Big smallmouths like rock piles, deep, old roadbeds, old house foundations, and rocky natural drops. The key is this: It’s not that they leave those areas later in the day, it’s that they suspend above where a finesse bait on the bottom was working at first light. Sure, sometimes they can be triggered later with a suspending jerkbait, a spoon or a Silver Buddy on the fall, but most time those lures are worked at a pace that is just a little too fast for their lethargic liking. Anglers must take advantage of the critical first two hours when they are still holding on the bottom. The suspension seems to begin happening after a few critical hours of sunlight, so if you can stomach the cold and the early alarm time, your fall bronzeback results will dramatically increase.