Finding Fish In A New Lake (Without Electronics)

No electronics, no outside help, just two guys with swimbaits and a lake full of quality bass.  Tim and Matt hit a new lake in search of smallmouth bass. Watch the thought process develop as they find and catch fish. 

The guys only had one shot at this lake so they started and finished with swimbaits. While they didn't catch any giant bass they were able to quickly raise fish, get bites, and put fish in the boat. These techniques will work on any lake to quickly cover water and identify productive areas. 

The baits...
Keitech 4.3 Fat Swimbait (Chartreuse/Blue & Electric Shad): http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v
Matt Allen Swimbait Head: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN

S-Waver 168 (Rainbow Trout): http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh
Owner ST-56 Treble Size 2: http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW
Owner Hyperwire Split Ring Size 4: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

Tim's Combo...
Rod- G Loomis GLX 853C (7'1" Medium Heavy): http://bit.ly/2gqziwT
Reel- Chronarch MGL 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB
Line- 50 lb Maxcuatro Braid: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Matt's Keitech Combo...
Rod- G Loomis GLX 842C (7' Medium): http://bit.ly/2gqziwT
Reel- Aldebaran 50 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2fdX1Uy
Line- 30 lb MaxCuattro Braid: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Matt kept the rod but changed reels for the S-Waver. His reel and line switched to the following...
Reel- Metanium MGL 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2ezIBfB
Line- Power Pro MaxCuatro 65 lb: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen:  http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
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Easy Tips To Catch Shallow Bass All Summer

Summer has arrived! Should  you go out deep or move up shallow? If you want to have fun, its time to head shallow! The question is how shallow should you go and how do you catch them? We're here to tell you EXACTLY how to catch those bass!

The key to fishing shallow in the Summer is to understand when and how the bass feed. They typically feed aggressively early and late in the day but that doesn't mean you can't target them all day long. By combining aggressive reaction baits with slower, more methodical approaches you can catch fish all day long, all summer long. 

Buzzbaits...
Zorro Baits Head Knocker Buzz (Load but compact): http://bit.ly/2d4VpK1
D&M Slow Roller Buzz (Unique Sound): http://bit.ly/2t7BMKt
Dirty Jigs Skirtless Buzz (Skips under cover): http://bit.ly/2cWI6if

Frogs...
River2Sea Bully Wa 2 (Little Allen or Dirty White): http://bit.ly/2axyR2a
Snagproof Bobby's Perfect: http://bit.ly/2abpR40
Jackall Gavacho: http://bit.ly/2L7KsWS

Spinnerbaits and Chatterbaits...
JackHammer Chatterbait: http://bit.ly/2popvj6
Z-Man Custom Chatterbait: http://bit.ly/2Ix71mI
River2Sea Bling 1/2 oz Spinnerbait: http://bit.ly/2diSwqq
War Eagle Gold Spinnerbait: http://bit.ly/2BdFBlu

Squarebills...
Lucky Craft Silent Squarebill: http://bit.ly/2vmq67T
River2Sea Biggie: http://bit.ly/2ahCzvo

Punch Baits... 
Jackall Archelon: http://bit.ly/2uo4sN5
Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver: http://bit.ly/29W3RZW
Strike King Rage Bug: http://bit.ly/2aAsuiV

Shakey Head...
Canterbury Shaky Head: http://bit.ly/2aFOs0V
Netbait T-Mac Worm: http://bit.ly/2jndwj9
Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver: http://bit.ly/29W3RZW
Man Bear Pig: http://bit.ly/2s51oIV
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Matt Survived A Horrible Crash!

A few days ago Matt and his Dad survived a horrible, fatal accident in Eastern Wyoming. A woman crossed the center line and they had no where to go. A last second swerve avoided a direct head on collision but she hit them in the driver door and sent the truck, camper, and boat tumbling.


This was to be the beginning of a nearly 2 month family road trip but thankfully Matt's girls were flying ahead and weren't in the back seat. It was a nightmare but there is no question God kept them alive!

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With the help of some amazing passers by and some of the most incredible local residents you could ever hope to meet, Matt and his Dad are back in California and so very grateful to be back with family.

Thank you all for your prayers! Too often we are reminded how fragile life really is. None of us are guaranteed tomorrow so please go hug and kiss your loved ones. Thank you for continuing to support TacticalBassin through this time. 

-Tim Little & Matt Allen

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Quick Tricks For Summer Finesse Fishing

The dog days of Summer are no match for these tips! Ready to catch a ton of bass this Summer? Don't be afraid to downsize, you'll be amazed how quickly you can load the boat! Tim covers a variety of baits and a few quick tricks that will change the game this Summer. 

"Finesse" is a broad category but you'll quickly discover which of these techniques works best on your local fishery. While drops hotting might not be glamorous, its pretty amazing when you go fish after fish after fish during the heat of the day. If the dropshot isn't your style try the underpin, shaky head, or a variety of other baits. 

Finesse Swimbait...
Cool Baits Underspin: http://bit.ly/2boS7QA
Dirty Jigs Guppy Head: http://bit.ly/2nyUJRS
Keitech 2.8 Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Senko...
5" Yamamoto Senko: http://bit.ly/2axAmNS
Wacky Hook (1/0) Owner Mosquito: http://bit.ly/2fqYFCR
Texas Hook (3/0) Gamakatsu Superline: http://bit.ly/2ac92XG

Dropshot...
Strike King Dream Shot: http://bit.ly/2aAoUoR
Strike King Half Shell: http://bit.ly/2iR9awm
Roboworm 4" Fat Worm: http://bit.ly/2awYSxM
Trokar Size 1 Dropshot Hook: http://bit.ly/2ahxJOr

Finesse Jig...
Dirty Jigs Clausen Finesse Jig: http://bit.ly/2eJinXo
Strike King Baby Menace: http://bit.ly/2DSrZK3

Shaky Head...
Canterbury Shaky Head: http://bit.ly/2aFOs0V
Netbait T-Mac Worm: http://bit.ly/2jndwj9
Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver: http://bit.ly/29W3RZW
Man Bear Pig: http://bit.ly/2s51oIV

Ned Rig...
Z-Man Ned Worm: http://bit.ly/2hs4RtR
Roboworm Ned Worm: http://bit.ly/2j9F0Xy
Owner Block Head: http://bit.ly/2qL0A8n

Tim's Favorite Finesse Rods...
High-End- G Loomis Conquest 7' Medium: http://bit.ly/2BiGUNi
Mid-Range- Expride 7' Light+: http://bit.ly/2osaj3q
Budget Gear- Dobyns Fury 7' Medium Light: http://bit.ly/2e7HZPF
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