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Gabby’s fishing fever

Prepare for explosive strikes from bass


NICE CATCH — Eddie Simpkins caught this nice catfish at Carr Creek Lake last week while fishing with his brother-in-law, Greg “Gabby” Caudill. The fish measured 32 inches long and weighed 25 pounds.

NICE CATCH — Eddie Simpkins caught this nice catfish at Carr Creek Lake last week while fishing with his brother-in-law, Greg “Gabby” Caudill. The fish measured 32 inches long and weighed 25 pounds.

Early fall and is a sure sign good top water bass fishing is getting close. As the water and air temperatures cool down the bass will become more active and feed up for winter. With the weather now cooling off, the top water fishing for bass will get better and better.

Top water fishing for bass is one of the most exciting ways to fish because you can see the bass blow up on the bait sometimes. Top water baits have helped anglers catch bass for a long time. Top waters come in many different forms, from hard-bodied baits to buzz baits to plastics such as floating worms. All of these have their place and time to be used.

The buzz bait is probably the most used top water during most of the year for most anglers because it is a great bait to catch big bass, plus it is one of the most exciting because of the explosive strikes it can bring. There is just something about the sound and action of a buzz bait going through the water that makes a bass want to kill it. Look for areas close to shallow water or a bank where the bass are feeding on shad, or anywhere there is shallow cover.

Fish a buzz bait on a long rod with a fast tip action and a bait casting reel fast enough to take the line up without letting the bait sink. Most anglers retrieve the bait just fast enough to keep the blades turning. When you are on a good spot, make several casts over the entire area in a fan pattern. This will allow you to fish a productive spot thoroughly.

Hard-bodied top water baits have been around longer than any type, and used to be handmade of cedar or balsa wood. Some of these older baits can be worth a lot of money to collectors. Make your cast and work your bait in a twitch-pause-retrieve or a “walk the dog” side-to-side action. This will draw a big strike from active bass most of the time.

It is just getting decent top water fishing and will get better as the water temperatures continue to cool down.


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