This is an interesting time of year because a lot of patterns tend to coincide with each other throughout the country; a lot of times a pattern will be outstanding in one area and absolutely stink in another, but it seems like October seems to be a sweet spot where a lot of the same patterns work the same time of year.
I had a really good talk with the head of our video team, Ryan DeChaine, this past week and he was telling me how good the flipping bite was in northern Minnesota. It was an interesting conversation because the same thing was happening down here in Georgia, thousands of miles away. Perhaps the most intriguiging aspect of it was the bass are wanting bigger and heavier jigs in both ends of the country.
We really, really like this CrossEyeZ Flippin’ Jig because not only does it skip really well but it also comes through hard cover without any issues at all. There’s no telling how many thousands of skips we’ve made to thick cover without any snags to speak of.
I think the size of the jig is important to consider right now. The bass, no matter their location, can feel these cooler nights and they know the winter is coming. Ryan made a really good point when he mentioned the bass are focused more on “caloric net yield” and I thought that was a really smart thought. With the water temperatures rapidly cooling thanks to the cooler nighttime temperatures, the bass want more bang for their buck; they don’t want to chase a bunch of little baitfish all over the place. If they can eat one big meal per day, it seems like they’re more than willing to do so.