Another of the gold standards for fall fishing, a buzzbait of any size will get bit. But again, backing down to a 1/4-ounce buzzbait on a baitcaster or even a smaller buzzbait on a spinning rod, is a great way to generate more bites in the fall.

Downsizing isn’t just a numbers thing, either. Yes, you will get more bites but the big ones particularly key in on these smaller baits as well. Some of the biggest bass I’ve ever caught in the fall have come on a 1/4-ounce buzzbait when I couldn’t buy a bite on a 1/2-ounce one. 

There’s something about a small buzzbait like this that appeals to bass in the fall regardless of whether they’re relating to shad on a shallow flat or bluegill along a grass line. The crisp, quite purr of the small prop is just enough to draw their attention without being aggressive enough for them to avoid it.