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):
Matt Allen Swimbait Head:

S-Waver 168 (Rainbow Trout):
Owner ST-56 Treble Size 2:
Owner Hyperwire Split Ring Size 4:

Tim's Combo...
Rod- G Loomis GLX 853C (7'1" Medium Heavy):
Reel- Chronarch MGL 7:1 Ratio:
Line- 50 lb Maxcuatro Braid:
Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Matt's Keitech Combo...
Rod- G Loomis GLX 842C (7' Medium):
Reel- Aldebaran 50 7:1 Ratio:
Line- 30 lb MaxCuattro Braid:
Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

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:
Line- Power Pro MaxCuatro 65 lb:
Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

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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. 

Zorro Baits Head Knocker Buzz (Load but compact):
D&M Slow Roller Buzz (Unique Sound):
Dirty Jigs Skirtless Buzz (Skips under cover):

River2Sea Bully Wa 2 (Little Allen or Dirty White):
Snagproof Bobby's Perfect:
Jackall Gavacho:

Spinnerbaits and Chatterbaits...
JackHammer Chatterbait:
Z-Man Custom Chatterbait:
River2Sea Bling 1/2 oz Spinnerbait:
War Eagle Gold Spinnerbait:

Lucky Craft Silent Squarebill:
River2Sea Biggie:

Punch Baits... 
Jackall Archelon:
Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver:
Strike King Rage Bug:

Shakey Head...
Canterbury Shaky Head:
Netbait T-Mac Worm:
Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver:
Man Bear Pig:

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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!


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


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:
Dirty Jigs Guppy Head:
Keitech 2.8 Swimbait:

5" Yamamoto Senko:
Wacky Hook (1/0) Owner Mosquito:
Texas Hook (3/0) Gamakatsu Superline:

Strike King Dream Shot:
Strike King Half Shell:
Roboworm 4" Fat Worm:
Trokar Size 1 Dropshot Hook:

Finesse Jig...
Dirty Jigs Clausen Finesse Jig:
Strike King Baby Menace:

Shaky Head...
Canterbury Shaky Head:
Netbait T-Mac Worm:
Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver:
Man Bear Pig:

Ned Rig...
Z-Man Ned Worm:
Roboworm Ned Worm:
Owner Block Head:

Tim's Favorite Finesse Rods...
High-End- G Loomis Conquest 7' Medium:
Mid-Range- Expride 7' Light+:
Budget Gear- Dobyns Fury 7' Medium Light:

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