5 Elite Bass Lure Brands You Need This Fall

The fall season has a way of making me nervous like time is running out.   Ever feel that way?

The worst is being stuck on what lures brands to go with as you watch leaves fall like hourglass sand.

In an attempt to enjoy bass fishing this season in its entirety, I settled on a set of dependable, must-have bass lures made by companies that have a consistent streak of quality products.  I have to say I’m impressed.  From soft plastics to hard-bodied baits, these brands have a special touch. And their lures catch fish!

1. Reaction Innovations

Reaction Innovations are, in every sense of the word,  elite. Founded in Alabama in 2002, Reaction Innovations have proven to be a staple in the world of bass angling with some of the most effective baits on the market.  Some popular lures include;

  • Man-Bear-Pig
  • Sweet Beaver
  • Skinny Dipper

The Man-Bear-Pig

As far as creature baits go, the man-bear-pig has taken the all-star status. In a way, it resembles the Zoom Brush Hog only beefed up with flailing leg appendages and a streamlined, ribbed body with detachable sidearms for additional action.   Another notable feature can be found on the tip ( head ) of the bait – a small, reinforced piece of soft plastic designed to hold your bait firmly in place on the hook and prevent tearing when you hammer on a big fish.

How To Fish It

 Texas Rig. You can hop the bait along, drag it, punch it, or let it fall and sit. Try dead sticking it, watch your like for jumps,  and maybe give it some movement and wait, this is where you’ll often feel the thump. A Carolina rig is also effective when rigging this bait, especially in early Spring. Dragging it with an intermittent twitch, and the bait will find itself in the crosshairs of a bucket-mouth beast!

The Sweet Beaver

The Sweet Beaver is the perfect flipping bait for cover. Whether you’re fishing grass, punching mats, flipping docks, or dragging along the bottom, this bass lure is a perfect, all-around, and effective bait. It also doubles as a jig and swim-jig trailer. Each bait has a ribbed body and beaver-style tail. For greater action, you can separate the two tailpieces.

The sweet beaver is a perfect bass lure for grass and around structure.

How to fish it

On a texas rig, you can fish it virtually anywhere, and it holds a tight grip on the hook. As far as mileage goes, you’ll get a lot out of these lures before the wear and tear sets in.

If I’m cruising the shoreline on a slow troll and hitting grass patches, boat docks, and cattail lines, you can bet I’ll be flipping a texas rigged sweet beaver with a 3/8 oz sinker, pegged. And trust me, this bait gets hammered, a lot! As the bass begin on their way along the migration paths to spawning grounds, I’ll intercept with a slow crawl/drag along shallow shoreline. And boom.

2. Venom Lures

Right off the bat, I’ll say that Venom Lures catch fish. No question.

I recently tested their 5″ Skip Shad in the black shad at a small lake known for its grass. Rigged weightless on a straight shank worm hook, I ripped it through milfoil and achieved that darting action I get with a Zoom Fluke. Additionally, it descends with a wounded minnow action and receives everything from timid nips to a full-blown clobber and beat down by the biggest fish on the pond.

Venom have provided anglers across the country with high quality bass lures, each with a unique action.

To me, It’s obvious when a  lure company replicates the mold of another successful company and took little time to produce a unique action for their baits. Venom is the opposite; It’s clear they’ve poured passion, creativity, and experience into their products, giving them a unique vibe in the water.

Other Venom products I’d recommend;

  • Venom Good-ball tube Jig
  • Donkey Snatcher Swim Baits
  • Small Mouth Grubs

Additionally, Venom produces good quality micro jigs and terminal tackle, as well as some pretty cool-looking clothing. These guys do it all!

3. BioSpawn

If you’re looking to break from the traditional lure design, then BioSpawn has you covered. And trust me, these lures were designed to catch fish, not fishermen.

With a wide selection of soft and hard baits, BioSpawn has proven itself to be worthy not only of Karl’s Mystery Tackle Box but in any angler’s bag looking to hunt predator fish.

Are you ready to hunt?

My personal favorite from BioSpawn is the Vile Bug, a durable, creepy and elongated, and almost villainous creature bait.  It’s perfect for slipping into territory like submerged vegetation, and if you’ve read my previous posts, you know I’m a huge fan of flipping into heavy grass such as Milfoil, Hydrilla -you name it- and I always keep a sharp eye for an effective grass bait. The Vile Bug competes strongly with the Berkely Pit Boss and Sweet Beaver in this way, which are some of my go-to’s when selecting any fishing lures for bass. 

I have to say that the vile bug also meets the true definition of green pumpkin ( Pictured above) and has a moderate action to it; perfect for year-round fishing. Whether flipping docks, grass, or hopping along sandy bottoms, this soft plastic is now front and center on the ol’ pegboard at home.

Other awesome Bio Spawn Products:

  • Exostick
  • Vile Craw
  • BioSpawn Rattlebot

All in all, BioSpawn lures present a fantastic forage for bass. Their soft plastics double well as swim jig trailers and can be fished vertically, across the top of the water, crawled Carolina rig style, texas rigged, and even modified for improved action. The versatility of these baits is most impressive, second to their unique designs.

4. Dirty Jigs

Jigs are an essential part of bass fishing. And Dirty Jigs have established themselves as a must-have bass lure brand on the market today. 

Dirty Jigs appear to be all about simplicity.  I say that because, for many new anglers, the jig universe can be overwhelming. With all the brands out there pushing their self-proclaimed best lures and the wide diversity within the jig categories,  Dirty Jigs makes it easy to understand and offers an insanely large product line, which is well described and neatly categorized on their website.

It’s clear that Dirty Jigs pays great attention to detail and precision. They have a  selection of cool skirts with diverse colors that match water tones around the country. I’ve been using their No Jack flipping jigs in bluegill and craw color. One feature I’m impressed with is the industrial strength of their weed guard; you CANT penetrate this thing.

Other heavy jigs may claim to hold against dock pilings and wooden structures, but if I can brush my finger across the guard and still feel a poke, it’s a deal-breaker for me.  Other Dirty Jig products include tour-level football jigs, casting and swim jigs, and some pretty cool apparel.

 

( Pictured Above), Dirty Jigs’ 3/8 oz flipping jig with a Reaction Innovation Sweet Beaver trailer.  Compact, tough, durable, and perfect for flipping into tight corners, vegetation, and under docks. They get a lot of bites!

5. Rapala

Would any list be complete without Rapala?

If you’re fishing the fall season, you better be using a baitfish imitator. Rapala has a perfect set of lures for this.

Rapala produces amazing bass lures like the rip-stop and rip-stop 12

 

They’ve dominated the twitch-and-pause action for years.

For the Fall season, Rapala products I’d go with are;

  •  X-Rap
  • Rip-stop ( pictured above)
  • Rip-stop 12 ( pictured above)

How To Fish It

Find those lake points, back bays, and inlets of your water, and keep an eye out for baitfish. Use electronics to locate bait balls or identify overhead birds or boils on the surface. This is where the bass will be, staging up at the mouth of these locations, shoaling baitfish toward shallow choke points. Cast out, let your lure settle as the ripples disappear.

Then, start twitching your rod tip and a twitch and pause cadence. Let that lure rest. You’ll often get a bite here on the pause.  And there’s nothing more thrilling like a giant smash on a jerk bait.

As winter settles and those fish begin migrating deeper, Rapala produces a line of jerk baits called Shadow Raps ( Pictured Below) that’ll entice a lethargic bite. These Jerkbaits are designed to be fished slow – twitched and paused, of course – but slow, very slow.

 

These are my go-to brands for when those nights begin to cool and days are shorter, and leaves begin to fall. Without hesitation, I’ll jump right to each brand’s hard and soft style baits and get cranking. But I’d recommend you explore your own style and pair it to the behavioral traits of the fish on your waters. For additional information, check out Top 10 Bass Lures for an overall rundown of what to throw during the year.

I’ll see you on the water!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Perfect Flipping Baits for Bass Fishing In The Fall

 

Fall has officially arrived!  Bass are feeding aggressively, trying to bulk up for winter. It’s the best time of year to experiment with literally everything in your tackle box, including flipping baits, believe it or not. Where most anglers would be quick to throw a jerk bait or a topwater, I find that flipping into cover is still effective, and it’s something I look forward to all year!

Let me explain.

In most places, submerged grass has already died off. In response, the bass will move toward harder structures and also begin chasing baitfish.  At this time, many anglers lay aside their flipping setup for a more accurate bait fish representation like a crank or jerk bait.

And why not?

These fish have seen hundreds if not thousands of different soft plastics during the year. Jigs, Senkos, speed craws, creature baits, you name it! Additionally, Most lakes have made the fall transition and the fish are acting accordingly, shifting their attention to shad.

But this isn’t the case everywhere.

Flipping Baits: Fish The Conditions

I recently fished a small pond nestled into a golf course ( a little secret spot I know) in the Sierra Nevada. The vegetation there was still healthy; topped out, green, and able to circulate oxygenated water. The bass seemed to be in the fall swing, as they were blowing up on baitfish and shoaling schools right up onto the shore.

I could see lumps forming under grass mats that would disappear and then emerge in open water in streams of zig-zag patterns and boils followed by large blowups.  It was like watching biological combat.

However, these fish were exhibiting a grass-oriented, ambush behavior. I realized this after flipping a creature bait around some of the healthier patches of grass and receiving a few smacks. Now, before you pass me off as uneducated, I had already thrown a weightless fluke and caught quite a few fish ( almost every cast).  It’s a perfect bait for heavy vegetation. I even managed to fish it as topwater, skeet the thing across the top and landed a few dinks. Allowing the bait to sit motionless on the bottom even received a few hits.

My point is that not every lake is the same. And not every fish on every lake are the same. At my secret pond, these fish were moving around aggressively and feeding on baitfish but still using the grass as cover and were just as reactive to a craw as they were to a baitfish imitation.

Many locations still may have a healthy area of submerged vegetation. Docks, boat lifts, ramps, and stumps still play a crucial role even at the tail end of the transition. That’s why in the fall season, I always have a rod set up specifically for flipping into cover as well as the four lures that follow.

1. Creature Baits

In many cases, bass will suck deep into the last bit of healthy grass they can find. This will often be located close to hard bottom, or even better- where the hard bottom meets grass, or where two vegetation lines join.  This is where I would recommend you begin hunting if that fluke or crankbait only receives a few short strikes.

Bio-Spawn produces a unique body design capable entering exiting grass cleanly. The Vile Bug is a great flipping bait for fall.

Bass Fishing Rods

If I’m flipping into cover, I’ll typically use a 7′ 2 medium-heavy with a faster gear ratio and 30lb braid to a 20 lb fluorocarbon leader.

Reaction Innovation Sweet Beaver is a perfect fall season flipping lure for bass.

Brands I like to fish when flipping into the grass;

  • Bio- Spawn Vile Bug
  • Reaction Innovation Sweet Beaver
  • Big Bite Craw Tube

These baits are all pretty well streamlined and lack any flailing appendages, making them perfect for slipping in and out of thick cover without the hangups.

Flipping Baits: Terminal Tackle

I almost always go with a texas rig,  Gamakatsu heavy cover straight shank flipping hook, and for craw tubes, I will stick to a VMC heavy wide gap hook, size 4. Weight selection is mostly dictated by the grass you’re flipping into. As vegetation thins out, I’ll go with a 3/8 – 1/2 oz tungsten weight, pegged.

So, next time you’re making those long casts with a moving bait and only receive a few sparse strikes ( or none at all), consider the possibility that your lake hasn’t fully transitioned. Those Bass might still be hiding out in some thick, hidden patch of grass nearby. Switch to a flipping set up and you won’t be disappointed!

2. Flipping Jigs

Dirty Jigs are great all-around flipping baits to use around cover.

Never forget the power of a jig! Whether you’re fishing the California Delta or the Lake Okeechobee, Jigs are a universal lunch item for Bass. In fact, I can’t think of a more versatile and effective lure that works year-round. It represents both baitfish and craw, thus it appears to be whatever the fish wants to see. Some amazing areas to target with a jig in the fall are docks, boat ramps, and boat lifts, and of course, grass.  And trust me, bass will still use these as cover.

Some awesome brands;

A jig is often the second best bass lure I’ll tie on after a texas rig or after I’ve caught a few in one particular place. As I mentioned, these fish have seen a lot of fake prey during the season and many can spot the difference between what’s real and not. If I manage to pull one out from an area on a texas rig, ill follow it with a 3/8 oz flipping jig to switch it up. It’s an essential piece of bass fishing gear you need for the fall.

3. Hollow Body Frogs

This may come as a surprise, but a hollow body frog can be effective when skipping under docks, and who doesn’t love skipping! The traditional idea behind this lure is that it should be used in and around heavy vegetation and thrown long distances to cover water, I know that! It also happens to be the most rewarding, most gratifying style of bass fishing.

However, taking them by surprise may just be the key to a solid bite among pressured fish. By the end of the season, every worm and jig and soft plastic creature bait has been thrown on them and a frog is an awesome way to switch it up.

4. Flipping Baits: Senko

Nothing surprising, right? When all else fails, turn to the basics. Thrown on a wacky rig, the Senko is a perfect last resort, or as Seth Feider would call his “clean up crew.”

For me, it’s effective when thrown after I receive a short strike from a fish too smart or not hungry enough. If I know an area holds bass but they’re not responding, I’ll throw a Senko and play with different presentations, usually a slower one. Much of the bass fishing near me is difficult in this way. I often have to rig and re-rig until I find what works but using the Senko as part of the big guns seems to be effective.

Final Thoughts

These baits will produce bites when nothing else will. Of course, it’s far more gratifying to experience that massive load-up on a chatter bait. But I like to have a backup if those fish are pressured into seeing countless shad imitations among schools of thousands of actual real baitfish; something that catches them off guard, something they’ve possibly forgotten all about!