As water temps fall, fall fishing improves

By Don Ingram
   As the water temperature drops into the upper 60’s, look for fall fishing to be at its best. Concentrate on shallow pockets and flats adjacent to the river and creek channels. All species of fish will become more active as the water temperatures drop.
   One technique that works well during October for largemouth bass is flipping a Prowler tube bait. Tube baits have become extremely popular with anglers the last few years and are very productive during the fall. They come in a variety of colors and sizes resembling crawfish and shad which is the natural prey of all species of bass.
   The proper equipment is essential for flipping tube baits. I use a 7’6 foot G-Loomis flipping stick with a Shimano reel rigged with 25lb P-Line CXX line. Texas rig the tube bait with a 1/8 ounce sinker. To increase your chances of landing bass on a tube bait, use a 4/0 Mustad Mega Bite tube hook specifically designed for tube baits. The angle of the hook point in relation to the hook eye will increase your chances of getting a good hook-up when a bass bites the tube bait.
   The smaller profile of the tube bait makes it an excellent choice during fall when weather conditions change every couple of days. Concentrate on stumps, brush piles, and isolated wood on the flats. During cold front conditions, look for bass on lay-down trees close to the old river and creek channels or any type of structure near deep water.
   Fishing tube baits during fall offers anglers two chances of enticing a strike. The strike generated by a feeding fish or a reaction strike generated by the erratic action of the lure as its being flipped. Bass like smaller profile type baits during this time of year because they resemble the action of the baitfish. Double your chances of catching bass in the fall and try flipping a Prowler tube bait. If you see an angler in a white and red Skeeter ZX20 with a Yamaha Four Stroke flipping a tube bait, you can bet I’m catching fish.

Don Ingram publishes an outdoor article titled “Outdoors with Don Ingram” that is printed in various publications throughout Kentucky. He is a two-time All-American qualifier. Don has been very successful competing in tournaments in Kentucky and Tennessee. He has appeared on numerous outdoor television programs like, “Kentucky Afield,” Walmart’s “Great Outdoors,” and “Outdoors with Dave Shuffett,” aired on the Outdoor Life Network and the Outdoor Channel. Don is a Pro Staffer for the following companies: Skeeter Boats, Yamaha Outboards, Shimano G-Loomis Rods, Bandit Bait Company, Prowler Soft Plastics, Mustad, Optima Batteries, Lunker Lure, and P-Line.

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