Bassmaster Elite Series pro Jason Christie knows that fall is a give-and-take time of the year. For one thing, college football and hunting season keeps a lot of anglers off the water and affords greater opportunity to those who chose to fish.

On the flipside, fall means volatile weather and the impact of warming trends or cold fronts can greatly impact your fishing opportunity. Taking advantage of what the day offers comes down to matching the mood of the fish. When they’re frisky, you want to use your faster moving “reaction” baits, while lethargic periods call for slower looks and smaller packages.

For example, the bass may be eager to blast a Heddon One Knocker Spook or chase down a Bandit 200 crankbait on a mild day of late fall feeding – especially when the barometric pressure falls ahead of a cold front. But once the front passes and high pressure stymies the activity, it’s time to go small and slow. Here, a Booyah Bankroll Jig with a YUM Christie Craw is a good choice.

Conversely, warming trends generally spur the fish to feed more aggressively, so step up your presentations and look for reaction bites. You may be catching fish on Smithwick Rogue jerkbait in the morning, but when the midday sun warms the water and cloud cover sets in, throw that Booyah Spinnerbait and hold on to your rod!