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4 Topwater Tricks For Early Fall Bass Fishing!

September 16, 2020 76 No Comments


The Fall transition can be a topwater angler’s dream! When the bass are feeding and you’ve got a bait that matches the hatch, it feels like you can do no wrong! Poppers, walking baits, buzz baits, and frogs, can all produce days on the water you’ll never forget. But what about the other days? The days when the bite shuts off or the bass key in on a specific baitfish so aggressively that you can’t lure them away… These 4 tricks will make all the difference on the tough days. 

Step 1 is to go natural. Stick to colors that perfectly match the baitfish. Its not the time for bright chartreuse or bone, stick to the ghost tones. Step 2 is to downsize and match the exact size of the baitfish the bass are targeting. Step 3 is to accent your hooks with feathers, colors changes, etc… to create the most natural bait possible. And finally, step 4 is to focus on subtle baits. 

Below is a breakdown of Tim’s most reliable baits this time of year. We’ve also included links to the hooks and hardware upgrades he recommends. The links go directly to Tackle Warehouse where you can see detailed photos and descriptions of each item. 


-Yellow Magic Popper:

Colors: Japanese Shad, Smoke Shad

-Megabass Pop Max:

Colors: MB Gizzard, Ito Wakasagi


-Spro Poppin Frog 60:

Colors: Misty Shad, Speck

-LiveTarget Hollow Body Frog 55:

Colors: Brown Black, Tan Brown

Walking Baits… 

-Evergreen Shower Blows 105:

Colors: American Shad, Blue Back Herring

-River2Sea Rover 128:

Colors: Ghost Minnow, Funky Tiger


-Big Bite Baits Suicide Shad 1/4 oz:

Color: Nickel

-Dirty Jigs Canterbury Buzz 1/2 oz:

Bait- Keitech 4.3″ Fat Swing Impact:


-Big Bite Baits Tour Toad:

Colors: Pearl Shine, Silver Shine

-Zoom Horny Toad:

Colors: Grey Ghost, Watermelon Seed

Hook- Gamakatsu Superline Spring Lock 5/0:


Red Treble- Owner ST-36 (Size 4, 2):

Feathers- Owner Feathered Hooks (Size 4, 2):

Split Rings- Owner Hyperwire (Size 2, 3):

Ultimate Frog Combo… 

Rod- Shimano Expride 7’3″ Expride:

Reel- Shimano Curado DC HG:

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 65 lb Braid:

All-Around Topwater Combo… 

Rod- Shimano Expride 7′ Medium Light+:

Reel- Shimano SLX DC XG:

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 40 lb Braid:

Budget Topwater Combo…

Rod- Dobyns Colt 7′ Medium heavy:

Reel- Daiwa CR80 High Speed:

Line- Power Pro Braided Line 30 lb:

NEW Tactical Bassin Apparel… 

TacticalBassin Reaper Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Shadow Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Sun Shirt:

TacticalBassin Hooded Sun Shirt:

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