Bass fishing with top water baits
With the fall feeding frenzy coming into full swing, this is a great time for some exciting top water bass fishing. With the bass coming out of their deep water haunts to put on the feedbag, the action can get hot and heavy. One of the keys is knowing how the fish migrate during this time. A good place to start your search is in shallow water coves that have some docks and wood cover.
Try tossing a top water bait around them like a Sammy or Zara Spook. Popper style baits like a Rico or Pop-R are also good choices. Remember to have a throwback bait tied on like a tube or jig and pig. If they miss the bait, more times than not you will catch that fish if you toss one of these right back on them.
There will be a lot of fish roaming around and feeding in open water, so keep a watchful eye out for fish busting in the middle of these areas. Even if you don’t see fish busting, fan cast the area before moving on to your next spot. Remember that you are dealing with colder water, so keep your presentation slow. Longer pauses and subtle twitches usually will work the best, but let the fish tell you how they want it.
Don’t give up throwing a top water bait to early. They can be productive all day long. At this time of the year, the baitfish will stay deeper in the early hours, but as the day progresses and the water heats up, the activity of both the bait and the bass will heat up too.
Making long casts to the fish is also important now. At this time of the year you usually are dealing with clearer water, so make long casts so as not to spook the fish. Downsizing to a smaller diameter line and using a longer rod will help you to accomplish this.
While you may have to do a little experimenting when it comes to the size and color of your baits, don’t pass up some of the great fishing experiences that can be had while using them at this time of the year.
Contributing writer for myfishinggoods.com
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