Brandon Card’s Top 5 Crankbaits For Fall Bass Fishing

bcard_fall_crank-300x336Fall is one of the best times of year for bass fishing as many of the fish begin to follow the baitfish and spend their time feeding and nothing else. This time of year is also my favorite time to throw crankbaits because they allow me to cover water and find the most aggressive bass. I use a variety of crankbaits and the following are my top five crankbaits from shallow to deep-water fall fishing.

Lipless Crankbait – Yo-Zuri Rattl’n Vibe

Yo-Zuri Rattl'n Vibe. (Credit: tacklewarehouse.com)

Yo-Zuri Rattl’n Vibe. (Credit: tacklewarehouse.com)

The shallowest option for me would be the lipless crankbait. I start by fishing this bait right up on the bank on mud flats and in the backs of creeks and pockets. I use the 3/8oz size most of the time and fish the bait at a really fast pace. The key for me is to find bass chasing baitfish, but you have to be careful this time of year because the baitfish are often grouped up and if you find too many baitfish in the area it will not be as good. I like to see some baitfish activity and bass surfacing from time to time. If the shad are everywhere, the bass will have too many options and will be harder to tempt with an artificial lure when they have the real thing swimming all around them. When it comes to colors, I will use a chrome-colored bait when the sun is out and switch to a shad pattern if it is cloudy.

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