Glenn: There we go. Here we go. Here we go. Boy, he’s cold. Water temps are in the lower 50s, man. Nice coloring on them though, boy. Keri: Mm-hmm. Glenn: Beautiful fish. Keri: Mm-hmm. Glenn: All right. Let’s let this boy go. Off he goes. Hey, folks. Glenn May here with bassresource. com. And today, let’s talk about fishing wormsin the fall. Worms can be really deadly in the fall becausethey kinda mimic a baitfish, which is exactlywhat the bass are chasing during the fall. They are actively feeding, chasing schoolsof baitfish up and down that lake everywherethey can, and this works really well, especiallyif the fish are a little bit lethargic. If they’re not in a super feeding mood, theydon’t want to chase down a crankbait, forexample, or topwater, that’s where this comesinto play. It’s a really good time to throw it or ifthey’re buried up in those weeds. So, I’m gonna talk to you a little bit abouthow I fish with it during the fall. But first, I wanna talk a little bit aboutthe equipment that I’m using here. This is a 7-foot, medium-heavy power rod. The fast action tip, it’s pretty stout becauseI don’t know where I’m fishing in the fall. They can be anywhere. So, I want something that’s a little heavythat I can fish those areas in case I getinto some thick weeds or something. Here I’m using a 15-pound Seaguar InvizX line. This is a fluorocarbon line. I’m using it straight up. I’m not using braid. I’m not using leaders or anything like that. I do have backing in here, so I only haveto put like 50, 60 yards of it on here becauseit gets expensive. But I’m not using anything else. I’m not even putting braid on this becausebraid. . . braid doesn’t work so well in rockyareas. So, I don’t know where the fish are gonnabe in the fall. They can be anywhere. They can be up on main lake points in themorning and can be all back in the coves inthe afternoon and anywhere in between duringthe course of the day, sitting up on chunkrock or gravel beds or anywhere. So, if they’re in a rocky area, I don’t necessarilywanna throw braid because it can get frayedand get nicked and cut up. So, InvizX is pretty abrasion resistant andit’s got that sensitivity that I really want. Plus the water as it begins to clear throughoutfall, it gets clearer and clearer, braid isreally opaque, you can’t hide it whereas fluorocarbon,it’s got some stealth capabilities to it. You don’t see it as well in the water. So, this is the reason I like using fluorocarbon. And I’ve got. . . The reel on it is a. . . this is a 7:3:1 reel. Yeah, 7:3:1 reel. You don’t have to have that speed. We’re not fishing real fast. You can go down to 6:1 reel if you want, buta nice smooth drag is what you want. And here I’m using a Yum. This is a 7-inch ribbontail worm and I’vegot it tied on here. This is a 2/0 extra-wide gap hook and I’musing an 8-ounce. Man, this is three-eighth-ounce weight witha bobber stopper. Now, this is really important, a lot of timeswhen you’re fishing Texas rigged baits, you’reusing a quarter-ounce or bigger. Sometimes a half-ounce weight. Well, this doesn’t have a lot of appendagesto it. It doesn’t have it at all. It just has the ribbontail. Plus it’s a thin profile bait, so it goesthrough the water really fast. And a lot of times your bites are gonna comeon the fall. So, if you have a heavy weight on here, it’sjust gonna go right through that water columnand you’re gonna miss that opportunity toget bit. So, you want a lighter, lighter weight onhere and it. . . have that nice slow fall. You know, 1/8-ounce weight seems really light,but when you watch this fall, the water fallsabout the same rate as those thicker Texasrig plastics that are using a 3/8-ounce weight. So, that’s how I rig it. That’s what I’m using throughout the fall. Now, let’s go out and fish it. Keri: There we go. Nice one. Woohoo!Glenn: That’ll do. Come here. Come here. Keri: Nice. Get him in the boat. Glenn: I win!Keri: Woohoo!Worm fishing. Glenn: Wow. Keri: Fall worm fishing. Glenn: That is called fall worm fishing rightthere, boys. Keri: Nice. I’m in the middle of nowhere. Glenn: It’s a good fish. Look at the front. I’ll put my hand in and get the hook out. Wow. There we go. I like that. Keri: Nice little two and a half pounder. Glenn: That’ll work. Keri: Yeah. Glenn: He’s probably close to three. This looks a little short. Keri: Yeah. Glenn: But that’ll work. Keri: He’s more fat than he is long. Glenn: We’ll take it. Keri: Yeah, we’ll take it. Glenn: Thank you, guy. So the fall, what I like to do is I breakfall up into two different seasons really. There’s the early fall which is late summerinto mid-fall which is when the water temperaturegets down into the 50s, mid-50-ish or so. That’s the first half of fall. The second half is from that mid-50s rangewhen the water temperature gets down intothe mid to low 40s, basically early winter. That is the whole fall season for me. That’s how I break it up. So, in the beginning, the first half, thefish are roaming around a lot, they’re veryactive, they’re chasing down those baitfish,and they’re not gonna stay at any one placefor that reason. So, it’s hard to track them down but I havea methodical pro approach to that. What I first do is I start on the outsideof bays and coves that have freshwater feedinginto them. The freshwater brings in oxygen-rich water,and that’s what the baitfish are looking forthis time of year is oxygen-rich water. So, if a bay doesn’t have any freshwater flowinginto it, I’ll skip it and move to the nextone. And what I like to do is I’ll just start onthe outside of those first. I’m looking for main lake points, humps, ridges,drop-offs, those types of things. And I’ll take this, not too deep of water,10 feet, 15 feet of water, not that deep,and I’ll throw it out here and I’ll just letit fall way to the bottom. And all you’re doing is when you’re lettingit fall, is you’re watching. Just watch your line. Watch and watch and watch. And it’s on slackline so you’re not gonnafeel the bite. A lot of times a bite occurs when it’s falling. So, you’ll watch that line and you’re lookingforward to twitch, pot, jump or sometimesit just accelerates as it’s falling. And that’s a fish on the other line. So set up, set the hook, get that fish. Just let it fall. Once it falls, I just lift up on the rod tipabout a foot or two and let it fall back down. And that’s all I’m doing. I’m working it down that point off that humpin a little bit deeper water. And I’m doing it pretty quickly. I’m not really letting it sit on the bottomvery long at all. I’m just moving it along, covering water. And I’ll make two or three pumps like that,reel it back up, and throw again. And then make my way towards shallower wateras I work into that cove, throwing at everythingI can. I’m throwing at laydowns, I’m throwing atchunk rock, docks, anything like that. I like to throw over at that stuff. If I don’t get bit, pick up, and move again. I’m covering water quickly. You gotta move fast to find those schoolsof fish. Yeah, I like to throw it over. . . This is great to swim over the top of weedbeds. When you get those big weed flats towardsthe backs of coves, you can throw this overthe top of them and just swim it back. I just reel it in just like you would a crankbait,nice and slow over the top of those weeds. Those fish, if they’re in there, they’re gonnacome out of it like a Polaris missile. Just boom, crush it, right?A great way to fish it. Now, once I do catch a fish, here’s what’sgonna be hard to do. You’ve now caught one in a school becausethese bass, what they do is they school up. They’re moving in packs of 3 to 20, 25 ormore chasing down these baitfish. So, if you catch one, there’s gonna be morein that area. So, the hard thing to do is you’ve been movingalong covering water really quick, fishingaggressively and fast, and boom, you catcha fish. Well, you’re gonna think, “Okay. That’s how I catch fish. It’s easy to do that, so, okay. I’ve got to keep fishing that way. “Don’t do that. You’ve now found that school, slow down andwork it. Catch as many as you can. So, what you want to do is like I do, I’llthrow out a buoy and I’ll just sit there andI’ll fish that area, crisscrossing it differentways, slow down my retrieves, speed up myretrieves, maybe try a different color, butI’ll milk it for the best I. . . most I can toget as many fish out of that school. Now, once I’ve caught a bunch and the biteslows down, depending on where I’m at. . . so,if I’m fishing a good piece of structure thatthe fish are really set up on, then I mighthang out there again and wait for the nextschool of fish to come by and set up and catchmore fish that way. And sometimes you only got to wait 15, 20minutes for the next school to come by andthen the action picks up again and you’llcatch a lot more fish. I have won tournament who’s doing it thatway. But if it’s not as good a piece of cover,and it’s kind of. . . they’re loosely relatingto it, then once a bite dies off, pick upsticks and move on down and keep coveringwater again. Go back to fishing fast, hitting everythingyou can, every visible piece of cover. And then if I don’t, for example, if I’vedone all that at this point and still haven’tcaught fish, then what I’ll do is I’ll pulloff and I’ll look for that creek channel. And I’ll look for areas where the creek channelwhere it swings in closer to the shore, whereit connects with maybe a secondary point orconnects with a sandbar or just shallow water. I’ll look for those bends. And specifically, I’ll fish the inside bendsof those coves. So, if the bend is like this, this area onthis side here, the inside of that “C”,that’s the inside bend. It’s shallower there. The current isn’t as strong. If you can find chunk rock or any kind ofcover like weeds or log, something like that,stumps, that’s an excellent place to fish. And I’ll target that. A lot of times the fish will come out thereand suspend over that kind of cover. And you bring this worm over the top of it,you can even swim it over that like I justmentioned, and you’ll catch a lot of fishthat way. If I do catch fish that way, then I’ll godown on the next creek bend. I’ll skip the whole straight area. You don’t catch a lot of fish that way. I’ve never really have. But go where to that next bend is and concentrateon that. Again, what you’re doing here, this methodicalapproach is you’re hitting all the targets,the places where fish can be set up ambushingbaitfish. There we go. Yeah. That will do. Keri: A little bit better fish. Got a lot better fish. That’s what you’re looking for right there. Glenn: There we go. Keri: In the boat, Joe. Glenn: Come here. Come here, you. Keri: That’s what you’re looking for. He had to turn around so that he could stealmy spot. Glenn: That’ll do the spot. That’ll do the trick. Keri: That’ll do ‘er. Glenn: It’s a good fish. I’m gonna let you go, buddy. Another good place to fish as you get to thatmiddle of the fall and start transitioningto the late fall, and this a good segue wayfrom mid-fall into early winter, the weeds,they start to die off. And as they die, they consume oxygen. And like I said earlier, the baitfish, theylike to go for oxygen-rich water. So, they’re gonna pull out of those weedsas they’re dying and go to the deeper weedswhere it’s still green. So, those outside weed edges and that 10 to25 feet range, that’s an excellent place totarget during the mid to late fall with thisworm. And here, all you’re doing is still somewhatfast fishing. You’re throwing it out there and letting itfall all the way down looking for that biteas it falls. If you don’t get bit, lift up, let it fallagain, lift up, let it fall. Try that technique for a while. If that doesn’t work and you know the fishare in those outside weed lines, then swimit. Slowly swim it. You’re throwing it really deep now so it doesn’ttake much to get it to go too high on thewater column. Keep it down and then just slowly moving itjust enough to keep it off the bottom. It’s not a fast move, but it’s just slowlymoving along. And a lot of times those fish will clock itand they’ll come out, and they’ll dive outof those weed lines and hit the bait. We’d like a bigger one, please. One of us. There’s the pick up and there’s the hooksset. Come here. Keri: That’s better. Glenn: That’ll do. Keri: A little football. A little football. I got me a football. Glenn: Another worm fish. Keri: I got me a little football. Glenn: Yeah. That’ll do. We’ll take it. Now, as you’re moving towards the end of fall,what’s happening is the fish will start pullingout of those shallow areas and now they’regonna move deeper. What would be really nice to know. . . If you know this and you’re like. . . Because where are those fish gonna set upfor the winter?Deep is relative in any lake so I can’t tellyou exactly where they’re gonna be. I have some lakes where the fish will sitin 45 to 55 feet of water during the wintertime,whereas I have other lakes that don’t evenget that deep. And that’s not necessarily the deepest partof the lake. And those lakes where they’re that deep, thedeepest part of the lake is over 100 feetdeep. So, you need to find out for yourself, likemaybe go on the BassResource forums and askon that particular lake. That’s a good way of finding out. Look at fishing reports during the wintertime. But if you know where those fish are gonnaset up house in the wintertime, look at wherethey are now and then what is that route they’regonna take?What are the stopping areas along the waysuch as humps, points, drop-offs, roadbeds,any kind of structure, where are they gonnasit as they make their way to deeper water?I call those bus stops. I wanna fish those bus stops during the latefall and in early winter, deeper and deeperand deeper looking for those fish. They are going to congregate and relate tothose areas. In that time of year what I’m doing here isI’m not moving the worm as much. I’ll throw it out there, but if I’ve positionedthe boat out into deeper water, say I’m fishingthe point, a lot of times what happens, soyou’re out here in deeper water, you cast,it lands here. If you lift up the rod a whole lot, it swingsout towards you and then way down it drops. So, you’ve covered a lot of water and it’stoo fast. The fish aren’t chasing bait as much. They’re not gonna chase it down that much. So, I only lift 3, 4 inches. Lift it up, swing it down, boom. Lift it up, it swings down, boom. So, I’m still covering water, but not as fast. I start to slow down that retrieve the colderthe water gets. And in fact, there are times where I’ll takethe boat and I’ll position it up shallow andI’ll throw it out to deeper water. I’ll position it right on top of the hump,for example. And I’ll fish it, throw it out in deeper water,let the worm reach the bottom. And here I just use the rod and I just slowlydrag it up with the rod. And once I reach about here, I’ll reel backdown and then I’ll slowly bring it up againwith the rod. And I’m just feeling it bump along the bottom. Bump, bump, bump, bump, bump, bump, bump. So, those are the different ways how I fishit during the fall and into the early winter. I hope that helps. For more tips and tricks like this, visitBassResource. com.