Catch More Bass This Fall Transition! Junk Fishing Tips!!

We’re going “junk fishing” on Lake Chickamauga, come along! Throughout the year we spend a ton of time teaching anglers how to build patterns but during the transition, you need to get every bite possible. Today we mix it up by fishing deep ledges with a tail spinner, fan casting with swimbaits, and breaking down grass flats with flukes and topwater. Come along for a day of junk fishing and exploring on the Tennessee River. 

The term “junk fishing” is a reference to fishing without a specific pattern. You may be throwing a jig one moment, a spinnerbait the next, and be slinging topwater toward schooling fish, all on the same spot. Its about adapting to changing conditions instead of running a pattern. We spend all year dialing in patterns but during transition times, learning to junk fish is a must. 

Today Matt starts out with a handful of baits he thinks will work but in a matter of minutes he’s already sitting down, tying on different baits, and adapting to what he’s seeing on the water. He’s reading conditions, following baitfish, and exploring. The next time you go fishing you can do the same on your local lake. Below is a breakdown of the baits Matt used to find success today along with the gear he used to throw them. The links go directly to Tackle Warehouse where you can see detailed photos and descriptions of each item. 

Tail Spinner… 

Bait- Damiki Axe Blade: http://bit.ly/2w2uB9t

Hook Upgrade- Gamakatsu EWG Red (Size 4): http://bit.ly/2dmxXK8

Today’s Bait Color: Black holo

Other Great Colors: Holo Real Shad, Holo Silver

Swimbait… 

Bait- Scottsboro Tackle 6″ Paddle Tail: http://bit.ly/2Oy7CKH

Hook- Owner Beast 8/0 1/2 oz: http://bit.ly/2ancP66

Today’s Bait Color: Natural Light

Other Great Colors: Mullin’s Madness, Ol Smokey

Soft Jerkbait… 

Bait- Zoom Super Fluke: http://bit.ly/2aqys0H

Hook- Gamakatsu Superline EWG 4/0: http://bit.ly/2ac92XG

Today’s Bait Color: Pro Blue Red Pearl

Other Great Colors: Smokin Shad, Sexy Shad, Electric Shad

Topwater… 

Bait- Evergreen Shower Blow 105: http://bit.ly/2zIkqUH

Today’s Bait Color: Skeleton Chartreuse

Other Great Colors: Blueback Herring, American Shad

Topwater Combo… 

Rod- Shimano Expride 6’10” Medium: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

Reel- Shimano Aldebaran MGL 50 HG: http://bit.ly/2uQ4oH8

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 30 lb Braid: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 12 lb: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Fluke Combo… 

Rod- Shimano Curado 7’2″ Medium Heavy: http://bit.ly/2gUWTft

Reel- Shimano Curado DC 150 HG: http://bit.ly/2yHtsp4

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 50 lb Braid: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 15 lb Mono: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Big Swimbait Combo… 

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 965: https://bit.ly/3ktZFnF

Reel- Shimano Tranx 300 HG: http://bit.ly/2kYsvRw

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 65 lb Braid: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- Sunline FC100 Shock Leader 30 lb: http://bit.ly/2O4UElB

Budget Topwater/Tail Spin Combo…

Rod- Shimano SLX 6’10” Medium: http://bit.ly/2L3wppO

Reel- Shimano SLX HG: http://bit.ly/2NfdOnk

Line- Power Pro Braid 40 lb: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 12 lb: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

NEW Tactical Bassin Apparel… 

TacticalBassin Reaper Hoodie: http://bit.ly/2TwBWs7

TacticalBassin Shadow Hoodie: http://bit.ly/2FVD9Rs

TacticalBassin Sun Shirt: http://bit.ly/2TvFMBD

TacticalBassin Hooded Sun Shirt: http://bit.ly/38cVi9G

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