A quick background...

Talk to any seasoned angler, and they’ll tell you that deep-diving crankbaits work for summer bass, many anglers often overlook deep crankbait fishing for fall bass.

You see, bass will typically gather at the mouth of the cove first, next to open water, before making their way to the warmer water at fall progresses.

If you’re asking yourself, why the heck are they doing that? The reason is pretty simple once you think about it… they’re following the shad.

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Don’t Over Commit

When you’re scanning the area, you’ll see bass stacked up on a deep creek channel or a ledge nearby the mouth of the cove. They could also be stacked on a single piece of structure like a stump, large boulder, submerged roadbed, old bridge piling, rock pile, a hump, or anything else that’s a little larger.

The bass will hold approximately 15 to 30 feet, depending on the water clarity.  Or they’ll be about the same depth as the shad that they are hunting … give or take a little bit.

When you first get on the water make sure you scan the mouth of the cove first looking for the shad. Only then will you find the bass nearby.

It goes without saying that deep diving crankbaits have their long bill to quickly descend to their deep running depth.

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You'll Need The Right Line This Time…

To make it easy on yourself, make sure you write the running depth on the belly of your crankbait. But just remember that’s depending on the size of the line you’re using will also determine the running depth, so you may want to write that on your bait as well.

Here’s an example of what I do: “16′-15#/ 18′-12#”.  This means the crankbait will run 16 feet using a 12-pound test line or will run at 18 ft using a 10 lb test line.

By the way, when you’re deep crankbait fishing for fall bass always use fluorocarbon line because it sinks and it is nearly invisible to the bass.  Win-win right?!

If you have as many crankbaits as I do it’s hard to remember all the running depths, so this trick really helps.

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If you have as many crankbaits as I do it’s hard to remember all the running depths, so this trick really helps.

Take a look at the hand Mother Nature gave you...

If the conditions are clear, then go with a transparent shad color first.

However, if the skies are dark or cloudy, then choose and opaque color pattern with some bright colors like chartreuse and it.

If you’re fishing in the current I always recommend retrieving your crankbait the same direction as the current is flowing.

Another thing that you want to keep in mind is that you may want to have a higher speed reel, to not only get the crankbait quickly to the depth you are wanting and also keep up with a current that is pushing your bait back to you.

Having a longer rod will also help you get more distance out of your cast, thereby allowing you to be in the strike zone longer.

Let me give you an example...

As I alluded to earlier, most of the big bass are on the drops and points of the deeper coves, but it’s how you deliver the baits to them that sometimes will stump you.

I can remember I pulled up to the mouth of a deep cove that had a long point that dropped off to a ledge…

Most of the time when I start my day (after the topwater bite is finished). I’ll start out cranking as fast as I can. I’ll force to bump and grind the structure that I’m fishing. Normally that little crank would get hammered. However, sometimes the bass can be picky.  If they are, this is what I do…

If still no bites occur, I’ll look over my weather and water conditions again.

If the crankbait is getting slapped and the bass are not committing, or if there’s a breeze and the water stirring up sediment, I’ll change to a similar pattern but with a brighter color.

Calm water, blue-bird skies what could go wrong...

If the conditions are calm with blue-bird skies, or if a cold front just passed through… you’ll need to slow your retrieve or choose a lure that has a tighter wobble.

That is where a heavy lipless crankbait will shine.  If you’re having trouble finding heavy lipless crankbaits, click here to check out how I modify my lipless crankbaits.

Using the lipless lure while crankbait fishing for deep fall bass you’ll probably need to change up your retrieve. A Lot of times you need to go with a “stop-and-go” retrieve works great, whereas, the “Yo-Yo” retrieve.  

The stop-and-go technique is when you cast out, start reeling in at any desired speed you want then suddenly stop, which makes the bait “die”.  Many times bass will chase down your bait and when you suddenly stop it the bass will strike it on the fall.

The Yo-Yo technique differs from the stop-and-go method by allowing the bait to fall immediately to the bottom (or whatever depth the bass are holding).  Then engage the reel and while pointing the rod tip towards your bait, lift the tip of the rod up to the 1-o’clock.

Many times the bass will strike the lure both on the rise and fall.

In Summary…

So there you go you have it… Why Deep Crankbait Fishing For Fall Bass Is Hotter Than Scarlett Johansson.

I know I put in a ton of information in this post and I hope I didn’t overwhelm you…

All I care about is helping you catch more fish, so I hoped it helped it out.

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Good luck with this new technique!

Tight Lines.


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