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Fishing dormant grass

Texas pro Kurt Dove says hydrilla is a good option when other vegetation has rotted away. Photo by Don Wirth

Autumn's arrival means fewer hours of daylight and rapidly cooling water, a one-two punch that triggers a die-off of submerged vegetation. As fall advances and those stately green weed towers and lush grass mats gradually disappear, most bass anglers shift their focus to other forms of cover. Not Kurt Dove, however. The Del Rio, Texas, bass guide, Bassmaster Northern Opens competitor and former Bassmaster Elite Series pro has formulated a killer fall pattern revolving around the unlikely combination of dormant grass and reaction baits.