With the cooler temperatures, shorter days, brisk winds and football season starting, one thing is going through everyone's mind....fall is here.  Yes, another summer season has come and gone in a blink of an eye, but some prime fishing opportunities exist for bass anglers looking to keep their line wet until November!

This past weekend on the Mississippi River, I put two of my favorite fall baits to work and had success with them.  Crankbaits and frogs not only are great lures to put numbers of bass in the boat, but also quality fish as well.  With the amount of floating vegetation still present on the river, a shallow crankbait worked well for me.  A big key for me when crankin for bass is using the correct rod. 

The correct rod will have a soft tip so when that big bass hits the hooks won't rip out of his mouth, but a good backbone in it so you can get your fish into the boat.  I use the 7'0" Wright & McGill Tessera series crankbait rod and have had great success with it.

Even though the dog days of summer are gone, tossing a Snag Proof frog around weeds is still a great way to catch fall bass.  The key is to find the green vegetation that is still healthy.  If you have been frog fishing for most of the summer and haven't checked your braided line, make sure to check for frays in it (you don't want to lose that trophy bass).

Well I finally was able to make the jump and purchase a boat!!!  For the remainder of this season and next year, you can see me fishing in a Ranger 518!  Here is a quick sneak peak into my rod locker and as you can see I have all of my rods neatly organized by using The Rod Glove.  With this product, I am able to quickly go into my rod locker and pull out the rod I am looking for. 



Up next for me will be the final BASS Weekend Series tournament held out of Winona on September 18 and 19, here I hope to have a great tournament and stay in the top 40 in the year end standings.