Karl’s Spinnerbait Tips for Crushing Fall Bass

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Karl’s Spinnerbait Tips for Crushing Fall Bass

Why do spinnerbaits crush bass in the Fall? Well, it starts with variety. Spinnerbaits work fast or slow, high and low, and in nearly any water condition imaginable. When you mix in the feeding habits of a hungry bass in the fall, you begin to understand why so many anglers are reaching for spinnerbaits.

 

This time of year, you might get bites winding spinnerbaits along the docks, banging them against wooded laydowns, or slowly creeping them in out deep. We’ll cover how, when, and where to fish spinnerbaits and give you five solid reasons they work so well this time of year.

Here are five reasons that spinnerbaits crush in the fall:

1) Its Bulky Profile

Baitfish born in the spring will have grown much larger by fall, and the bass are likely to be dialed in on these bigger meals. Match the hatch by using spinnerbaits, like the 10,000 Fish Cyclebait with larger blades in the fall. Bigger baits will help your bait look more like the fish bass are likely feeding on.

2) You Can Cover Water

Fish kick things into high gear in the fall, and anglers can take advantage of this by throwing fast-moving baits with big drawing power, like the spinnerbait. Fish a spinnerbait around grass, cover, and structure in the fall, especially in the back of channels and creeks when shad and baitfish migrate to the shallows. You can’t go wrong with the classic white spinnerbait but if you’re in stained water or feel like changing things up, brighten things up with chartreuse, yellow, orange, or blue. The Z-Man SlingBladez spinnerbait “red perch” pattern is popular among anglers up north, while the classic Sexy Shad patterns from Strike King or Terminator remain the most popular down south.

3) Ability To Fish Around Cover

As Shad and baitfish begin to push back into coves and creeks, the bass will follow. Largemouth will push back into these areas, gluing themselves tight to docks, timber, laydowns, and brush piles. They use these spots as ambush points as they wait for passing fish. Try bumping spinnerbait like the Googan Squad Zinger hard off the cover, as this can trigger fish into biting. Usually, when a fish hits your bait using this technique, they hit it hard. So be ready.  In open water, give your spinnerbait twitches and pops to create some irregularity in your retrieve. A subtle change in speed, direction, or look can help elicit strikes.

4) It Resembles Schooling Fish

Baitfish and shad will gather in large schools in the fall, making them a primary target for groups of feeding bass. The profile and action help put off the look and feel of schooling fish swimming in a tight pack. Look for areas of congregated baitfish, and then rip your spinnerbait through the school. You can also try killing your spinnerbait by letting it just free-fall towards the bottom. This helps put off a unique look, like a dying baitfish falling to the floor of the lake.

5) You Can Fish It Fast or Fish It Slow

Burning spinnerbaits around schooling baitfish or slowly winding your bait over deeper brush piles will also help trigger strikes. In the fall, you can fish the same spinnerbait near a dock in shallow water and then turn around and slow roll that same bait near brush in deeper water. If your blades are moving, there is a chance that thing gets bit.

This time of year, you might get bites winding spinnerbaits along the docks, banging them against wooded laydowns, or slowly creeping them in out deep. We’ll cover how, when, and where to fish spinnerbaits and give you five solid reasons they work so well this time of year.

By Tim Baker, Catch Co.