With fall in the air, bass anglers usually begin to feel a little twitchy … a little jumpy … a little erratic. Not so much in their behavior or demeanor, but rather in the style of lure they choose to throw. And that’s just how it should be, according to tournament angler and brand ambassador Donna Mullins.

“When autumn arrives you want a lure that wiggles and wobbles,” said the angler from Tennessee. “Bass are generally shallow; they’re feeding aggressively and a lure with an erratic action will trigger strikes.”

While there are dozens of choices that fit the bill, Mullins relies heavily on her Top 3 — a square-bill crank, jerkbait and spinnerbait — to keep the autumn bass action rolling. Here they are:

1. Norman Fat Boy

“I like the Fat Boy because it has a hard, wide wobble and a blunt nose that displaces a lot of water and attracts a fish’s attention. It’s great for fishing structure, vegetation and laydowns because the lip and wide body tend to bounce off obstacles and the lure rarely gets snagged.

“On clear, sunny days, if you see a spot that seems like it should hold a fish, but doesn’t produce right away — keep casting to it. Sooner or later the bass will get agitated enough to come out of its cubby hole to attack the lure.”

2. Smithwick Suspending Super Rogue

“It’s hard to beat a Rogue in just about any fishing situation, but the Suspending Super Rogue is my personal choice during the fall,” she said, “especially if the water is on the clear side. The built-in weight transfer system lets you make long casts, so you can cover a lot of water. On the retrieve I give it a couple of hard twitches; pause it for a long 3-count, then twitch again. The erratic flash on the twitch gets their attention, and the pause gives them time to strike. Sometimes you feel like it’s working you to death, but it’s worth it.”

If Mullins encounters water that’s a bit dirty or stained, she doesn’t give up on the Rogue. Instead she swaps patterns. “In my experience Tiger Roan and Lazer Craw work best in dirty water.”

3. Booyah Super Shad

“Four willow-leaf blades on the Super Shad fool bass into thinking they’re chasing a school of baitfish — that they’re about to get a super-size mouthful at a time when they’re feeding heavily anyway.

“You can fish it anywhere, but I especially like to throw it along laydown trees. Just run it alongside, bouncing it off limbs and branches. Again, cast multiple times if you have to; the bass might be comfortable in its ambush spot, but at some point it will come out to grab the lure.”

Fall bass fishing is a pursuit during which feeling a little erratic is a good thing. Take Mullins’ advice and you’ll see what she means.