58, Day 2
Topwater Tactics For Fall's Schooling Bass
NOTE: Jackie Thompson of Eufaula, Alabama, has guided bass fishermen on
Lake Eufaula for more than 30 years. This week, we'll look at his tactics
for catching fall bass.
Question: Where will you look for fall bass, Jackie?
Answer: Bass will chase shad on to shallow flats that may be only
6- to 8-feet deep. I'll choose two lures to fish for top schooling bass:
a spoon and a Berkley Frenzy surface lure in a shad color. As long as
the bass bust the surface, I'll cast to them with one of the Frenzy surface
lures, working it slowly on the top of the water. When the lure hits the
water, I'll let it sit still for a few seconds, twitch it forward, move
the bait 4 to 5 feet, stop the lure and let it pause. Then I'll repeat
the same action. As long as the bass take the surface lure, I will continue
to fish it. But when the bass go down, I'll cast the spoon to them, let
it fall and use a jerk-stop type retrieve.
Question: Are these the only two lures you use?
Answer: No, I'll also use a walking bait like Berkley's Frenzy
Walker that leaves a trail across the surface of the water. Also its erratic
action will trigger strikes from surface feeding bass. The other advantage
to fishing this lure is that I can stay well away from the bass and make
long casts without spooking them and causing them to dive deep.
Where can you find bass schooling at this time of year?
Answer: Once again, bass hold in the flats along the river channel
and flats feeding into the mouths of creeks. Keeping conscious of wind
direction will help you find the bass in the fall. The wind will often
push shad into pockets in mouths of creeks on one side of the lake. Find
the baitfish, and you'll find the bass.
Question: How big are these schooling bass?
Answer: They're usually about 12 inches, but as long as 20 inches
in some cases. You'll also find spotted bass and largemouth bass mixed
in with hybrid saltwater striped bass. These hybrid bass often weigh between
2 and 7 pounds. I'll fish with 14-pound-test Berkley Big Game line because
it's the toughest and strongest line that I've found. You never know what
you'll catch when you cast to a school of fish.
learn more about Pure Fishing, including Berkley's quality products like
Big Game line and Frenzy surface lures and Frenzy Walker walking baits,
call (800) BERKLEY, or visit the Berkley website at: www.berkley-fishing.com.
learn more about bass fishing in the fall or to fish on Lake Eufaula,
contact Jackie Thompson at 110 Marina Drive, Eufaula, AL 36027, or call
Tomorrow: Carolina Rigging in the Fall