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The fundamental livebait rig consists of a slipsinker sliding on the main line, followed by a snell consisting of a swivel, length of line, and hook. Most snells range from about 3 to 5 feet.
When fishing vegetation it is always better to fish into or with the wind so your bait penetrates the grass easier. If you fish across, you get a bag in your line and your bait will not penetrate the grass.
Instead of using the standard heavy weight flipping technique in tough bite, heavy cover situations, try backing off the spot a casting distance away. Tie on a 3/16 oz. Mushroom head jig and a 7 Power Worm. Throw to the edge and just inside weed line letting the lure make its way slowly through the cover. Those fish cannot resist. Most anglers won't try this."
When sight fishing for bedding or any visible bass, always remember your first cast is the most important! If you don't catch the fish on the first cast you might have to use a different technique to catch the fish.
After the spawn, big bass quickly move to offshore structure, where they hold along humps, ledges, or deep underwater points. They're ready to feed, so whet their appetite with a big deep-diving crankbait.
One key to successful fall fishing on natural lakes is targeting the edges of thick, green weedbeds. You can spot these edges where the vegetation grows almost to the surface. In deeper areas, use your sonar to find thicker clumps of grass.
I am a power fisherman. Power fishing is a broad term used to describe using reaction style lures to cover vast amounts of water. Included in this power fishing style, my favorite way to catch bass is skip pitching and swimming a jig. Skip pitching involves using a conventional reel and getting a jig to skip far back under cover. Swimming a jig involves slowly pumping a jig at various depths horizontally through the water column.
On larger lakes like the Great Lakes, trout move shallow where shorecasters can target them with spoons and swimbaits. Good areas to fish include mouths of tributary rivers, points, and other access areas like piers.
One of the simplest, most efficient, and most effective ways for walleyes during fall is shorecasting at night. Walleyes move into current areas, onto shallow shoals, or along weededges to feed once waters cool, weeds begin to die, and baitfish become more vulnerable.
Docks and boat houses are important cover for bass, particularly when shoreline development has depleted natural cover. High-percentage spots depend on water depth and cover options. To tempt bites, flip or pitch jigs or softbaits like tubes, soft stickbaits, worms, or craws by pilings and into boat stalls.