Having trouble finding and staying on the bass as they transition into fall patterns? Texas bass pro Jeff Sprague has the answers and uses buzzbaits to comb expanses of water. He delivers a boatload of useful information on when, where, and how to fish buzzbaits to catch fall bass in transition on Texas waters, but the content applies everywhere.
- Strike King Toad Buzz Buzzbait, color: Black
- Buzzbaits at Tackle Warehouse
- Team Lew’s Pro-Ti SLP Speed Spool Casting Reel, 7.5:1
- Lew’s Custom Speed Stick Casting Rod, 7’0″ Medium-Heavy
- Strike King Tour Grade Fluorocarbon, 20lb
- Strike King Tour Grade Braid Green Braided Line, 30lb or 50lb
Cooling temperatures dissipate thermoclines and offshore baitfish concentrations, sending baitfish and bass to the bank where they spread across miles of shoreline. The buzzbait is an excellent tool for covering water fast and mimicking shad in the process. Pattern fishing at its finest! Make a mental note about creek arm location and habitat when you catch a bass so you can look for the same in other parts of the lake. Pockets in the grass and “stick outs” are key ambush baits for bass, so definitely keep an eye open for irregularities.
Not all buzzbaits perform the same. For Sprague, water temperature determines if he’ll fish a toad buzzbait or a skirted buzzbait – he explains the water temperature thresholds and how to fish each bait style. When it comes to fishing lines, both fluorocarbon and braid perform well. Sprague explains when he uses each and why shorter medium-heavy casting rods (in the 7-foot range) are his go-to when target casting with buzzbaits.