Fall is the lost season for several anglers who opt to go on a fishing trip instead of other indoor and outdoor activities like football and hunting. That’s too bad because they would have had a wonderful time during this season if only they had just tried it. Fall is the time of change not only for the fishermen but for the fish as well.
Changes in the weather will cause forage to move to a different spot. This also applies to predator species. They may adapt to the current food supply in the location that they are inhabiting or follow the other food sources to their new fall location. Fish know when winter is near. They start to gain weight during the transition by feeding heavily while using up fewer calories in their liquid environment, which is starting to get colder.
For those who love to fish, their time on the water comes with a unique appearance and feel during the fall transition due to the benign weather, great beauty, as well as lots of fish. The sun moves on a lower arc and heat as well as humidity drops while foliage starts to take on beautiful and brilliant hues.
Timing plays a crucial role during the fall season. Turnover occurs on several lakes. It is when cool water from below mixes with the cooling water on the surface. This phenomenon can make fishing difficult for days or weeks. Then murky water that comes with lots of decaying plant life may require you to move to a different lake. The primary food sources usually crowd in predictable locations during the fall season. Mixed bag catches are likewise typical because various predator species look for easy meals in the exact same location. Multiple baitfish species and even predator species may appear in harbors and river mouths. Threadfin and gizzard shad relocate into creek arms and covers, and their movements dictate the predator’s movements that rely on them like bass.
Bluegill, as well as the other members of the sunfish species, will play an important role in countless ponds, reservoirs, and natural lakes. They will move to deep edges of the aquatic vegetation and this will attract bass and other predators like the musky and northern pike.
Fishing in fall could be very rewarding enough when the food supply of the fish is dispersed and in limited supply. Target species might be spread from deep structure to shallow flats. Catching fish using different lures is one good characteristic of what they call junk fishing, which can lead to a fishing bonanza even when there’s no “pattern” in play.
Moving lures such as spinner baits, buzz baits, as well as lipless crankbaits may pick off different fish during the morning. Meanwhile, jigs, plastic worms, as well as soft plastic jerk baits can be very useful minutes or hours after. There is something special in using your favorite lures.
As water temperature continues to drop and the season moves forward, fall’s faithful understand very well that trophy period has come. Fish behavior, as well as location, is going to be much more predictable. You will find big fish in prime areas. Search for underwater points as well as sunken islands that has become home to several species. You may find walleye and smallmouth bass, and even a musky as well as northern pike in rock piles.
Rime Time Baits
Minnow and jib combinations used to be the odds-on selection of anglers who love late fall. This mix is still very reliable these days. You can also use jigs that come with soft plastic grubs as well as other trailers.
Different fish attractants and scents are also very effective in the cold water. It is also very effective to use jerk baits or minnow styled lures that are also called twitch baits. The presentation is usually comprised of at least one jerks and then followed by a pause. Try to create a cadence that the fish like. It is also recommended to have a variety in the number of jerks as well as the pause length in between them.
If the temperature drops below 55 degrees, you might want to consider using blade baits. It is also suggested that you store the aggressive retrieves that you may have been using during summer. Instead, you can use slow and short vibrating pulls to mimic the movement of a baitfish that’s dying.
Stillness Is Important
Nature is moving at the pace of a snail throughout the cold weather season. Even though fish feed and move aggressively during the early fall period, the fast pace of fishing that was efficient before must be countered with a more patient method when fishing in Myrtle Beach as water temperatures drop below 40. Slow presentations, boat control, heightened awareness, as well as sensitive tackle during the late fall are very important.
When you have found a fish location with a high percentage of fish, allow the stillness to rule. Anchor the boat and fish the location slowly and of course, thoroughly. You should also target the spot from varying angles and don’t forget to carefully position your boat every time. In case wind plays an important role, you have to position your boat in a way that allows you to cast into or with the wind to lower the effect of the wind on your line as well as ability to detect a bite.
Call Fish-On Outfitters if you want to know more about fishing this fall.
800 Sea Mountain Hwy
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582