Members weigh in on their favorite fall fishing gear

Fall is here in force. Leaves are changing, temperatures are cooling, and the fish are biting.

We recently sent out a poll to our Connect Fishing League members asking about their favorite fall fishing gear. We had a great response. Our members enjoy a variety of gear and fishing techniques and we’ll break them down below.

The first question asked what your favorite reel brand is. 32 percent responded Shimano. Shimano has been in business for more than 80 years and has concentrated on precision engineering in their products.

Shimano Antares

The Shimano® Antares A Baitcast Reel sets the standard for compact, effortless fishability. This top-of-the-line low-profile reel for freshwater features an elegant new design that makes efficient use of Shimano technologies. Its sleek magnesium Hagane body is light and rigid, and supports an MGL III spool with S3D design for amazing low start up inertia and casting distance; Silent Tune inhibits vibration, resulting in smooth, fluid lure placement. 


Shimano Stradic CI4+ FB Spinning Reel

One of the world's most popular high-performance reels gets a significant upgrade. The Shimano Stradic CI4+ FB Spinning Reel incorporates the latest Shimano technology while retaining all the performance features that serious anglers count on.


Lew’s came in a close second with 26 percent of the vote. Daiwa was third with 15 percent of the vote. Other reels receiving votes include Abu Garcia, Ardent, Enigma Fishing, and Piscifun.

Lew's Tournament MP Speed Spool LFS Baitcast Reel

Stable and smooth, Lew's® Tournament MP Speed Spool® LFS Baitcast Reel has an extremely "quiet" feel in the hand, making it ideal for delicate bass techniques – yet it also has the mettle to take on heavy cover and big fish without missing a beat. 


The next question asked our members what their favorite type of bait was to use in the fall. Our members were split with lipless crankbaits receiving 15 percent of the votes. A lipless crankbait is a flat-sided lure that wobbles when retrieved.


Rapala Rippin' Rap Rattling Lipless Crankbait - 2-1/2" - Firetiger


Casting jigs and soft baits, such as worms, each received 10 percent of the vote. Tubes, topwater hard baits, shallow diving crankbaits, medium diving crankbaits, bladed swim jigs, swim jigs, football jigs, creature baits, stick baits, and spinner baits all received five percent of the vote.

Booyah Boo Jig


STRIKE KING Tour Grade Fishing Jig


When we asked what a favorite fall fishing technique is, frog fishing came out the clear winner with 32 percent of the vote. This was quickly followed by drop shot fishing with 15 percent of the vote, Ned Rig fishing with 10 percent of the vote and Swimbait fishing also with 10 percent of the vote.

All others received 5 percent of the vote, respectively.

The final question we asked our members was what your favorite rod manufacturer is. We received a lot of good responses and a number of different companies all received votes.

Abu Garcia, Dobyns, and G Loomis each received 10 percent of the vote. The following rods all received five percent during voting: Bass Pro, Jenko, Leviathan, Old 18, Old18, Carrot Stix, Daiwa, Denali, Enigma, Kistler, Lew’s, Shimano, and St. Croix.

Abu Garcia Veritas Casting Rod

The Abu Garcia® Veritas® Casting Rod is extremely lightweight, sensitive, and well balanced to give you the ABU fish-catching advantage. By using 30-ton graphite with SubLayer Armor™, Abu Garcia significantly improves durability and hoop strength of the Veritas, without increasing weight. An exposed blank reel seat with an up locking, ratcheting hood makes a direct connection between rod and reel, and secures reel tightly. 

Dobyns Rods Fury Series FR 703SF Medium Power Fast Action Spinning Rod

Sensitive, light, strong and balanced at an exceptional value! dobyns rods new fury series boasts those essential features that anglers demand: high modulus graphite blank, Fuji reel seat, Kevlar wrapping and aa grade cork grip with a hi-density hypalon butt. The FR 703sf is a medium fast action spinning rod recommended for 8-17 lb line and 3/16-5/8 oz lure weight.

Loomis IMX Centerpin Rod

The G. Loomis® IMX Centerpin Rod lets you use a drag-free drift pinning technique whether you're fishing bait on the bottom or suspending bait or jigs beneath a float. This G. Loomis fishing rod is long, lightweight, well-balanced, responsive, and especially designed for the unique style of centerpin fishing. Instead of a fixed position reel seat, the IMX has rings that allow you to position the reel where you want it. It's a simplistic and more traditional way to enjoy fishing, whether you're a bait angler, lure angler, or fly angler. The G. Loomis IMX Centerpin Rod is geared for moderate action and a peaceful, pleasurable day on the water.


Be on the lookout for our next poll. If you’re not a Connect Fishing League member, be sure and sign up today.