Fishing Crank Baits for Fall BASS- Jason Mitchell Outdoors

>> YOU KNOW, YOU CAN FISHFROM DEEP TO SHALLOW,SHALLOW TO DEEP,BUT A LOT OF TIMES WHAT I FINDIS THAT IT’S JUST ABOUTFINDING THE RIGHT ANGLE. IF YOU WANT TO MAKEGOOD BOTTOM CONTACT,DO THE OPPOSITE. PUT YOUR BOATIN A SHALLOWER WATERAND CAST OUT DEEPAND THEN JUST RIP IT RIGHT UPIN THAT BREAK LINE. AND IF YOU HAVE A HARD BOTTOM,YOU KNOW, YOU’RE JUST GONNAREALLY MAKE HARD CONTACTAND THAT’S WHAT TRIGGERINGTHESE FISH LATE IN THE FALL. >> YOU KNOW, ONE OFMY FAVORITE THINGS TO DOIN THE FALL WHEN TARGETINGLARGEMOUTH BASS IS TRY TO FINDTHESE BIG MAIN LAKE POINTSTHAT DROP OFF INTO DEEPER WATERAND POSITION THAT BOAT OUTOFF THOSE POINTS AND THEN THROWBIG, DEEP DIVING CRANKBAITS. YOU KNOW, WHAT I LOVEABOUT FALL FISHING ISTHAT WHEN YOU FIND ONE BASS,YOU’RE GONNA FIND SEVERAL. THESE FISH ARE GONNA BESTACKED UP ON SPOTS. THEY’RE GONNA BE CONCENTRATED. COME FALL, IT SEEMS LIKEWHETHER WE’RE FISHINGIN RESERVOIRS OR NATURAL LAKES,ESPECIALLY WHEN THE WEEDSSTART TO DIE AND BREAK DOWN,YOU JUST CANNOT GO WRONGWITH FISHING THESE ROCK AREAS. WHEREVER YOU FIND THE FORAGEOR YOU FIND THE PREYOR THE BAITFISH,THAT’S WHERE YOU’RE GONNAFIND THE BASS. AND CRANKBAITS JUST DOAN EXCELLENT JOB OF ENABLING YOUTO BREAK DOWN AND COVER WATERQUICKLY AND GET THOSE BAITSIN FRONT OF THE FISH. AND WHEN YOU FIND THE FISH,IT LOOKS LIKE SOMETHINGTHE FISH ARE GONNA EAT. THERE HE IS!I WAS JUST SLOWLY BUMPINGTHE ROCKS. FEELS LIKE A GOOD FISH. >> OH!LOOK AT THAT. >> BEAUTIFUL LARGEMOUTH. >> YOU KNOW, THIS WATER’SPRETTY COLD, 47 DEGREES. SO THE KEY IS YOU GET OFFTHE STRUCTURE AND YOU JUST MAKELONG CASTS ACROSS IT. GET THAT ROD TIP TO SNAPTO GET THAT BAIT DOWNAND JUST SLOWLY GRIND ALONGTHESE ROCKS. AND BASICALLY WHAT IT ISIS JUST A SOFT BOTTOM POINT. THERE’S SOME WEEDS SCATTEREDACROSS THIS AS THEY’RE STARTINGTO BREAK DOWN,BUT THERE’S CHUNKS OF ROCK. AND IT SEEMS LIKE WHEREVERYOU FIND A FEW BOULDERSAND SOME ROCK,THAT’S WHERE THESE FISHARE HOLDING. SO PRESENTATIONJUST TO MAKE A LONG CASTWITH A DEEP DIVING CRANKAND JUST SLOWLY GRIND ITALONG THEM ROCKSAND THAT’S WHEN THEY HIT IT. YOU KNOW A LOT OF TIMESWHEN WE’RE FISHINGTHESE ROCK LOCATIONS,IT’S ALL ABOUT MAKING CONTACT,MAKING A LITTLE BITOF BOTTOM CONTACTWHERE YOU’RE JUST POUNDINGTHAT CRANKBAIT INTO THE ROCKS. AND SO A LOT OF TIMESWE’RE TRYING TO MAKE A FAR CAST. AND WHEN THAT LURE HITSTHE WATER,JUST CRANK THAT RODAND GET THAT LURE TO DIVE DOWNTO THE MAXIMUM DEPTH. THIS IS THE SETUP RIGHT HERE. THIS IS A 6. 5 RATTLING HORNET. A LOT OF WALLEYE ANGLERS HAVEFALLEN IN LOVE WITH THE HORNETOVER THE YEARS AND SMALLERHORNET SIZES ESPECIALLY. BUT THAT LARGER SIZE,THAT’S A 6. 5 RATTLING HORNET,JUST A TREMENDOUS BASS LURE. YOU CAN GET IT DOWNTO 10, 12 FEET ON A CASTAND IT’S JUST A LOUD BAIT THATPUTS OFF A LOT OF VIBRATION. THE THING I BELIEVE MAKESTHIS BAIT SO SPECIAL IS THATYOU JUST TRIGGER A REACTION,AND THAT’S WHAT IT ISIN THE FALL IS JUST TRYINGTO GET THESE FISH TO REACT. >> THERE HE IS. >> HERE SHE COMES. >> OH, COME ON. OH, DON’T JUMP. >> HERE SHE COMES. >> OH! >> THERE! THERE, JUST GORGEOUS FISH. YOU KNOW, YOU GET THESE FISHIN THE FALL. . . OOH, HOOKED MYSELF. GET THESE FISH IN THE FALLAND JUST LOOK AT THE BELLYON THAT FISH. NOT A MARK ON THAT FISH. JUST GORGEOUS FISH. NOT A BOAT OUT HERE. THAT’S WHAT I LOVEABOUT FALL FISHING. >> THERE. BASICALLY WHAT WE’RE DOING ISWE’RE ON THE TIP OF THE POINTAND WE’RE IN THE BACKOF THE BOAT IN ABOUTSEVEN, EIGHT FEET OF WATER. I GOT THE TALON DOWNAND I’VE GOT A MARKER BUOY OUTRIGHT OFF THE FINGEROFF THIS DEEPER BREAK. THAT MARKER BUOY ISIN ABOUT 18 FEET OF WATER,SO WHAT I’M DOING ISI’M CASTING OUT DEEPAND I’M SNAPPINGTHAT ROD TIP DOWNTRYING TO GET THAT CRANKBAITTO DIVE AS DEEP AS I CAN. THEN I’M JUST CRASHING ITUP THOSE ROCKS. AND SO, YOU KNOW, YOU CAN FISHFROM DEEP TO SHALLOW,SHALLOW TO DEEP,BUT A LOT OF TIMES WHAT I FINDIS THAT IT’S JUST ABOUTFINDING THE RIGHT ANGLE. AND I THINK AS A GENERAL THUMB,SO MANY ANGLERS, THEY KEEPTHE BOAT IN DEEPER WATERAND THEY CAST IN SHALLOW,BUT IF YOU WANT TO MAKEGOOD BOTTOM CONTACT,DO THE OPPOSITE. PUT YOUR BOAT IN SHALLOWER WATERAND CAST OUT DEEPAND THEN JUST RIP IT RIGHT UPIN THAT BREAKLINE. AND IF YOU HAVE A HARD BOTTOM,YOU KNOW YOU’RE JUST GONNAREALLY MAKE HARD CONTACTAND THAT’S WHAT’S TRIGGERINGTHESE FISH LATE IN THE FALL. >> YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU’REFISHING CRANKBAITS ON STRUCTURE,CATCHING FISH IS ALL ABOUTPOSITIONING THE BOATAND THEN FIGURING OUTTHE RIGHT ANGLE IT TAKES SO THATYOU CAN REACH THAT LOCATION. AND FINDING THE RIGHT CRANKBAITWITH THE DIVE CURVE SO YOU CANSTAY IN FRONT OF THOSE FISHAS LONG AS POSSIBLE. AND SO WE’RE MAKING LONG CASTSAND TRYING TO MAKETHAT BOTTOM CONTACT RIGHT AWAY. AND YOU KNOW, A LOT OF IT ISJUST FINDING THE RIGHT BAITWITH THE RIGHT BILL THAT DIVESAT THE RIGHT DEPTHOF WHATEVER YOU’RE FISHING. YOU KNOW, ONE LITTLE TRICKTHAT WORKS REALLY WELL,IF YOU NEED TO GET A BAIT TO HITTHE BOTTOM A LITTLE QUICKEROR JUST TO GET A FEW MORE FEETOUT OF A DIVE CURVE ISJUST STICK THAT ROD TIP DOWNIN THE WATER. DON’T BE AFRAID TO GET WAY DOWNIN THE WATER BECAUSEA LOT OF TIMES YOU CAN GET TWO,THREE, FOUR, EVEN FIVE MORE FEETBY JUST GETTING THAT ROD DOWNIN THE WATER BECAUSE WHAT YOU DOIS YOU JUST ENHANCETHAT DIVE CURVE. THAT DIVE CURVE DOESN’T STARTWHEN THE ROD TIP ISABOVE THE WATER,BUT YOU CAN CHEAT A GETA FEW MORE FEET IN THE WATER. SET UP IS PRETTY SIMPLE. SOME PEOPLE LIKE TO USEMONOFILAMENT FOR PITCHING CRANKSAND YOU GET INTO SOMEPARTICULAR RESERVOIRS AND LAKESWHERE YOU HAVE EXCELLENTWATER VISIBILITY, YOU KNOW,MONOFILAMENT’S DEFINITELYTHE WAY TO GO. BUT WHERE WE’RE FISHING,THERE’S A LITTLE BIT OF COLORIN THIS WATER. I MEAN, YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO SEEDOWN MAYBE FIVE FEET OR SO. THE WATER’S GOT A LITTLE BITOF A GREEN COLOR. AND SO I LIKE TO USEBRAIDED LINE WITH JUSTA FLUOROCARBON LEADER. SO THAT’S A 25 POUNDFLUOROCARBON LEADERAND THEN A 14 POUND BRAID. AND IF YOU USE BRAIDED LINE,YOU GOTTA USEA LITTLE BIT LIGHTER ACTION ROD. IT’S MORE OF MAYBEA MEDIUM ACTIONTHAT’S JUST A LITTLE BITMORE OF A PARABOLIC BENDIN THE ROD BECAUSE YOU CAN TEARTHESE TREBLE HOOKS OUT. AND SO, YOU KNOW,THESE FISH HIT IT HARDAND A LOT OF TIMESWE’RE SETTING THE HOOK HARDBUT YOU JUST WANT THAT WHOLE RODTO LOAD UP ON A FISH,ESPECIALLY A BIG FISH. BUT WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE HORNETIN PARTICULAR IS THAT BAITJUST FISHES BIGGER THAN IT ISIN SINCE IT’S NOTTHAT BIG OF A BAIT,BUT WHEN YOU’RE REELINGTHAT LURE, IT JUST HASSUCH TREMENDOUS VIBRATION. YOU JUST FEEL THAT WOBBLE,YOU JUST FEEL THAT BAIT WORKING. AND SO, THE BAIT MOVESA LOT OF WATERAND I THINK THAT’S KEY,ESPECIALLY IN THE FALL. YOU KNOW, BIG BASS,THEY JUST LOVE THAT PROFILE. IT LOOKS LIKE A MAYBEYOUNG OF THE YEAR PERCHOR YOUNG OF THE YEAR BLUEGILL. JUST SOMETHING THAT’S GOTA WIDER PROFILE THAT JUST ISMOVING WATER AND I THINKIT JUST CALLS THEM INFROM FURTHER AWAY,ESPECIALLY WITHTHE LOUD RATTLE CHAMBERTHAT THIS LURE HAS. >> THERE HE IS. WOW. FISH ALMOST PULLEDTHE ROD OUT OF MY HAND. HERE SHE COMES, WHOA! >> HERE SHE COMES,HERE SHE COMES. WOW, LOOK AT THAT. NICE BASS. OH! >> OH!LOOK AT THAT. THAT IS A GORGEOUS LARGEMOUTH. THAT IS COOL. YEAH, THAT’S WHY WE’RE HERE. BOY, LOOK AT THAT. THE BELLY THESE FISH HAVETHIS TIME OF YEAR,THEY ARE JUST CHUNKS. WHAT I WAS DOING IN THATPARTICULAR CAST IS YOU KNOW,MAKE A FAR CAST,THEN I JUST GET MY ROD DOWNIN THE WATER AND REEL. AND A LOT OF TIMES,IF YOU STICK YOUR ROD IN,IF YOU STICK A SIX,SEVEN FOOT ROD DOWNIN THE WATER, YOU CAN GETANOTHER THREE TO FIVE FEETON A TYPICAL CRANKBAIT. AND SO, WHEN YOU MAKE CASTSAT CERTAIN ANGLESWHERE YOU KNOW YOU’RE GOINGTO BE WAY OFF THE LEDGEAND YOU WANT TO MAKEBETTER BOTTOM CONTACTIN THAT DEEPER WATER,IT’S JUST A LITTLE TIP ISGET THAT ROD DOWN IN THE WATERAND JUST GIVES YOUA LITTLE BIT MORE VERSATILITYWITH THESE CRANKBAITS. ON A STANDARD CASTWITH THIS PARTICULAR BAIT,I MIGHT BE TOUCHINGEIGHT, NINE, TEN FEET OF WATER,DEPENDING ON THE LENGTHOF THE CAST. BUT IF I WANT TO GOA LITTLE BIT DEEPER THAN THAT,I JUST STICK THAT ROD DOWN. I GET DOWN INTO 11, 12, 13 FEET. YOU KNOW, EVERY PATTERN CAN BEA LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT,DEPENDING ON WHAT TYPE OF LAKEYOU’RE ON, BUT BY AND LARGEAS A GENERAL THUMBWHEN YOU’RE FISHING ROCK,IN PARTICULAR, IT SEEMS LIKEIT’S THAT MUCH BETTERIF THERE’S WIND BLOWING ON IT. YOU KNOW, IT JUST,A LOT OF TIMES I DON’T KNOWIF IT’S THE BAITFISHACCUMULATE THERE OR MAYBETHE BAITFISH ARE PRESENT THERE,GET DISORIENTATED WITH THE WAVESAND THE WIND, BUT WHEN YOU HAVEWIND BLOWING ON ROCK,THAT’S USUALLY A PRETTY GOODRECIPE FOR SUCCESS. WOW. I THINK SHE’S GOT THOSE HOOKS. WHOA, LOOK AT HER COME UP. COME ON UP HERE. OH, HERE SHE COMES. OH, COME ON UP HERE. LOOK AT HERE, LOOK AT THERE. >> GET ONE MORE JUMP OUT OF HER. OH, OH! OH, CAN’T EVEN SEE THAT BAIT. THEY JUST. . . THEY JUST CHOKE ON IT. OH, THAT WAS COOL. JUST A BEAUTIFUL BASS. I HAVE MY PLIERS HERE. THERE. THAT THERE,THAT’S THE BAIT THAT’SBEEN DOING ALL THE DAMAGE,THAT 6. 5 RATTLIN’ HORNET. WOW.

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