Fishing the Fall Transition for Trophy Fish

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For you fishermen that love freshwater fishing, this is a great time of year. When the weather starts to change and you begin to feel fall in the air, you have a good chance to land huge fish. Why is this. As the air temperature drops, the water starts cooling, also. This sets off a change in the feeding habits of fish. This is especially true for big fish.

With stable water conditions, big predatory fish settle in to a regular feeding pattern. They feed as needed and exert as little energy as possible to snag a meal. With cooling water temps, trophy fish put the feed bag on. This is entirely primordial and biological. The bait fish will move to shallower waters in search of sun warmed waters. This movement of bait fish may signal to the bigger fish that they better get what they can in a short period of time before there is no food left. With the feed bag on, a great opportunity exists to hook up with a beast.

When you think about freshwater apex predators, you have to consider musky, catfish and trout. Big brown trout, flathead catfish and musky will slam anything in their domain, as they gorge themselves. All of these fish hold down spots as voracious feeders and species that are not always easy to catch, when fishing for trophy fish.

I recently spent a day on the water with Capt. Scott Manning in Tennessee fishing for and discussing how to fish for flathead catfish during this transition. We were not discussing generalities, our conversation centered on trophy fish. The fall transition is one of the best times to catch a giant catfish. If you want to know more about what we discussed and see how Scott approaches this type of fishing, watch our newest fishing video on In The Spread.


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