many other baits that would’ve performed well for me today but these are the ones that I’ll typically bring this time of year that helped me put bass in the boat. Big lesson from today is make sure that you have lots of baits on the ready during the fall. It will really maximize your opportunity in catching the most fish out of that school.

SETUPS:
SWIM JIG
G Loomis Flip/Pitch Rod with Shimano Curado 200i
—20# Seaguar Invisx Flurocarbon
—Strike King KVD Swim Jig [Blue Shad]

TOPWATER
Denali Lithium Frog Rod with a Quantum Smoke PT
—50# PowerPro Braid
—River2Sea Whopper Plopper 90 size (Bone)

DROPSHOT:
Phenix Maxim Spinning Rod with Shimano Stradic CI4 Reel
—10# Vicious Flurocarbon with Trokar Hook
—Zoom Z Drop [Green Pumpkin]

ALL PURPOSE SETUP (CRANKBAIT, IN-LINE SPINNER, JERKBAIT, LIPLESS CRANKBAIT)
Gander Mountain Guide Series Rod with a Lews Speed Spool
—10# Vicious Fluorocarbon
–Spro Little John MD (Spooky Nasty)
–Mepps #5 (Red White White)
–Spro Mcrip 85 (Norman Flake)
–Strike King Red Eye Shad (Oyster)

Equipment:
Cameras used: GoPro Hero 4 Black and iPhone 6+
Kayak: Native WaterCraft Slayer Propel 13
Paddle: Werner Kalliste
Lifevest: NRS Chinook

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