How To Catch The Biggest Bass In Your Lake – Full Seminar

Want to catch bigger fish? Want to catch the BIGGEST fish?! Targeting big bass requires a different mind set and a special set of skills. You need to set new goals, approach the water, weather, and environmental conditions differently. It might even require a bait or two you’re not familiar with. But when you set the hook on the biggest bass you’ve ever seen, its instantly worth it! Dive in to today’s full-length seminar and learn everything you’ll need to know to catch the biggest bass in your lake. 

Tim does an extraordinary job of teaching what you’ll need to know to be successful. Catching bigger bass starts with a shift in your mindset. You’re no longer on the water trying to catch fish, you’re there to catch ONE fish. None of the other bass in the lake matter as much as the single fish you’re pursuing so stay focused. Fish when the weather and environment are working in your favor, and success will follow. 

While giant swimbaits are a huge part of consistently targeting BIG bass but there are other baits that will also catch these fish. Knowing how to “trigger” a feed response is critical. Baits like jerkbaits, crankbaits, and Alabama Rigs all play a key role in this method. Its also important to understand when conditions simply aren’t conducive to big bait fishing and you’re better off with a finesse approach. 

Below is a breakdown of the baits and equipment Tim recommends  as you pursue the biggest bass in the lake. 


-Baitsanity Explorer Gen 2:

(Rainbow Trout, Shad, Kokanee)

-R2S S Waver 200/168:

(Light Trout, Rainbow Trout, Bluegill)

-Osprey Inline Heavy 12” Light Hitch:

(Light Hitch)

-Savage Gear 4D Pulse Tail 8” and 10”:

(Rainbow, Ghost Rainbow, Hitch)

-6″ Osprey Tournament Talon:

(Light Rainbow, Reverse Hitch, Chartreuse Shad)

-Little Creeper 6″ Trash Fish:

(Natural Hitch, Chartreuse Shad, Hologram Shad)

Traditional Baits… 

-R2S Tactical DD Crankbait 75:

(Natural Gill, Mirrored Minnow, Green Pumpkin Craw, Ghost Minnow)

-Hog Farmer BFL HitchHiker A-Rig:

-Megabass Vision 110 Jerkbait:

(Deadly Black, Mat Pro Blue, GP Pro Blue)

Finesse Baits… 

Neko Worm – Yamamoto 5″ Senko:

(Baby Bass, Natural Shad, Green Pumpkin Green and Copper Flake)

Dropshot Worm- Big Bite Baits Smallie Smasher:

(Green Pumpkin Org Blk Purp Prl Bl, Green Pumpkin Purple Flake)

Big Bass Hook and Hardware Upgrades… 

Split Rings- Owner ULTRA 5 and 6:

Hooks- Owner ST-56 3X Trebles:

Favorite Rod/Reel Swimbait Combo… 

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 966:

Reel- Shimano Tranx 300 HG:

Line- 80 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- 35 lb Sunline FC-100:

Alternative Rods… 

High End: Destroyer 7’11” Onager:

Budget: Dobyns Fury 806H:

NEW Tactical Bassin Apparel… 

TacticalBassin Reaper Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Shadow Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Sun Shirt:

TacticalBassin Hooded Sun Shirt:

4 Lipless Crankbait Tricks For Springtime Bass Fishing

Prespawn Bass and Lipless crankbaits go hand in hand! After a long Winter of slow fishing its hard to imagine anything better than burning a lipless across shallow flats in search of big prespawn bass! Its ability to cover water quickly combined with amazing drawing power should put the lipless crankbait at the top of your list in Spring. In today’s video Tim teaches two different approaches to lipless fishing and gives some bonus tips along the way that you don’t want to miss. 

When you hear the words “lipless crank” most anglers envision burning traps in shallow water, usually around grass beds. This method is so deadly on Spring time bass that its engrained in the minds of bass fishermen everywhere. However there is a second way to fish these baits that is often overlooked and typically catches even bigger fish than the burning method! The slow hop elicits strikes unlike any other lure we’ve ever encountered. It requires very specialized lipless baits to achieve the right action but once mastered, its amazing the caliber of fish you can catch. 

Both methods should have a place in your arsenal. Both will work on any given day so we’re typically prepared with both styles of lipless tied on. While both the burning and hopping styles are done with lipless crankbaits, the similarities end there. You’ll want different lures, different weights, and even different line to really dial in the patterns. Below is a breakdown of the baits and equipment by style. 

Lipless For Hopping… 

-Lucky Craft LV-500:

(Ghost Minnow, Spring Craw, American Shad, Chartreuse Shad)

-Jackall TN-70:

(Escape Craw, Super Shad, SG Threadfin)

-Jackall TN-70 Disk Knocker:

(Escape Craw, Sprinkle Wakasagi, SG Threadfin)

-6th Sense Quake 70:

(Shad Hammer, Shad Scales, Delta Craw)

Shallow Burners… 

-Strike King Red Eye Shad:

(Blue Gizzard Shad, Sexy Shad, Delta Red)

-Strike King Red Eye 2-Tap:

(Delta Red, Sexy Shad, Chrome Sexy Shad)

-Cotton Cordell Super Spot:

(Royal Red, Rayburn Red, Chrome Blue)

Hook Upgrades… 

-Gamakatsu EWG Black Size 4:

-Owner ST-56 Treble Size 4:

-Hyperwire Split Rings (Size 3 and 4):

Favorite Crankbait Combo… 

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR:

Reel- Shimano Bantam MGL XG:

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 30 lb Braid:

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 15 lb:

Budget Crankbait Combo… 

Rod- G Loomis E6X 845 CBR:

Reel- Shimano SLX 150 HG:

Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin:

NEW Tactical Bassin Apparel… 

TacticalBassin Reaper Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Shadow Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Sun Shirt:

TacticalBassin Hooded Sun Shirt:

Amazing Underwater Footage of 8 Big Swimbaits!

Come underwater and see why bass eat swimbaits! Are you fishing with the right swimbait this Spring? All 8 baits have completely different kicks and profiles. Some baits focus on realism, others focus on secondary action. Which baits are which and when should you use them? Today’s underwater footage will give you the confidence you need to throw swimbaits for bass in the prespawn. 

Today’s underwater footage is broken into two segments. The first is what we call “wedge tail” baits. These baits are characterized by a slow, methodical kick with tight action and realistic paint jobs. The focus is on realism and relies heavily on a bass’ desire to feed. The second is focused on “boot tails”. These baits tend to have wider kicks, body roll, and vibration. Boot tailed baits are focused on triggering a reaction strike rather than eliciting a desire to feed. Both methods are incredibly effective at different times and should be represented in a serious swimbait angler’s arsenal. 

In today’s video we chose these 8 baits because of their unique actions and appearances. Each of these baits are proven fish catchers and should be considered when deciding on the right option for your fishery. Below you’ll find a breakdown of all 8 baits including the gear we use to rig them, the rods and reels we use, as well as color recommendations for each. 

The baits (In order of appearance)… 

-Savage Gear 4D Pulse Tail Trout:

Color Shown: Hitch

Other Great Colors: Trout, Ghost Trout

-Mattlures Hammertail Shad:

Color Shown: Blue Threadfin

Other Great Colors: Purple Gizzard, Light Gizzard, Green Threadfin

-Huddleston Deluxe 8″ Trout:

Color Shown: Hold Over

Other Great Colors: Rainbow, Hitch, Ayu

-Keitech Swing Impact FAT 6.8:

Color Shown: Shad

Other Great Colors: Sight Flash, Pro Blue Red Pearl, Electric Shad

Rigging- Owner Beast Hook 8/0 Weighted:

-Scottsboro Tackle Co 6″:

Color Shown: Mullins Madness

Other Great Colors: Ol Smokey, Tennessee Shad

Rigging- Owner Beast Hook 8/0 Weighted:

-Megabass Magdraft 8″:

Color Shown: White Back Shad

Other Great Colors: Ayu, Brownie, MB Gizzard

-Alternative Bait: Megabass Freestyle Magdraft:

Great Colors: White Back Shad, Brownie, MB Gizzard

-Osprey Tournament Talon 7″:

Color Shown: Chartreuse Shad

Other Great Colors: Ghost Purple Trout, Gizzard Shad, Reverse Hitch, T.S. Bluegill

-Little Creeper All American Trash Fish 8″:

Color Shown: Chartreuse Shad

Other Great Colors: Just Shad, LC Hitch, Rainbow Trout

Rigging- Owner Beast 10/0 Weighted:

Favorite Rod/Reel Swimbait Combo… 

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 966:

Reel- Shimano Tranx 300 HG:

Line- 80 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- 35 lb Sunline FC-100:

Budget Rod/Reel Swimbait Combo… 

Rod- Dobyns Fury 806H:

Reel- Shimano Cardiff 300:

Line- 80 lb Power Pro Braid:

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 30 lb:

NEW Tactical Bassin Apparel… 

TacticalBassin Reaper Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Shadow Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Sun Shirt:

TacticalBassin Hooded Sun Shirt:

Spring Bass Fishing Gear Review!

Bass are starting to bite! Spring is just around the corner and the fishing industry has created all kinds of new gear for 2020. Take a look at some of our favorite crankbaits, ned rig worms, keitechs, terminal tackle, and tools in this early Spring gear review for bass fishing!

The criteria for this review is simple: If a product helps us catch a pile of fish, makes our life easier, or shows serious innovation, we’re going to share it. Beyond that, any fishing related item could appear in our reviews. Its impossible to choose a “favorite” from today’s video because of how important all of these items have become to our fishing. 

If you want to try something new this Spring, all of these are solid options. Big fish guys, check out the Owner Ultra rings and the Vatalion. Bank guys, be sure to try that Spro squarebill. Boaters, the T-H Propeller Stop is going to save you time and storage space. No matter who you are, these are items you can use with confidence this Spring. Below is a breakdown of all the items shown in the video including our favorite colors and sizes. 

The Gear…

-Megabass Vatalion:

Favorite Colors- Gill, Gin Buna, Wild Gill

-Owner Ultra Split Rings:

( Compare to Hyperwire Split Rings: )

-Split Ring Pliers- Texas Tackle X-Large:

-Missile Baits Ned Bomb:

Favorite New Colors- Blutonium Green Pumpkin Core, Watermelon Red Core

-Spro Baby Fat John 50 Squarebill:

Favorite Colors- Matte Shad, Citrus Shad, Honey Shad

-T-H Marine Prop Master Propeller Stop:

-T-H Marine Prop Master Prop Wrench:

-Keitech TW Exclusive Fat Swing Impact:

Favorite Color: TW Ghost Shad

-Keitech TW Exclusive Easy Shiner:

All New Colors: TW Ghost Shad, TW Pro Blue, TW Black Blue and Green Pumpkin, TW Green Pumpkin and Watermelon

-Swagger Tungsten Tie-On Dropshot Weights:

Favorite Sizes: 3/16, 1/4 oz.

NEW Tactical Bassin Apparel… 

TacticalBassin Reaper Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Shadow Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Sun Shirt:

TacticalBassin Hooded Sun Shirt:

Top 5 Finesse Swimbaits For Spring Bass Fishing

Can TINY swimbaits catch BIG bass? You better believe it! Learning how to use small swimbaits as part of your finesse fishing arsenal is a key to consistent success during the ever-changing Spring fishing season. With rain storms, flood waters, and cold snaps, Spring brings a lot of challenges for bass fishing but if you know how to turn to the finesse swimbait, a lot of the struggle can be avoided. 

In recent years the market has been flooded with tiny swimbaits. Every brand makes one and many brands make 2 or 3. How do you know which baits are worth your time? In today’s video we narrow it down to a few select baits. These are the baits that are consistent producers and that provide unique actions you won’t find in most of the swimbaits on the market. 

Knowing exactly which swimbait to throw on a given day will require some practice but remember that the softer the bait, the more likely it will continue to kick well in cold water. The harder the bait, the more likely it will provide a strong vibration in warm water. Below is a breakdown of the heads, baits, and colors that we use when we’re finesse swimbait fishing. 

The heads… 

-TacticalBassin Finesse Swimbait Head:

-Dirty Jigs Guppy Head (1/0 hook):

-Cool Baits Down Underspin (3/16 oz):

-Megabass Okashira (both sizes):

The baits… 

-Keitech Fat Swing Impact:

(Pro Blue Red Pearl, Electric Shad, Chart/Blue)

-River2Sea D Walker 100:

(PB Red, Shamrock Shad, Silverside)

-Xzone Swammer:

(Tennessee Shad, 210, 309)

-Megabass Spark Shad 3″:

(Purple Haze, Royal Gill, Silver Shad)

-Megabass Dark Sleeper 3″:

(Donko, Haze, Wakasagi)

Alternate Colors To Try… Chartreuse/Blue, Morning Dawn (Pink), All White, Yellow. 

Casting Combo For Mid Size Finesse Swimbaits… 

Rod- Shimano Expride 7’2″ Medium Light +:

Reel- Shimano Curado 150 DC:

Line- 30 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- 10 lb Sunline Assassin:

Budget Spinning Combo For Finesse Swimbaits… 

Rod- Shimano Intenza 7′ Medium Light:

Reel- Shimano Nasci 2500:

Line- 10 lb Power Pro Braid:

Leader- 6 lb Sunline Sniper:

High-End Spinning Combo For Subtle Bite Detection… 

Rod- G Loomis Conquest 902S SJR:

Reel- Shimano Exsence 3000:

Line- Power Pro Braided Line 10 lb:

Leader- Sunline Sniper 5 lb:

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TacticalBassin Reaper Hoodie:

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Top Secret! The Eel Rig

Top Secret! The Eel Rig thumbnail
Mike Iaconelli

OK, this is a great rig for when the bite is a little slow and they’re short striking your lure. Basically it’s a cross or a hybrid between a Neko rig and a chicken rig. That sounds crazy, I know. But as you read on and figure out what I’m doing it’ll all make sense to you. 

Here’s what you’re going to need to build one:

  • A snap swivel or a snap and a swivel.  I use VMC Crankbait Snaps for this. They’re a little wider so they work a little better. And I like black. It’s less intrusive.
    VMC Crankbait Snaps
    VMC Crankbait Snaps
  • A drop shot sinker, any style or shape. The main thing here is that it must have a round, closed eye on top. Do not use one with a pinch style connector on top.
  • A short — 2 feet — piece of 15 to 30-pound-test braid. I like 20-pound-test for my eel rigs. Color doesn’t matter because it’ll be inside the plastic.
  • A Neko hook with a bait keeper on the shank. The VMC Finesse Neko Hook is perfect. I carry sizes between a No. 2 and a 1/0. I switch them around depending on the size of the bait I’m using. The main thing about this hook is that it has a bait keeper on the shank. That really helps hold the plastic in place.
    VMC Finesse Neko Hook
    VMC Finesse Neko Hook
  • A straight tail worm or a plastic stickbait. The perfect bait for this is the Berkley Powerbait Flute Worm, and I like both sizes. The thing here is that it has o-rings on it that help you measure where you want the hook to come out. 

Here’s how we’re going to build one:

We’re going to do this in a step-by-step process, but before we do I’m going to tell you what you’re building so you have an idea what’s happening.

When you’re done, the eel rig will have a sinker attached to the snap on the swivel. A piece of braid will come off the snap and run through the worm to a Texas rigged hook about two-thirds of the way back into the plastic.

  1. Start by tying a barrel swivel or snap swivel to your main line with a Palomar knot. Attach the snap to the swivel if that’s necessary.
  2. Then clip your drop shot weight to the snap — not to the swivel.
  3. Once you’ve done that attach a short piece of braid to the snap. Tie it right in the crotch of the snap. Keep your line away from the swivel. I like a Palomar knot for this. You can measure how much length you need by using the plastic as a guide and then adding enough line to make your final knot.
  4. Almost last, tie your hook to the far end of your line. I snell this connection. A Palomar is doable but a snell will give you better hooksets.
  5. The real last, run the hook through the bait but instead of pulling it out right away like you usually do go two-thirds of the way back through the worm. Basically you’re going to thread the braid through the worm. Pull it out and Texas rig it like you would any other bait. It’ll take you a time or two to get the length of the braid right and to pull the hook back that far but it will happen.

Here’s how you’re going to catch fish with it:

When you’re done you have an eel-like lure with a weight hanging off the bottom at the head. The worm stays flexible and the hook is in the back part of the worm. Beyond that it’ll drop down like a Neko rig before you snake it along the bottom.

And, you can change the weight and the rate of fall as the conditions change — in a matter of seconds. All you have to do is take the old weight off and clip the new one on.

I’m telling you fellow bass-heads, the eel rig is the real deal. Practice building it this winter so you’re ready to go this spring. You won’t be sorry.


Listen to Mike walk you thought the process:

The Eel Rig
The Eel Rig

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Spring Tackle Organization Tricks! Save Time and Money!

Overwhelmed with destroyed tackle after last season? Tim has some quick tips that will help you get organized and geared up for Spring fishing. Don’t wait until the last minute, get your rods, reels, and lures in order before the bite starts and you’re left at the dock. From waterproof boxes to line spooling hacks, Tim will help you cut your tackle preparation time in half. 

Getting your tackle organized is a huge job! If you have multiple anglers in your household, fish as a co-angler, or fish a variety of lakes, tackle prep and organization can seem like a never ending task. Getting ahead of the problems, keeping your gear fresh, and eliminating rust in your tackle, will save you headaches later. 

Tim has so many hacks and tips for how he preps his tackle, this video jumps around quite a bit. Below you’ll find links to some of his favorite boxes for organization, key hooks we always keep stocked up, favorite lines, as well as some of the accessories that make fishing easier throughout the year. 

Favorite boxes and bags…

-Plano Edge 3700 Box:

-Plano Waterproof 3700 Deep Box:

-Plano Waterproof Open Deep Box:

-Bass Mafia Money Bags:

Favorite Lines… 

Fluorocarbon- Sunline Sniper:

Monofilament- Maxima Ultragreen:

Heavy Braid- Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Light Braid- Sunline SX1:

Leader Material- Sunline FC100:

Hooks and Protectors… 

Light Trebles (1X)- Owner ST-36:

Heavy Trebles (3X)- Owner ST-56:

Split Rings- Owner Hyper Wire:

Worm Hooks- Gamakatsu EWG Superline:

Treble Hooks Caps-

Line Spooler and Remover… 

Spooler- Spoolin Buddy:

Remover- Berkley Line Stripper Max:

NEW Tactical Bassin Apparel… 

TacticalBassin Reaper Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Shadow Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Sun Shirt:

TacticalBassin Hooded Sun Shirt:

4 Must Try Baits When Bass Refuse To Bite!

Do your bass have lock jaw? Ours too! Here are the baits we turn to when absolutely nothing is working. When the going gets tough, confidence is everything. These 4 baits in very specific colors are what we turn to when the bass just don’t want to bite. 

Spring bass fishing is full of big bass, fun patterns, and aggressive strikes. Its also full of cold fronts, rising water, post-frontal wind storms, and freezing temperatures. When the tables are turned against you its important to know what to do next. Matt and Tim were faced with very tough conditions today and adapted accordingly. While the bite remained tough, they fished with confidence knowing they were making the right choices in spite of the circumstances. 

The next time you’re faced with less than ideal weather, turn to finesse baits to get bit. You know how much we love to power fish but some days it just isn’t worth it. Below is a break down of the 4 baits we confidently tied on in pursuit of lock-jawed bass. 


Bait- Strike King Dream Shot (Triple Magic):

Hook- Owner Mosquito Light (Size 2):

Weight- Swagger 1/4 oz Tungsten:


Bait- Roboworm 3″ Ned (Desert Craw):

Head- Tungsten “Flanders” Ned 1/8 oz:


Bait- Dirty Jigs Finesse 3/8 oz:

(Green Pumpkin Craw)

Trailer- Yamamoto 5″ Double Tail:

(Green Pump Purple and Copper Flake)

Shaky Head Worm… 

Bait- Roboworm 6″ Fat Straight Tail:

(Margarita Mutilator)

Hook- Canterbury Shaky Head 1/8 oz Black:

Tim’s NRX Finesse Spinning Combo… 

Rod- G Loomis NRX 822S DSR:

Reel- Shimano Exsence 3000:

Line- Sunline SX1 10 lb Braid:

Leader- Sunline Sniper 7 lb Fluorocarbon:

Matt’s Versatile Casting Combo… 

Rod- G Loomis GLX 843C MBR:

Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL 150 HG:

Line- 30 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- 10 lb Sunline Assassin:

“Affordable and Sensitive” Finesse Combo… 

Rod- Intenza 7′ Medium Light:

Reel- Shimano NASCI 2500:

Line- Power Pro 15 lb Braid:

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 10 lb:

NEW Tactical Bassin Apparel… 

TacticalBassin Reaper Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Shadow Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Sun Shirt:

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Crankbait Tricks For Spring Bass Fishing (Everything You Need To Know)

No secrets are safe in today’s in-depth look at Spring crankbait fishing! From shallow square bills to deep diving cranks, from bright red crawdad colors to water temperatures, nothing is sacred in this video! If you want to catch more bass on crankbaits, this video is for you. Learn how to adapt your crankbaits with water temperature, phase of the spawn, and weather. Crankbaits constantly catch giant bass for the angler that knows how to adapt to changing conditions, you’re about to become that angler!

Crankbaits have an incredible ability to TRIGGER a feed response in bass. When a bait is fished properly and deflected off cover a bass is triggered at a core level. They simply have to bite, regardless of mood. Understanding how to apply that information to your fishing will change your entire crankbait fishing experience. Learning when to change diving depths, sizes,  and colors, will take it to the next level. 

In today’s video Matt shares the 6 categories of crankbait the Tactical crew uses in Spring. He focuses on 5 of them in this video and Tim will follow up shortly with the 6th. Below you will find a breakdown of those 5 main categories, Matt’s best confidence baits for each category, recommended colors, and so much more. 

Related Crankbait Videos… 

-TacticalBassin’s New Cold Water Crankbait:

-Cold Water Crankbait Tricks For Big Bass In Winter:

Deep Diving Crankbaits… 

-River2Sea Tactical DD 75:

(DD Minnow, Natural Gill, Blood Craw, Ghost Minnow)

-Megabass Deep X 300:

(Fire Craw, Sexy French Pearl, MB Gizzard, M Western Clown)

-Megabass Deep Six:

(Fire Craw, Threadfin Shad, Sexy French Pearl, Ito Wakasagi)

Mid-Depth Diving Crankbaits… 

-Spro Rock Crawler:

(Red River Craw, Red Crawfish, Nasty Shad)

-Strike King 3XD:

(Clearwater Minnow, Delta Red, Chili Craw)

-Norman DLN (Deep Little N):

(Clearlake Crystal Craw, Red Black Craw, Texas Shad)


-River2Sea Biggie Poppa:

(Cold Blooded, Delta Craw, Abalone Shad, TS Minnow)

-6th Sense Crush 100:

(Shad Scales, Shad Greens, Boiled Crawfish)

-Spro Little John 50:

(Blood Craw, Spooky Shad, Matte Shad, Chrome Olive)

-Lucky Craft 1.5:

(Golden Shiner, Chartreuse Shad, Ghost Minnow, TO Craw)

Bigger Squarebills… 

-Lucky Craft BDS 6:

(Golden Shiner, TO Craw)

-6th Sense Mini Mag:

(Craw Bomb, Shad Scales, Ghost Shad Scales)

Magnum Squarebills… 

-Lucky Craft Magnum 110:

(Chartreuse Shad, Flake Flake Striped Gill, Nasty Bluegill)

-6th Sense Cloud 9 Magnum Silent:

(Baby Crappie, Shad Treuse, Cajun Gill)

-6th Sense Cloud 9 Magnum:

(Shad Sense)

7′ Crankbait Combo… 

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR:

Reel- Shimano Bantam MGL XG:

Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin:

7’6″ Crankbait Combo… 

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 906 CBR:

Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL HG:

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 20 lb:

Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Large Crankbait Combo… 

Rod- Shimano Zodias 7’6″ Glass:

Reel- Shimano Curado 200K HG:

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin:

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TacticalBassin Reaper Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Shadow Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Sun Shirt:

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Early Spring A-Rig Tricks For Prespawn Bass

The A-rig is an awesome way to catch bass in early Spring! Few baits will cover water as quickly and draw fish up as well as an Alabama Rig. With some quick adjustments your Winter A-Rigs can be adapted for Prespawn fishing. Come along for a day on the water and learn as you watch Tim target bass in dock lines. 

In today’s video Tim primarily used a bladed 5-wire rig. The blades create commotion in the water and help draw fish off the bottom when the water is still cold. However, when Tim found clear water he quickly changed to a rig with no blades and baits with a tighter kicking action to continue getting bit. In addition to the changes in rig, Tim also explained the advantage of gold vs. silver blades. As a final tip, he was able to go ultra slow by dropping down to 1/8 ounce heads to get fish to react in the cold water. 

By paying close attempting to water color, temperature, and fish behavior Tim (and you) were able to adapt to the changing conditions with adjustments to retrieve speed and presentation to keep getting bit. In addition to his depth finder Tim also used his 360 imaging to spot fish out away from the boat and get a few bonus bites that he wouldn’t have been able to get without. Below is a breakdown of the rigs, baits, and equipment Tim was using in the video.

The Rigs… 

Silver Blades- Yum Flash Mob Jr:

Gold Blades- Picasso Flash Back Jr:

No Blades- Yum Ultralight Yumbrella:

Pre-Rigged- Hog Farmer BFL Hitchhiker:

The Hardware… 

-Matt Allen Swimbait Heads:

-Owner CPS Springs (Medium):

-Owner Hyperwire Split Rings (Size 4):

Preferred baits… 

Main Baits- Keitech 4.8 Fat Swing Impact:

(Pro Blue Red Pearl, Electric Shad, Gizzard Shad)

Finesse Baits- Keitech Easy Shiner 4″:

(Pro Blue Red Pearl, Electric Shad, Tennessee Shad)

Dummy Baits- Reaction Innovations Little Dippers:

(Bad Shad Green, Purple Smoke)

Tim’s Combo… 

Rod- G Loomis GLX 894 JWR:

Reel- Curado 200K HG:

Line- 65 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- Sunline FC100 20 lb:

Budget Combo… 

Rod- SLX 7’5″ Heavy:

Reel- Shimano SLX 150 HG:

Line- 65 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- 20 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

NEW Tactical Bassin Apparel… 

TacticalBassin Reaper Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Shadow Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Sun Shirt:

TacticalBassin Hooded Sun Shirt: