Once the weed starts really dying off in the fall, search for the last remaining areas that hold a good outside weed edge. This is a great time to find big smallmouth and largemouth cruising along these areas. Try paralleling the deep outside weed edge with a big swimbait like the Keitech Fat 4.8” rigged on a 1/2 football head jig. On a 7’ bait casting rod with 15 pound test fluorocarbon, you can cast this bait a long way and cover a lot of water. You want to use a very slow and steady retrieve… just barely turn the reel handle. You want to keep in contact with the bottom as much as possible. Hold on, because they hit this rig so hard they knock the paint off the jig head!
If your throwing a soft jerkbait and getting short bites, try putting on a treble trailer hook. Use a small piece of tubing or a rubber band. You can either let the hook hang free or just stick the bait just enough to hold the hook. This tactic should provide you with a hook-up.
By tying a snell knot on a straight shank flipping hook, the hook will be forced into the upper part of the bass fishes mouth instead of the side or lower jaw. This will not only increase your “hook-up” ratio, it will decrease the number of fish you lose.