Fish These Lures to Fish Like Cody

Topwater is a must for the fall feed. Here is what else Cody Meyer has on deck

Fall 2018



Story & photos

by David A. Brown


utumn is one of the year’s most abundant

periods; a time of transition when winter’s

approach brings big numbers of hungry bass shallow and spurs intense feeding.

FLW Tour pro Cody Meyer knows this season offers

some of his best opportunities for banner days and

here is how he goes about taking advantage of those


First, the setup: Many possible scenarios exist, but

Meyer knows that the quickest course to success is to

follow the food.

“Really it’s going to be all weather driven,” he said

of the seasonal baitfish migrations. “Typically, in the fall,

you’re going to have cooler nights, the days are shorter,

and fish are really getting on bait fish. So, what

I want to know is how far along in fall the

lake is.

“Water temperature is going to be a

big deal; because, that’s going to determine

if the fish are still on the main lake or have

they pushed back up in the main creeks,

or sloughs, if you’re somewhere like the

California Delta.”

Recognizing fall’s dynamic

nature, Meyer explained

it’s important to resist the

temptation to become one

dimensional for fall fishing.

This means there may be plenty of fish biting a certain bait in the morning or afternoon but committing a day to a single choice may be a fool’s errand. To this point, Meyer gives us his rundown on what he considers a strategic fall lineup.


“Throughout the whole fall cycle, you’re going to have a dropshot on your deck,” Meyer said. “I don’t care if you’re fishing the California Delta, Clear Lake, Shasta, Oroville; you’re going to want a dropshot, because it’s a shad imitating bait and that’s what they’re eating.”

To keep himself in the action, Meyer sticks with shad colors in the Strike King KVD Dream Shot. He’ll use a No. 2

Owner mosquito hook and rig it through the

bait’s nose for a natural presentation.

“This rigging style has the most

action and you’re going to catch

more fish that way,” Meyer said.

“But if you’re fishing around grass

or brush, you’re going to need to

Texas rig your bait so that you

don’t hang up so much. If you can

fish a nose hook, always do so;

but if you can’t, then a Texas rig

will be a viable option.”

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