Fall Transition

Bass in the spring are normally concentrated in shallow creeks and pockets. In the summer and winter they typically hold in deeper main lake areas. However, in fall the fish are scattered both shallow and deep. And junk fishing is popular in the fall for this very reason. In the morning you may throw topwater. During the day you may flip shallow docks, fish deep brush piles, and then go back shallow in the evening to throw lipless crankbaits around schools of shad. During this transition time of the year fish make their way toward the backs of pockets in search of baitfish schools, but they do not all do this at the same time which is why the fish are so spread out.
One way to help in this process is careful map study to find routes into these areas. The fish will be somewhere along that path. I use Navionics mapping to find these routes. First I will check main lake points for brush to see if the fish are still out deep. If they are not there I will make my way back into creeks stopping on channel swings and secondary points along the way. If that fails to produce I will go to the very back of the creek. Somewhere during this process I will run into fish. A good rule of thumb for most of country is during September the majority of fish will still be deeper. During October and November fish will be shallow and as December approaches they will start moving back out toward deeper water.
Just keep an open mind and look for baitfish either on the surface or on your graph. This time of year I normally won’t fish a place very long unless there is bait present. But remember to focus on the routes in and out of creeks and you will eventually find bass.

Morristown Marine Tournament Douglas May 17, 2014

Douglas 5-17-14

With the colder than normal winter the lake was fishing further behind than normal. There wasn’t a lot of schools, but we knew the tournament would be won in deep water as it always is this time of year. After spending multiple days idling the lake we knew where all of the good schools where […]

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The Next Move?

As bass make their way from their winter haunts to spawning grounds our goal as fisherman is to try to intercept their path along the way.  With the exception of the extreme south and north, in most parts of the country bass are in their pre-spawn stage and just a few weeks away from spawning […]

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Long Branch Lakes Nov. 17-19, 2013

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Just got back from a kayak trip to Long Branch Lakes in middle TN with my brother and some friends.  There are no motor powered boats allow on any of the lakes.  There are 3 lakes all between 50-70 acres.  As far as number went the fishing was a little slow due to a cold […]

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Get Plus


 Navionics has long been the industry leader for underwater mapping.  They have recently introduced a new and exciting product called Navionics+.  In the past if somebody wanted a certain body of water’s contour map they had to purchase that regions chip: North, East, South, and West.  That was ideal if they only fished in that […]

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Norris Lake Aug. 15, 2013

Had a guide trip on Norris and took out some great guys.  We caught a lot of smallmouth and spotted bass on drop shots and shaky heads and a even a couple on topwater.  We just never caught any real big fish, which is common this time of the year as it is probably the […]

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Morristown Marine Tournament Douglas June 1-2, 2013

Morristown Marine Douglas 2013

This is a recap of our tournament on Douglas. Day 1 We started out on some deep structure that I found with my navionics chip in practice.  We caught a couple of 3.5 lbers on a deep crankbait.  We went to another spot and caught a 7 lber on a crank.  After 30 minutes of […]

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Douglas Lake Mar. 24, 2013

I went out for a practice trip for the upcoming BASS Open in 2 weeks.  It was a raining day with very few boats on the water.  I caught a couple of good ones, a 5.5 and a 4, and rest were smaller.  Both of those came shallow.  I tried to find some deep and […]

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Morristown Marine Tournament Cherokee Mar. 16-17, 2013

We just fished in the Morristown Marine Tournament Trail on Cherokee Lake this past weekend.  It was a two day event.  The first day was pretty good, but most of the fish bite in the afternoon so there was some slow times early on.  My partner caught a 4 lber in the first hour and […]

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Classic Times

Photo: BASSMASTER - Gary Tramontina

I just got back from Oklahoma last weekend watching Brandon, my brother, fish in the Bassmaster’s Classic.  I actually got to follow him both days and watch him from the water.  We cheered him on with every fish catch.  The crowds out there were great.  It was in the 20s in the mornings and there […]

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