By Lynn Burkhead

By Lynn Burkhead

Herald Democrat

Timmy Horton is one of the most likable — and knowledgeable — professional bass anglers in the world.

A resident of Muscle Shoals, Ala., the blond-haired Booyah and Yum sponsored bass pro knows plenty about fishing.

Including how to consistently catch bass during the autumn months, one of his favorite times of the year to be on the water.

How does the four-time winner on the B.A.S.S. tournament trail fish at this time of the year on his home water of Pickwick Lake and elsewhere?

By getting to the point of fall fishing, quite literally I might add.

"Main lake points at the mouths of creeks can provide awesome fishing opportunities in early fall," said Horton, the 2000 B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year, in a recent fishing tip post.

Why is that?

Horton, who fishes on the B.A.S.S. and Major League Fishing circuits each year, said it’s because of baitfish staging around the points on a lake before they move into the creeks as water temperatures cool down.

"The schools of baitfish attract bass that are feeding up for winter," said Horton, a winner of more than $1.3 million in career earnings.

"I like to fish these points with medium-running crankbaits. Work both sides of the point. If it’s windy, work spinnerbaits around the point (too)."

Horton, host of the weekly "Timmy Horton Outdoors" program on the World Fishing Network and the Pursuit Channel, says that as the autumn season progresses, baitfish — and the bass that are feeding on them — will move further back into the creeks.

So should bass anglers looking for plenty of bites.

"Crankbaits, hard and soft jerkbaits, and spinnerbaits worked around the schools of baitfish can all catch plenty of (fish) in the creeks," said Horton.

Work the spots that baitfish will be congregating around at this time of the year, and any angler can get the main point of fall fishing.

And that’s this, that it’s one of the best times of the year to be on the water searching for largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass.

Just ask Timmy Horton.