Topwater, Flukes, and Underspins For Aggressive Fall Bass!

There are dozen of bass busting on the surface and we’ve got the right baits to catch them! Come along as Matt takes a finesse approach to Chickamuaga. He’s throwing a fluke, a topwater, and several bladed swimbaits, but everything has been downsized to match the size of baitfish in the shallows. By “matching the hatch” the bite gets so good he can almost call his shots. Let’s go fishing!

One of the biggest mistakes we see anglers make when they downsize their lures is they also downsize their drawing power. Choosing baits that will draw a finesse bite but still maintain drawing power is an art in itself. Today Matt focused in on 4 key baits to accomplish this and ultimately added fifth. 

The fluke is by far the easiest of the bunch, it has natural drawing power at any size because of its aggressive darting action. The topwater was accomplished by choosing a bait with a cupped face that spit water and created a larger disturbance than other similarly sized baits. Upsizing the drawing power of tiny swimbaits is a task but its most easily accomplished by adding flash. Matt used one with a flashing underspin blade and another with a spinner on the nose. And finally, when he backed out to deep water, the tail spin was implemented to maintain a small size but increase drawing power. 

The next time you’re met with tiny baitfish in the shallows remember that you can downsize your presentation without downsizing your catch rate. Focus on baits with significant drawing power and you’ll catch fish. Below are links to all the baits and equipment Matt used in the video. The links go directly to Tackle Warehouse where you can see detailed photos and descriptions of each item.


Bait- Zoom Super Fluke Jr:

Colors: Smokin Shad, Albino, Arkansas Shiner

Hook- Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap (Size 2):

Support- Owner CPS Spring (Size Small):

Video detailing this rigging method:


Bait- Evergreen Shower Blows 105:

Colors: Skeleton Chartreuse, American Shad, Emerald Shiner


Bait- Keitech 3.3″ Fat Swing Impact:

Colors: Pro Blue Red Pearl, Electric Shad

Hook- Owner Flashy Swimmer 1/8 oz with 1/0 hook:

Screw Head… 

Bait- Megabass Spark Shad 3″:

Colors: Albino, Real, Silver Shad

Hook- Megabass Okashira Screw Head (1/16 oz):

Tail Spinner… 

Bait- Jackall Deracoup 1 oz (Silver):

Red Hook Upgrade- Owner ST-36 Red (Size 4):

Matt’s Finesse Swimbait Combo… 

Rod- Shimano Expride 6’10” Medium:

Reel- Shimano Aldebaran MGL 50 HG:

Line- Sunline Assassin 10 lb Fluorocarbon:

Topwater Combo… 

Rod- Shimano Expride 7′ Medium Light+:

Reel- Shimano Bantam Metanium MGL HG:

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 30 lb Braid:

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 12 lb Mono:

Budget All-Around Finesse Casting Combo…

Rod- Shimano Intenza 6’10” Medium Heavy:

Reel- Shimano SLX DC:

Line- Sunline Assassin 10 lb Fluorocarbon:

NEW Tactical Bassin Apparel… 

TacticalBassin Reaper Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Shadow Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Sun Shirt:

TacticalBassin Hooded Sun Shirt:

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