Fall Crankbait Fishing for Monster Bass! | Bass Fishing

Glenn: Well, got it. Keri: Hey look at that. That’s a nice fish. Glenn: That’s a really good fish. Keri: Yeah, it is. Of course right when I cast. Glenn: Really hanging on there. Keri: Gotta get the net. Glenn: I need a net, now. Keri: Nice fish. Glenn: That’ll do. Here we go. Keri: Awesome fish. Glenn: Hey folks, Glenn May here with BassResource. com,
and today, let’s talk about crankbait fishingin the fall. Now, if there ever was a season for crankbaits,
it’s the fall. And that’s because the bass are up actively
chasing balls of baitfish. They’re going after shad, they’re going after
the perch, they’re going after bluegill. They’re going after all that fish, chasing
it all around the lake, actively feeding onbaitfish this time of year, and there’s no
other bait that mimics the baitfish any betterthan a crankbait. So, let’s talk about the different ways you
can fish it to maximize this time of year. So, let’s start off with the equipment that
I’m using. You gotta have really good, well-matched equipment,
because these crankbaits, if you notice, youknow, these are small treble hooks, that are
on it. There’s not a big bite to them. And they’re thin wire. So, a couple things can go wrong, if you’re
using the wrong equipment. Primarily, you can either rip the hooks right
out of the fish’s mouth, or you can actuallybend the hooks. I’ve had hooks. . . I’ve lost fish. I had a six-pound smallie I caught in the
fall once, and he jumped and threw the hook,and I went, “Ah, great, that was wonderful. “And I brought it back, well I had two treble
hooks that were sticking straight out. It just bent them out and came off that way,
because I tried to horse him in. I clamped down on the drag and I was trying
to horse that fish in, and I had the wrongrod, it was too stout, and everything went
wrong. So, you’ve gotta have matched equipment for
these treble hooks. Okay?So light wire hooks, small bite, means you
can’t have stout equipment, you’re gonna losea trophy fish if you do that. So, what I’ve got here is a medium power moderate
action rod, okay. It’s got a lot of give and flex to it, okay. That’s what you want, because first of all,
it allows you to fire that crankbait way outthere, long distances, but it also has that
spring and that give. When you’re fighting the fish back to the
boat, this rod’s gonna give a little bit andtake some of the pressure off those hooks. I’m also using a fluorocarbon line. I like using fluorocarbon, the Seagaur Tatsu
line. This is 12 pound Tatsu line. Tatsu casts really well. It’s silky smooth, nice line. Fluorocarbon has that give to it, it’s got
a little bit of stretch to it, so if the fishsurges, that fluorocarbon’s gonna help work
in concert with the rod to give a little bitwhen that fish takes off. Plus it’s got supersensitivity. And you would think, you know, you don’t have
to have all that sensitivity because whena fish hits your crankbait you’re gonna know
it, right?Not so much. A lot of times, what happens is that the crankbait’s
moving along the water, a fish will come upbehind it and he’ll grab it, and if he doesn’t
like what he feels, it doesn’t feel naturalto him, he’ll blow it out. And you won’t tell the difference, unless
you’re using some real sensitive line. You can feel the vibration of that crankbait. It’ll go “tick tick tick tick tick tick,”
and it’ll go to a “dut dut dut dut dut. “Or you’ll just kinda lose the feel with it. It won’t feel light, but it’ll just suddenly
feel weird. That’s the best way I can explain it, it doesn’t
feel right. And that’s oftentimes when the fish does that. Pulls up behind it, he’s matching the speed,
he closes his mouth around it, it changesthe action of that lure, and you’re not gonna
feel that if you’re using, say for examplejust mono or something like that. It’s hard to feel those bites. I don’t use braid because braid has two things,
it’s buoyant, not that it floats per se, butit’s buoyant, So you’re gonna have a bow in
the water, you’re not gonna have a great connectionwith the bait, it’s not gonna let that crankbait
get down to the depth that it should, plusit doesn’t have any give at all, no stretch
whatsoever, and that’s absolutely contradictoryto what you need when you’re using these treble
hooks. So I don’t use any braid. For that reason, I don’t use braided fluorocarbon
or any kind of leaders. I don’t want braid at all when I’m using crankbait. So I don’t want that to be part of the equation. I know fluorocarbon’s pretty expensive so
I’ll put braid backing on here, so I onlyhave to put say, 80 yards of fluorocarbon
on there, that way my package of fluorocarbonwill last longer. That’s a good cost-effective way of doing
it, but I don’t use, like, a leader, per se. And then, what I’m also doing here, one of
the small things to note is, I am using asnap. Not a snap swivel, but a snap. I don’t like to use snap swivels, because
a swivel will collect weeds and gunk and stufflike that. I just use a snap, and the reason I’m doing
it is because during the fall when you’rechasing these bass down, you’re gonna be at
different depths, you’re gonna find a differentcover, we’re gonna get into that a minute,
there’s different ways of fishing it, andso it’s a lot easier to switch out baits when
you’ve got a snap, instead of having to retieevery time you need to change baits. So, that’s the equipment I’m using, I’ll be
using. . . By the way, the reel, this is a Helios Air
Reel. Real nice, it’s fast. It’s got a fast gear ratio, it’s a seven five
to one gear ratio, and that’s what you needto get it cranked down really quickly down
to the level it needs to be at, and you’regonna cover water pretty quickly when you
get that technique in just a second. But that’s what you need, and a nice smooth
smooth drag to go in concert with. Everything else you have here, when that fish
surges and takes off, everything gives includingthe drag. You don’t want that drag “dut dut dut dut
dut,” like that, yanking on it, cause that’sjust gonna pull that hook free from that fish. Nice smooth drag is what you want. So, that’s the equipment I’m using, now let’s
go fishing. Keri: Oh nice. Oh, you got the camera. Alrighty then. Glenn: He hit it when it bounced off the rocks. Keri: Uh-oh. Glenn: Yeah. Oh, another bass. Keri: That’s a bass. Glenn: Come here, sweety. Keri: Oh, he swam the other way, he saw the
net and went under the boat. Glenn: That’s a good fish. Keri: That’s a nice fish. Glenn: So in the fall, what I like to do is
I break it up into basically two pieces. There’s the first half where it’s late summer
into early fall, that’s when the water tempsget all the way down to the mid 50s or so,
and then, the latter half of fall, which isfrom the mid 50 water temperature all the
way down to the low 40s, the early winter. That’s kinda what I’m talking about, as far
as the two seasons. Crankbaits. . . The approach in the what crankbaits I use
and where I fish them change those two halves. So in the first half, fish are up and moving,
they’re actively feeding, they’re chasingdown baitfish and so, you need to cover a
lot of water to find them. You’re not gonna be able to just go from spot
to spot and get one working real slow likeyou can flipping a. . . pitching a jig, for example. You gotta go chase these fish down and find
’em. So what I tend to do is I start, kinda methodical
approach. I look for bays and coves that have fresh
water coming into them. The baitfish are looking for oxygen rich water,
and that fresh flowing water is what bringsin that oxygen-rich water. So if a bay or cove doesn’t have fresh water
moving into it, I skip it and I move to thenext one. And I start by working the outside parts of
that cove with deeper diving crankbaits. I wanna fish the points, the humps, the ridges,
the ledges, that kinda stuff. Rock piles that are sitting out there in deeper
water. And for that I use a deeper diving crankbait,
one that’s got a nice wide wobble. So one that’s got a big bill like this. That’s what I’m fishing. It does this nice sashay, side to side sashay. It’s got a lot of action to it. It’s got some rattle noises to it. And I wanna fish a bait that it goes deeper
than the area I’m fishing. So if I’m fishing at 10 feet of water, I want
that crankbait to dive down to 12, 15 feetof water. I want it banging of the rocks, I want it
digging up silt and all kinds of mud, andmaking a ruckus. Because crankbait is excellent for calling
in baitfish from long distances, which isexactly what you need when you’re searching,
trying to find them. So it makes an excellent search bait. So that’s how I fish the outside portion. Then I move in shallower, and I’m still using
that crankbait up until it’s too shallow touse. But I’ll throw it at anything that I can,
any kind of cover that I can find. Be it chunk rock, or docks, or laydowns, that
sort of stuff, I’ll be fishing that. And I also use a squarebill like this. The squarebill is great for doing that because
you can bounce it and deflect it off thatcover, it’s gonna go off at a odd angle and
oftentimes that’s what triggers a bite. If it just deflects off cover and bang, a
fish will hit it with that change of action. Or sometimes when you bang into something,
what you’ll want to do if you’re using a floatingcrankbait, let it hit and then pause, and
let it float up a little bit. It looks like a stunned baitfish that just
ran into something, is a little disoriented,and that’ll trigger a bite. So those are two different ways, but you want
it hitting that cover. Two different ways you wanna fish that cover
is one, just to let it ricochet off, and theother one, to let it pause. And then I’ll fish over the tops of weed beds,
those vast weed beds in those coves, thatI’ll use something like a Booyah One Knocker,
a lipless crankbait. That’s one of these. One of these right here. This works really good fishing those big weedy
areas or big flats with lots of stumps andchunk rock in them. And I’ll cover water quickly with it. I’m throwing a half ounce bait now, and I’m
making a long cast and just burning it back,just under the surface. Getting that reaction strike, getting that
fish to come up out of the weeds and smackit. You really wanna get that reaction strike,
so you fish it pretty hard and heavy thattime, and you’ll catch a lot of fish doing
it that way. You can also use that on the outside weed
lines. You can jig it along the weed lines with that
bait. Let it fall, and then let it sit along the
weed line then bring it back up. A lot of times they’ll hit it when it falls,
so it’s a great way to fish a lipless crankbaitthis time of year. If I’m not getting bit along those areas,
then I’ll go out and I’ll fish the main channels,the creek channels in those bays. I wanna fish the inside creek bends that swing
up closer to the shoreline, or intersect witha point, or a sandbar, or something like that. The inside bend, that’s the shallower part
of that creek bend, usually, it has some kindof cover on it, chunk rock, stump field, weed
bed, something like that. That’s where the baitfish can set up on, and
that’s a great way to take a crankbait andpull it right across the top of it. That One Knocker is really good, because you
bring it across the weeds, if you get it inthe weeds a little bit, then give it a quick
yank, and yank it up over the top, that changein direction, that sudden movement often triggers
a bite. So, it’s a really good way of fishing those
lipless crankbaits this time of year, is justgiving a quick yank every once in a while,
pause, and continue to fish it. If at any point I get a fish, this is where
it’s hard, because now you’ve been fishingfast, covering lots of water, and now you
catch a fish. And the first thing that goes in your mind
is, “Oh, well that’s how I catch fish. So I’m gonna keep doing that. “Don’t. You actually gotta pull the ripcord. Let that parachute fly out, slow down, and
now methodically cover that area. Because you found that school of fish. They school up this time of year in packs
of 3 to 25 or more bass will be chasing thosebaitfish. And if you catch one, there’s likely more
in that immediate area. So you really gotta slow down and methodically
fish that area. Crisscross it at different angles. I like to throw a buoy or marker out or something
so I know where I’m at, and just cover everythingI can with all the different types of crankbaits
that I’ve got. The shallow and deeper diver, lipless crankbaits. And I’ll pick up a lot more fish. Now, if I. . . When the bite dies off after doing that, you’ve
got a choice. There’s two different things you can do. If, say, for example, I’m on a really good
piece of cover, or piece of structure, whateverit may be, but if it looks real juicy and
that had a good large concentration of fish,a lot of times what I’ll do is I’ll sit on
that spot, and I’ll wait for the next schoolto come by. Because it’s likely they’re gonna set up shop
on that as well. And I may only have to wait 15, 20 minutes
for the next school to happen by, and theaction picks up again, I catch more fish. I’ve actually won tournaments doing that technique. But, that can be a gamble because it may not
be as good of a spot as you think it is, andyou may be waiting for a long period of time
and nobody shows up. They don’t wanna come play. So, you may be wasting your time, but it’s
something worth trying if you’re in a reallygood spot. But if the bite dies down, and you don’t wanna
sit on that spot, then pick up sticks andtake off down the shoreline again, back to
fishing aggressively, back to fishing fast,until you connect with that next school of
fish. Then slow down, methodically work it again. Now, the second part of fall, we fish a little
bit different. This is when that water’s cooling down, and
now it’s getting closer to winter. Those fish are gonna pull away from those
shallow areas. The weeds are dying off. When the weeds die, they’re gonna consume
oxygen, and like I said before, the baitfishare looking for oxygen-rich water, so they’re
gonna abandon those areas where weeds aredying, and they’re gonna move out to the deeper
weeds, to the outside weed line in the deeperwater from 10 to 20 feet, 25 feet deep. That’s a good area to target with a crankbait. The one that dives real down deep. . . deep down
that area. But I’ll change it a little bit. I’ll go to a tighter wiggling crankbait, narrower
bill, something like that. This one dives down to, I think, 10 or 12
feet deep. That’s excellent for fishing along those deeper
weed lines. A tighter wiggle bait, it doesn’t have as
much action. It’s not rattling around, making as much movement,
and that’s kinda. . . You wanna mimic the activity level of the
fish. They’re not as aggressive as it gets colder,
so you wanna get a tighter wiggle, not asmuch movement. And that really attracts a lot of bites during
the latter half of the fall. So I’m using that to plum the depths along
those deeper weed lines, along the deeperstructures that move out away from those coves,
then we’re moving to main lake points, we’removing to humps, ridges, rock piles, brush
piles. Those type of things you wanna use. You still wanna bang along the bottom. But sometimes what I’ll do is I’ll do more
of a pause action now. I’ll start banging stuff, and I’ll pause for
a second. Look stunned, I’ll a wait a little bit while
sometimes I uses a suspending type crankbaitso it doesn’t float up as much, and that’s
a really good way of getting those strikeswhen the fish are lethargic. As a matter of fact, sometimes what I’ll do
is I’ll go out and I’ll position the boatshallower and I’ll throw out to deeper water,
and I’ll slowly work it uphill. Slowly. Just let it bang and bounce and just kinda
work its way slowly uphill. And for that, I’ll usually change colors,
I’ll use like a crawdad pattern, a crawdadcolor crankbait, because I want it to look
more like a crawdad making its way on up thecover. So that is an excellent way of catching, especially
in the fall, late fall when they’re not aggressivelychasing baitfish. As far as colors, as I touched upon it, there’s
really only two colors you need. One is fire tiger, and that’s what this is. That’s just a fire tiger pattern right there. That works everywhere. That is an excellent color to be throwing. Don’t be fishing crankbaits in the fall without
fire tiger. You just need that color, and then any kind
of bait fish color. So, for example, this color here, you know,
kind of a gray silver. You know, that’s a sexy shad kind of color. Just any kind of shad color. Those are the two colors you need, with the
exception of a crawdad pattern when you’refishing it uphill, like I just mentioned. Keri: Another one?Glenn: Yeah, I caught it right off the rock. It hit the rock. Bang. Nice. It ricocheted off the rock. Here we go. Couple other things to note. If it’s windy out, which we get a lot of that
during the fall, you get those fronts comingthrough. . . if it’s windy, make sure you not
only target those banks and coves in the shorelinethat’s getting hit by the wind, because that
churns up the water, there’s a lot of oxygenthere, and it draws in the baitfish to feed. Of course, the bass are gonna follow. But also, when it’s windy, you wanna speed
up your retrieve, because the fish are gonnabe really aggressive. There’s areas in lakes that I fish that are
void of cover, void of fish, I never catchthem there, except when it’s windy. And if the wind’s blowing up in that area,
man oh man, it’s like every cast. All right?It’s crazy. And you can’t fish it fast enough. There’s no way, you can’t fish the crankbait
too fast. You just load the boat doing that, so watch
for that, the windy conditions getting moreaggressive. Conversely, if it’s really calm out, it’s
glass smooth, now you’ll wanna go a much slowerretrieve, and be a little more methodical
in your approach to catch those fish. So, a couple ways to adjust your retrieve
based on the weather conditions. But that’s basically how I fish crankbaits
during the fall. I hope that helps. For more tips and tricks like this, visit
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