Originally published in The Topeka Capital-Journal.
Fall is officially here, and what better way to celebrate than going out to your favorite pond or lake and doing a little bit of bass fishing?
One series of lures worth giving a try is the Arashi series of crankbaits from Rapala. They have great action, are perfect for fishing over rocky terrains without getting snagged and can be reeled at slower speeds while still maintaining diving depth.
The series includes the Silent Square 3 and 5, the Rattling Flat 7 and the Rattling Deep 10, with each allowing for great fishing at various depths. For shore fishing, I would suggest the Silent Square 5, which should be able to hit the bottom in most situations and is slightly bulkier and more durable than the Silent Square 3.
The one issue I’ve had with this lure series is — as with most crankbaits — it is prone to collecting moss. One of the benefits of fall fishing, however, is that the moss and algae that covers ponds and lakes during the hot, late summer months have usually died out by this time and allow previously unfishable areas to be navigated with ease.