UPCOMING EVENT: Costa FLW Series - 2019 - St. Lawrence River

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

How to Choose Topwaters in Fall

How to Choose Topwaters in Fall

For much of the year they’re relegated to spot duty, but fall is and always will be topwater time.

As the cool nights drive baitfish to the shallows, bass see a prime opportunity to fatten up for winter. It’s the perfect scenario for a topwater approach: loads of bait, ravenous bass and skinny water. Best of all, you can forget stowing away the surface lures once the sun peaks. These bass are more than willing to crush a topwater rain or shine, morning, noon and night.

The only question then becomes … which topwater do you throw to maximize the fun? We’re glad you asked.

 

Walking Baits

Damiki Rambler

Pro: Bryan Thrift

Thrift’s favorite: Damiki Rambler in real shad

Top target: shallow flats with isolated pieces of cover

Presentation: Thrift is known for his ability to cover water, hence his affinity for the Rambler in the fall. He’ll walk it as fast as he can to cover flats where he sees shad flickering on the surface. However, what he likes most is when he sees an isolated piece of cover on the flat. He’ll still burn a cast by it first, but if he doesn’t get a strike he’ll make a second cast and methodically work the Rambler back near the cover, allowing the lure to really glide side to side to tempt any nearby bass.

 

Buzzbaits

Dirty Jigs Scott Canterbury Pro Buzz

Pro: Scott Canterbury

Canterbury’s favorite: 1/4- or 1/2-ounce Dirty Jigs Scott Canterbury Pro Buzz with a blue glimmer Bruiser Baits Thrasher trailer

Top target: seawalls and docks

Presentation: If he only had one way to fish, buzzbaits in the fall is all Canterbury would do. And in the fall, Canterbury often fishes the Coosa River, which has no shortage of seawalls and docks, both of which are perfect for attracting roaming, shallow bass. Canterbury will choose a 1/2-ounce buzzbait if he’s just covering water and the 1/4-ounce model if he’s skipping under docks and other shady areas. Regardless of the bait size, he’ll start by reeling the lure as slow as possible, making casts tight to the walls and docks and working the buzzbait out at a 45-degree angle. If the fish swipe at it but don’t connect, he’ll speed up, which often prompts hookups because the bass attack the faster-moving lure more aggressively.

 

Poppers

Rebel Pop-R P70 and Magnum Pop-R

Pro: Matt Stefan

Stefan’s favorite: Rebel Pop-R Magnum or P70 in chrome blue back

Top target: river wing dams

Presentation: The topwater bite is not only relegated to the South. Stefan employs a popper on the many wing dams of the Mississippi and Wisconsin rivers. The reason for the popper is that he’s target casting to small areas, usually right on top of the wing dam or the eddy just behind it. He’ll then try four or five different cadences to see which one the fish like that day. In general, he’ll start working his popper quickly if the weather has been warm and sunny, but if there is a chill in the air he’ll let his lure sit a little longer before making another twitch.

 

Prop Baits

Rapala X-Rap Prop

Pro: Terry Bolton

Bolton’s favorite: Rapala X-Rap Prop in pearl grey shiner

Top target: isolated cover on flats

Presentation: For years, the go-to fall bait on Kentucky Lake for Bolton and others was a prop bait called a Gilmore Jumper. Now Bolton throws the X-Rap Prop, which has a far more realistic look, and that is key with how he fishes it. With so many anglers throwing walking-style topwaters, Bolton has seen the fish get jaded toward them. When that happens, he’ll pitch the X-Rap Prop to every piece of cover he sees, give it a twitch and then let it sit. The idea is to be patient, giving the prop bait three to eight seconds in between twitches, with the goal of aggravating the fish into finally biting. He’s also had success doing this around grass edges.

Tags: fall  topwater  sean-ostruszka  pro-tips-weekly 

How to Make a Swimbait a Line-Thru

How to Make a Swimbait a Line-Thru

Jake Lawrence thinks the line-thru swimbait is more versatile than many tournament anglers realize. The Kentucky Lake and Pickwick guide and 2018 Costa FLW Series Lake Barkley champion frequently chucks one any time bass are shallow to not only put big fish in the boat, but to catch five good ones in a day. READ MORE »

Slow Down in Brush for More Success

Slow Down in Brush for More Success

Many times, hitting as many brush piles as possible is the key to success, with Bryan Thrift’s 2015 FLW Tour win on Lake Eufaula serving as a prime example of that strategy. However, with the fishing pretty tough on Lake Hamilton, both Wade Strelic and Joel Willert turned to more methodical approaches to generate bites. READ MORE »

Thrift Eyeing Final Feather in His Cap

Thrift Eyeing Final Feather in His Cap

Another year, another FLW Cup. Which means, once more, one of the top storylines going into the championship is, “Will this be the year Bryan Thrift finally wins it?” When you have the pedigree of Thrift – arguably the top angler in the sport – it’s bound to come up. After all, he’s won Rookie of the Year, two Angler of the Year titles (and finished in the top 10 another 11 times) and 11 tournaments (six tour, five Costa FLW Series). READ MORE »

Danville’s Siggers Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Smith Mountain Lake

Danville’s Siggers Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Smith Mountain Lake

HUDDLESTON, Va. – Boater Dennis Siggers of Danville, Virginia, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division tournament on Smith Mountain Lake Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds, 1 ounce. For his victory, Siggers earned $2,585 for his victory... READ MORE »

Cox and Dudley on their AOY Chances

Cox and Dudley on their AOY Chances

Every angler starts his season with the hope of being in contention for AOY by the final tournament. Mathematically, only a handful of anglers are still in it this year, but realistically, as the FLW Tour heads to its final stop of 2019 at Lake Champlain, it’s a two-angler race. READ MORE »

 How to Rig a Kayak Fish Finder

 How to Rig a Kayak Fish Finder

One of the biggest aftermarket purchases a kayak angler can make is a fish finder. At the start of the kayak-fishing boom, many laughed at the idea of putting a graph on a kayak. Now, it seems almost standard practice, especially for the avid kayak angler. READ MORE »

Top 10 Patterns From Table Rock

Top 10 Patterns From Table Rock

Fishing at Table Rock during the Costa FLW Series Central Division event, presented by Power-Pole, was pretty remarkable, at least until it wasn’t. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Table Rock

Top 10 Baits from Table Rock

It really didn’t matter what pros threw at Table Rock. The fish were probably going to eat it. Yet, despite a banner practice, things certainly got tougher throughout the Costa FLW Series Central Division event, which was presented by Power-Pole. Thus, pros needed to continually adapt to the conditions with their offerings.Here’s a look at the lures that helped the top 10 anglers.  READ MORE »

Table Rock Midday Update – Day 3

Table Rock Midday Update – Day 3

With just one keeper from his three primary pockets, leader Jake Morris might have left the door open on the final day of the Costa FLW Series Central Division tournament at Table Rock Lake. His frog pattern might be fizzling out due to clear water and changing conditions. READ MORE »

Co-Angler Parsons Wins for Brother 

Co-Angler Parsons Wins for Brother 

Co-angler Scott Parsons won the Costa FLW Series Central Division event at Table Rock Lake with a combination of smallmouth and largemouth bass. He dedicated the win to his late brother, Dustin, who died of cancer in 2016. READ MORE »

Olliverson Triumphs on Table Rock

Olliverson Triumphs on Table Rock

Missouri pro Eric Olliverson came back from fourth place on the final day to unseat Jake Morris and company and win the Costa FLW Series Central Division event presented by Power-Pole on Table Rock Lake. Olliverson’s 16-pound, 8-ounce bag on the final day gave him 46-3 for the tournament and the win by just 5 ounces over Dakota Ebare. READ MORE »

Table Rock Midday Update – Day 2

Table Rock Midday Update – Day 2

Fishing pressure and a cold front have shut down the bite at Table Rock Lake for stop No. 2 of the Costa FLW Series Central Division season. The lake's largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass are not coming easy. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Table Rock – Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Table Rock – Day 2

A few spawning bass are making their way to the scale in the top pros' bags, but most of the consistent action has come flipping or fishing topwater for largemouths, smallmouths and spotted bass at Table Rock. READ MORE »

Morris Still Rocking Table Rock

Morris Still Rocking Table Rock

Jake Morris of McKee, Ky., continues to lead the Costa FLW Series Central Division event at Table Rock Lake. Morris, who won the season opener at Kentucky Lake, has a two-day total of 32 pounds, 7 ounces. READ MORE »

Table Rock Midday Update – Day 1

Table Rock Midday Update – Day 1

Catching fish is hardly the problem right now at stop No. 2 of the Costa FLW Series Central Division at Table Rock Lake. It seemed like every pro our on-the-water crew pulled up on today, be it on the lower end or up the rivers, was setting the hook with reckless abandon. Unfortunately, the quality has been extremely lacking. READ MORE »

Everything on the Table at Table Rock

Everything on the Table at Table Rock

Stop No. 2 of the Costa FLW Series Central Division, which is presented by Power-Pole and hosted by Explore Branson, is primed to be an all-out show. It seems like the lake’s entire population of bass is rushing to the bank to spawn, with all three species willing to eat a vast array of offerings. The only question: Will Mother Nature play nice? READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Table Rock – Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Table Rock – Day 1

The vast majority of the field was able to scrounge up limits between 10 and 13 pounds, but getting over the 13-pound mark has been a challenge at the Costa FLW Series Central Division event, which is presented by Power-Pole and hosted by Explore Branson. READ MORE »

Morris Starts Fast on Table Rock

Morris Starts Fast on Table Rock

Coming off a win in the Costa FLW Series Central Division opener on Kentucky Lake, Jake Morris started great in the second stop of the season as well. Weighing 17 pounds, 4 ounces on day one, Morris leads a tightly packed field in the Table Rock event, which is presented by Power-Pole and hosted by Explore Brandon. READ MORE »

Top 10 Patterns from Santee Cooper

Top 10 Patterns from Santee Cooper

Santee Cooper is full of 30-pound stringers. It’s also been known as a lake that will humble an angler quick. Bradford Beavers had experienced that before, having twice before weighed in 30-plus-pound stringers in tournaments on his home lake only to bomb the next day. Well, third time was the charm. After weighing in 31-02 on day one of the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division event presented by Power-Pole, he managed to back it up on day two by fishing both lakes for his first signature victory. Of course, he had to hold off some hard charges from some veteran locals to do it. Here’s how they and the other top pros managed to carve out their own patterns and stay consistent on Santee. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Santee Cooper

Top 10 Baits from Santee Cooper

There were three predominant patterns at Santee Cooper: Pitching wacky rigs to cypress trees, sight-fishing and the shad spawn. Yet, they weren’t the only patterns, as a couple locals managed to do plenty of damage with some locals-only offshore patterns at the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division season finale presented by Power-Pole. READ MORE »