Fall bass are staging off main lake or secondary points. Each morning, these fish move onto flats early, to feed on baitfish they push to the surface. October is a great time of the year!!! The fish are concentrated and often can be found! Jig, top water, square bill, soft plastic, will take fish this month! Get out there! The scenery is breath taking! The fish are hungry!
Shaky head fishing is hot right now! Take a 1/8oz or heavier shaky head jig head (it is built to make the soft bait you attach to it stand up), add a crawfish, worm, or baitfish soft trailer, and work it slowly along the bottom, frequently stopping the bait completely. The bass just cannot leave this bait alone! Try a skirted twin tail grub, in brown purple or smoke purple.
Fish a drop shot rig. Mark a small school of suspended fish on your depth finder. Fish straight up and down to these suspended fish. Ask a fishing associate how to rig for this drop shot bite, and ask what the current best bait is. You can also fish the drop shot rig like a finesse Carolina rig, by casting it out and retrieving it the same way you would a Carolina rig.
There is a top water bite on most of each lake. Top water lures, such a s a Zara Spook, Chug Bug, etc., will work during this time, as will most of the wake baits. Beginning at dawn, look for fish rising on big flats, all shoreline, or cove backs, and fish in these areas. Many times, the bite will end when the sun becomes visible, though, during a transition month such as October, the bite can go on all day!
From late morning to early evening, jigs and tubes often work well, since black bass key on crawdads during this time. Try a ¼ to 1/2 oz. jig, with a craw trailer, on main lake and secondary cove points, and any transition banks or flat. It is important to add scent to all soft plastic, to maximize the time fish hold the bait in their mouth. Try fishing around docks, pole cedar lined banks, chunk rock points and cove banks, with a jig, tube, drop shot rig, Carolina rigged lizard, finesse worm, French fry, or creature bait, also Carolina rigged. Don’t pass up any different feature, like an underwater hump, depression, ledge, chunk rock section, etc. Where the bank transitions from one type of rock to another, such as small chunk rock to gravel, try jig fishing. Shallow to medium depth flats, near deep, main lake water, often produce nice fish.
Do not pass up any main lake point that looks good to you, during this time of the year, since black bass congregate there.
Wind and rain offer an opportunity to change tactics. Wind will allow spinner baits and shallow running crank baits to work well, and rain can cause water clarity to get murky or muddy, allowing a jig or tube to work even better. Big bass are out there waiting for you!!!
Good Luck and Good Fishing!