Early Summer Topwater Tips For BIGGER Bass!

Tired of catching the same size fish? Ready to catch bigger bass this Summer? If you live on a body of water that has shad, its not hard! The shad spawn is prime time to catch a GIANT post-spawn bass! Here is what you need to know...
 

First, your best bet is early or late in the day. The shad spawn during low light conditions and the bass aggressively ambush the schooling bait. Second, focus on baits that "match the hatch" but also stand out from the 1000's of other minnows by adding unique sound (Whopper Plopper) or Splash (Popper) or a combination of both (walking bait). 

Lastly, keep in mind that topwater isn't always your best bet for a big bite. Even during intense surface activity the largest bass are often hanging down below waiting for an easy meal. During these situations, turning to an underpin is by far the best way to catch a giant bass. 

Walking Baits...
River2Sea Rover (T1000, Terminator): http://bit.ly/2acSVea
Reaction Innovations Vixen: http://bit.ly/2rp11nr
Super Spook (Lake Fork Shad, Okie Shad): http://bit.ly/2diThgH
Bubble Walker: http://bit.ly/2e0PZOY

Buzzbaits/Whopper Ploppers...
Skirtless Buzzbait (pair with keitech 4.3): http://bit.ly/2cWI6if
Head Knocker Buzzbait: http://bit.ly/2d4VpK1
Whopper Plopper 110: http://bit.ly/2bsPbQV

Nose Rigged Fluke Rigging...
Zoom Super Fluke (Albino or Shad): http://bit.ly/2aqys0H
Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap Hook 1/0: http://bit.ly/2aKGmHM
Owner CPS Spring Size Medium: http://bit.ly/2b2YgDf

Underspin...
Blade Runner Spintrix 3/8 - 3/4 oz: http://bit.ly/29UVegz
Keitech 3.8-4.8 Fat Swing Impact Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Tim's All-Around Topwater Setup...
Rod- Dobyns Champion 704CB: http://bit.ly/29OVD4V
Reel- Curado 200K 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Line- 30 lb Power Pro Braid: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b
Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
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Matt Loses a Teener! **Real Footage**

This Bass was AT LEAST 13-14 lbs and Matt had her right to the net! What a brutal day! It happens to everyone but that doesn't make it any easier when it happens to you! This fish of a lifetime won the fight and will haunt Matt for a long, long time. 

A few days ago we shared the catch footage of Matt's 6 1/2 lb Smallmouth but its healthy to see both ends of the spectrum. The tough days happen to everyone and we are not exempt. The deciding factor between a consistent angler and one who gets lucky from time to time is consistency. 

Below is a break down of the gear Matt was using as well as the gear we recommend you incorporate into your arsenal so you can become more consistent. 

The gear Matt was using when this bass bested him...
Rod- G Loomis 966 Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2x9kxuS
Reel- Shimano Tranx 300 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2kYsvRw
Line- 80 lb Power Pro: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b
Leader- 30 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
Connection Knot: Blood Knot with 9 loops each direction
Mattlures Hammer Tail Bluegill Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2FsZhA3

Recommended Gear...
1) Owner ST-36 Trebles: http://bit.ly/2cWpeyw
These hooks are STICKY sharp. They're fairly light wire so use these with Crankbaits, topwater, and other baits when hookup ratio is key. 

2) Owner ST-56 Trebles: http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW
These hooks are STRONG and are a great option when bigger fish are targeting Crankbaits, swimbaits, and other large hard baits. 

3) Gamakatsu Nano Finesse Treble: http://bit.ly/2dWWAut
This is the Sharpest and most consistent hook we've ever used. Its the ONLY hook you want to use for jerk baits. Its hookup ratio is phenomenal and sizing will match popular baits including the Vision 110. 

4) Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
This line is thinner than other braids and allows you to upsize one power while maintaining diameter. If you're used to using 20, spool 30. If you're used to 50, spool 65. You'll get a more strength without sacrificing. 

5) Maxima Ultragreen Monofilament: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
Yep, its mono. We know you think you have to use fluoro... we use it too. But when push comes to shove this stuff makes a stronger leader, has incredible strength with connection knots, and still gets bit in clear water. TRY IT, you won't regret it. 

6) Owner Hyperwire Split Rings (Black): http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX
These rings are the strongest and most consistent we've ever found. Use them so you stop losing hooks to giant fish. 

7) Salter Brecknell ElectroSamson Scale: http://bit.ly/2f7QgQ9
Why use this Scale? Because a 9.9 is a 9, not a 10. If it matters to you, if you really want to know what your fish weigh, this is your scale. There are only 2 hand held digital scales that can be consistently certified and this is the least expensive/most widely available. We carry 2 sets on each boat... just in case. 

This isn't our typical content, or a typical write-up but if you want to be a consistent angler these details are critically important. Find what works for you and never vary. When your chance at a giant comes, you'll have your very best shot for success!
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Matt's GIANT Crankbait Bass!! Full Catch Footage!

Matt hooks up on this GIANT Bass almost a year to the day after Tim's MONSTER catch! We traveled several thousand miles, drove for hours on the water, and risked an INSANE lightning storm, just for a shot at a fish like this!

Smallmouth are AMAZING predators. If you've never had a chance to target them, put it on your bucket list! Smallmouth bass have traditionally been targeted with finesse tackle but that is changing. These fish are aggressive feeders and have no issue eating crankbaits, swimbaits, topwater, and a variety of other reaction baits. 

Our Equipment...

Crankbait- Deep X 300 (PM Kisyu Ayu): http://bit.ly/2sSQHpt
Crankbait- Deep Six (Biwako See Through Chart): http://bit.ly/2A3clKP
Upgraded Hooks- Owner ST-56: http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW
(Size 4 for Deep X 300 and Size 2 for Deep Six)
Upgraded Split Rings - Hyperwire Size 3: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

Matt's Crankbait Setup...
Rod- G Loomis 845 CBR IMX Pro: http://bit.ly/2og0BmK
Reel- Shimano Aldebaran 50 in 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2fdX1Uy
Line- Sunline Assassin 12 lb Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Scale - (Highly Recommended) Salter Brecknell: http://bit.ly/2f7QgQ9

This bass weighed 6.54 lbs on the certified Salter Brecknell Scale. She was sitting in a school of fish on a current break. If you catch closely you'll see how quickly the water was moving past the boat while we used the Ultrex Trolling Motor (link below) on Spot Lock to stay in place and make receptive casts to the same spot. While we don't show the entire clip, we had caught approximately 15 fish in the same exact spot BEFORE the big one bit! This is classing schooling behavior and something we've covered at length in other videos. 

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Where Do Bass Go After They Spawn? (And How To Catch Them)

Post Spawn is the MOST DIFFICULT time of the year to consistently locate bass but not with these tips! Tim explains the bass' movement back to deep water as well as up into the shallows. 

The biggest mistake anglers make this time of year is targeting the shallow bass or the deep bass instead of targeting BOTH. If you can locate both groups and learn to predict their future movements, you'll consistently catch bass all the way through Fall. 

Shallow bass are much more cover oriented than deep bass and typically do not roam far. Deep bass tend to gather in schools but move rapidly from place to place in search of food. Finding the "sweet spots" where ideal cover is present on ideal structure with a food source is all it takes. Once you've located one of these areas you're set! If the food moves the bass will follow but by understanding the need for deep water access on main lake structure with cover present you can quickly relocate them. 

Below are a list of our favorite baits for both deep and shallow fishing from the post spawn through the summer months. 

DEEP Baits...

Strike King 10XD - http://bit.ly/2gHT4F0
Storm Arashi Deep Crankbaits - http://bit.ly/2IJc1s4
Berkley Dredger Deep Crankbaits - http://bit.ly/2I8xOcA
Magnum Flutter Spoon 8" - http://bit.ly/2ImXDlW
Strike King Bullworm OPT 8"- http://bit.ly/2Iqhy3w
Dirty Jigs Magnum Stand Up Head - http://bit.ly/2apouhn

SHALLOW Baits...

R2S Bully Wa II Frog (Little Allen Color) - http://bit.ly/2axyR2a 
Zorro Baits HeadKnocker Buzzbait (Black or White): http://bit.ly/2d4VpK1
R2S Trash bomb Tungsten Punch Weight - http://bit.ly/2bHj2pB
Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver (Green Pumpkin): http://bit.ly/29W3RZW
Whopper Plopper 130 (Monkey Butt or Loon): http://bit.ly/2a7ipHL

The Equipment Tim used to show the mapping...

Humminbird Solix 15 Sonar-  http://bit.ly/2pAkXr2
Lakemaster Autochart - http://bit.ly/2unEs8y

Our favorite All-Around combo for both deep and shallow fishing if we could only choose one...
Rod- Zodias 7'5" Heavy Rod: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe
Reel- Curado 200K 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Line- 65 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 20 lb Maxima ultra green: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Great All-Around BUDGET Combo...
Rod- Dobyns Fury 7'6" medium Heavy: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV
Reel- Casitas 150: http://bit.ly/2geKxsp
Line- 20 lb AbrazX: http://bit.ly/2aaBBDX
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