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Four Fabulous Fall Baits for Big Bass

My favorite bass baits for my favorite time of year!

People who know me know I love to hunt almost as much as I love to fish. But being that I don’t bow hunt, I’m not being torn between wanting to be on stand and wanting to fish during October. The bass are chompin’ right now, packing on the pounds for the winter. Some of them are so gorged that their bellies feel like they won’t stretch any further without tearing. This is precisely why I love fishing in the fall more than any other time of year. If you can find time to get on the water, these baits will help you score some monster bags!

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Fall is by far my most favorite time of the year. Between the hunting and fishing there is always something fun and exciting to be a part of in the outdoors. The fall salmon run on Lake Michigan is something that a lot of midwesterners know about, however, not many seem to take advantage of. To a lot of people it seems like a lot of work and a lot of money. What they don’t know is how easy it is to do it on the cheap with the gear they already have sitting in the garage. You don’t need downriggers, leadcore, or big levelwind reels, just your favorite spinning reel with some heavy mono or light braid, and your favorite medium to medium heavy rod. My inshore salmon and trout setup is a 7 foot Fenwick Aetos spinning rod in medium heavy, paired with a Pflueger Supreme MG spinning reel loaded with 30lb Berkley Trilene Braid.

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King Salmon taken on a 1/2oz Vibrations Tackle Echotail in the “Gold Nugget” pattern

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3 Keys to Better Hunting and Fishing

If you’re like a lot of people you’re struggling to sit in your treestand right now. While there’s a part of you that waits all year for a chance to hunt, there’s a whole other part that can’t tear away from the incredible fishing that’s happening right now as the fall feeding frenzy sweeps across the country. Whether you’re after bass, pike, trout, or panfish; it’s safe to say that the best fishing you’ve seen all year is underway (or about to be). But lucky for you, there are things you can do while you’re in your favorite tree that will not only make you a better hunter, but that will improve your fishing trips as well.

To begin with, you need to be sharp and remain still. Keeping your movements to a minimum will reduce noise and the chances of being seen. A great way to do that is to have a smartphone and two apps: Weather Underground and Fishidy. Weather Underground is essential for several reasons. It has doppler radar that will show you if a storm is tracking in your precise location, so you can be sure that you’re safety isn’t in question (that’s always a great place to start). WU also pulls data from millions of weather stations all over the globe, so you can be sure to get predictions for the week that are as close as possible to where you’re planning to be. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had people tell me “weather I hadn’t anticipated ruined my trip”. This app will absolutely reduce that risk.

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We’re very excited to have been named in World Fishing Networks recent list of the Top 7 Mobile Fishing Apps! Thanks to all of our members and partners who continue to support us in becoming one of the best local fishing resources available. We have some exciting new changes coming very soon that will make Fishidy’s mobile app even more valuable and fun to use to help you find and catch more fish – stay tuned!