Early Fall Bass Fishing Buyer’s Guide

Swimbaits, jerkbaits, dropshot worms, and so many other awesome products have come to market since ICAST. It looks like this Fall is going to be a lot of fun! Today Matt is showing us a few of the new lures that stand out to him, along with a few items that he’s been testing for a while. You know Matt is a tackle junkie so come along and see what he’s found.

Every year ICAST (Bass fishing’s biggest trade show) brings the promise of fun new gear to check out in the Fall. This year Tim did a review of some of his favorites and now its Matt’s turn. The delays are over, products are beginning to hit store shelves, and its time for the fun to begin. We all love showing bass something new, we just want to know that we we aren’t wasting valuable time and money on a dud.

Some of today’s products are brand new to market and are simply a first look, others we’ve been using for as much as a year and are just now circling back to confirm our stamp of approval. Below is a breakdown of the gear in the video in order of appearance.

-Big Bite Baits Smallie Smasher: http://bit.ly/2ZpCOCY

-Big Bite Baits Tour Tube: http://bit.ly/32e23VR

-P-Line Bobber Stopper (Green/Black): http://bit.ly/2ZxAYuV

-Baitsanity Antidote Glide Bait: http://bit.ly/2ztUk9z

-Hydra Battery Terminal Multiplier: http://bit.ly/329zhFK

-Duo Realis Alpha 72 Spinbait: http://bit.ly/2UbnUu9

-River2Sea D Walker Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2NwqBmz

-Lucky Craft Pointer 100 H3: http://bit.ly/2PuaFpw

-G Loomis GLX 843 and 844 MBR Rods: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT

Antidote Hook Upgrades…

-Split Ring- Owner Hyperwire Size 4: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

-Owner ST-56 Treble (Size 1 and 2): http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW

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The Secrets To Landing A Bass Without A Net

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If you watch the pros competing in major bass tournaments, you will notice they never use a net to land their fish. In the late 1970s, B.A.S.S.  instituted a no-net rule, which has been adopted by other major circuits.  

The frantic fight of a hooked bass makes it difficult to land fish even with the aid of a net, but the no-net rule has caused the pros to rely on other ways to get bass into the boat. I and other recreational anglers, fortunately, can use nets but there are times when we forget the net or it is buried in a rod box or tangled with other gear. 

Here are three practices employed by the pros you can use if your net is unavailable:

Swing For The Fences

Swinging bass into the boat lessens the chances of an angler getting finned or hooked, but this tactic has plenty of pitfalls for losing fish, such as line breakage, knocking the fish into the side of the boat or pulling it completely over the boat and back into the water. 

Timing is the key to swinging bass. Try to begin your swing at the same time the fish starts to jump so the momentum of the fish and the pull of your rod lead the bass towards the boat.  Hold your rod at about the 9 o’clock position to begin swinging the fish. If you start any higher you’re going to have trouble because a lot of times the fish are going to hit the side of the boat, which is the worst possible thing to have happen.  Raise your rod as high as possible to make sure the fish clears the side of the boat.

Lip ‘Em and Grip ‘Em

Lipping a bass works best when using finesse techniques with light line or trying to land a big bass on any tackle.  Landing a bass by hand requires grabbing the fish by the lower lip while trying to avoid touching your line or lure. If the fish keeps its mouth closed, pin it against the side of the boat and lip it. 

Grab Them By The Belly

After wearing a bass down, coax the fish to lie on its side. Then hold your rod high to keep tension on the line and slip your free hand under the bass’ belly.  Cradling the bass seems to almost paralyze the fish and makes it easier to lift into the boat.


Devils Creek Reservoir Fishing – Good Idaho Largemouth Bass Spot!

Here’s a report of what I discovered on Devils Creek Reservoir fishing for bass. Included in this report are some of the best lures for catching Largemouth bass on Devils Creek. The best areas of where I found fish on the lake. Plus,  the conditions of my trip and some video to help you know what to expect when fishing devils creek. This place seems to have fairly decent numbers of largemouth, and some fish with good size. Take the information in this report to help you catch bass on Devils Creek Reservoir in Idaho.
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7 Lures Walleye Anglers Can Depend On All Year

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Walleye anglers target fish using different methods, at different times, in different depths and with so many fishing styles and options available, selecting the right bait can be overwhelming. Whether you’re new to fishing for Walleye or just brushing up effective tactics, here are seven Walleye baits that you can rely on all year long.

Jigs

Jigs may be the champ of the “year-round bait” category for fishing walleye. Jigs tipped with plastics or live bait will catch Walleye in almost any water condition or temperature. Jigs work in the grass, near rocks or wood, and even in open water. The simple design and easy to use nature of walleye jigs make them a popular choice for virtually any angler. During the springtime try hopping a jig and minnow along steep rocky banks. In the summer months, thread on a paddle tail swimbait on your jig and target shoreline grasses or offshore humps. The bottom line is that no matter the cover, depth, or season – jigs can produce bites.

Jerkbait

Jerkbaits are multi-species killers but will work especially crush Walleye in the early spring. Try trolling larger profile crankbaits during the spring months as fish continue to push shallow before the spawn. In the early spring and late fall, slender profiled jerkbaits with flat sides and a subtle wobble reign supreme. As the water warms, moving to baits with wider wobbles and more aggressive retrieves will keep the fish biting. Once they go deep.

Harness

Harness rigging for Walleye is tactic anglers utilize when fish are more spread out. Covering water with crawler harness baits allows you to pick off roaming walleye. Finding the right boat speed is key in getting dialed on a hot harness bite. Once you get bit it’s important to remember what speed you were moving at in order to help replicate the process over again.

Jigging Rap

Jigging Rap style baits are often thought as an ice fishing deal however, these things are also deadly in the open water season too. With electronic graphs and mapping, functions continue to advance many anglers spend as much time (if not more) looking at their graph than they actually do fishing. Once an angler marks a fish using their electronics a jigging rap is a good bait to pick up first. The denseness of a jigging rap allows for a quick fall rate on the way down and erratic darting action when jigged. Being able to drop down and present vertically to a fish you’ve marked is a highly effective way to catch hungry walleye and there are few lure options better than a jigging rap.

Float

Rod-N-Bobbs Duz-it-All Weighted Slip Bobber

Floats, bobbers, corks, strike indicators or whatever you want to call them… The things that help you suspend a bait at a specific target depth while also floating on the water surfaces to help indicate bites. One of the most effective ways to catch Walleye is with live bait under a float rig. Minnows in the spring, leeches in the summer, worms in the late summer a finally jumbo minnows after that. Match your offering as closely as possible to what the Walleye in your lake or river are feeding on and you’ll see bobbers dropping in no time.

Soft Plastic Swimbaits

Swimbaits provide walleye anglers with precise action and diving depth allowing them to choose how, when, and where to effectively fish these realistic baits. Typically a casting tool, swimbaits paired with a well-balanced jig head help anglers cover water with a presentation that seems to yield larger fish. Make long casts with a swimbait and let the bait fall to the desired swimming depth while keeping an eye on your line as the bait pendulums down the water column. Usually, a slow and steady retrieve will do the trick but you can impart quick rips or jig strokes to help create a reaction strike out of nearby fish.

Lipless Crankbaits

The key to lipless crankbaits effectiveness is that they can be fished in both shallow and deep water. This is also what makes them effective Walleye lures year-round. In the spring, pre-spawn walleye will be plumb, angry, and easy to fool. This is the time of year you’ll want to make sure to have a lipless crankbait. In summer, they are an excellent tool to cover water and target schooling fish. They are also easy to fish through grass, and stumps as well as open water.

The Three Best Ways To Rig A Ribbontail Worm

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The lively tail action of the ribbon tail from the BioSpawn ExoRibbon makes it one of the most versatile plastic worms. You can swim the worm, drag or hop a BioSpawn ExoRibbon along the bottom or lift and drop it through branches of standing timber or sunken brush piles. The worm’s unique tail action also makes it ideal for night fishing because bass can hone in on the worm’s vibrating tail as it falls through the dark water.

Here are three ways you can rig the ribbon tail worm to catch either suspended bass or bottom-hugging bass.

Texas Rigging The ExoRibbon

This is the most conventional and popular way to rig the ExoRibbon will be a Texas Rig. The Texas rig consists of bullet-shaped weight which can be pegged or unpegged and a worm hook ranging in sizes from 2/0 to 6/0 depending on the length of the ribbon tail worm.

You should peg the bullet sinker with some sort of pegging device or a toothpick when you want to fish the worm in standing timber or brush piles to keep the worm from hanging up in the tree limbs. If the sinker is unpegged, when it rolls over a limb it falls fast while the worm remains on the other side of the limb which leads to hang-ups. With the sinker pegged close to the worm, both the sinker and worm fall together over the limbs to prevent the rig from hanging up in the wood.

Rigging the ExoRibbon with an unpegged sinker works best when you want the worm to fall slowly and swim through the water column to catch suspended bass. The unpegged sinker falls faster than the worm to allow the worm’s tail to move freely whereas a pegged sinker tends to inhibit the tail action of the worm.

Carolina Rig The ExoRibbon

A Carolina-rigged ExoRibbon works best when bass are foraging on baitfish close to the bottom. Drag the worm behind a 3/4- or 1-ounce egg-shaped sinker on a 2- to 3-foot leader line to get the best tail action out of the worm.

Shaky Head Fishing The ExoRibbon

A straight tail finesse worm is the standard lure for a shaky head jig, but sometimes it’s best to think outside the box even when finesse fishing. If bass ignore your Texas-rigged worm, try combining a 7-inch ribbon tail, like the BioSpawn Exoribbon and a 1/4-ounce shaky head before scaling down to a straight tail finesse worm.

New Product Spotlight: Duck Camp Co Ultralight Rain Jackets

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We recently had a chance to test out the new Duck Camp rainjackets in the Charleston Lowcountry. Not only did they keep us dry, but they were also extremely breathable and functional for warm days on the water or in the field. We sat down with the Duck Camp Co team to ask a few questions about what makes their new rain jacket so kick ass.

Flylords: When we first got the rain jackets we were very surprised by the actual material of the jackets, it almost felt like a cloth texture. Could you tell us a little about the material used in the production of these?

The jackets are made from a 3-Layer waterproof/breathable fabric similar to some Gore-Tex fabrics we’ve tested. Beyond being extremely watertight and breathable, the backing of the fabric is super soft to the touch and really comfortable to wear, even with short sleeves – that’s the 3rd layer. We went through a lot of fabrics looking for the perfect one to create a rain jacket that you can wear in late summer/early fall to keep you dry, but won’t either stick to your skin or trap your heat. It’s also great as a shell in colder weather when rain is threatening.

Flylords: The jacket seems to breathe really well, was this a goal in the design of the jacket? Are there any features that you want to mention in regards to breathability.

Absolutely! Hunting seasons kick off on September 1st, but most places are still oppressively hot. No one wants to wear that heavy-duty insulated jacket when it’s 80 degrees outside. And that lightweight “slicker” jacket you have does nothing but trap your own body heat inside, making you sweat, and sweat, and sweat. So when we were looking for a fabric, we had to have the highest breathability available. Our fabric comes in at 25,000g/m2, which essentially means that over a 24 hour period, 25,000 grams of water vapor will pass through a 1-meter square piece of fabric… or in layman’s terms, really breathable. If you want us to continue to geek out, it’s got 6 pockets, has a 10k waterproof rating, hood with adjustable toggles, adjustable waist cord and packs into its own pocket.

Flylords: We know Duck Camp is both a hunting and fishing brand, where do you see these jackets being used the most?

Honestly, these jackets are really versatile. Teal blinds, fishing trips, local watering holes. They look good and give you a great chance of bagging your limit! And if you know how to layer, this piece will get you deep into the fall with the right stuff underneath. Merino wool base layer, mid-weight shirt, and rain jacket will take you through the 1st split of duck season or early bow season no problem. Add a fleece or down jacket and you may even make it till Snow Goose Conservation! And you should always pack it on the fishing boat no matter what time of year.

Flylords: What colorways are these jackets coming in?

Since we see these being used mostly in the 1st half of your season, we have made these in our Early Season camouflage patterns. Also “Mallard Green” for fishing and everyday use, Early Season Wetland for Marshy Waterfowl and Early Season Woodland for Whitetail and Flooded Timber hunters.

Flylords: What is your team most excited about with these jackets launching this month?

As a young brand, it is hard to come out with a full system in year 1, but we want our customers to know that we are committed to being a full-service, high-performance outdoor brand. This is the first product that we think could compete with any brand on wet weather performance and we are excited to see how people like it. We want people to get it out there, test the hell out of it and give us their feedback.

Flylords: How much do the jackets weigh? Why did you decide to go with such a lightweight design?

12.2 ounces, which is about as light as you’ll find. We definitely saw a gap when it came to lightweight/breathable rain gear. Most of the more modern outdoor hunting/fishing brands seem to be really focused on either Western or high altitude pursuits, but we are from the Gulf Coast, where it may still be 70 degrees on Christmas Day. We need high-performance hunting apparel for that warm weather and this is the first piece we know of that really hits all of the bases.

Flylords: Anything else on the horizon heading into the end of this year?

We will be launching some super-tough field pants and a durable fleece hoodie this fall as well that we are excited about. We know there is a lot of work that goes into scouting/planting/maintaining the land and we wanted to create a few pieces that also work when you’re working. Look out for Duck Camp Brush pants and our Head Guide Hoodie in mid-October.

To purchase a Duck Camp Co Rain Jack visit this link and check them out on Instagram at @duckcampco.

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Fall Swimbait Tricks – Which Swimbaits Catch More Fish?

Swimbait fishing is easy! As soon as you know the subtle tricks you’ll start catching fish consistently. Have you tried swimbaits on your home lake without success? Are you the guy thats wondering if your lake even has a swimbait bite? We’re here to tell you that EVERY lake has a swimbait bite, it doesn’t matter where you fish or how small the “average” fish in the lake tends to be, bass love eating other fish. The issue isn’t the bass, the issue is a combination of (lack of) confidence and the wrong (swimbait) tool for the job. Today, Tim is sharing all his confidence baits. He’s covering everything from giant glidebaits all the way down to finesse paddle tails. Tim’s goal is to explain how to consistently catch bass using a variety of swimbaits throughout the Fall.

Swimbait fishing is all about details. Knowing which baitfish your bass are targeting, what times they prefer to feed, and where their ambush points are, may seem overwhelming at first but don’t be intimidated. You’ll be amazed that when you start paying attention to the subtle nuances these questions and more will answer themselves during the course of your fishing. As your knowledge increases, you naturally gain confidence and your success will sky rocket.

Preparation is also key when swimbait fishing. Understanding the fish is half the battle but preparing your equipment is equally important. Many anglers go through the time and expense to hook a giant swimbait fish but fail to land it because their gear isn’t up to the task. Large swimbaits require more specialized equipment than any other lure in bass fishing.

Below is a breakdown of Tim’s favorite baits by style. We’ve also included a full breakdown of the rods, reels, and equipment he trusts to land those giant bass once they strike.

Small Swimbaits…

-Basstrix 6″ Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2aiy7SR

-Megabass Spark Shad: http://bit.ly/2XcLZk4

-Keitech 2.8-4.8 Swing Impact: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

-Rage Swimmer: http://bit.ly/2evZF8j

Small Bait Rigging…

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

Finesse Head- Guppy Head: http://bit.ly/2nyUJRS

Bladed Head- Okashira Screw Head: http://bit.ly/2EpluSA

Underspin- (Weedless)- Owner Flashy Swimmer: http://bit.ly/2e8O4Y7

Underspin- Blade Runner 1/2 oz Flash Trix (Anchovy): http://bit.ly/2oocg0a

Line Through- Red One Systems Kit: http://bit.ly/2m2rcmx

Boot Tail Baits…

-Osprey Winged Talon: http://bit.ly/2IBlDTG

(Chartreuse Shad, TW Shad)

-Osprey Tournament Talon 6″: http://bit.ly/2bqsLS0

(Chartreuse Shad, Reverse Hitch, TW Shad)

-All American Trash fish 6″: http://bit.ly/2xRdCFP

(Hologram Shad, Just Shad, Hitch)

-All American Sunfish: http://bit.ly/2ahBNOT

(Crappie, Female Gill, Pearl White)

-All American Trash Fish 8″: http://bit.ly/2hmXtg1

(Chartreuse Shad, Just Shad, KC Ghost)

-Twerk minnow: http://bit.ly/2lEZufe

(Hitch, Gizzard, Reverse Hitch)

Paddletail Swimbait Hooks…

-5/0 Trokar for Trash Gill: http://bit.ly/2iTeTSh

-6/0 Beast for Trash Fish: http://bit.ly/2ancP66

-10/0 Beast for Trash Fish/Twerk: http://bit.ly/2ancP66

WedgeTail Swimbaits…

8″ Huddleston ROF 12: http://bit.ly/2azFTon

8″ Huddleston ROF 5: http://bit.ly/2UVHiuQ

ABT WagTail 9″: http://bit.ly/2lBiT0G

Glide Baits…

-Baitsanity Antidote Glide: http://bit.ly/2ztUk9z

(Trout, Shad)

– River2Sea S-Waver 168: http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh

(Light Trout, party crasher)

-Gan Craft Jointed Claw 178: http://bit.ly/2d5l48K

(Hitch, Rainbow, Wakasagi)

-Ima Glide Fluke 178: http://bit.ly/2xrMwo4

(Natural, Gizzard, Bone)

Multi-Joint Hard Swimbaits…

-BBZ Slow Sink 8″: http://bit.ly/2cU1x5P

-Bull Shad 7″ Slow Sink Gizzard: http://bit.ly/2eJ8gWM

Favorite Swimbait Combo…

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 966: http://bit.ly/2x9kxuS

Reel- Shimano Tranx 300 HG: http://bit.ly/2kYsvRw

Line- 80 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 35 lb Sunline FC100: http://bit.ly/2O4UElB

Budget-Friendly Combo…

Rod- Dobyns Fury 806 (8′ Heavy): http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV

Reel- Shimano Cardiff 300A: http://bit.ly/2cvhtMO

Line- 25 lb Sunline Assassin Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

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YETI Introduces Crossroads Backpack and Crossroads Tote

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YETI Crossroads Backpack Tote 2YETI, a leading premium outdoor brand, today launched the Crossroads Backpack and the Crossroads Tote, a new line of everyday bags.

The Crossroads Backpack and Crossroads Tote join YETI’s rapidly evolving bags family. YETI’s original collection of bags, including the waterproof Panga™ Duffels and Panga Backpack, were developed for exploring the wild. The Crossroads collection was thoughtfully designed to be durable, comfortable, and more suitable for urban adventures and daily life.

“We already offer premium bags designed to excel in harsh outdoor conditions. But even the world’s most extreme adventurers need something durable and comfortable to keep them organized during their daily commute,” says YETI CEO, Matt Reintjes. “Our Crossroads bags offer YETI’s signature durability and performance, but are designed for your everyday adventure.”

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Both the Crossroads Backpack and the Crossroads Tote Bag feature built-in laptop and tablet pockets, with shock-absorbing foam to keep your devices protected. A variety of roomy, quick-stash pockets can hold necessities like sunglasses, phones, wallets, or keys. The backpack features two exterior bottle pockets and an articulated back panel and ergonomic shoulder straps for added comfort. The tote includes two interior bottle pockets to protect from dings or spills and a structured bottom for easier packing and unpacking.

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The Crossroads Backpack retails for $199.99 and the Crossroads Tote for $169.99. Both are available in Black, Slate Blue, and Charcoal via yeti.com.

For more information regarding the Crossroads Backpack and Crossroads Tote Bag, as well as YETI’s other bag products, please visit yeti.com.

About YETI Holdings, Inc.

YETI is a growing designer, marketer, retailer, and distributor of a variety of innovative, branded, premium products to a wide-ranging customer base. Our mission is to ensure that each YETI product delivers exceptional performance and durability in any environment, whether in the remote wilderness, at the beach, or anywhere else life takes our customers. By consistently delivering high-performing products, we have built a following of engaged brand loyalists throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, and elsewhere, ranging from serious outdoor enthusiasts to individuals who simply value products of uncompromising quality and design. Our relationship with customers continues to thrive and deepen as a result of our innovative new product introductions, expansion and enhancement of existing product families, and multifaceted branding activities.

 

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6 Tips to be More Successful at Fishing High Alpine Lakes

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Tip 1. BEWARE OF YOUR PRESENCE
Believe it or not, fish can hear or sense your presence very well. If you are yelling to your buddy across the lake and there’s a fish right in front of you chances are that fish will most likely spook. Trout also have incredible eyesight so if you’re moving your body around quickly and the fish are relatively close, chances are they will see you and quickly spook.

Tip 2. THROW DRY FLIES
Not only are dry flies way more fun to throw than nymphs, but they are also extremely effective and a great way to single out fish. Who doesn’t love sight fishing especially to sipping trout? I have found that a size 18 or 20 Parachute Adams, Small Ants, Gnats and other terrestrial patterns all work very well. Every lake is different so try different flies and observe the insects hatching and feeding behavior of trout.

Tip 3. MATCH THE HATCH
Often times once you arrive at a lake you will see fish rising, so before you even tie a fly on it’s never a bad idea to watch a couple of fish and look closely to try to figure out exactly what they are eating and replicate it with one of your own flies.

Tip 4. LEAD THE FISH
Like any sight fishing, you always want to try to lead the fish by about 3 to 5 feet. Personally, I like to lead the fish closer to 5 feet then if the fish changes direction I can strip the fly so the fly will intercept the path the fish is swimming or if it’s necessary to recast, I can recast quickly without spooking the fish. Make sure your fly is in line with the direction the fish is swimming and theoretically and hopefully the fish will rise and take your fly.

Tip 5. DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE WEATHER
Most often in high altitudes the mornings are sunny with low winds and then after about 12 o clock, clouds will move in and the wind will pick up, the earlier you can be at the lake the better, once the clouds roll in and the wind picks up, dry fly fishing will become extremely difficult and almost impossible to achieve. Trust me it’s all about fishing dries in the high country.

If your above tree line and the sky gets cloudy and you hear thunder, or see lightning get to tree line ASAP, you do not want to be above treeline waving a 9-foot graphite rod when a thunderstorm hits, this will happen pretty much at least once every single day in the mountains.

Tip 6. DON’T BE AFRAID TO GO OFF THE BEATEN PATH
In most cases, the lakes with longest hikes or hardest climbs are usually most productive. Overnight hikes are very common in getting to those harder to get to/more remote places that will hold more fish and especially more fish willing to eat flies. Its also never a bad idea to ask someone at the local fly shop in the area what lakes have been fishing well and go from there. However, it is never a bad idea to explore a lake with zero information on it, who knows you might just find a secret high alpine lake loaded with fish.

Article by Flynn Kenney, check him out on Instagram @fkenney4.

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Fall Topwater For Bass | Everything You Need To Know + Underwater Footage!

Its topwater time!! Who’s ready?! Popper, buzzbait, whopper plopper, walking baits, wakebaits… Fall is awesome! If you’re as pumped up as we are its time to get serious about topwater fishing! Fall bass fishing is just around the corner, the baitfish will be schooling in the shallows, and its time to get your equipment dialed in. From insane underwater footage, to favorite baits, to rigging tricks, we’re about to talk all things TOPWATER…

As Fall approaches the topwater bite will get better and better. Best of all, BIG bass are heading into the shallows again. If you’re tired of the Summer doldrums and want to catch bigger bass this Fall, topwater is going to help you do it. Understanding when to throw topwater, how to select the right gear, and knowing which lures offer you the best chance at success, is what this video is all about.

Matt and Tim use a variety of lures to accomplish their goals. One day you might see them throwing a giant wakebait, the next morning it could be a little popper. How do they make those decisions and how can you do the same? It all comes down to understanding what the bass are eating. Matching the SIZE of the baitfish is critical to success throughout the coming months. In this video covers a ton of different lures in a variety of sizes to help you prepare for every situation. We don’t expect you to remember it all so below is a breakdown of the exact lures and gear Matt discussed (in order of appearance).

Buzzbaits…

-D&M Slow Roller Buzz: http://bit.ly/2t7BMKt

-Dirty Jigs Skirtless Pro Buzz: http://bit.ly/2cWI6if

-Trailer Hook- Gamakatsu 3/0: http://bit.ly/2IGCfg1

-Swimbait Trailer- D Walker 120: http://bit.ly/2NwqBmz

Buzz Color Recommendations: White, Shad, Silver, Black/Red

Trailer Color Recommendations: PB Red, Shamrock Shad

Wakebait…

-Evergreen Noisy Dachs ND180: http://bit.ly/2JbrbaM

Color Recommendations: Black Bone, Oikawa

Ploppers…

-Whopper Plopper 130: http://bit.ly/2a7ipHL

-Whopper Plopper 110: http://bit.ly/2bsPbQV

-Whopper Plopper 75: http://bit.ly/2bsPbQV

Color Recommendations: I Know It, T-1000, Monkey Butt, Bone

Poppers…

-Megabass Pop Max: http://bit.ly/2qqfmm1

-Jackall Binksy: http://bit.ly/346G9Wk

-Damiki D Pop 70: http://bit.ly/2Pjvqo3

-Yellow Magic 1/4 oz: http://bit.ly/2al0dKP

Megabass color Recommendations: Ito Wakasagi, Megabass Sexy Shad

Jackall color Recommendations: Ghost Minnow, Ghost Oikawa

Damiki Color Recommendations: Black Hollow, Spayu

Yellow Magic Color Recommendations: Alewife, Smoke Shad, White Shad

Walking Baits…

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

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

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

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

-River2Sea Rover 128: http://bit.ly/2acSVea

-Heddon Chug N Spook: http://bit.ly/2Pk0TpZ

Evergreen Color Recommendations: Half Mirror Wakasagi, American Shad, Bone

Strike King Color Recommendations: Chrome Sexy Shad, Sexy Blueback Herring

Reaction Innovations Recommendations: Bone, Silver Shiner

River2Sea Color Recommendations: Sooner, Ghost Minnow, You Know It

Heddon Color Recommendations: G Finish Shad, Okie Shad, Bone Silver

Red Hook Upgrades…

Split Ring- Owner Hyperwire Size 3 or 4: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

Red Hook- Owner ST-36 Red Size: http://bit.ly/2wSknXp

Matt’s Repurposed Jerkbait Combo…

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

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

Line- 30 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

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

All–Around Topwater Combo…

Rod- Zodias 7’2″ Medium: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe

Reel- Curado DC HG: http://bit.ly/2yHtsp4

Line- 40 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

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

Deep Crank Rods That Work Well…

Dobyns Champion 804CB or 805CB: http://bit.ly/29OVD4V

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

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