Fall Options :: Opinions needed.
This started as a response to mikenores post about this colder weather…
However, i’d like to open it up to a broader discussion about the best approach for these quickly changing fall conditions on Priest. For the past couple of years, I’ve spent the fall fishing on the Cumberland, but this year I’m going to spend more of my time on Priest. So, here’s my thinking…
I haven’t been out since last weekend, but I would think this recent cold front will start pushing the bait further into the creeks.
When I was out last week, it seemed like the fish weren’t really in the back of creeks fall feeding that everyone looks forward to. The bass and bait were suspended out deeper and scattered around. Some fish here, some fish there. I would suggest being flexible with your approach. I’m planning to go out on Sunday morning on the lower end of the lake. I’ll probably start out in the back of either Smith Springs or Hamilton Creek and work my way out. Starting with buzzbaits, poppers, walk-the-dog baits in the shallow water. Mix in squarebills for slightly deeper 0-4′. Then if that’s not doing anything, I’ll probably try a swim jig with a swimbait trailer and a small spinnerbait. If that doesn’t work, i’ll throw a mid-depth crankbait and finally a football head jig [these last two are my favorite lures to throw – so, this wouldn’t be a disappointment]. So, I guess the basic approach for me is to start as shallow as possible and keep moving out until I run into the fish. All the while, trying to cover as much water as possible. Once You find how deep they are holding, focus your efforts on that range until the fish stop biting. Also, my partner will probably be throwing either a walk the dog lure or an alabama rig ALL DAY regardless of depth or cover. That’s just what he likes to do.
As an aside, I think you could do alright on smaller jerkbaits [x-rap, pointer 78, etc…] or vibration baits [rattle trap, red eye shad, lv-500] too. It’s just a matter of how much stuff you want to carry, how many rods, or how much time you want to spend switching out lures.
My question to the rest of the members of the board is what are your favorite lures and startegies for finding and catching the fall fish on Priest?
Looking forward to seeing what everyone thinks.
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