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  • October 28, 2020 10:43 AM | Anonymous


    One thing both Republicans and Democrats can agree on is preserving the great outdoors to pass on to the next generation.

    Congress has passed two separate conservation bills in 2020. Both were passed on a bipartisan basis and will continue the efforts to protect nature in the United States.

    The first bill, titled the Great American Outdoors Act, was passed in August. According to the official website for Congress, the bill establishes a restoration fund to support deferred maintenance projects on federal land. Deferred maintenance is repairs to infrastructure and assets that get delayed or backlogged because of budget limitations and/or lack of funding.

    Starting in 2021, the bill mandates funds equal to 50 percent of all federal revenues from the development of oil, gas, coal, or renewable energy be deposited into a fund for deferred maintenance. The fund can only be used on projects within the National Park Service, the Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Bureau of Indian Education.

    The second act, passed by Congress in early October, is called the America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act. This bill was presented to the President to be signed into law last week.

    The bill will help secure future funding for the National Fish Habitat Partnership. NFHP is a science-based, state-led initiative to protect, restore, and maintain America’s aquatic ecosystems, according to their website. The organization has four main goals including protecting and maintaining intact and healthy aquatic systems, preventing further degradation of fish habitats, reversing declines in the quality and quantity of aquatic habitats, and increase the quality and quantity of fish habitats to support a broad natural diversity of fish and other aquatic species.

    Another piece of the legislation will support fishing opportunities in the Great Lakes. This is done by authorizing and providing $15 million in annual funding for coordinated research and monitoring of binational fisheries within the Great Lake Basin, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

    ACE does a number of things including:

    -          Establish a task force to look at the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in deer and elk and work with states to develop a plan for research and testing, along with responding to the disease;

    -          Reauthorizes funding for the North American Wetlands Conservation Act at $60 million annually for five years;

    -          Reauthorizes the Chesapeake Bay Program at $90 million through fiscal year 2025. There will also be an investment in clean water efforts recommended by the six Bay states and the District of Columbia;

    -          Establishes a program providing funds to states and Indian tribes providing compensation for loss of livestock due to federally protected species like wolves or grizzly bears; and

    -          Establishes a Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize for technological innovation to reduce human-predator conflict using non-lethal means. 

    Connect Outdoors is a strong supporter of Conservation and Sustainability.  Our Bluetooth Scale and Culling System enables anglers to help reduce fish stress and mortality rates by reducing the number of times an angler needs to handle catches during a traditional tournament.  

    The Connect Leaderboard tournament management system allows tournament directors to easily host and run Catch Weigh Release or Catch Photo Release Fishing Tournaments which eliminate the need for keeping catches in a live well and subjecting them to heat and stress.  Catch and Release tournaments add additional benefit by enabling the catch to return to their bed during spawning season.  

    The ConnectScale and Connect Leaderboard can enhance data collection efforts by DNR State Wildlife resource agencies by making it easier to collect data and report information that will be used in managing fisheries so that future generations will be able to enjoy them.  

    If you or anyone you know would like to learn more about our conservation efforts send an email to info@connectscale.com  


  • October 23, 2020 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    While we are living in the time of social distancing, many people are turning to a sport as old as time: fishing.

    Fishing was already a popular sport before the pandemic hit.

    According to the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation, more than 49 million people fished recreationally in 2017. Now that number is set to increase with more people turning to the water due to the rise of quarantine orders, social distance guidelines, and the closing of entertainment activities.

    Not only will fishing get you out of the house for a few hours, it also provides several benefits. According to Health Fitness Revolution, fishing:

    -         Helps with full body strength. Catching and reeling in a fish helps work the shoulders, bac, arms, core, and legs;

    -          Promotes family bonding because older generations will often teach the younger generations how to fish;

    -          Helps boost the immune system because the body will be in the sunlight getting much needed vitamin D;

    -          Improves relaxation because spending long hours in nature working on a task is like meditation;

    -          Improves Cardiovascular health. Fishing can burn up to 200 calories an hour and if you are walking around looking for different fishing spots, it will help cardio;

    -          Teaches self-reliance;

    -          Helps with patience;

    -          Encourages travel; and

    -          Improves balance.

    There is also no need to worry about rivers and lakes closing because of Covid-19. Many waterways around the country remain open all year round.  

    So now you’ve seen the benefits fishing can provide and you’ve decided to give it a try. What type of gear will you need for a fun, relaxing day on the water?

    Below is a list of basic items you will need along with helpful links to find the products mentioned. We chose gear specific to beginners for this list. 

    -          A rod and reel such as the one below; 

    Bass Pro Shops Quick Draw Rod and Reel Spinning Combo - 6'6" 

     

    -          Fishing line;

    Sunline Assassin FC Fluorocarbon Fishing Line

    -          Hooks;

    Mustad Worm Hook

    -          Needle-nose pliers;

    Rapala Stainless Steel Pliers - 6-1/2"

    -          ¼ ounce weights or sinkers;

    Bass Pro Shops Bass Casting Sinker - 1/4 oz

     

    -          Bobbers;

    Premier Plastics Round Bobbers

    -          Bucket with ice in case you want to keep what you catch;

    Quarrow Collapsible Fishing Bucket

    -         Fishing scale. We recommend our ConnectScale 3 which is a Bluetooth enabled scale.

    -        Bait:   Worms or Minnows 

    -     Lures:  We recommend our Fishing Bait Club Crankbaits or Soft Plastic Paddle Tails   

    -          A fishing license.

    Once you have all the gear, the next step is to pick the perfect fishing spot. Check out this article about how to find the perfect fishing spot.

    Happy fishing! 


  • October 20, 2020 1:52 PM | Anonymous

    One of the most important things when it comes to fishing is picking a great fishing spot. Finding a great spot can be the difference between snagging a monster or leaving empty handed.

    We’ll lay out some tips to help when searching for the perfect fishing spot.

    The first tip is figure out what type of fish you want to catch. Different fish congregate in different spots. For example, bass like places with a lot of shade, plenty of shelter, and lots of food. A shallow cove or near stumps or standing timber may be an ideal spot to find these types of fish.

    After you figure out which type of fish you’re after, the next step is to do some homework. Before heading out to throw your line in the water, jump online and find local fishing forums. Search for local fishing associations, tourism guides, or any other information about the spot you can dig up.

    You’ll also need to check out the weather and temperature. These are important external factors which may affect where to find fish. Also keep in mind the season and the time of year. Certain fish behavior is dictated by the change in season.


    Before you pack up the gear, head to the spot and take a walk around the area. Look at your surroundings. Look for birds because they will often be where baitfish are located. Walk up close to the bank even if you scare the fish. It could help because you will see where the fish are coming from and where they go to hide.

    Take note of structures and vegetation in the area where fish could be hiding. Bass in particular love to hide under docks or hang out around fallen logs. Walleye and Muskie love to congregate near ledges. Keep this in mind when out scouting the potential fishing spot.

    Look for vegetation on the water. Bass love to be around hydrilla and hyacinth. Vegetation on the water is usually a great way to find fish because they love to be around it for cover.

    Once you’ve scouted out the area, go back to the town and start talking to locals. A good first stop would be a local bait shop. Employees at a bait shop could be able to tell you a good fishing spot for a particular species. Calling a local fishing guide and asking for some information could also help.

    Now that you’ve found the perfect fishing spot, the next step is to get out and get your bait in the water. Be sure to bring your ConnectScale 3

    One of the many great features of the ConnectScale is the ability to help anglers keep track of their catch data. Anglers keep a personal log book through the ConnectScale app which helps identify patterns and techniques that are successful. It also helps identify which bait works best. 

    After you pull that fish from the water, the ConnectScale app automatically logs weight, date, time, and GPS location. It also has a map which shows your most popular fishing spots by pinning catch locations. 

    Happy fishing!



  • October 16, 2020 1:52 PM | Anonymous

    Social media users love videos.

    According to a 2018 survey, 82 percent of Twitter users watch video content, almost half of all Facebook users watch more than an hour of Facebook videos a week, and 85 percent of U.S. Internet audiences watch videos online.


    When you are working as a pro staff or field team member in the fishing industry, it is important to convey a clear and concise message to your audience. Whether you are explaining a new technique or demonstrating how to use fishing equipment, utilizing videos are a great way to connect with your audience. 

    So, what are some of the best practices when it comes to producing great social media videos? Below we offer some tips and tricks on how to get the most out of the videos you upload on social media.

    Be Upbeat

    Be energetic and enthusiastic during your video. No one wants to watch someone who seems disinterested in the topic or looks like they need a quick nap. 

    But you also do not want to overdue the energy and enthusiasm. Try to remain authentic to your personality while realizing you are also talking to real people. 

    Plan in Advance

    Plan your video in advance and think about what you will do and say. You don’t want to start recording and then stumble when you begin speaking.

    Put thought into how you will frame the shot, location, and any props you may wish to use to demonstrate your point. If you are planning to show a bait technique, make sure you have everything you will need close at hand. It may be a good idea to do a practice run of the video to see where corrections may need to be made. 

    Think about equipment as well. You may want to buy a small tripod which can help stabilize a mobile phone while shooting the video. If shooting a video on the water, make sure there is a stable place to set the camera away from the water’s edge. 

    You should also find good lighting. Natural light is the best source but if you are shooting inside, try a lamp. Just make sure to face the light source so it spreads evenly across your face.

    Grab their attention

    Capture attention early. Videos tend to play automatically when people are scrolling so capturing someone’s attention in the first few seconds is vital. Facebook recommends using engaging post copy and to start with captivating elements.

    Structure your video

    Always go into the video knowing how you want it structured. One age old adage is to tell the audience what you’re going to show them, show them, then tell them what you just showed them.

    An example of this could be, “Today I’m going to show you how to use this lure to catch a fish.” You would then show them how to catch a fish with that lure, and finally follow up by saying, “So that’s how we use this lure to catch a fish.”

    Finish with a call to action

    When you wrap up your video, always be sure to end with a call to action. Some examples would be, “Be sure to get your ConnectScale using my referral link below,” or “If you like this video, be sure to hit the follow (or subscribe) button below.”

    Check out this example video from Tyler Fishing. Take notes on how he talks to the camera, the overall stability of the shot, and how he speaks to the camera clearly and enthusiastically. 

    Follow these tips to produce great social media videos for your audience. 

    If you would like to apply to be a Pro Staff or Field Staff member, please visit https://connectoutdoors.co/pages/apply-for-prostaff


  • October 13, 2020 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    More than 100 anglers came out and participated in the Honest Mike Outdoors Big Bass Bonanza tournament powered by Connect Outdoors this past weekend. 

    The tournament was held on beautiful Lake Cumberland in Kentucky on Oct. 10 and 11. It was held at the Conley Bottom Resort and saw 143 fishermen register. All the participants were competing for cash and prizes.

    “We gave away $1,500 each hour plus other bonuses like a bonus card hour where we gave away extra money,” said Jeff Bunch, National Sales Consultant for Connect Outdoors. “People had a chance to double their winnings during certain hours. It was a great event.”


    Luke Schmits of Alexandria, Kentucky caught a 4.90-pound smallmouth bass which took home biggest catch of the tournament. It was caught within the first hour of the first day of the tournament out of an aluminum boat with a 50-horsepower engine. No one was able to snag a bigger fish during the tournament and Luke took home a large cash prize.


    Cash prizes were awarded to five places each hour. Participants in the tournaments utilized the Connect Leaderboard to keep up with tournament results, even while on the water. This way they could see where they placed and who was currently in the lead.

    Anglers were also awarded hourly payouts which were visible through the Connect Leaderboard.

    Below are the hourly winners on Day 1:

    • Luke Schmits caught a 4.9-pound bass in the 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. hour.
    • Nick Devore caught a 4.42-pound bass in the 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Bonus Bluff Hour.
    • Alex Clark caught a 3.79-pound fish in the 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Bonus Card Hour.
    • Nick Devour caught a 4.13-pound bass in the 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Bonus Bluff Hour.
    • Doug Burton caught a 3.42-pound bass in the 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Bonus Card Hour.
    • Alec Coffey caught a 4.02-pound bass in the 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. hour.
    • Eddie Frey wrapped up day 1 by catching a 3.72-pound bass in the 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. hour.

    And the winners from Day 2 were:

    • Dusty Hon started off the day with a catch of 4.27-pounds in the 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. hour.
    • Edward Davis caught a 3.33-pound bass in the 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Bonus Bluff Hour.
    • Dakota Bell hauled in a 3.28-pound bass in the 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Bonus Card Hour.
    • Matt Salmons caught a 3.71-pound bass in the 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Bonus Bluff Hour.
    • Jeff Walls caught a 3.51-pound bass in the 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Bonus Card Hour.
    • Billy Hall caught a 4.09-pound bass in the 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. hour.
    • Kendall Robinson caught a 4.71-pound bass in the 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. hour to wrap up the tournament.

    Connect Outdoors will be hosting another tournament on Lake Cumberland in November of 2021. We thank all the participants and extend a special thank you to Conley Bottom Resort for being such great hosts.

     


  • October 09, 2020 10:23 AM | Anonymous

    Fall is here in force. Leaves are changing, temperatures are cooling, and the fish are biting.

    We recently sent out a poll to our Connect Fishing League members asking about their favorite fall fishing gear. We had a great response. Our members enjoy a variety of gear and fishing techniques and we’ll break them down below.

    The first question asked what your favorite reel brand is. 32 percent responded Shimano. Shimano has been in business for more than 80 years and has concentrated on precision engineering in their products.

    Shimano Antares

    The Shimano® Antares A Baitcast Reel sets the standard for compact, effortless fishability. This top-of-the-line low-profile reel for freshwater features an elegant new design that makes efficient use of Shimano technologies. Its sleek magnesium Hagane body is light and rigid, and supports an MGL III spool with S3D design for amazing low start up inertia and casting distance; Silent Tune inhibits vibration, resulting in smooth, fluid lure placement. 

    Shimano Stradic CI4+ FB Spinning Reel

    One of the world's most popular high-performance reels gets a significant upgrade. The Shimano Stradic CI4+ FB Spinning Reel incorporates the latest Shimano technology while retaining all the performance features that serious anglers count on.

    Lew’s came in a close second with 26 percent of the vote. Daiwa was third with 15 percent of the vote. Other reels receiving votes include Abu Garcia, Ardent, Enigma Fishing, and Piscifun.

    Lew's Tournament MP Speed Spool LFS Baitcast Reel

    Stable and smooth, Lew's® Tournament MP Speed Spool® LFS Baitcast Reel has an extremely "quiet" feel in the hand, making it ideal for delicate bass techniques – yet it also has the mettle to take on heavy cover and big fish without missing a beat. 

    The next question asked our members what their favorite type of bait was to use in the fall. Our members were split with lipless crankbaits receiving 15 percent of the votes. A lipless crankbait is a flat-sided lure that wobbles when retrieved.

    Strike King Red Eyed Shad Tungsten 2 Tap Lipless Crankbait - 3" - Orange Craw

    <a id="2241998-2335041" href="https://bassproshops.vzck.net/c/2241934/603808/9453?prodsku=2241998-2335041&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.basspro.com%2Fshop%2Fen%2Fstrike-king-red-eyed-shad-tungsten-2-tap-lipless-crankbait&intsrc=PUI1_4595" target="_top"><img src="https://basspro.scene7.com/is/image/BassPro/2335041_2241998_is" border="0" alt=""/></a>Rapala Rippin' Rap Rattling Lipless Crankbait - 2-1/2" - Firetiger

    Casting jigs and soft baits, such as worms, each received 10 percent of the vote. Tubes, topwater hard baits, shallow diving crankbaits, medium diving crankbaits, bladed swim jigs, swim jigs, football jigs, creature baits, stick baits, and spinner baits all received five percent of the vote.

    Booyah Boo Jig

    STRIKE KING Tour Grade Fishing Jig

    When we asked what a favorite fall fishing technique is, frog fishing came out the clear winner with 32 percent of the vote. This was quickly followed by drop shot fishing with 15 percent of the vote, Ned Rig fishing with 10 percent of the vote and Swimbait fishing also with 10 percent of the vote.

    All others received 5 percent of the vote, respectively.

    The final question we asked our members was what your favorite rod manufacturer is. We received a lot of good responses and a number of different companies all received votes.

    Abu Garcia, Dobyns, and G Loomis each received 10 percent of the vote. The following rods all received five percent during voting: Bass Pro, Jenko, Leviathan, Old 18, Old18, Carrot Stix, Daiwa, Denali, Enigma, Kistler, Lew’s, Shimano, and St. Croix.

    Abu Garcia Veritas Casting Rod

    The Abu Garcia® Veritas® Casting Rod is extremely lightweight, sensitive, and well balanced to give you the ABU fish-catching advantage. By using 30-ton graphite with SubLayer Armor™, Abu Garcia significantly improves durability and hoop strength of the Veritas, without increasing weight. An exposed blank reel seat with an up locking, ratcheting hood makes a direct connection between rod and reel, and secures reel tightly. 

    Dobyns Rods Fury Series FR 703SF Medium Power Fast Action Spinning Rod

    Sensitive, light, strong and balanced at an exceptional value! dobyns rods new fury series boasts those essential features that anglers demand: high modulus graphite blank, Fuji reel seat, Kevlar wrapping and aa grade cork grip with a hi-density hypalon butt. The FR 703sf is a medium fast action spinning rod recommended for 8-17 lb line and 3/16-5/8 oz lure weight.

    Loomis IMX Centerpin Rod

    The G. Loomis® IMX Centerpin Rod lets you use a drag-free drift pinning technique whether you're fishing bait on the bottom or suspending bait or jigs beneath a float. This G. Loomis fishing rod is long, lightweight, well-balanced, responsive, and especially designed for the unique style of centerpin fishing. Instead of a fixed position reel seat, the IMX has rings that allow you to position the reel where you want it. It's a simplistic and more traditional way to enjoy fishing, whether you're a bait angler, lure angler, or fly angler. The G. Loomis IMX Centerpin Rod is geared for moderate action and a peaceful, pleasurable day on the water.

    Be on the lookout for our next poll. If you’re not a Connect Fishing League member, be sure and sign up today. 


  • October 06, 2020 12:13 PM | Anonymous

    Looking for a way to raise money for your high school fishing team?

    Connect Outdoors has started a great new fundraiser for both high schools and colleges. For every ConnectScale sold, the participating team will get to keep a percentage of the profits. The percentage is a sliding scale and goes all the way up to 40 percent of profits.

    “The proceeds all go to the school or club,” said Jeff Bunch, National Sales Consultant for Connect Outdoors. “Many high schools across the country now have bass fishing clubs and this would be a great way to raise money, which they can use any way they want.”

    The ConnectScale ($89.99) is an innovative smart fishing scale that combines Bluetooth technology and a mobile application to digitally weigh and record catch data. Anglers can weigh their catch using the 110-pound limit, water resistant scale which automatically transmits the weight and air temperature data to the mobile app.

    The data is combined with date, time, and GPS location of the catch through the app which creates an entry in a catch log. A cloud-based storage system allows users to access their ConnectScale data from any device.

    The fundraising system works as a percentage that goes up with the more scales sold. Teams selling between 1 and 10 scales will receive 20 percent of the profits. Teams selling between 11 and 21 scales will receive 25 percent of the profit. The percentage will rise to a maximum of 40 percent profit.

    To help incentivize the scale, teams will be able to offer customers a 10 percent discount on the scale if purchased through them.

    “This is a great way for clubs to raise money for their teams,” Bunch said. “This helps to try to offset the costs to parents. All team sports are expensive and bass fishing may be the most expensive sport around.”

    If your team or school are interested in participating in this fundraising program, please contact Jeff Bunch at jeff@connectscale.com or Ben Arnold at ben@connectoutdoors.co  Signing up is a simple process and most of it can be done online. 

  • September 21, 2020 2:28 PM | Anonymous

    When you go fishing, whether for a tournament or for leisure, it is important to have the right tools. A rod, a reel, the right kind of bait, and a fishing scale. Why a scale? Because weighing fish provides useful information for conservationists and recreational anglers, along with telling you an accurate weight for the monster you just reeled in.

    Not all fishing scales are the same. But with so many choices on the market, it can be hard to determine which scale might be right for you. Below are some tips to finding a scale to fit your needs. 


    What is a fishing scale?

    A fishing scale is used to find the weight of a fish. There are different types of scales, such as washdown scales used by commercial fisherman and hanging scales used by competitive fisherman. An important factor to picking a scale is to know how it will be used.

    Fishing commercially requires a trade approved scale which has a large weighing capacity. Recreational fishing would likely need a smaller scale that is quick and easy to use.


    One consideration when looking for a new fishing scale is the weight range. Every scale has a device called a load cell, which is what weighs the fish, so try and pick a scale that matches your fishing habits. If you’re regularly catching fish that weigh five pounds, it might not make sense to get a scale with a weight range of 100 pounds.

    Let your needs determine your decision.

    Attachment Mechanism

    Once you’ve found the right weight range, next you’ll want to look at the attachment mechanism. Does the scale have a circle shaped hook or a closed hook? A circle shaped hook slides under the fish’s gill plate while a closed hook protects against species with sharp teeth. Lip grip attachments are available to help hold the catch by the mouth and protect the gill plate.  It all depends on the type of fish you normally catch.


    Frequency of use

    Next is determining how often you will use the scale. If you are a frequent fisherman who enjoys competing in weekend tournaments, it might be wise to invest a more expensive fishing scale. A more expensive fishing scale could withstand more rigorous use. A cheaper scale may be the best option if you only plan on using it occasionally.

    Data Collection

    The scale can also be an important tool when keeping track of catch data in a journal or log book.  It is important for anglers to collect data in order to identify trends and understand what has worked in the past. Information such as tide, weather, moon data, water temperature, water depth, and wind direction are important bits of information to record on every trip. You’ll also want to record techniques and tactics during specific trips, including what bait was used.

    The ConnectScale® Bluetooth® Digital Scale and Fishing App system automates this process for you.

    If you are a tournament angler, you likely use a culling system. Good culling systems allow you to easily keep track of your catches so you know which one will need to be replaced when looking to upgrade your limit.  ConnectScale's culling feature allows you to manage your catches simply by weighing your catches one time logging them in the app. Having a fast system will reduce stress on the fish and helps keep the mortality rate down because the fish will not have to be handled multiple times to be put on a balance beam or eyeball test to determine which catch was bigger. The ConnectScale system lets you know exactly how much weight is in your live well. The app will send a push notification to your mobile device alerting you on which catch to replace next if you reel in a bigger fish.

    Stay on budget

    And the final point is to determine a budget for your needs. Instead of buying a cheaper scale and needing to replace it over and over, it may be better to go ahead and buy a more advanced scale now and save time and money in the long run.  

    Happy fishing!



  • September 14, 2020 11:16 AM | Anonymous

    Results are in from the TRF Tourney SZN Stage 1.  

    Congrats to the winners!!!

    Cole White fishing local waters in Colleyville, TX ended with 18 scoreable entries for a total of 280.75 Inches.

    Mike Bailey fishing in Pembroke, MA takes home 2nd place with 13 scoreable Bass for 212.50 Inch total.

    John Gordon was also fishing local waters in Colleyville, TX and ended with 7 scoreable Bass for 106.75 Inches.

    All three anglers beat tournament host Tyler Anderson who was fishing in Station, MN and Reserve, WI over the two day event. 

    In total, we had 23 Paid registrations with 13 anglers logging a total of 79 scoreable catches in this No Limit format.   

    We will continue to partner with Tyler and will be hosting additional stages in the coming weeks and months.  Be sure to follow Tyler on Instagram and subscribe to his YouTube channel for upcoming announcements.   


  • September 10, 2020 1:52 PM | Anonymous

    With Fall comes cooler temperatures but that doesn't mean that Bass Fishing has to cool down.  Bass fishing in the fall can be tricky, but it can also provide big rewards in both quantity and quality if you know what you are doing. Having the right baits is an important piece of knowledge   

    Connect Fishing League Member Nathan Grant recently wrote a blog post on his favorite fall fishing baits.   We wanted to share it as well as some recommended baits that we suggest you try this fall. 

    Top 3 Favorite Fall Baits - By Nathan Grant

    As the summer heat starts to leave and cooling temperature arrive, the water temperature begins to drop, and it is time for fall Bass fishing. For some, fall is for hunting and fishing gets put on hold, but for me I love to fish all year round. In the fall I have three go to baits that always seem to produce for me, they are my top three fall bass fishing baits. 

    Chatter Bait (Bladed Jig)

    The chatter bait has grown to be one of my favorite baits over the last couple years. I have seen massive success with the chatter bait, especially in the fall. The chatter bait has worked great for me in muddy water and in clearer water situations. The vibration you get from the bait drive the fish crazy. My favorite way to fish a chatter bait is over large grass patches and running it through tullies. The chatter bait is very versatile, as it can be ripped through grass, burned back to the boat, or slow rolled for deeper bass. One of my favorite things about the chatter bait is the feeling of a fish smashing it. I have never had a nibble on a chatter bait, it just always gets smashed.

    Our Favorite ChatterBaits*

    Z-Man Original ChatterBait, 3/8-Ounce, Green Pumpkin Purple

    Z-Man Chatterbait, Blue Black, 3/8-Ounce

    Strike King Tour Grade Rage Bladed Swim Jig, Black/Blue, 1/2-Ounce


    The Jig

    You may be seeing this and asking, “which one”? Football, skipping, swim jig? I will just say yes, yes and yes. In the fall I primarily throw a football head jig but have thrown a little bit of everything in the jig realm. I love throwing black and blue, but this last year saw a lot of fall success throwing a skirt less football head. This is one of my go to slow down baits, when the bite gets tough, I can drag it on the bottom, pop it, or if I really want to, I can swim it. The bite on a jig is so different and sometimes it just feels heavy (so different from the chatter bait). I love throwing the jig around any type of cover, such as   docks, laydowns, bridge pilings and again fishing in through the tullies. This is not always the first thing I will grab, but I always have it tied on in the fall. 

    Our Favorite Jigs*

    Football Jig - 

    Strike King Lures TDJ12-2 Tour Grade Football Jig, 1/2 oz, Black/Blue, per 1

    Skipping (Flipping) Jig - 

    All Terrain Skipping Jig (Watermelon Red, 1/4 oz)

    Swim Jig - 

    Lunkerhunt Skirted Swim Jig Fishing Lure, Blue Gill


    Spinner Bait

    The spinner bait is one of the first baits I used when I was learning to Bass fish and it has been one of my favorites ever since. It is one of the best search baits out there and comes with many different options for different situations. You can fish muddy water with Colorado Blades or clear water with Willow Blades, your color choices are practically unlimited, however, for me, Chartreuse has always given me success. This is another versatile bait that you can do a lot of different things with, one of my favorite ways to fish a spinner bait is to slow roll a big spinner bait for deep schooling Bass. Fish a big one, or something smaller, just always have one ready to go.

    Our Favorite Spinner Baits*

    Strike King Potbelly Spinner Bait (White.375-Ounce) Colorado Willow Blades

    BOOYAH Colorado/Indiana Blade - White/Chartreuse - 3/8 oz

    Z-MAN Slingbladez Spinner Bait, Freshwater, 3/8 oz, 5/0 Hook, Bluegill, Package of 1 (SBT38-07)

    These baits are not all that I use in the fall, the drop shot, jerk bait, wacky rig, and a few others also make fall appearances, but these are my top three. Fall is fast approaching, and it is one of my favorite times a year to fish. Take the time to get out there this fall, throw your favorite bait around and build some awesome memories. Let us know your favorite fall baits, tight lines and go catch a big one.


    Article Written By Connect Fishing League Member & ConnectScale ProStaff Member Nathan Grant 

    *Favorite baits listed were recommended by Connect Outdoors Staff.


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