Fall is my favorite to be on the water. The cool air, crisp breeze and stellar bass fishing make this time of year a very special one. As the water cools and the shad continue their search for shallower water, a quality crankbait quickly turns into a necessity. While there are several different factors to successful crankbait fishing, such as retrieve cadence, it is most important to use a quality, true-running crankbait.
When the weather begins to cool down, a Rapala DT series crankbait is always tied on to one of my cranking rods. I live in the Midwest, and the DT series has the entire water column covered—and when the bass are pushing pods of bait in the shallows, there is no better bait than one of these balsa beauties.
In order to differentiate my presentation occasionally, I prefer to mix the regular DTs with the Fat and Flat series. If the fish aren’t paying much attention to the original DT series, I will often switch to a DT Flat, as its narrow wiggle can draw strikes in some of the toughest conditions. When I’m targeting any hard cover, such as blowdowns or rocks, the DT Fat’s aggressive wobble and square lip can entice some enormous strikes. Throughout this time of year, I believe that the bass are always going to eat these crankbaits. While you may have to experiment with different retrieval speeds based on the water clarity, I have caught fish on the DT series in water temperatures as low as 42-degrees.