Find grass for a fall bait chase

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All photos David Brown

You can’t blame Wes Logan, walking a topwater along the out edge of a backwater pocket stuffed with pads and a grassy perimeter was a reasonable start. However, when he noticed silver shards flipping and splashing throughout the tattered vegetation edges, he immediately backed out, switched to a swim jig and started catching the bass preying on this forage.

This scenario, Logan said epitomizes a key element of the fall season — baitfish congregating in the backs of creeks, canals and shallow backwaters. It might seem like easy pickings — lots of food attracting lots of bass — but it’s kinda like feeling hotdogs at a barbecue buffet.