Shimano Curado 150 DC : An In-Depth Look

Shimano’s new Digitally Controlled reel is a hit! The Shimano Curado DC will be on the market soon and you need to check it out. Come along as Tim tests the casting distance with both braid and fluorocarbon and puts it through the real world tests as he fishes with the reel on Clearlake. 

The Curado DC Is available for Pre-Order NOW at Tackle Warehouse. 

Curado 150 DC: http://bit.ly/2yHtsp4

Whether you enjoy finesse fishing or serious power fishing, this reel has a place in your arsenal. We’re very excited to see the DC reels return to the US market!

Tim paired the reel with two different rods…

Frog Rod- Expride 7’3″ XH: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL
Jig Rod- Expride 6′ 10″ M: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

The baits…

Frog- River2Sea Bully Wa 2: http://bit.ly/2axyR2a
Jig- Dirty Jigs 3/8 oz Football Jig: http://bit.ly/2d0iJbd
Trailer- Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver: http://bit.ly/29W3RZW
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Finding Fish In A New Lake (Without Electronics)

No electronics, no outside help, just two guys with swimbaits and a lake full of quality bass.  Tim and Matt hit a new lake in search of smallmouth bass. Watch the thought process develop as they find and catch fish.

The guys only had one shot at this lake so they started and finished with swimbaits. While they didn’t catch any giant bass they were able to quickly raise fish, get bites, and put fish in the boat. These techniques will work on any lake to quickly cover water and identify productive areas.

The baits…
Keitech 4.3 Fat Swimbait (Chartreuse/Blue & Electric Shad): http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v
Matt Allen Swimbait Head: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN

S-Waver 168 (Rainbow Trout): http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh
Owner ST-56 Treble Size 2: http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW
Owner Hyperwire Split Ring Size 4: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

Tim’s Combo…
Rod- G Loomis GLX 853C (7’1″ Medium Heavy): http://bit.ly/2gqziwT
Reel- Chronarch MGL 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB
Line- 50 lb Maxcuatro Braid: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Matt’s Keitech Combo…
Rod- G Loomis GLX 842C (7′ Medium): http://bit.ly/2gqziwT
Reel- Aldebaran 50 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2fdX1Uy
Line- 30 lb MaxCuattro Braid: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Matt kept the rod but changed reels for the S-Waver. His reel and line switched to the following…
Reel- Metanium MGL 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2ezIBfB
Line- Power Pro MaxCuatro 65 lb: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen:  http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
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Easy Tips To Catch Shallow Bass All Summer

Summer has arrived! Should  you go out deep or move up shallow? If you want to have fun, its time to head shallow! The question is how shallow should you go and how do you catch them? We’re here to tell you EXACTLY how to catch those bass!

The key to fishing shallow in the Summer is to understand when and how the bass feed. They typically feed aggressively early and late in the day but that doesn’t mean you can’t target them all day long. By combining aggressive reaction baits with slower, more methodical approaches you can catch fish all day long, all summer long. 

Buzzbaits…
Zorro Baits Head Knocker Buzz (Load but compact): http://bit.ly/2d4VpK1
D&M Slow Roller Buzz (Unique Sound): http://bit.ly/2t7BMKt
Dirty Jigs Skirtless Buzz (Skips under cover): http://bit.ly/2cWI6if

Frogs…
River2Sea Bully Wa 2 (Little Allen or Dirty White): http://bit.ly/2axyR2a
Snagproof Bobby’s Perfect: http://bit.ly/2abpR40
Jackall Gavacho: http://bit.ly/2L7KsWS

Spinnerbaits and Chatterbaits…
JackHammer Chatterbait: http://bit.ly/2popvj6
Z-Man Custom Chatterbait: http://bit.ly/2Ix71mI
River2Sea Bling 1/2 oz Spinnerbait: http://bit.ly/2diSwqq
War Eagle Gold Spinnerbait: http://bit.ly/2BdFBlu

Squarebills…
Lucky Craft Silent Squarebill: http://bit.ly/2vmq67T
River2Sea Biggie: http://bit.ly/2ahCzvo

Punch Baits… 
Jackall Archelon: http://bit.ly/2uo4sN5
Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver: http://bit.ly/29W3RZW
Strike King Rage Bug: http://bit.ly/2aAsuiV

Shakey Head…
Canterbury Shaky Head: http://bit.ly/2aFOs0V
Netbait T-Mac Worm: http://bit.ly/2jndwj9
Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver: http://bit.ly/29W3RZW
Man Bear Pig: http://bit.ly/2s51oIV
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Quick Tricks For Summer Finesse Fishing

The dog days of Summer are no match for these tips! Ready to catch a ton of bass this Summer? Don’t be afraid to downsize, you’ll be amazed how quickly you can load the boat! Tim covers a variety of baits and a few quick tricks that will change the game this Summer. 

“Finesse” is a broad category but you’ll quickly discover which of these techniques works best on your local fishery. While drops hotting might not be glamorous, its pretty amazing when you go fish after fish after fish during the heat of the day. If the dropshot isn’t your style try the underpin, shaky head, or a variety of other baits. 

Finesse Swimbait…
Cool Baits Underspin: http://bit.ly/2boS7QA
Dirty Jigs Guppy Head: http://bit.ly/2nyUJRS
Keitech 2.8 Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Senko…
5″ Yamamoto Senko: http://bit.ly/2axAmNS
Wacky Hook (1/0) Owner Mosquito: http://bit.ly/2fqYFCR
Texas Hook (3/0) Gamakatsu Superline: http://bit.ly/2ac92XG

Dropshot…
Strike King Dream Shot: http://bit.ly/2aAoUoR
Strike King Half Shell: http://bit.ly/2iR9awm
Roboworm 4″ Fat Worm: http://bit.ly/2awYSxM
Trokar Size 1 Dropshot Hook: http://bit.ly/2ahxJOr

Finesse Jig…
Dirty Jigs Clausen Finesse Jig: http://bit.ly/2eJinXo
Strike King Baby Menace: http://bit.ly/2DSrZK3

Shaky Head…
Canterbury Shaky Head: http://bit.ly/2aFOs0V
Netbait T-Mac Worm: http://bit.ly/2jndwj9
Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver: http://bit.ly/29W3RZW
Man Bear Pig: http://bit.ly/2s51oIV

Ned Rig…
Z-Man Ned Worm: http://bit.ly/2hs4RtR
Roboworm Ned Worm: http://bit.ly/2j9F0Xy
Owner Block Head: http://bit.ly/2qL0A8n

Tim’s Favorite Finesse Rods…
High-End- G Loomis Conquest 7′ Medium: http://bit.ly/2BiGUNi
Mid-Range- Expride 7′ Light+: http://bit.ly/2osaj3q
Budget Gear- Dobyns Fury 7′ Medium Light: http://bit.ly/2e7HZPF
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Ned Rig For Smallmouth Bass 2018

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When we first started talking about the Ned Rig back in 2012, it was a very niche technique that was not well known.  Now, everybody’s jumped on the Ned Rig bandwagon and the technique has been refined over the last few years. Now we have some very specific products that make the technique more effective […]

Smallmouth Bass Attacked By Snapping Turtle!

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  We’ve previously shown video footage of smallies being attacked by Pike and Muskies but this is the first time I’ve seen a snapping turtle do this.  He must have been at the right place at the right time to be able to grab this smallie just after being caught and retrieved. Amazing! That turtle […]

46 lb Striper Eats a Swimbait!!

Watch this GIANT bass DESTROY Shawn’s S-Waver 200 Swimbait! He’s fast-cranking the bait in heavy current when the giant inhales it. Ever wondered what it looks and feels like to catch a true MONSTER Bass? You’re about to experience it first hand!

These giant striped bass eat a tremendous amount of food to maintain their size. A large swimbait is an easy snack to these predators and the perfect lure to fool them. These fish don’t reach these sizes by making mistakes but its hard for them to pass on a big swimbait. 

Shawn is a fishing guide that specializes in these monster bass. If you’re interested in fishing with him in pursuit of a giant, you can contact him by email. He’s currently booking trips for the fall bite. His email is buttebassin@gmail.com

Shawn’s Setup…

Swimbait- S-Waver 200 Rainbow Trout: http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh

Rod- Okuma Guide Select 7’11” XXH: http://bit.ly/2o8bAfc
Reel- Komodo SS 6:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2KpCuc9
Line- 80 lb Sufix 832: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji
Leader- Big Game Clear (50 lb): http://bit.ly/2vZGjSb

Matt’s Setup…

Swimbait- Keitech 6.8″ Fat: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v
Hook- Matt Allen Swimbait Head 3/4 oz: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN

Rod- Megabass Destroyer Onager: http://bit.ly/2wVOSbY
Reel- Shimano Conquest 300: http://bit.ly/2kheVEq
Line- 80 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 30 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
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3 Ways To Fish A Worm For Bass This Summer

Its time! These 3 methods are so effective and almost no one uses all of them. We aren’t talking about how to rig your worm on a shaky head… we’re talking about how to snap the rod tip to trigger a feeding frenzy, watching the rod to detect bites that the most sensitive rods can’t feel, and more!

Summer time is prime time to fish a straight tail worm. We love to rig them on a shaky head and combine these 3 very different methods to trigger bites. The goal is to create a feeding frenzy so you can get bite after bite. Matt also breaks down where bass are positioning and how to choose the right areas. 

The worms…
Netbait T-Mac 6.5: http://bit.ly/2jndwj9
Zoom Magnum Trick Worm: http://bit.ly/2iwZAyo
Zoom Magnum Swamp Crawler: http://bit.ly/2eMxvXR

Shaky Heads…
Stand Up Finesse Head 1/8 oz: http://bit.ly/2bTnoLO
Yum Pumpkin Head 3/8 oz: http://bit.ly/2JZSSP9

Frogs…
Jackall Gavacho (Chart Strike Gill): http://bit.ly/2L7KsWS
Bully Wa 2 in (Ghost): http://bit.ly/2axyR2a

Finesse Shaky Combo…
Rod- G Loomis NRX 852C JWR: http://bit.ly/2hedqsq
Reel- Aldebaran MGL 50: http://bit.ly/2uQ4oH8
Line- 20 lb Sufix 832: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji
Leader- Maxima 10 lb Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Heavy Shaky Combo…
Rod- G Loomis GLX 853C JWR: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT
Reel- Chronarch MGL 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB
Line- 30 lb MaxCuatro Braid: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
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