Ike Targets New York City

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Mike Iaconelli
Mike Iaconelli

OK, so hopefully everyone had a chance to watch the first episode of FISH MY CITY WITH MIKE IACONELLI on NAT GEO WILD last night. If you had as much fun watching it as I did making it, you had a ball.

Here’s the thing about shows like that–they are real. We don’t fake film footage and we don’t cover over our mistakes or our struggles. We show it all, good and not-so-good. You get to experience fishing just the way it was at the time.

The one about New York City fishing was especially fun for me. I grew up fishing around the Philadelphia metropolitan area. It’s a lot like New York. There are millions of people but there are also lakes and rivers that offer great fishing opportunities. Too many people don’t know about that. But now they do, and that’s in large measure due to this project.

Here’s a detailed breakdown of what we showed you last night that’ll give you some more things to think about. We’ll start by talking about the stripers, then we’ll move on to flukes and from there we’ll chase blues. And, as a special treat we’ll look at bass fishing in Central Park.


Mike Iaconelli with Striped Bass

We targeted stripers in the Hudson River. They’re migratory. They move from saltwater to brackish water and sometimes they can be found in freshwater. We went to the Hudson because they had traveled up the river to spawn and were on their way back down as they headed out to sea.

Because they were postspawn fish we figured they would be traveling slow and eating fast. We were right. These are big fish so we went after them with big offerings.

We targeted traditional bass-type structure and cover. Stuff like rock piles, jetties, whatever laydowns we could find, and anything that made a current break got our attention. We had our best luck around wooden pilings.

One approach was with live bait. Stripers frequently feed on bunker minnows. For those of you who aren’t familiar with bunkers they are kind of like big gizzard shad. We fished them on a traditional live line — no lure, no weight — just a hook and a bunker swimming around. That didn’t work.

VMC Ike Approved Swimbait Jig Head
VMC Ike Approved Swimbait Jig Head
Berkley Powerbait Hollow Belly Swimbait
Berkley Powerbait Hollow Belly Swimbait

Our most successful attack came with a Berkley Powerbait Hollow Belly Swimbait rigged on a 3/4-ounce VMC Ike Approved Swimbait Jig Head. We used the big 6-inch version of the swimbait in a bunker (shad) color. These fish feed big so we wanted to match the hatch as close as possible.

Our tackle was basically heavy bass tackle. I used a 7 foot, 6 inch medium heavy Abu Garcia Ike Approved casting rod with a 8:1 Abu Garcia REVO Ike Approved reel. I spooled up with 25-pound-test Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon.

You saw for yourself last night how effective our lure and tackle choices were when things were on the line.



Mike with a Fluke
Mike with a Fluke

We headed up to the East River for our fluke excursion.

Now, flukes are a weird kind of fish when you think about them from the perspective of a bass angler. They’re like chameleons in that they can change the color of the top of their bodies in no time flat. But, their bellies are white so they blend in with the sky to keep predators from seeing them from underneath.

They’re also kind of interesting because they live up to 20 years, a long-long time in the sea and they get bigger than you might think. They grow up to 20 pounds. The ones we caught weren’t that big but we were hoping for one that big all the time we were fishing for them.

The best overall description of them is that they’re like a giant flounder.

VMC Bucktail Jig
VMC Bucktail Jig

Flukes will eat almost any small living creature and they’re mostly bottom feeders so we fished for them with 1/2 and 3/4-ounce VMC bucktail jigs. We tried both white and chartreuse. White was by far the best color for the day we were fishing. And, they worked a lot better when we tipped them with small pieces of squid or with strips of fish belly.

Once again, our tackle was the kind of stuff that every bass angler owns. My rod was 7 foot, 4 inch medium heavy Abu Garcia Ike Approved casting model. My reel was the same as for the stripers except that it was spooled with 20-pound-test fluorocarbon instead of 25-pound-test.




The best place to find these bad dudes is up in Jamaica Bay.

When I say bad dudes, I mean just that. They grow up into the 20 pound range. The big ones are called “gators” for good reason. They come armed with a set of nasty, razor sharp teeth that will, or should, scare darn near anything that swims and any angler that handles them.

They’ll eat almost anything as long as it’s alive and the adults typically feed in schools. Because of that much of the time they can be caught on big topwater plugs like giant poppers and super-sized walking sticks but those lures didn’t work when we were there so we trolled for them with a three way swivel rig call a Mojo Rig.

Berkley Powerbait Pro Shad
Berkley Powerbait Pro Shad

I’ll give you the basics: We tied a 2-ounce Williamson bucktail jig on a short leader off one ring and a big swimbait — a Berkley Powerbait Pro Shad or a Ripple Shad — on the longer leader with lead core line, and sometimes we used steel leaders. Of course we attached our main line to the third ring. We fished over about 40 feet of water with our baits running at about 20 feet, halfway down.

The blue fishing was really tough. For a while I didn’t think we were going to catch one but I never give up, and that’s a good thing because we finally did manage to get one. And, it was a serious one that weighed right at 20 pounds. That’s a quality blue by any definition.

So, the test with FISH MY CITY WITH MIKE IACONELLI on NAT GEO WILD is to see if we can catch at least one fish from each of our three target species in a metropolitan area somewhere in the world. If we do that, we win. If we don’t do that, we lose. We won in New York City.

Next week — the show will air on Friday, October 19th — we’re going to fish London, England, for English pike, barbel and European yellow perch. Stay tuned to see how we did!

FYI: We had just a little extra time on our New Your trip so we went to Central Park and fished the ponds for largemouth bass. We caught 10 or so up to 3 1/2 pounds fishing The General, a 5-inch Berkley Powerbait, wacky style. We rigged it with a VMC Neko hook and a VMC O-ring.


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New Orleans: It’s Special

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Mike Iaconelli in NOLA
Mike Iaconelli in NOLA

This trip was really special. As you probably already know, I won the 2003 Bassmaster Classic on the Louisiana Delta. I won’t go so far as to say that it totally made my career but I will say that it’s a huge part of it. If you want to be considered one of the best, you need a Classic title. I will be forever grateful to New Orleans and the surroundingarea for mine.

So anyway, when we arrived in New Orleans we had three species on our five day bucket list: Alligator Gar, Sea Trout and Bull Reds.

Alligator Gar
These things are about as ugly and fearsome looking as anything that swims, and they have a reputation as a trash fish. They’re one of the oldest fish on planet Earth. Their existence dates back almost 100 million years. They are true prehistoric creatures.

Alligator Gar
Alligator Gar

It’s a shame that they have such a horrible reputation because in truth they fight hard and they aren’t all that easy to trick. Their appearance grows on you, too. It’s the prehistoric thing. I will admit, however, that once you’ve seen one up close you won’t want to French kiss it.Allegar Gar

We targeted them in the freshwater canals around the city. I have no idea how many canals there are or how many miles they cover but I can tell you it’s a lot. New Orleans always had a lot of them but after the flooding from the hurricane they made more to help control future flooding.At first we tried to catch ours with cut gizzard and threadfin shad. That didn’t work. We switched to sunfish and bluegill and had much better success.

Our rigs were simple by bass fishing standards. All we did was tie a hook with our bait on it to our line below a bobber. Our main line was 20-pound-test Berkley 5X Braided Line. We attached a 2-3 foot leader of 20-pound-test Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon line to the main line with a 2/0 VMC Sport Circle hook.

Our rod was a 7 foot, 6 inch medium heavy Abu Garcia Ike Finesse Spinning Rod and our reel was an Abu Garcia REVO Ike Spinning Reel. We used the 30 size.

We caught two of these prehistoric beasts. One weighed about 10 pounds and the other around 100 pounds.


Sea Trout (Speckled Trout)

Sea Trout (Speckled Trout)
Sea Trout (Speckled Trout)

The area around New Orleans is considered to offer the best sea trout fishing in the world, and Lake Pontchartrain is considered to be the best within the best. That’s where we fished.

Lake Pontchartrain is brackish. Sea trout like it salty. That wouldn’t normally be a problem but there was a heavy rain just before we arrived. They pumped tons of freshwater into the lake which made it less salty. The sea trout didn’t especially like that.

Nevertheless, we caught a few.

Rapala Rippin Rap Lipless Crankbaits
Rapala Rippin Rap Lipless Crankbaits

At first we fished with live shrimp but that didn’t work so we switched to a Rapala Rippin Rap Lipless Crankbait. In my opinion it’s the best lipless crankbait on the market today and the way it caught fish proved that my opinion is right. Our color choice was Helsinki Shad and we fished it in No. 7 size.

Abu Garcia REVO Ike Delay Casting Rod, Abu Garcia REVO IKE Casting Reel
Abu Garcia REVO Ike Delay Casting Rod, Abu Garcia REVO IKE Casting Reel

Our technique is familiar to any black bass angler — the yoyo. We’d make long cast onto a grass covered flat and let the lure settle down into the vegetation. Then we’d rip it up, out of the grass and reel fast. We repeated that all the way back to the boat.

Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon line
Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon line

Because this is a treble hook lure we fished with an Abu Garcia “Ike” Delay Series Casting rod,  7 foot with a medium action. My reel was an Abu Garcia REVO Ike model, 8:1 gear ratio. The fast gears gave us the take-up speed we needed to move the lure quickly after we ripped it out of the grass.

We spooled our reels with Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon line all the way. Braid to a leader didn’t give us the action we needed under the tough conditions. For whatever reason, with some lures you’ll get a more natural presentation with all fluorocarbon.

Our catch was something like four or five fish in the 3-5 pound range.

Bull Reds
Bull Reds

Bull Reds
Here’s how you properly class redfish: When they’re less than 12 inches they’re called puppies, at 12-18 inches they’re called reds and when they get bigger than that they’re called bull reds. They’re a popular fish in the region because they give you vicious strikes, a hard fight, they taste good and they are good for you. That’s a complete package.

If you want bulls, you need to go south, down to where the Mississippi River dumps into the Gulf of Mexico. That’s Venice, and it’s the place to be for the best fishing.

The way you catch them is with a poppin’ cork with a big cupped mouth and a rattle inside it. There’s a loop on the bottom of the cork that you use to tie a 20-pound-test to and then you put a 1/4-ounce VMC Boxer Jig Head under the popper. Our main line was 20-pound-test Berkley 5X Braided Line.

We fished a 4-inch Berkley Ripple Shad, firetiger, on the jig head. Occasionally we switched to a Berkley Gulp! 3-inch Pogy.

Despite their size we used spinning tackle to catch them. A 7 foot, 6 inch medium heavy rod with a 30 size reel was perfect

The popper makes a lot of racket and splash on top which attracts the bulls and then they bite on the jig. It’s a simple rig, really, but the results are awesome.

The city of New Orleans and the surrounding area is about as good as it gets if you want to add to your fishing bucket list. I highly recommend it to any angler. And, if you take the family along, there are plenty of other things to do as well. It really is a special place.

Subtle Topwater Fishing for Postspawn Bass

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Mike Iaconelli It’s the postspawn all around the country and with that comes a topwater bite. The thing is, though, sometimes a noisy, splashy topwater plug runs them off rather than fills the livewell. When that happens I go subtle. That means I reach for a Berkley HAVOC Subwoofer.

It’s a unique bait in that it has a short (4 inches), fat body with a classic cut tail that’ll move a lot of water when you crank it fast. And, you can do that with this lure because of the way the body is designed. It not only has a fat, shad-like look but it also has a kind of keel on the bottom that keeps it upright and forces it to run straight and true no matter how fast you crank it back.

Berkley Havoc 4" Subwoofer
Berkley Havoc 4″ Subwoofer

What’s so important about all of this is that it gives you the option of fishing with a subtle buzz bait, something that you can Texas rig and throw into almost anything without the fear of a hangup.

It’s especially good in clear water when the fish are skittish or when there’s a lot of pressure and the bass have seen every topwater plug ever made three or four times a day for the last couple of weeks.

I Texas rig mine with a VMC Ike Approved Wide Gap Hook. That gives me enough bite to nail and hold the biggest bass but at the same time lets me keep the hook point protected from everything else in the lake or river.

Abu Garcia Ike Power Series Casting Rods
Abu Garcia Ike Power Series Casting Rods
VMC Ike Approved Wide Gap Hook
VMC Ike Approved Wide Gap Hook


In heavy cover I like to throw my Subwoofer with a 7 foot, 4 inch medium-heavy Abu Garcia casting rod along with a high speed Abu Garcia reel and 40-pound-test Berkley braid line. That’ll get me through almost anything.

Abu Garcia Fantasista Premier Spinning Rods
Abu Garcia Fantasista Premier Spinning Rods

Under lighter conditions I go with a 7 foot, 6 inch medium action Abu Garcia spinning rod and a Berkley fluorocarbon   leader.


There are two ways I fish a Subwoofer in the postspawn:

The first is with a steady retrieve. I hold my rod up high and just reel my bait straight back to the boat. There’s nothing fancy here except that I fish the thickest, nastiest stuff I can find. This rig will rarely hang and if it does it’s no big deal. Plastics and hooks are cheap. This isn’t an expensive hard bait.

The second is with a pop and reel retrieve. The Subwoofer has a cupped nose, unlike a lot of similar baits. You can fish it along the surface with a popping motion — pop it two or three times and then reel in the slack — that’ll oftentimes pull bass in from long distances.

Regardless of how you fish it, however, be alert for missed strikes. When I have that happen to me I lean into the bait with my rod. The Subwoofer will fall slowly and gently with a shimmy that’ll give the bass a chance to turn around and come back for a second attack. That’s often the one that results in a catch.

There are topwater lures around that’ll produce, and they are very different from the ones you’ve been throwing for years. The Subwoofer is one of them.



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First We Got Cut Off, Then We Crashed The Boat!

From bad to worse! Tim and Matt had no idea what was coming when they launched the boat on the CA Delta! The day just kept going down hill. It started with lost fish, then they got cut off, next they lost a GIANT striped bass, rebounded by catching a huge bird, and then when it couldn’t get any worse, they crashed!

Have you ever had one of “those” days? We just couldn’t seem to do anything right! Luckily we survived to tell the tale! When it was all said and done, Matt was able to turn the day around by heading to another lake and catching a bunch of bass on soft jerkbaits.

Bad days happen to all of us. Don’t let it get you down! Keep your chin up, stay focused, and continue to fish until you get out of the rut. The only difference between great anglers and the rest of us is persistence!

We did manage to catch a few fish along the way. Below is a break down of the gear we were using to successfully catch fish.


S-Waver 200 (Bone Color): http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh

Split Rings- Hyperwire Size 6: http://bit.ly/2aTH3f1

Hooks- Owner ST-56 Size 1/0: http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW

Strike King Mega Dawg: http://bit.ly/2NNGQvs

Evergreen Shower Blows 150: http://bit.ly/2zIkqUH

Zoom Super Fluke: http://bit.ly/2aqys0H

Keel Guard- http://bit.ly/2N5p36m

Super Fluke Combo…

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 874 CRR: http://bit.ly/2R4f2Ud

Reel- Shimano Curado K HG: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh

Line- 50 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9


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Fluke Fishing Tricks You Need To Try!

Soft Jerkbaits are awesome already but when you learn to change your retrieve for the Fall you’ll be shocked how many bass will eat them! Fluke fishing is simple, fun, and equally effective from shore or boat.

In today’s video Matt hits the water for some fast-paced fluke fishing. The bass are exploding on baitfish and the soft jerkbait is the perfect imitation. In the midst of fishing Matt walks through the tackle he uses for fluke fishing in the Fall. From rods to hooks, he covers the fine details that make all the difference.

This is a great technique that anyone can do! If you haven’t been taking advantage of the Fluke’s potential this fall, its time to catch up! Below is a breakdown of the tackle Matt is using for his personal fluke fishing.

The baits…

Zoom Super Fluke: http://bit.ly/2aqys0H

Zoom Fluke: http://bit.ly/2OFjvjx

Reaction Innovations Shiver Shot: http://bit.ly/2JCpY7S

Terminal Tackle…

Texas Rig Hook- Gamakatsu Superline 4/0 Wide Gap: http://bit.ly/2ac92XG

Weedless Nose Hook- Gamakatsu Size 1 Finesse Wide Gap: http://bit.ly/2i57dOP

Nose Hook- Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap Size 1: http://bit.ly/2aKGmHM

Spring- Owner CPS Spring Medium: http://bit.ly/2b2YgDf

Super Fluke Combo…

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 874 CRR: http://bit.ly/2R4f2Ud

Reel- Shimano Curado K HG: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh

Line- 50 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Finesse Fluke Combo…

Rod- Zodias 7′ Medium: http://bit.ly/2jOUXAO

Reel- Stradic CI4+ 2500: http://bit.ly/2gu84t7

Line- 20 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 10 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9


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Fall Tackle Review: Rods, Reels, Lures

Matt and Tim are on the water and they brought a boat load of new gear along! From new spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, and crankbaits, to rods and reels, they’re spending the day exploring new equipment. Come along for a fun afternoon on the water!

The Shimano SLX and Dobyns Colt rods had already been fished but the rest of the tackle was brand new. Watch first hand as the guys have to adjust reels, dial in baits, and figure out how to adapt to fish that are difficult to pattern.

The guys make the best of the conditions and the gear and quickly begin boating quality bass. The key players seemed to be the jerkbait and underspin but a handful of other baits were successful as well. Below is a break down of all the equipment the guys were using.

The Baits…

Megabass Vision 110 Silent jerkbait: http://bit.ly/2mqOuiA

Rapala Shadow Rap Jerkbait: http://bit.ly/2yjK7fO

Lucky Craft Flash Pointer 100 Jerkbait: http://bit.ly/2aHz588

Evergreen CH-1 Squarebill: http://bit.ly/2MrsOCG

Flashy Spinner (3/0): http://bit.ly/2e8O4Y7

Keitech 3.8″ Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

6th Sense 50X Squarebill: http://bit.ly/2HbaCGT

The Rods…

13 Fishing Fate Black 7′ Medium: http://bit.ly/2NPAhrb

Lews TP-1 Black 7′ Medium: http://bit.ly/2Ovtbxc

Daiwa Tatula Elite 7’3″ MH: http://bit.ly/2yLDr9z

Shimano SLX 7’2″ Heavy: http://bit.ly/2L3wppO

St. Croix Legend Elite 6’10” Medium: http://bit.ly/2z2qdHc

Shimano Curado 7’1″ Medium Spinning: http://bit.ly/2ydQjbi

The Reels…

13 fishing Origin TX: http://bit.ly/2NUHiej

Daiwa CR 80: http://bit.ly/2Cgk5Nh

Daiwa SV TWS: http://bit.ly/2xALqpz

Shimano SLX: http://bit.ly/2L3wppO

Lew’s Speed Spool LFS: http://bit.ly/2xEElEw

Shimano Chronarch MGL (Awesome Reel paired with a jerkbait): http://bit.ly/2n8DghB

Shimano NASCI Spinning: http://bit.ly/2g278cC


Braid- Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Fluorocarbon- Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Monofilament- Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9


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3 Underspin Tricks You Haven’t Tried!

Making the perfect underspin is easy! There are some awesome products on the market now that let you convert any hook, swimbait head, or jighead into an underspin. You can modify baits, change hooks, weights, blade sizes, and more, and it only takes a few seconds.

Bass love chasing baitfish in the Fall and the underspin is a great way to target those fish. Unfortunately no two lakes are the same so one day you might be fishing in 2 feet around grass and the next day find yourself in 25 feet on a flat. With these simple baits and hooks you can quickly adapt to changing conditions.

Below you’ll find a breakdown of the the individual items and tackle Matt discussed in the video. Farther down you’ll find his recommendations for making your own “UnderSpin Kit” to store in the boat so you can easily adapt to changing conditions when the need arises.

Our Preferred Underspins…

Blade Runner Underspin: http://bit.ly/29UVegz

Owner Flashy Swimmer: http://bit.ly/2e8O4Y7

Hog Farmer Baits War Pig: http://bit.ly/2pcQnRP

Cool Baits Underspin: http://bit.ly/2boS7QA

Underspin Parts…

Owner CPS Springs (Medium): http://bit.ly/2b2YgDf

Khan Baits Easy Spin: http://bit.ly/2RUVXVW

Pro Point Lures Underspin Blades: http://bit.ly/2f6uwne

Decoy Versatile Keeper: http://bit.ly/2NNtJci

Hook Selection…

Matt Allen Swimbait Head: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN

Owner 4/0 Beast Hook: http://bit.ly/2ancP66

Owner Jungle Wide Gap Hook: http://bit.ly/2sBsR1Z

Gamakatsu 6/0 Superline EWG Hook: http://bit.ly/2ac92XG

The Baits…

Keitech 4.8″ Fat Swing Impact: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Scottsboro Tackle Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2NpyLjU

Matt’s Kit Recommendations…

-Plano Pro Latch 3500 Box: http://bit.ly/2QVH7NI

-1/8 oz Easy Spin (Silver)

-1/8 oz Easy Spin (Gold)

-3/8 oz Easy Spin (Silver)

-Weightless Easy Spin (Silver)

-Pro Point Lures Silver Blades

-Decoy Medium Versatile Keeper (Holds Blades in place)

-Owner Medium CPS Spring


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Forgotten Crankbaits For Fall Bass

When every one else is throwing squarebill crankbaits and ultra deep divers you can catch a ton of fish on mid-sized cranks. They work in a variety of conditions that other cranks don’t and virtually no one throws them. Give them a try this Fall and you might be surprised how many bass you can catch!

What is a mid-sized crankbait? Most have a short, rounded bill and wider body. The baits are typically designed to reach depths of 7-12 feet and come equipped with size 6 trebles. They “match the hatch” with a variety of baitfish nationwide and are bit much more readily than larger deep diving crankbaits.

Below is a breakdown of the baits we have confidence in, gear we use, and the upgraded hardware that we use when finesse cranking these mid-sized baits.


Normal Deep Baby N: http://bit.ly/2O9CAcu

Spro Rock Crawler: http://bit.ly/2NFPA5t

Teckel Drunker: http://bit.ly/2xryClV

Strike King 3XD: http://bit.ly/2oSMj8s

Fat Free Shad 3/8 oz: http://bit.ly/2yCzALZ

Bomber 5A: http://bit.ly/2q0EdvL

Bomber 4A: http://bit.ly/2ykz2ey

Jackall Jaco: http://bit.ly/2pTgZaN

Megabass Deep X 150: http://bit.ly/2rWA1zt

Upgraded Hardware…

Split Rings- Owner Hyperwire Size 2: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

Hook- Gamakatsu EWG Size 6: http://bit.ly/2cZrsbY

Hook- Owner ST-36 Size 6: http://bit.ly/2cWpeyw

Matt’s Crankbait Combo…

Rod- IMX Pro 843 CBR: http://bit.ly/2og0BmK

Reel- Shimano Aldebaran MGL 50: http://bit.ly/2uQ4oH8

Line- Sunline Assassin 12 lb: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Budget Crankbait Combo…

Rod- Dobyns Colt 7′ Med/Heavy Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2lU0LfV

Reel- Daiwa CR 80: http://bit.ly/2Cgk5Nh

Line- 10 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9


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Best Gear For Fishing A New Lake

How Do you pack for a lake you’ve never been to? What gear are you going to need? How much tackle should you carry? How much is too much? Do you need anything special? Today Tim answers all these questions by taking you along for a tour of the gear he packed for his trip to Michigan.

Preparing for “anything” that a new lake can throw your way is very challenging. If you specifically select baits that have multiple uses it is much easier to be prepared for varying conditions. From clean water to murky, from a topwater bite to ledge fishing, you can get away with less tackle than you might expect.

Below is a break down of all the gear Tim took to Michigan to chase Smallmouth on lakes he’d never seen before. They’re broken into Finesse/Spinning Gear and Reaction/Casting Gear.


Dropshot #1- Strike King Half Shell: http://bit.ly/2iR9awm

Dropshot #2- Strike King Dream Shot: http://bit.ly/2aAoUoR

Dropshot #3- Roboworm 6″ Worm: http://bit.ly/2asZyH3

Ned Rig- Z Man TRD: http://bit.ly/2hs4RtR

Ned Rig Head- Z Man LockZ HD: http://bit.ly/2kIgRYK

Neko Rig- Kut Tail Worm: http://bit.ly/2iXlzPu

Neko Rig- Tungsten Nail Weight: http://bit.ly/2iGNSFW

Finesse Tube: Dry Creek 3.5″ Tube: http://bit.ly/2cJwI6r

Swimbait- Keitech 2.8″: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Swimbait- 1/8 oz Guppy Head: http://bit.ly/2nyUJRS

Spy Bait – Duo Realis Spinbait 80: http://bit.ly/2uziBeM

Hair Jig- Feider Fly: http://bit.ly/2G7TBwj

Yamamoto 5″ Senko: http://bit.ly/2axAmNS


Megabass Deep Six: http://bit.ly/2A3clKP

Lucky Craft LV-500 Lipless: http://bit.ly/2aAUUbd

Jackall TN-70 Lipless: http://bit.ly/2lqAwjh

Damiki Vault Blade: http://bit.ly/2rnO7e2

River2Sea Biggie Squarebill: http://bit.ly/2ahCzvo

Norman Deep Little N: http://bit.ly/2acSLUd

Blade Runner 1 3/4 oz Spoon: http://bit.ly/2aKVLlG


Swimbait- Keitech 4.3 Fat: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Swimbait- 6″ Trash Fish: http://bit.ly/2xRdCFP

Swimbait- S Waver 168: http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh


Bubble Popper: http://bit.ly/2yxP2ZQ

Rio Rico: http://bit.ly/2RGNx4x

Reaction Innovations Vixen: http://bit.ly/2rp11nr

River2Sea Rover: http://bit.ly/2acSVea

River2Sea Bubble Walker: http://bit.ly/2e0PZOY

Whopper Plopper: http://bit.ly/2bsPbQV

Evergreen Shower Blows: http://bit.ly/2zIkqUH

Rod/Reel Combos…

Drop Shot – NRX 822 DSR – http://bit.ly/2dX9zjv

Hair Jig / Spybait – Daiwa Tatula Elite AGS Spin Rod 7’6″ ML – http://bit.ly/2QHupT9

All purpose spinning – NRX 852S JWR – http://bit.ly/2dX9zjv

Deep Crank Setup

IMX Pro Crank Rod 7’6″ Med Hvy 906 CBR – http://bit.ly/2FQj6CZ

Shimano Chronarch 150 MGL – http://bit.ly/2n8DghB

15lb Seaguar AbrazX Fluorocarbon Line – http://bit.ly/2aaBBDX

Swimbait Setup

G. Loomis GLX Casting Rod 7’5″ Heavy 894C JWR – http://bit.ly/2gqziwT

Shimano Metanium – http://bit.ly/2ezIBfB

Glide Bait Setup

G. Loomis GLX Casting Rod 7’5″ Heavy 894C JWR – http://bit.ly/2gqziwT

Shimano Curado 200K – http://bit.ly/2tHewEh


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Fall Bass Fishing with Underspins and Swimbaits

This time of year is all about schooling bass. If you can find the schools, you can catch a ton of fish in a hurry! In this video Matt and Tim head to Lake Berryessa, a fishery they haven’t visited in months. They start out working scattered fish but it doesn’t take long to locate the schools of offshore, deep water Bass and that’s when the fun starts!

The guys use a combination of topwater, finesse swimbaits, and good electronics to initially locate the bass. Once they find the school they begin using a combination of spoons, underspins, swimbaits, and tail spinners to keep the fish fired up.

Offshore bass fishing, especially for suspended fish, is one of the most technical ways to fish. But don’t let that scare you, as you can see in this video its not that difficult to get these fish biting.

The lures in order of appearance…

Evergreen Shower Blows 125: http://bit.ly/2zIkqUH

Keitech 2.8 Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Guppy Head 3/16 oz: http://bit.ly/2nyUJRS

Flutter Spoon: http://bit.ly/2ICAGKL

4.8 Keitech Fat Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

BladeRunner Underspin 1/2 oz (Anchovy): http://bit.ly/29UVegz

Damiki Axe Blade Tail Spinner: http://bit.ly/2w2uB9t

Baitsanity Trout Glide Bait: http://bit.ly/2DcI1yM

Matt’s Finesse Spinning Combo…

Rod- GLX Spinning 852S JWR: http://bit.ly/2A6HH3O

Reel- Shimano Exsence 3000: http://bit.ly/2iMtscV

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 20 lb: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 8 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

We played with 2 new combos throughout this video. Tim was throwing his Tail Spinner on a 13 Fishing combo, Matt was throwing his Underspin on an Edge Rod and his spooning reel was a Daiwa.

Rod- Edge Rod 7′ Mag Heavy: http://bit.ly/2Q9wZjY

Reel- Daiwa SV TWS: http://bit.ly/2xALqpz

Rod- 13 Fishing Muse 7′ Medium: http://bit.ly/2xVM80V

Reel- 13 Origin TX: http://bit.ly/2NUHiej


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