It’s a great time of year to be a bass fisherman. Fall is coming and the cooler weather means cooler water temps. Those cooler water temps get the bass shallower and more active than they’ve been since the spring. This abundance of shallow, feeding bass leads to some of the best top water action of the year.
There are numerous top water baits that are effective during this period, but my favorite, by a wide margin, is the buzz frog. These baits, such as a Stanley Ribbit or the Zoom Horny Toad, have almost completely replaced a traditional buzzbait in my fishing arsenal. Their primary advantage over a buzzbait is the fact that they are almost completely weedless and can therefore be fished in considerably heavier cover. They also are a slightly more subtle presentation, so they work better on heavily pressured bass.
Fishing these baits is relatively simple. I prefer a Medium Heavy rod and a high speed reel, normally a 7 to 1 ratio. This high speed reel makes it easier to keep the bait on the surface and using a Medium Heavy rod allows the fish to take the bait easier than a heavy action would. You’ll want to use a heavy line since the strikes are vicious and you’re in heavy cover, so I recommend using a braided line.
Check out this video that I shot a couple of years ago and you’ll see what I mean about these baits. The strikes are explosive and when this bite turns on, you’ll catch a bunch.