Giant Bass Everywhere!! Incredible Bass Fishing on Lake Baccarac!

Come along for an amazing morning of fishing on Lake Baccarac, Mexico! Tim and Matt are chasing schooling bass with swimbaits and crankbaits. If you’ve ever wondered how good bass fishing in Mexico really is, you need to see this! 1000’s of bass have barricaded a giant school of shad and other baitfish in a large bay and the feeding frenzy goes on for hours!

The duo focus on two very different approaches to target the schooling bass. Tim uses a bare swimbait head paired with a single 4.8 paddle tail swimbait fished deep below active fish. Matt focuses on fast moving crankbaits near the surface in search of a reaction bite. Their two-pronged approach yields interesting results as Tim found big bites right away, then as his success wained Matt began getting the big bites higher in the water column. While this took place on an amazing fishery in another country, the information can be applied anywhere.

Big bass often sit below active fish and feed on the remnants that fall slowly to the bottom. They are lethargic by nature and use the smaller bass’ efforts to get their meal. However, under the right circumstances these fish will become aggressive, move up in the water column, and feed heavily. This is exactly what we experienced this day as the big bass suddenly moved up in the column and hunted the fast moving squarebill crankbait.

Fishing in Mexico is an amazing experience! There are a ton of bass in Lake Baccarac and surrounding areas but it still requires focus and skill to consistently catch the bigger fish. Below is a breakdown of the baits and equipment we used to be successful with our time on the water. If you’ve been looking for a larger crankbait to mimic 3″-5″ shad, be sure to check out the Mini-Mag Matt was using in the video.

Special thanks to Pro Bass adventures for lending us a boat and letting break down this amazing fishery on our own! It was an amazing experience! To experience it for yourself, visit their website.

Pro Bass Adventures Lake Baccarac Lodge: http://bit.ly/2MDiiVR

Baits…

-Red Eye Shad 3/4 oz (Chrome Sexy Shad): http://bit.ly/2fqX1RT

-Keitech 4.8″ Fat Swing Impact (Electric Shad): http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

-Matt Allen Swimbait Head (3/4 oz): http://bit.ly/29RrTYN

-Strike King Rage Swimmer 4.75 (Electric Shad): http://bit.ly/2evZF8j

-6th Sense Cloud 9 Mini Mag Squarebill: http://bit.ly/31KGyeC

(Ghost Shad Scales, Ghost Threadfin Shad)

Tim’s Combo…

Rod- Dobyns Xtasy 755: http://bit.ly/36fIHCg

Reel- Shimano Metanium DC HG: http://bit.ly/2qrSZvs

Line- 65 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro Braid: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 20 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Matt’s Combo…

Rod- Shimano Zodias 7’6″ MH Glass: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe

Reel- Shimano Tranx 200 HG: http://bit.ly/2Tv0yCy

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

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Polarized Sunglasses: Do They Really Help You Fish?

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Whenever I went fishing during my childhood, I always wore sunglasses mainly to look cool. Little did I realize I was developing a habit that would be saving my eyes for 50 years of fishing trips and hopefully many more to come.

While donning a cool-looking set of shades can improve an angler’s image, there are more critical reasons why anglers should wear sunglasses. The most important thing is protection because the most important piece of equipment you put in your boat is your eyesight.

Polarized Shades Keep You Safe

Your fishing trip can turn into a nightmare if you pull a snagged lure out of a tree and it rockets back at you or if you turn around while your partner is casting with one of those 7-foot rods and his lure hits you in the face. If you are wearing sunglasses, the eyewear will help deflect hooks or sinkers away from your eyes and prevent a serious mishap that could lead to the loss of your precious sight.

Polarized Sunglasses Fend Off The Sun Rays

Sunglasses also offer protection from harmful ultraviolet rays (UVA and UVB) and glare caused by sunlight. The same ultraviolet sun rays that cause your skin to burn and eventually lead to aging skin or cancer can also cause eye diseases, such as cataracts and macular degeneration (sunspots) on the retina of the eye. A harsh glare shining off the water can also lead to eye strain and fatigue.

How Polarized Sunglasses Changed The Game

During my early years of fishing, I discovered a good pair of polarized sunglasses let me see trout in clear-water streams. The glasses cut down glare and gave me the chance to continually present my lures in front of the fish and eventually make them bite. Sight fishermen have taken advantage of polarized lenses for years to stalk their quarry.

Start Seeing More With Polarized Sunglasses

If you wear polarized lenses you can eliminate most of the surface glare and it makes your vision more comfortable. A polarized lens serves as a light filter like a Venetian blind which only allows light from a certain direction to enter the eye. Since it allows light from only a certain direction, a polarized lens then eliminates glare or scattered light.
Finding a pair of sunglasses with high polarization should be a priority for anglers. Most of the good sunglass companies are going to achieve maximum polarization but not total polarization with their fishing sunglasses. A rule of thumb for picking sunglasses with maximum polarization is the darker the lens tint, the more polarization it has. So the darkest tint will offer the best polarization in any color of lenses.

Does Lens Color Really Matter?

Lens color is an option anglers should consider when choosing polarized sunglasses. Most sunglass companies make several shades of tint.
Tints enhance your performance by selectively filtering light rays. A gray lens filters all light colors equally so all hues look their natural shade. Dark gray lenses than are good for all-purpose sunglasses because these lenses eliminate glare best on bright sunny days and show true colors.
Brown, green and yellow lenses serve specific functions for anglers. These tints are going to enhance some colors while they bleach other colors out. A sight angler wants a tint that will enhance the colors of bass but he wants to bleach out the surrounding colors, thus enhancing the contrast between the two.

Yellow heightens contrast, but that lens tint isn’t dark enough to provide maximum polarization. So yellow lenses work best for sight fishing in shallow water on dark, overcast days.

Polarized Glasses With Brown Lenses

Amber or brown lenses are designed for overcast or hazy days and fog. These lenses offer high contrast but the lighter tint also loses polarization.
I have discovered a pure green tint is the ultimate color for sight fishing since it offers both high contrast and high polarization. The green tint almost matches the color of green in the bass’ back and enhances it. A green lens also filters out other colors such as tan or beige that you typically see on the nest and therefore enhances the bass’ image. Looking through a green lens almost gives you the feeling that you’ve taken a pencil and outlined the bass. It really makes the bass stand out.

Glass lenses provided the best optics years ago but when impact-resistant polycarbonate became available with polarization, polycarbon lenses became the standard of fishing sunglasses.

You Get What You Pay For

Buying a good pair of polycarbon lens sunglasses costs more, but your eyes will benefit in the long run. So if you buy a pair of sunglasses for $9.95 you are going to get some lens distortion and when looking at objects at a distance your eyes have to constantly change focus to compensate for the distortion in the lenses That’s how an inexpensive sunglass lens produces eye strain because you continually have to change your focusing in that lens. Quality optical lenses will not cause your eyes to alter focusing.


Lodge Spotlight: Thatch Caye Island Resort – Blue Horizon Belize

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The moment your feet step off the panga and onto the landing dock of the breathtaking Thatch Caye Island Resort you are greeted by a fresh glass of ice cold watermelon juice prepared specifically for your private arrival. Pearly white smiles of the hospitality crew surround you. From that moment until you return back to the mainland, every wish and desire you have is accommodated at the all-inclusive island resort. The entire island only takes you 20 minutes to walk from one end to the other, it is complete with 15 rooms and can sleep up to 32 guests.

The resort attracts honeymooners from all over the world as it is complete with oceanfront penthouses and overwater bungalows, so there will be no shortage of drunken happy go lucky couples to laugh the evenings away with. The advantage to this is that while yes you will mostly come across a plethora of vacationing couples, you will be all alone in your fly-fishing quest for one of the most challenging sport fish of all time. Trachinotus falcatus. Otherwise known as the Permit.

Thatch Caye is centered in the heart of permit country. Surrounded by the world’s largest living reef, the Belize Barrier Reef you can literally cast to schools of tailing permit and not see another soul for miles past the horizon. One morning we just hopped on a couple of the community bicycles and peddled down to the north end of the island.

Stealthy as we could peering through openings in the hanging palms we spotted bonefish tailing just a rod lengths from the shore. Someone wake me up, it can’t be this easy… All along the west side and close to the overwater tiki bar thrashing takes and baitfish raining just above the surface for their lives echo throughout the night.

The water is alive with hunting barracuda, reef fish brilliantly strutting every color of the spectrum, and of course your game fish: bones, tarpon and permit.

Say for example not every person in your party wants to fly fish every day. No worries, your experience is completely designed by the interests of you and those who accompany you. Snorkeling, diving, lobster/conch hunting, basket weaving, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, river boat tours, island crawl via a floating bar, body treatments, spa massage are all on the table. Evenings if you so desire can end with popping bottles on a stargazer’s cruise under the Belizean Night Sky. And again if all you came for is the fly fishing then you can literally fish till your heart’s content.

While we were there we had the incredible opportunity of fishing with the Permit Master himself. When you meet Lincoln Westby you have immediate innate respect for this man. A legendary Belizean fly fishing guide he was fishing for permit with a fly rod before the rest of the world knew what a permit was.

At 78 years of age, he was polling us around the flats as if he had just reached his prime, telling us fish stories from 40-50 years ago while slipping in life lessons of forgiveness, humility and well-being.

Lincoln is simply an immense wealth of knowledge that no video, book or article could ever fully convey. His kindness, patience and direction deemed him an absolute pleasure to spend the days fly fishing with and the words and stories he shared with us will not soon be forgotten. (Lincoln is the lead guide for Blue Horizon Belize, an Orvis Endorsed fly fishing outfitter that operates out of Thatch Caye Island Resort).

The island resort is well aware of the jewel of a location in which they are located when it comes to destination fly fishing so they have cleverly designed several of their cabanas to accommodate the visiting angler. At the end of a long day on the salt, all you want to do is shower and be cold right? Well, you just mosey yourself on down to your private quarters, hang your rods on the fly rod holders built right onto your cabanas deck, step inside and blast the AC.

You must, however, be very cautious of the beds in the angler cabanas…. I kid you not, the first night I slept there I awoke the next morning feeling as though I had slept for a week and subtracted 10 years of aging. A nap could turn into missing dinner and dinner at Thatch Caye is not something you can forgive yourself for if you miss.

The first night prepared by the Island’s private chef we had lobster that was caught that day from a rocks throw away. The food is thoughtfully and artistically prepared as the chef has the support of a crew of 5-6 servers, sous chefs and line cooks all with one goal which is to make sure that every bite is an invigorating experience.

I think that in itself is exactly what this Muy’Ono Resort envisioned when they designed this paradise destination. They pictured a glistening sunset and you walking barefoot, past the breezy palms on your way to a hammock, pina colada in hand and a smile from ear to ear reminiscing on a day of fly fishing that you won’t ever forget.

Article by Ruth Simms (@navajoflyfisher) on a recent Team Flylords trip down to Thatch Caye Island Resort while fishing with Blue Horizon Belize in the famed Permit Alley region of Southern Belize.

You can book your adventure down to Thatch Caye by visiting their website or emailing info@bluehorizonbelize.com. For more information on Lincoln Westby and Blue Horizon Belize check them out online here.

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How You Should Really Be Fishing A Jerkbait

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Most bass anglers agree that suspended bass are the hardest to catch, but there is a solution to catching these fish. Bass suspend most often from early winter to early spring and late summer through early fall. One surefire way to keep a lure in a bass’ strike zone and tempt the fish into biting is to throw a suspending jerkbait. The Googan Squad Jerkbait Scout is ideal for this tactic because the suspending lure dives 4 to 6 feet deep and lingers in that depth range. When fished in clear water, the suspending lure will draw strikes from nearby bass in the same depth range or fish moving up from depths of 15 to 20 feet.

Googan Squad Jerkbait

A suspending jerkbait is a prime lure to throw after the fall turnover on Northern lakes when smallmouth bass scatter and suspend. You can catch these roaming smallmouths on a suspending jerkbait worked along sandy bottoms that quickly drop from a 5-foot flat to 20 feet deep. Position your boat on top of the drop-off and cast to either the shallow or deep side of the bottom change. That boat position gives you the ability to make a long cast up onto the flat or well in front of the boat so you can fish your bait over 20 feet of water. An erratic retrieve with two- to three-second pauses produces best.

Googan Squad Jerkbait

The suspending jerkbait also shines any time the wind blows from late fall to early spring for hibernating bass on clear-water reservoirs. The channel swings in creek arms are key locations to throw a suspending jerkbait in the winter. Maneuver your boat so you can throw the Scout at a 45-degree angle along with the channel swing. A good rule of thumb is to make sure you are no more than a cast away from pretty deep water.

After making a long cast, turn your reel handle hard seven or eight times to drive the lure to its maximum depth. Then employ a twitch-and-pause retrieve with your rod pointed toward the water throughout the presentation. Let the lure sit for a long time—sometimes as long as 30 seconds– between jerks and keep your line semi-taut throughout the pause.

This allows the lure to seductively wiggle as it suspends. After letting the lure sit for what seems like an eternity, slowly sweep your rod to pull the lure a couple of inches and let it sit again for a while. Once you get a bite or two it gives you the confidence to just let the lure soak all day but until you get bit it is hard to make yourself fish that slowly. As the water continues to warm in early spring, you can shorten the pauses of your retrieve to trigger strikes.


Tie Today, Float Tomorrow: 3 Quick Tying Tips

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It is easy to judge your skill as a fly tyer by how a fly looks. While pretty flies are indeed fun to look at, the real goal ought to be flies that fish well. (It can’t be ignored that often the flies that fish well do look good.)

So what are you doing to improve how your flies fish? Are you cutting down the wind resistance of your streamers? Are you making sure your nymphs sink at a  uniform rate from fly to fly? Are your dry flies staying dry without much fuss?

This last question is an important one. Pretty dry flies can be a real difficult task for new fly tyers. Moreover, the ideal dry fly aesthetic is tightly linked with precision proportions that lead to the proper presentation. Basically, they need to look good to fish good. While improving your skills is important, there are some easier things you can do to help keep your flies up while you learn.

Here are three things you can do at the vise to keep your dry flies floating:

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Tail Spins Tricks for Fall and Winter Bass

One of the most overlooked baits in bass fishing, the tail spin (tail spinner) produces amazing fish catches during the Fall and Winter season. While simple in appearance, the bait is incredibly versatile when used with different retrieves. Bass can’t resist a well placed tail spinner fished around baitfish! In Today’s video Matt explains how to fish the lures, which retrieves work best for different situations, and even shows his confidence baits.

Most anglers consider tail spins to be a deep water lure for schooling bass. While they are incredibly effective in deep water, a tail spin is also at home in the shallows. These baits can be fished in as shallow as a few feet of water around visible cover with a fast, steady retrieve. If the bass are down deep, switching to a slow roll or a pumping retrieve will yield the best results.

Tail spins come in many shapes and sizes. Single treble hook, double hook, even line through offerings are available. Once you learn how to adapt the baits to your fishing conditions the tail spin will become a staple in your cold water bass fishing arsenal. Below is a breakdown of Matt’s confidence baits as well as the equipment he uses to consistently land his tail spin fish.

The baits…

-Jackall Deracoup 1/2 – 1oz: http://bit.ly/2p8X4b0

(Clear Shad, Dera Shad, Silver)

-Damiki Axe Blade 3/4 – 1oz: http://bit.ly/2w2uB9t

(Black Holo, Bream, Holo Real Shad)

-Blade Runner Line Through Tail Spin: http://bit.ly/2UZaQXP

(Iris Shad, Chartreuse White, Pearl White)

-Duo Realis Spin: http://bit.ly/2QKeL9X

(Black Smokey Shad, Gill ND, Tanago 2)

-Revenge Tail Spinner 1/2 – 3/4 oz: http://bit.ly/2tmR2lv

(Blue Shad, Silverside, Shad)

Matt’s Braid Combo…

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR: http://bit.ly/2og0BmK

Reel- Shimano Bantam MGL HG: http://bit.ly/2H44yjG

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

Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen Mono: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Matt’s Fluoro Combo…

Rod- Shimano Expride 6’10” M: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

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

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

Upgrades and Storage…

Treble- Gamakatsu EWG Size 4 and 6: http://bit.ly/2DCOlmV

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

Box- Plano Waterproof 3740: http://bit.ly/2fvjcFB

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TacticalBassin’s New Cold Water Crankbait! Catch Your Biggest Bass This Winter!

We’re thrilled to announce our brand new crankbait! The Tactical DD Crankbait 75 is designed for cold water, Winter bass fishing. We partnered with River2Sea on this project to develop a bait that would catch MONSTER bass in the coldest temperatures. Are you tired of dragging worms and jigs all Winter? You’re going to love this crank!

In 2011 Matt and Tim realized that what we thought we knew about bass behavior in cold water was incomplete. To their surprise, under the right conditions big bass would aggressively hunt and feed, even in near freezing water conditions. Through years of study and experimentation they began identifying key vibrations that would consistently trigger an aggressive feeding response in these bass. To their amazement, the biggest bass in the schools were the most likely to react!

Fast forward and we arrive at the Tactical DD Crankbait. The guys combined a unique sound profile with incredible fish-catching paint schemes, added a bill shape that fishes well at a variety of diving depths while deflecting off cover with ease, and created a perfect package for targeting big bass in cooler water temperatures. As an added bonus they stumbled on this bait’s surprise ability to catch fish at virtually any water temperature when baitfish are present!!

The same sound and vibration combination that works well in cold water also causes a remarkable feed response when bass are actively targeting baitfish. The bait “feels” like a lipless crankbait in the water but has the ability to make abrupt stops and starts that elicit incredible reactions. With this second approach, this “cold water bait” instantly became a year round producer!

The bait…

-Tactical DD Crankbait 75: http://bit.ly/37dclbX

The guy’s Favorite Combo…

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 906 CBR: http://bit.ly/2FQj6CZ

Reel- Shimano Bantam MGL HG: http://bit.ly/2H44yjG

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

This bait can be thrown with a variety of lighter crankbait rods. It does not require the heavier actions that larger baits require. When considering the best rod, focus on the rods you already use for square bills, smaller deep diving crankbaits, or lipless crankbaits.

Other models we like from various manufacturers…

-G Loomis E6X 845 CBR: http://bit.ly/2G5Bc86

-Dobyns Fury 7′ Med Hvy Cranking: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV

-Expride 7′ Medium Glass: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

-Megabass Orochi XX Flatside Special: http://bit.ly/2OSVNwH

Storage, Hook Upgrades, and More…

Box- Plano 3707 Medium Crankbait Organizer: http://bit.ly/2KwA8Kp

Hook Upgrade- Gamakatsu Short Shank EWG Size 2: http://bit.ly/2Qsvgtj

Split Rings- Owner Hyperwire Size 3: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

Lure Retriever- Frabill Extendable Pole: http://bit.ly/2TLTJc6

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Behind the Brand: Chums

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The Flylords team caught up with the fellas over at Chums, the Utah based outdoor brand is known for pioneering and inventing sunglass retainers. A common accessory among anglers. Check out the interview below to learn more about the company and some of the new products they are offering like the Storm Series Waterproof Bags.

Flylords: Can you tell us a little about where the Chums story began?

Chums story starts back in 1983, when a river guide was sick of watching his glasses sink to the bottom of the Colorado River (pictured above). He had the ingenious idea of holding his sunglasses on the a shoelace. 35 years and a few iterations later here we are with a huge line of sunglass retainers (Chums) and an expanding product line.

Flylords: Where is your company based? What are some local adventures that your team enjoys?

Chums currently has 3 different locations: Hurricane Utah (where we continue to manufacture many of our products), Salt Lake City and Sun Valley Idaho.

Chums was started on the water and our hearts are still out there. Rafting and fishing are what we focus on and how we spend most of our time.

Flylords: I know you recently dropped some killer dry bags (which we had a chance to test out in Belize) can you tell us a little about these products, and what makes them unique?

With our Dry Bags we were really trying to focus on a demographic that we felt like was missed. Not everyone has a couple hundred bucks to drop on a bag from the big guys. We designed a bag that could stand up to the harshest conditions while remaining affordable for anyone.

Flylords: Do you want to highlight any conservation efforts Chums has been working on in 2019?

Here at Chums we are always trying to do a little better, from creating product from sustainable material to donating to local and national non profits. We focus a lot on river restoration and do a lot of work with American Rivers and American Whitewater.

Flylords: If you were going to put together a dream fishing trip for the Chums team where do you think you would go?

It’s hard to beat the fishing in our own backyard of Sun Valley: Big Wood, Silver Creek and Big Lost. But we always love shaking it up and hunting something new, maybe go chase some Marlin around Australia.

Flylords: If you had to name three Chums essential products for a day on the water what would they be?

Our Rolltop Backpack for sure, make sure that you can carry all your essentials and keep them dry. You can’t go wrong with any of our retainers but our Cotton Stripes are a staple for all of us around here. Something we all have on us here at all times is our Surfshorts Wallet, we take them with us everywhere.


Testimonials from our Belize Trip: 

“A versatile waterproof bag that doesn’t break the bank. I used the Chums Rolltop Backpack for a couple of days of flats fishing down in Southern Belize and loved how lightweight and simple the bag was yet it still stood up to the saltwater like a pro. The water bottle side pocket is a great feature many other dry bags don’t have.” -Patrick Perry, Managing Editor of Flylords Mag.

 

 


Be sure to check out Chums’ Fishing Division online here and give them a follow on Instagram @chumsusa.

Behind the Brand: Pirate Fly Fishing

Behind the Brand: RepYourWater

 

Fly Fishing Sideways

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The first time we fished this creek, it was magical. The fish weren’t especially large, but they were plentiful. They attacked flies with vigor. They fought with ferocity. Above that, finding and accessing the creek was an adventure. That made the fishing better. Generally speaking, our experience was delightfully repetitive. Lots of fish. Fish willing to play ball. Above average fly fishing. Having a nearby option like this was great.

It became the go-to. It became familiar. It became our creek. But it almost didn’t.

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For years I fished with neoprene waders. This was a vast improvement over my first attempts to keep my feet dry. That involved trash bags stuck inside of winter boots. Needless to say, neoprene chest waders felt luxurious. After a few seasons the luxury lost its luster. The rubbery overalls  became offensive on warmer days. I didn’t like them much, either. A month of saving from my part time job yielded what I needed for some entry-level breathable waders. We headed to the fly shop.

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Cold Water Crankbait Tricks For Big Bass In Winter

Stop missing the best bite of the year for big bass! Forget the spawn, set the jig aside, let’s talk about how to catch giant bass with crankbaits in cold water! Triggering a feed response in bass can be done at virtually any temperature when you have the right tools. Once you understand which baits emit the right frequencies and how quickly to fish them, catching a big bass is as easy as casting and retrieving, with a few hard pops, snaps and rips thrown in for good measure.

Matt and Tim recently released their Tactical DD Crankbait to specifically target big Winter bass. This bait is incredibly easy to fish, comes in cold water specific color patterns, and has produced giant catches all over the country. Smallmouth, Spotted Bass, and giant Largemouth have all fallen prey to its high speed vibration..

While the guys built this bait specifically for cold water versatility, they also recognize that a variety of other baits are great for Winter bass. TacticalBassin has and always will be about quality, honest information. With that in mind, Matt and Tim would never turn their back on the other proven cold water producers.

In today’s video Matt shows a variety of proven cold water crankbaits, how to fish them, then goes in depth with retrieves and equipment. If you’re tired of finesse fishing in Winter, this video is for you! Below you’ll find a breakdown of the baits and equipment along with explanations of when each bait shines.

Tactical Crankbait Release Video: http://bit.ly/2XC3Zq4

Baits…

River2Sea Tactical DD Crankbait: http://bit.ly/37dclbX

-This bait shines in a variety of water temperatures. While designed for cold water it also excels in warm water around baitfish. The primary benefit of this bait is its ability to be fished effectively throughout the water column. It deflects extremely well, allowing it to be fished shallow. It also dives quickly and reaches far deeper depths (18+ feet) than other baits of its size.

Megabass Deep X 300: http://bit.ly/2sSQHpt

-Most anglers use this bait for Smallmouth. While it is an amazing bait for smallies (note the 6 lber Matt caught on it in this video) the bait actually excels in all cooler water situations for every species of bass. The bait has an extremely tight action and fishes extremely well in depths up to 14 feet.

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

-The larger brother to the Deep X 300, the Deep Six reaches deeper and is equipped with larger hooks. It is a great option as the water cools in Fall and again as it begins to warm in Spring. With its larger size comes a slightly wider wobble, making it a versatile bait year round.

Spro RK Crawler 55: http://bit.ly/2NFPA5t

The Rock Crawler is truly a craw-imitator. This bait has a wider wobble than the other cold water baits but is irrelevant because you’re fishing it properly when it spends all its time on the bottom. This bait is designed to grind, hop, and dodge its way through rocky bottoms, triggering bites as it deflects off cover.

6th Sense Curve 55: http://bit.ly/37hZ1TD

-The Curve, like the Rock Crawler, is designed to spend its time on bottom. This bite will hunt, pop, and deflect its way through hard cover. Pause it as it breaks away from cover to get that vicious reaction strike you’ve been searching for.

Favorite Colors by Bait…

Tactical: Mirrored Minnow, DD Minnow, Ghost Minnow, Glass Minnow

Deep X 300: Stealth Craw, Sexy Ayu, Megabass Sexy Shad

Deep Six: MB Gizzard, Shadow Craw, Ito Wakasagi

RkCrawler: Missouri Craw, Phantom Brown, Red Crawfish

Curve 55: Craw Bomb, Ghost Missouri Craw, Red Claw

Braid Combo…

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR: http://bit.ly/2og0BmK

Reel- Shimano Bantam MGL HG: http://bit.ly/2H44yjG

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

Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Fluorocarbon Combo…

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 906 CBR: http://bit.ly/2og0BmK

Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL HG: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB

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

Low Budget Combo…

Rod- St Croix Bass X 7’2″ MH Moderate: http://bit.ly/2r0xWAs

Reel- Shimano SLX HG: http://bit.ly/2NfdOnk

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

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