How To Avoid Snags and Save Your Lures

Tired of getting snagged? Tired of constantly buying new baits because you keep breaking off? Would you believe you can avoid 99% of snags by learning to "feel your way" through them? Its true! In this video Matt explains how to "feel" snags ahead of time and work your baits through them before they're stuck. 

Whether you're throwing a big jig in heavy cover, flipping in heavy wood, or working a deep diving crankbait along the rocks, learning to feel when your bait is going to get stuck before it actually happens is critical!  Once you learn to feel them you can adjust your retrieve to avoid the situation.

If you are using a floating crankbait, stop to allow the lure to float over the coming snag. If you're using a shakyhead, texas rigged worm, or other sinking bait you want to pop the bait up and over the snag before it becomes firmly stuck in the rock or laydown wood. 


This method of avoiding snags requires very sensitive equipment. Its one of the rare times that purchasing high-end equipment is a must. Its expensive up front but you will save a lot of money when you stopping losing so much tackle. 

The equipment used in this video is as follows:

Rod- Dobyns Champion Extreme 7'4" 743
Reel- Shimano Curado 70
Main Line- Sufix 832 30 lb Braid
Leader Line- Seaguar AbrazX 12 lb Fluoro

Baits used in this video are as follows:
Dirty Jigs Stand Up Finesse Head (3/16 oz)
Zoom Trick Worm (Green Pump/Purple)

How To Catch Bass in Shallow Water

We've had multiple requests for a video on targeting bass in shallow water. We heard your requests and put together this clip. We cover the bases, starting with light conditions then move on to specific baits that we recommend throwing throughout the day. 

First, we discuss low light. This is prime time to get a big bite, especially in the warmer months. There are a handful of topwater baits that are phenomenal producers while the fish are up and active in the early morning and late evening. 

As the sun begins to get over head and the shadows shrink, its time to turn to subsurface reaction baits like spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, squarebills and swim jigs. This is the time to cover a lot of water and look for the last active fish before the midday heat arrives. 

Once you reach the height of the day, its time to pull out the finesse gear. Tim's first choice is the senko. Whether you fish it fast or slow, it can be deadly. Don't forget to look for small shadows on corners and overhangs to maximize your effectiveness. If the senko isn't happening turn to the thinner worms like the 6" roboworm or Zoom Swamp Crawler

The biggest mistake you can make is to camp out during the summer months. The temptation is to sit in one place and try to force feed the bass. Many anglers fail to realize that if you move quickly and cover water you will connect with active fish all day long. We hope these quick tips help as you fish these long summer days. Good luck out there!

Products recommended in this video:

-River2Sea Bully Wa 2 frog

Clearlake: A Day on the Water with Tim

Come along with Tim for a Summer day on Clearlake. He hits the water without knowing the patterns and just goes exploring. Watch as he checks locations and eliminates water in search of an active school of bass. 

From the whopper plopper to a frog to a squarebill, he explores the options before finally connecting with a great pod of fish! He does a great job of explaining his mind set as he makes each change and decision. In the end he finds his best success keying on shade patches with a Lucky Craft crankbait.

Play close attention to the way he breaks down the water and really capitalizes on every angle to get as many fish as possible out of the cover. We hope you enjoy the video and can apply some of it to your own fishing! 

Products used in this video...

How to Fish Through Algae Blooms

Algae blooms are a part of Summer fishing that cannot be avoided. Every year they seem to plague new fisheries and scare anglers away from the water. For us on Clearlake they're a part of our decision making 8 months out of the year. The fact is, blooms are here to stay so you may as well learn to fish in and around them.

In this video Matt discusses how algae blooms actually work. With a simple understanding you can begin to adapt your fishing locations, presentations, and colors to minimize the impact of the bloom. Simple examples are switching from natural colors to bright colors on moving baits, or switching from natural tones to dark tones on slow moving baits. 

Below is a breakdown of the baits and colors Matt recommends for fishing in algae plagued water during the summer months...

Deep Cranks we recommend in Shad or Chartreuse colors:
Strike King 5 XD
Norman DD22
Norman Deep Little N

Jigs we Recommend in either "Supermat Brown", "Blackend Blue, or "Go To":
Dirty Jigs Pitchin' Jig
Dirty Jigs Scott Canterbury Jig

Worms we recommend in Either "Junebug" , green pumpkin, or black:
Zoom Trick Worm
Zoom Swamp Crawler
Reaction Innovations Pocket Rocket

 

Summer Spooning Tips

Most anglers think of Fall or Winter when they think of fishing spoons in deep water but Summer can be prime time as well. On a recent trip Tim and Matt caught over 40 fish on a BladeRunner Spoon during tough conditions!

In this video they talk about why spooning works so well in summer and then explain each of their setups. Tim prefers a 7' rod coupled with fluorocarbon while Matt prefers a 7'8" rod with braided line. 

If you find yourself on the water during the dog days of summer and you can't find fish anywhere but out deep, the spoon is probably your best option. Don't be afraid to tie it on and start jigging through those deep water fish, you might just experience the best summer fishing you've ever had!

Senko Alternatives That Actually Work!

For years we've preached that if you're going to throw a stickbait it had better be a senko. The market is beginning to change however as more and more companies step up with niche baits that are very effective. In this video Matt lays out 3 senko alternatives that are worth checking out. 

Day in and day out, the senko is still #1 in our book. We're not arguing its effectiveness or its consistency. But the next time your fish move shallow, get pressured, or you need a bit of scent to help seal the deal, you need to try one of these alternatives. 

The products used in this video are as follows: 

Yamamoto Senko: Day in and day out, this bait is deadly on bass of all sizes! 


Gambler Fat Ace: Looking to save a buck and get the added benefit of garlic scent? The Gambler is a fish catching machine! 


Jackall Flick Shake: When a slow fall is key, the flick shake consistently outperforms the senko. The bait sinks incredibly slowly when mated with a lightweight wacky rigged hook. 


Reaction Innovations Pocket Rocket: When the fish are on a wacky rig bite, this bait stands out from the crowd. With unique detailing,a medium fall, and outrageous action the pocket rocket is in a league of its own.  

Wacky Rig Hook
Texas Rig Hook

Senko Rod Setup...
Rod- Dobyns 784ML
Reel- Curado 200
Line- 50 lb Sufix 832
Leader- Sunline 15 lb