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:

Hook Upgrade- Gamakatsu EWG Red (Size 4):

Today’s Bait Color: Black holo

Other Great Colors: Holo Real Shad, Holo Silver


Bait- Scottsboro Tackle 6″ Paddle Tail:

Hook- Owner Beast 8/0 1/2 oz:

Today’s Bait Color: Natural Light

Other Great Colors: Mullin’s Madness, Ol Smokey

Soft Jerkbait… 

Bait- Zoom Super Fluke:

Hook- Gamakatsu Superline EWG 4/0:

Today’s Bait Color: Pro Blue Red Pearl

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


Bait- Evergreen Shower Blow 105:

Today’s Bait Color: Skeleton Chartreuse

Other Great Colors: Blueback Herring, American Shad

Topwater Combo… 

Rod- Shimano Expride 6’10” Medium:

Reel- Shimano Aldebaran MGL 50 HG:

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 30 lb Braid:

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 12 lb:

Fluke Combo… 

Rod- Shimano Curado 7’2″ Medium Heavy:

Reel- Shimano Curado DC 150 HG:

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 50 lb Braid:

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 15 lb Mono:

Big Swimbait Combo… 

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 965:

Reel- Shimano Tranx 300 HG:

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 65 lb Braid:

Leader- Sunline FC100 Shock Leader 30 lb:

Budget Topwater/Tail Spin Combo…

Rod- Shimano SLX 6’10” Medium:

Reel- Shimano SLX HG:

Line- Power Pro Braid 40 lb:

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 12 lb:

NEW Tactical Bassin Apparel… 

TacticalBassin Reaper Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Shadow Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Sun Shirt:

TacticalBassin Hooded Sun Shirt:

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