Fall Fishing vs. Deer Hunting 

By Steve Graf, Owner/Co-host: Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show

Well let’s take a survey, would you rather go bass fishing or deer hunting in the Fall? Hmmm… if you ask a die-hard bass angler, he’ll say go bass fishing but if you ask a deer hunter, the answer is obvious. So why would someone choose bass fishing in the Fall over going deer hunting? The answer revolves around one thing for a bass angler…the Fall feeding frenzy! Bass this time of year are on the prowl and gorging themselves on shad. They’re eating shad faster than Jimmy Johnson taking the checkered flag at the Daytona 500. 

But deer hunters are a breed unto themselves. They work long hours preparing food plots, filling up feeders and building deer stands. They spend hours reviewing photos off their game cameras and trying to figure out how they can outsmart Mr. Buck. Deer hunting involves a lot of preparation just like bass fishing. But bass fishing is more about adjusting on fly and changing with the conditions while deer hunters seem to accept the conditions and will attempt to wait for Mr. Buck to make a move. Deer hunters are people on mission…to put meat in the freezer and food on the table.

The Fall feeding frenzy is like no other time of the year as bass try to fatten up for the Winter as they go into more of a dormant mode with water temperatures dropping from the 70’s down into the lower 60’s. If you’re looking for some fun, tie on a shad colored crankbait such as a Bandit 100 or 200 series, a SPRO Aruku Shad or maybe a Strike King 1.5 or 2.0 KVD crankbait. Spinnerbaits are also very effective in the Fall as well. It’s also some of the best topwater action of the year with Pop R’s, Zara Spooks or a fast moving buzz bait churning up the water. Fall bass fishing can be explosive and downright awesome when the bass are in this feeding mode. So if you ask someone what they would rather do, it all depends on if you ask a bass fisherman or a deer hunter. Till next time, don’t forget to set the hook!