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Captain Mike Gerry reports great fall fishing both on topwater lures and with jigs on the ledges. Gerry says the prime time for the cool weather fishing is from now through Thanksgiving, until the water gets really cold and slows down the metabolism of both fish and fishermen. He said Heddon Spook topwaters are good locator baits at this time of year on the grass edges, and suggests using larger Spooks for bigger fish, smaller ones if you're just looking for action; www.fishlakeguntersvilleguideservice.com.

Captain Lee Pitts reports excellent crappie action at Neely Henry and Weiss, with limit catches coming from brush piles, stake beds and channel edges at 12 to 14 feet on live minnows; www.leepittsoutdoors.com.

Mark Collins has also been loading up on nice crappies at Weiss, with most on the channel edges and brushpiles at 12 feet and more on live minnows; www.markcollinsguideservice.com.

From Pickwick, Captain Steve Hacker reports the smallmouth action remains red hot. He said water temp was at 60 before the current cold blast, and big fish were everywhere--one client got two six pounders! He said most were caught on live minnows fished on Carolina rigs or jigs bounced along bottom, but some also fell to umbrella rigs with shad tails. His anglers have also been catching spotted bass, largemouths and stripers; smouth@highwaay.net.

The colder water will be no deterrent to striper or spotted bass at Lewis Smith--stripes will be feeding on humps, ledges and bars at depths of 15 to 35 feet off the main channel and at the mouths of major tributaries. A big Tsunami shad is one of the best artificials, but live shad is the ultimate bait for these fish. Spots take "Spot Remover" finesse jigs in some of the same areas, and the smaller ones continue to school on top at dawn and dusk and will grab Tiny Torpedoes and other small topwaters.

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