In the last 2 weeks the lake has been drawn down for Fall, then a hurricane dumped flooding rains and filled it back to full pool! Where did the bass go and how do you catch them during these crazy changing conditions? Come along for a day on the water as we strategize about the changing conditions, implement 2 patterns, and put fishing in the boat.
Fall brings so many great fishing opportunities. The bite can be amazing and there are so many awesome techniques that come into play as the water cools. But what about when the weather doesn’t cooperate? What do you do when it blows, or a cold snap happens, or it floods? Can you still catch fish? Today was a grind for the guys but watch closely as they analyze the conditions, pick key spots based on those conditions, and start catching fish.
Using a 2-pattern approach Matt and Tim were able to have consistent action on what should have been a brutally tough day. While they didn’t catch giant fish they got a ton of bites and identified a pattern for quality fish. When they just wanted to get bit, they ran the backs of shallow pockets with topwater, lipless crankbaits, blade baits, and a fluke. When they needed a better bite they moved to main lake grass mats and covered water until the right fish ate the frog.
Below you’ll find links to the gear the guys used throughout the day. Some of these baits are staples in their arsenal that you’ll immediately recognize, some of them came out to help mimic the small shad that had gathered in the shallows. All of the links go directly to Tackle Warehouse where you’ll see detailed photos and descriptions of each item.
Walking Bait- Rapala Skitter Walk (Shad Translucent): https://bit.ly/3mIem6Z
Tim’s Frog- Jackall Gavacho (Chart Strike Gill): http://bit.ly/2L7KsWS
Matt’s Frog- R2S Bully Wa 2 (Little Allen): http://bit.ly/2axyR2a
Tiny swimbaits and Crankbaits…
-Spro BBZ-1 Baby Shad (Blue Back Herring): https://bit.ly/325h8ez
-Spro Fat John 50 (Honey Shad): http://bit.ly/2V03giW
-Jackall TN-50 Lipless (Scale Minnow): http://bit.ly/2lqAwjh
-Megabass Vibration X Dyna Response (3/8 oz): http://bit.ly/2R7FlvL
-Damiki Vault (1/2 oz): http://bit.ly/2rnO7e2
-Zoom Fluke (Electric Shad): http://bit.ly/2OFjvjx
-Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap (Size 2): http://bit.ly/2aKGmHM
-Owner CPS Spring (Small): http://bit.ly/2b2YgDf
Tim’s Frog Combo…
Rod- Shimano Expride 7’3″ Extra Heavy: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL
Reel- Shimano Curado 150 DC HG: http://bit.ly/2yHtsp4
Line- Sunline FX-2 60 lb Braid: http://bit.ly/31u57xA
Matt’s Finesse Crank Combo…
Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro Deep Flex 864 (7’2″ MH): http://bit.ly/2og0BmK
Reel- Shimano Aldebaran MGL HG: http://bit.ly/2uQ4oH8
Line- Sunline 10 lb Assassin Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm
Rod- Shimano Expride 6’10” Medium Light: http://bit.ly/2osaj3q
Reel- Shimano Stradic 2500 HGFL: http://bit.ly/35Bufnb
Line- power Pro Braided 15 lb: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b
Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 8 lb Mono: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
NEW Tactical Bassin Apparel…
TacticalBassin Hat: https://bit.ly/31EYB8W
TacticalBassin Reaper Hoodie: http://bit.ly/2TwBWs7
TacticalBassin Shadow Hoodie: http://bit.ly/2FVD9Rs
TacticalBassin Sun Shirt: http://bit.ly/2TvFMBD
TacticalBassin Hooded Sun Shirt: http://bit.ly/38cVi9G
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