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Tournament Pathfinder
by John Presley

One of my favorite times of the year is the fall for bass fishing. This month the water temperature on Sam Rayburn will soon start cooling down with some of the small rains and the shorter days we are having. The bass begin moving shallow in the fall. During this time a lot of feeding activity takes place near or on the surface of the water. In the fall on Rayburn one of the best places to be is in the tributary creeks. The bait fish begin migrating into the creeks to feed on plankton that wash into the creek. Soon to follow are the bass to feed on those baitfish and with the water cooler, the bass are more active. Finding the baitfish is most important, once you find them the bass are not going to be far away. Look for creeks where the channel swings right next to the bank and has good grass along the channel. Also grassbeds near the mouth of a creek are good places to find fall bass feeding. You should work the creeks very carefully and try different lures and work all different depths. When exploring these creeks one of the best baits is a buzz bait. It can be one of a fisherman's most productive lures during the fall. You can cover a lot of water with it and it's a big fish bait. I like to use the Boogerman Buzz Bait. It is a clacker buzzbait where the blade hits the lead head of the bait and makes a loud clacking noise. It seems to work the best on low light condition rainy , cloudy , windy days for me. I prefer to use a black buzzbait on those days. The other types of buzz baits are the squealer baits were the blade squeaks as it rubs against the rivet that holds the blade to the wire. These work good on the still or calm days. Some good squealing buzz baits are made by Cyclone Baits and Bull Dog Lures but my favorite is one made by a friend of mine in Oklahoma name Steve Price. You should always have several different sizes from 1/8 to ½ oz baits. Use different kinds of buzz baits for all the different conditions you may encounter while on the water . The other bait that works well in the fall on Sam Rayburn is a soft plastic jerk bait. I like to use the Zoom super fluke rigged on a 5/0 Gamakatsu hook on 12 pound Super Silver Thread line . The rod I use is a 3 or 4 star Erhardt rod. This rod has just the right tip action for twitching the bait three or four times before I give it a short pausing action. The fluke rigged this way works also work on schooling bass because the Fluke really closely imitates a shad. The other way to fish the fluke for schooling bass is to use a swivel with about a 1 foot leader ahead of a 5/0 Gamakatsu hook. The swivel will weight the bait down 3 or 4 feet beneath the surface this will drive schooling fish crazy. Twitching the bait 3 or 4 times and then pause it for a few seconds. The other way to rig it when schooling fish are on the surface is to use a double fluke rig. This rig lets you catch two at one time hooking one fish excites other fish in the school to take the bait away from the other. The double fluke rig uses two hooks with a three way swivel. Use a 6 to 8 inch leader on one side of the swivel and a 14 to 16 inch leader below at the bottom . When you work it threw the water it looks like one baitfish chasing another baitfish this can really gets bass excited. My favorite color is pearl or white. It seems to work the best for the color of the water we have here most of the time on Sam Rayburn. During the fall months remember find your baitfish and you should find the bass . Then use your buzzbaits,spinnerbaits, and crankbaits for locating fish fast then try slowing down once you find them and fish your topwater baits, flukes, wacky worms ,Texas rig worms or any of your favorite lures to cover the water thoroughly and catch them.

This month I will be fishing the Louisiana Bass Central Invitational on the Red River on October 12-14 I will bring you results and my experiences in the tournament in next months article.

By the way , when I am not fishing tournaments I am a full-time fishing guide on Lake Sam Rayburn. If you would like to book a trip please call me at 409-698-9713 or Ann's Tackle Shop at 409-384-7685. Or e-mail me at JOHNPRESLEY@HOTMAIL.COM

Good Luck and Good Fishing.

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