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5 Finesse Fishing Tricks For Early Fall Bass

September 13, 2019 74 No Comments


Early Fall can be awesome bass fishing! The fish are gorging on baitfish as we head toward the cooler months. You can throw all sorts of reaction baits to catch them but what do you do when conditions don’t line up and the fishing gets tough? Do you struggle to catch fish when everyone else is talking about how great it is? Today you’re going to learn to finesse fish through the tough days and its going to make a huge difference for you!

Tim loves to power fish but when the going gets tough he immediately reaches for finesse tackle. The beauty of Fall is that bass become incredibly predictable. As the grass dies back the fish pull up against hard cover. Dock pilings, lay down trees, rocks, etc… all become easy targets that consistently hold bass. Because fish are pulling to cover you can fish effectively with slow moving baits like dropshot, tube, Neko rig, etc.

We’re not suggesting that you stop reaction fishing (Crankbaits, spinnerbaits, swimbaits, etc…) during the Fall. Instead, recognize there are great opportunities for both fishing styles and when the fish stop responding to fast moving baits, immediately slow down. You’ll be amazed how many fish you can catch on what would have been a very tough day.

Below is a breakdown of the baits and tackle that Tim shows in the video, including key colors for Fall fishing.

Dropshot Baits…

-Reaction Innovations Flirt 4.95” (Lickety Split, Morning Dawn) :

-Damiki Armour Shad 3” (RP Blue Pearl, American Shad) :

-Keitech Swing Impact Fat 2.8 (Electric Shad, Rainbow Shad) :

-Roboworm Straight Tail Worm 4.5” (MMIII, Prism Shad, Aarons Pro Shad) :

-Bite Me Small Smasher – (Silver Smoke Blue, Green Pumpkin Purple Flk) :

-Strike King Dream Shot 4.25” (Brown/Purple, Moon Juice) :

Dropshot Terminal…

-Swagger Tackle Tungsten drop shot weight (3/16th, 1/4oz) :

-Owner Mosquito Light hook size 1 :

-Lazer Trokar Dropshot hook Size 1 :

Shakeyhead Worms and Terminal…

-Dirty Jigs Shakeyhead 3/16th, 1/4oz :

-Reaction Innovations Flirt 4.95” (Lickety Split, Morning Dawn) :

-Roboworm Straight Tail Worm 6” : (Aarons Pro Shad, MMIII, Prism Shad) :

Neko Rig Terminal, Parts, and Worms…

-G7 Worm Tube Pliers. :

-G7 Worm Protect Tubes Size 6 for 5” Senko :

-Yamamoto 5” Senko (Electric Shad, Natural Shad) :

-Z-Man Zinker Z 5” (Smelt, The Deal) :

-Owner Sniper Finesse Neko Hook Size 1 :

-Swagger Tackle Pagoda Nail Weight 1/16th, 1/32nd :

Tubes and Heads…

-Dry Creek 3.5” Tourney Tube (Old Ugly, Green Pump Purple Copper Flake) :

-Big Bite Baits Tour Tube – (Green Pump Purp Cop Flk, Dark Grn Pumpkin Smoke Purple) :

-Bite Me Big Dude Tube Head :

-Bite Me Flat Eye Tube Head :

Finesse Swimbaits and heads…

-Megabass Dark Sleeper (Donko, Wakasagi) :

-Keitech Easy Shad 3” (Electric Shad, Pro Blue Red Pearl) :

-Keitech Swing Impact Fat 2.8” (Electric Shad, Pro Blue Red Pearl) :

-Damiki Armor Shad Paddle Tail : RP Blue Pearl, American Shad) :

-Dirty Jigs Guppy Head (1/8oz) :

Ned Rig Worms and Heads…

-Swagger Tackle Tungsten Flanders Head (1/8oz) :

-Missile Baits Ned Bomb (Fishalicious, Goby Bite, Super Bug) :

-Roboworm Ned Worm (Hologram Shad, Prism Shad, Desert Craw):

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