Welcome to Fall. As temperatures continue to drop, the fish in your favorite honey hole are dramatically increasing their feeding activity, adding the bulk necessary to outlast the even colder weather ahead.
“There’s no doubt about it, the fall bite is here,” says Clay Torson, a St. Croix pro-staffer from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “No matter where you live, that should equate to some really good fishing over the next few weeks. By now, the fish know there’s no time to waste. You should probably take the same approach and make the most of this opportunity while you can.”
Depending on where you live, prime targets right now can be anything from crappie and catfish, trout and salmon, steelhead, walleye and musky, or pike and bass in freshwater environments. On the salty side, snook, redfish, sea trout, blues, false albacore and stripers are all on the menu. For Torson, though, it’s all about black bass, especially largemouths.
“At this time of year I’m looking for fast action and the chance at a lunker,” says the 22-year old bass sharpie. “Specifically, I like to key on surface action during the fall. There’s just nothing like a big fish exploding on a topwater plug – and I want to see that scenario unfold as many times as possible in the days and weeks ahead.”
Torson may be young, but he’s already highly experienced at busting bass on a regular basis. Last spring, in fact, he and buddy Jacob Maloney, also of Cedar Rapids, topped the leader board at the Iowa Bass Nation Team Trail on the Mississippi River while throwing swim jigs. Now, however, he’ll be looking for largemouths that are pushing schooled shad up against weed edges. “Those bass have the baitfish cornered, but I have them locked in, too,” he laughs.
Before it gets too cold, Torson likes to zero in on these fish using buzz baits, Zara Spooks and other topwater offerings. He’ll typically toss those baits on a 6’6”, medium power, fast action St. Croix Triumph series rod. As the season progresses and water temperatures dip below the 50-degree mark, he’ll switch to a 7’, medium or medium-heavy power, fast action Triumph for working swimbaits.
“I use a variety of St. Croix rods on a regular basis, but I have a soft spot for the Triumph series because they offer so much for the money. They’re also the rods that first introduced me to the St. Croix line-up, which I think is true for a lot of anglers. They’re just exceptional all-around rods. I’ve always been a fan of full cork handles and Triumphs offer this feature. They have good guides, plenty of power, a lot of sensitivity, and they are handcrafted with the same great care and precision St. Croix uses on all its rods. Also, with their SCRII carbon blanks, they load up a little slower than some other St. Croix models, which matches up well with many topwater, swimbait and crankbait presentations. I love them for bass fishing, but they are really versatile and well-suited to a lot of different fishing situations.”
A Triumph for All Anglers
Indeed, St. Croix’s Triumph series of rods can cover all the bases when it comes to freshwater action and saltwater surf fishing. With 19 one- and two-piece freshwater spinning models, five one-piece freshwater casting models, six four-piece travel models, four musky models, seven two-piece salmon & steelhead models, plus seven one-, two- and four-piece surf (spinning) models, there’s a Triumph choice to perfectly match just about any target species you might consider. Affordably priced, strong, sensitive and durable, Triumph is the world’s best-selling North American-made rod series. All told, the expansive Triumph Series affords anglers access to St. Croix Rod’s renown performance and technology at a very reasonable price.
Triumph Series rods are designed and handcrafted to provide the biggest bang for the buck in terms of performance, features and reliability. All feature high-quality components, high-performance materials, and St. Croix manufacturing technology, knowledge and experience folded into every blank. Triumph rods built for freshwater fishing are tailored to provide outstanding strength, sensitivity and hook-setting power while Triumph surf rods are designed to deliver reliability and long-distance casting performance.
If you’ve been wanting to sample the Best Rods on Earth® for the first time, or build up your rod arsenal, the timing couldn’t be better. Just in time for fall, St. Croix is putting all available, in-stock, retired Triumph Series rods on sale, offering 20% off retail pricing plus flat-rate $5 shipping from now through midnight CDT on November 22nd.. These special deals on retired Triumph rods are only available at the St. Croix webstore, and are limited to customers in the continental US and Canada only. Choose from a variety of freshwater spinning models, four-piece travel rods, and surf models. Special discounted prices start at just $72!
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Parting Advice on Lunker Largies
As for getting on those hawg largemouths now that fall is in the air, Torson suggests anglers concentrate on working the outside edges of weed lines.
“I get most of my fall bass up against hydrilla or eel grass patches,” he notes, “but lily pads can give up some nice fish as well. The most productive weed types do change as you move around the country, but no matter where you live, there’s a specific type of edge that local fish will gravitate toward. Solve that mystery, grab your Triumph, and you’re in for some great fall fishing.”
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