Catch More Shallow Fall Bass with Jigs and Crankbaits

Renowned bass pro Scott Suggs often leaves offshore bass for shallower creek arm fish during the late summer and fall months. Suggs explains how to find shallow fish-holding areas with your lures instead of fish finders, then catch several bass from the school by changing up baits and retrieve styles.


Suggs is a proponent of starting on “test spots,” that is, known fish-holding areas that reveal what the bass want to eat. He then starts combing creek arm drains with a wobble head jig and worm combo to find hard patches, which bass tend to frequent throughout the fall months.

Once he finds and catches a few, he reaches for a lipless crankbait and starts experimenting with different retrieves until the fish show a clear preference. And don’t leave fish to find fish. Suggs recommends milking a good spot by changing up baits and casting angles until every inch of water is covered.

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