How To Set Your Drag For Swimbaits, Crankbaits, and Jerkbaits

Here's how to adjust your drag for a variety of baits so nothing goes wrong when that BIG BASS finally bites! Each bait requires a little different drag setting but we make it simple so anyone can adjust their gear quickly and accurately. 

Adjusting your drag is the last thing on most angler's minds. Your drag was either set months ago and you just haven't changed it, or maybe you backed it off last trip and forgot to tighten it back up. Either way, you could be headed for heartache! These quick tips are going to change the way you look at the drag on your reel. Its no longer a mundane part of your fishing day, its a key component to successfully landing every fish that bites!

The Gear We Use For Swimbaits...

Large Treble Hook Baits- Dobyns 806 Heavy:
Large Jig Hook Baits- Dobyns 807:
10"+ Swimbaits- Dobyns Champion 908:
Budget Rod- FURY 806H:
Discounted Swimbait Rod (1 left as of this posting):

Low Profile Reel- Shimano Tranx 300:
High End Round Reel- Shimano Conquest 300:
All around Round Reel- Shimano Calcutta 400B:
Budget Round Reel- Shimano Cardiff 300:

Crankbait Gear...

GIANT Crankbaits- Dobyns 805CB:
Deep Diving Crankbaits- Shimano Curado 7'6":
Mid Divers- St. Croix Legend Tournament 7'6" Moderate:
Squarebill/Lipless Crank- E6X 845CBR:

Crankbait Reels:
Deep Diving Crankbaits- Curado 200K:
Mid-Depth Cranks- Chronarch 150 MGL:
High-End Squarebills- Aldebaran 50:
Squarebills and Lipless Cranks- Curado 70:

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Forgotten Topwaters That Catch Bass In Fall

Fall is topwater time! If you enjoy those topwater explosions, now is prime time to chase those big bass in the shallows. Here are 4 baits that have been forgotten by you and your friends but they catch big bass today just like they did back when they were new!

The Baits...
Super Spook Junior (Okie Shad or Bleeding Shad):
Tiny Torpedo (Black Shiner, G Finish Shad):
Yellow Magic Popper (Smoke Shad, White Shad):
Cotton Cordell Pencil Popper (Gizzard Shad, Chrome Black):

The Gear...

Reasonably Priced Small Topwater Combo:
Rod- Zodias 6'10" Medium:
Reel- Curado 70:
Line- 20 lb Sufix 832:

Budget Small Topwater Combo:
Rod- Exage 6'10" Medium:
Reel- Caius A:
line- 20 lb Sufix 832:

Large Topwater Combo...
Rod- Dobyns Champion 764:
Reel- Shimano Curado 200K:
Line- 65 lb MaxCuatro Braid:
Leader- 20 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

If you need specifics on throwing these baits here is a great video about fishing the popper:


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Need Sun Protection? 

Here's what we wear...
Sun Mask:
Sun Shirt w/ Hood:
Light Fishing Pants:

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Matt Catches an 11 lber! Full Catch Footage!

This GIANT SWIMBAIT was no match for this 11 pound Largemouth! She completely inhaled the big bait! Matt was fishing Clear lake, throwing a Huddleston swimbait on a deep rock ledge when the big bass hit. 

Swimbaits are still intimidating to a lot of bass fishermen. Something about throwing that giant bait just crushes their confidence and fills them with doubt but as you can see in this video, they really do work. Its not complicated, its not difficult, its about consistency. If you consistently throw the big bait, you will eventually encounter a monster bass while she is feeding. You can do it!

The Gear...
Huddleston Deluxe 8" Swimbait:
Huddleston Deluxe 68 Special (Smaller Alternative):

Rod- Dobyns 807 Mag:
Reel- Shimano Calcutta 400B:
Line- 80 lb Sufix 832:
Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 30 lb:

Swimbait Storage...
Plano Deep Box:
Bass Mafia Deep Box:
Eye Surrender Bait Wrap:

Additional Swimbait Videos...
Huddleston Retrieves:
Swimbait Rigging:


The Best Trick To Save Deep Caught Bass

Ever have a bass go belly up in the livewell because of the bends? Had to use a needle to fizz them or use fin clips to keep them upright before tournament weigh-in? Here is a quick bass fishing tip that will make all the difference with those bloated bass! 

Its simple, its cheap, and it keeps us from inadvertently injuring the bass we care so much about. There is nothing wrong with relieving the pressure inside a bass' air bladder with a needle. The problem is most bass fishermen don't know how to do it properly and end up stabbing holes in the wrong places, causing irreparable damage. By using a lead strip weight you can return the bass to a comfortable depth, wait for equalization to begin, then gently shake them free. 

The Gear...

Marker Buoy (Square):
Marker Buoy (Round):

Fizzing Needle:
Fin Clips:

Spooning Equipment...

Blade Runner Spoon (Morning Dawn):
Hook Upgrade- Owner 3x Size 2:

Rod- Dobyns Fury 704C:
Reel- Curado 70 (7:1 ratio):
Line- 20 lb Sunline Assassin Fluorocarbon:

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