When largemouth bass chase shad schools into the backs of creeks, the fall feed-up offers many different ways to engage these gorging fish. For FLW Tour pro Pete Ponds, one of the most effective ways involves cranking the edges.

Targeting pockets where the creek makes a turn, Ponds looks for bass to stack along the edges where fish can rise from the creek channel to feed in shallower water.

Depending on depth, he’ll use a Bandit 200 or 300 to find the fish. He wants his bait to run off the ledge, so if he’s in 8 feet of water and the nearby creek channel is 18 feet, he’ll use the 300. In shallower areas – say a pocket with 6 feet adjacent to a 14-foot channel – then, the Bandit 200 will get the call.

General rule of thumb: As he pushes farther into the back of a creek, Ponds expects to progress from that Bandit 300 to the 200 and even the 100 when he’s digging shallow.

Ponds also offers a key location tip: On warmer days, he tends to focus more on the shallower inside edge of a creek turn, while cooler times make those deeper outside bends more attractive to bass.