Targeting Fall Spots With Lipless Crankbaits By Mark Fong

Targeting Fall Spots 
With Lipless Crankbaits
By Mark Fong


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with lipless crankbaits


tarting in the summer and extending all

the way into the late fall, a lipless crank-

bait is perhaps one of the best baits you

can have at your disposal. I make it a best practice to have at least one rod

rigged with a lipless crank on the deck during this

time of the year. Over the years I have caught lots

of bass on lipless rattlebaits, mostly largemouths

and smallies.

I don’t exactly know why, but a lipless

crank was never my first choice or my second

choice or even on my radar when I went to a

spotted bass lake, but all that has changed

thanks to my good friend, Ron Gandolfi.

Lead in Lowrance Structure Scan becomes your eyes under water.

As a fulltime guide, Gandolfi spends upward of 150 days a year on the spotted bass factory that is Lake Oroville. It goes without saying that this man knows a thing or two about catching spots; so when he picked up a rod rigged with a lipless crankbait and proceeded to put fish after fish in the boat, I

knew that I had better pay attention. I was

armed with a fresh perspective, after

witnessing his spot catching prowess

and I diligently set out to unlock the

spotted bass - lipless crankbait



The first thing to

keep in mind is that

regardless of which black

bass species swims

in your lake, the key to

catching bass during the

fall is locating the bait.

Whether it is schools of

shad or swarms of pond

smelt, covering water and finding the forage is paramount. Fall fish can be extremely aggressive one minute and seemingly uninterested the next.

I like to start by targeting major structure. Schools of spotted bass like to hold on main lake

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