Let me say right up front that there are a lot of lures that'll catch bass in the fall. Spinnerbaits, jigs and plastics all have their place when the leaves start to turn. But for me there's no better bass lure at this time of the year than a plug.
Close your eyes, reach into your tacklebox and grab a topwater bait. Chances are, it will catch bass. Maybe not right now. Maybe not even today or tomorrow - but sooner or later, every surface bait you own will pull a largemouth up from the depths and into your boat. Knowing which one to use, however, shouldn't be left to chance, and the country's top pros can't rely on a roll of the dice. They have to know, without a hint of a doubt, which bait will produce and which one won't. Their livelihoods depend on it.
Bassmaster's 2008 Gear Guide: Spooling Up In '08