What baits we are launching in September 2022

We received a very good response from our first episode of the series “What We’re Throwing”, so we will continue in hopes of helping people catch more fish. In many parts of the country, the brutal summer temperatures are finally starting to calm down and fall is trying to rear its ugly head. Admittedly, now that I just wrote this sentence, it could be 100 degrees for the next three weeks. But overall, I think it’s time to start pivoting a bit to a more fall fishing-focused mindset. If it hasn’t arrived in your area yet, it will be there before you know it.

That being said, September can be a strange month for bass anglers, regardless of location. It’s a big month of transition, so the basses aren’t really committed to any particular pattern. They are widely scattered and these strange weather fronts can turn things around overnight. So while you’re fishing this month, be sure to keep things loose and open-minded; what worked yesterday may not always work today during these strange seasonal transitions.

Here’s a look at some of the main baits we’ll be using over the next few weeks.

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Berkley Powerbait The Champ Craw

There’s a guy named Jordan Lee who’s really good at bass fishing; if you haven’t heard of him, I suggest you do some research on the internet. He is one of the best and he is also very detail oriented when designing baits. Although you may see a lot of bait moving around the bottom of streams this month, it’s important to keep a spinning rod in your hand at all times. This time of year is known for its strange and sudden weather fronts and when this happens it can be very difficult to bite on moving bait. That’s why you should consider a soft plastic craw like this.

The claws float when this bait is at rest which is important because when real crayfish are threatened they raise their claws. The action of this bait mimics this natural behavior which is a big problem in tough fishing conditions. It is also a versatile bait due to its compact size. You can use it for a jig trailer, a lightweight Texas rig, or a heavier punching rig. This is one of those all-purpose baits that is tailor-made for tough transition fishing.

You can buy this bait here.

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COURT! Tungsten Ned Head Jig

I know… the whole Ned rig thing isn’t for everyone. If I had a choice every time I launched my boat, I probably wouldn’t launch it much. But sticking with the transitional season theme, I can’t overstate the importance of keeping some type of finesse bait rigged and ready to cast at all times. Even if you get a surface bite (more on that in a second), this type of rig can be great follow-up bait when a bass swirls on your bait and doesn’t quite get it. So always keep something like this ready during weird transitions like this.

This Ned jig head is made of tungsten, which makes it denser and smaller than other jig heads of similar weight. It makes it easy to get the blanket in and out and it features a super sharp hook tip that will secure just about anything that bites.

You can buy this jig head here.

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Z-Man Evergreen ChatterBait Jack Hammer

If you follow bass fishing a bit, you know this bait. It can be a bit pricey, but I tell you, there isn’t much other bait to get through the shore vegetation, as bass and baitfish make their annual migrations in the shallow creeks. As you can see I really like to stick with the shad colored Jack Hammers and will fish them from the shores of any little creeks that might branch off from the main lake.

A lot of people are curious about what size to throw in and I tend to be a big fan of the 1/2 ounce model. There’s nothing wrong with the lighter 3/8 ounce model, but the larger 1/2 ounce Jack Hammer doesn’t rise in the water column as much throughout the retrieve. So if you have to speed up your recovery to tear it from shore vegetation, there’s less chance of the blade breaking the surface and exploding. Keep it simple with this one this month. If you see weed, it’s still worth a cast.

You can buy this lure here.

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Yo-Zuri 3DB Pencil Popper 110

This month, many fish will begin to position themselves on isolated cover as they make their way to the aforementioned coves we discussed. Whether stumps on river bars or a few sticks at the mouth of a stream, they can be flat suckers for a well-placed surface lure. We’ve recently had reports of surface poppers and walker style baits being produced in many parts of the country, so why not try the best of both worlds?

The Yo-Zuri 3DB Pencil Popper 110 is going to be a big hit for us this month. Although many anglers prefer it for open water fishing, it is also an excellent choice for shallow water fishing around pier posts, deposits and stumps. This particular bait has the unique ability to spit and displace a lot of water without moving too much towards the angler, allowing it to stay in the strike zone longer than many other surface waters. It’s loaded with super sharp hooks and the color palettes are just gorgeous.

You can buy this lure here.

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Bill Lewis SB-57 Squarebill Crankbait

It’s hard to find a better time of year to cast a square bill. As we have discussed in this article, the bait begins to travel shallow and there are very few better imitations of different species of baitfish than a smaller square bill. If you haven’t tried the SB-57 yet, I strongly suggest you do. It has incredibly sharp hooks, it’s a smaller profile, and the unique beak design allows it to “hunt” throughout the retrieve. It doesn’t run in a straight line, which is a big deal in my book. If you think about it, when was the last time you saw a live baitfish swimming in a straight line? They scurry around to avoid being eaten and this lure does a great job of mimicking that.

You can buy this lure here.

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Net Paca Slim Craw

I consider this bait one of those “old reliables”. I know we’ve talked about a crayfish-mimicking bait in this piece before, but this one tends to really shine in post-frontal conditions. So on days when it was 95 degrees yesterday and 75 degrees today, something subtle and simple tends to do the trick. It’s a simple meat and potato bait that catches them.

You can drop it into grass holes, plant it on irregularities on the outside grass lines, plant it under a dock and heck, even drag it around riprap if you’re desperate. There’s nothing fancy about it, but it’s an important option for many anglers across the country because it just works. So if the weather is pulling you to 180 this month, it’s hard to go wrong with this one.

You can buy this bait here.

I don’t know why more people aren’t casting this bait; especially in early fall. I’ve caught absolute giants on this bait over the past few years and at first tried to keep it a bit quiet. But over time, it honestly frustrated me that so few people use such bait to catch fish.

It’s super stretchy, so you can catch a bunch of bass on one bait. But the most important feature, in my opinion, is the very unique sound it makes when you wrap it around the surface. It looks a lot like the popular Whopper Plopper style baits, but it’s made from soft plastic and goes through shallow cover very easily. Triple baits just won’t cut their way through bad cover because they snag. The Zoom Frog’s weedless capability lets you plod and tumble through shallow vegetation and layers without any hitches to speak of. I will also testify that some of the bites you get on this bait will scare you. They eat it like they’ve never seen it before and the explosions are absolutely insane.

You can buy this bait here.

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Berkley Frittside 5 Jr. Crankbait

When the bait is small at this time of year it is extremely hard to beat a smaller crankbait and my buddies and I have been catching them with this plug lately. It is a unique lure that acts like balsa but has the durability of plastic. Not to mention it was designed by one of the best crankbait anglers the world has ever seen.

If it gets rough and there’s a light breeze on the lake, try this catch this month. This is also another lure that you can take straight out of the package and catch fish. It comes with Berkley Fusion19 treble hooks, quality split rings and a durable body that will stand up to a lot of fish catches. This lure is a huge deal where I live and I’m pretty sure it will work well for you this month too.

You can buy this lure here.

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