Eat! Eat! Eat! Food is all that bass are thinking about in the Late Fall! These creatures know the cold season is coming and they waste no time filling their reserves with anything that passes in front of them. This time of year an angler can gain a ton of confidence in new lures by targeting bass that are anxious to feed. Need to learn how to catch bass on crankbaits, swimbait, jigs, etc? No problem! It all sounds wonderful until they shut down. All of a sudden you can’t get a bite, no one can, so what do you do now?

Today Tim breaks down his approach to catching bass that are shut down. Anyone can get a bite when the fish are chasing but knowing when its time to stop and adapt can be the difference between a great day and a frustrating outing. Knowing when to downsize to a dropshot, Neko rig, or other finesse bait is an art all its own. Tim explains the signs you need to keep an eye out for and follows it up with tackle recommendations.

Below is a breakdown of the tackle that Tim uses during tough conditions. When the fish turn negative, fish with confidence, knowing that you’ve adapted at the right time. The bass are still there and with a little persistence you can salvage your day on the water.

Dropshot Presentation…
Worm- Strike King Half Shell:
Hook- Owner Mosquito Light 1/0:
Weight- Vike Skinny Tungsten Dropshot:

Swimbait Presentation…
Swimbait- Keitech 2.8 Fat Impact:
Head- 1/8 oz Guppy Head:

Ned Rig Presentation…
Worm 1- Roboworm Ned Worm:
Worm 2- Z Man Finesse T.R.D.:
Head- 1/8 oz Owner Block Head:

Neko Rig Presentation…
Worm- Yamamoto 5″ Senko:
Hook- Mustad TitanX Neko Hook:
Weight- Swagger Tackle Pagoda:

Other Great baits when fish are slowing down…
Baby Brush Hog:
Man Bear Pig:
Roboworm 4″ Fat Worm:

Tim’s Favorite Finesse Combo…
Rod- G Loomis NRX 852S JWR:
Reel- Shimano Exsence 3000 Reel:
Line- 10 lb Power Pro Braid:
Leader- 6 lb Sniper Fluorocarbon:

Budget Finesse Combo…
Rod- Shimano Zodias 7′ Medium:
Reel- Nasci 2500 Reel:
Line- Power Pro MaxCuatro 20 lb Braid:
Leader- 8 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

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