Swimbaits and Crankbaits For Schooling Bass

Hit the water with Matt and Tim as they locate huge schools of aggressive bass that are feeding heavily on small baitfish. The guys use a combination of paddle tail swimbaits and crankbaits to fool the bass as they feed on steep walls and ledges. 

Combining different presentations is a great way to keep schools of bass "active". The hardest part of fishing for schooling bass is triggering the frenzy, but these tips will help you keep them fired up longer and drastically increase your odds of catching a BIG bass. The combination of swimbait and crankbait offers two very different looks, both fast moving, and continues to trigger multiple fish at once. 

The baits...

Keitech 3.8, 4.3 and 4.8 swimbaits: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v
Matt Allen Swimbait Head: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN
Megabass Deep X 300 Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2sSQHpt
Megabass Deep Six Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2A3clKP
Dirty Jigs Pivot Point Football Head (With 3/0 Hook): http://bit.ly/2jOY1Ns

-Keitechs focus on baitfish colors, chartreuse blue, and don't be afraid to try anything with gold or yellow in it when targeting smallmouth.

-Crankbaits Focus on Chartreuse, Baitfish, and especially Ayu for Smallmouth. 

Tim's Swimbait Combo...

Tim's Rod- G Loomis GLX 894C: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT
Tim's Reel- Shimano Curado 200K 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Tim's Line- 50 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Tim's Leader- 20 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Matt's Swimbait Combo...

Matt's Rod- G Loomis GLX 853C: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT
Matt's Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL HG: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB
Matt's Line- 30 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Matt's Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Crankbait Combos...
Rod #1 (Smaller Baits)- IMX Pro 845 CBR: http://bit.ly/2og0BmK
Rod #2 (Larger Baits)- IMX Pro 906 CBR: http://bit.ly/2og0BmK
Reel #1 (Smaller Baits): Aldebaran 50 (7:1 Ratio): http://bit.ly/2fdX1Uy
Reel #2 (Larger Baits): Metanium MGL (7:1 Ratio): http://bit.ly/2ezIBfB
Line - 12 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Budget Friendly Crankbait Setup...
Rod- Dobyns Colt 7' MH Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2lU0LfV
Reel- Shimano Casitas 150: http://bit.ly/2geKxsp
Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

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Summer Swimbait Fishing - Everything You Need To Know!

BIG Swimbaits work all Summer long! Don't give up! Here is what you need to know to be successful during the warm months. From wake baits to glide baits, to softbaits, we break down our most consistent options for big bait fishing. 

Traditionally, swimbait fishing has been treated as a Winter technique. Over the years its developed into a 3-season technique but the reality is you can successfully target BIG bass all year long with a swimbait. 

The hard baits...

Spro BBZ 8" Floater: http://bit.ly/2cU1x5P
Johnny Rat Wakebait: http://bit.ly/2q9CNA8
Bull Shad Swimbait (6" or 7"): http://bit.ly/2eJ8gWM
MS Slammer 7" and 9": http://bit.ly/2aOlET2

Evergreen ND 180 Wakebait: http://bit.ly/2JbrbaM

Bull Gill Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2f1ASHn
Gantarel Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2adZI3R
Gigantarel Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2nXHHvf

The Soft Baits...

Mattlures Bluegill Hammer Tail: http://bit.ly/2FsZhA3
SmashTech Head Hunter Belly treble: http://bit.ly/2pc3ROF
SmashTech Head Hunter Weedless: http://bit.ly/2LRG9PT
Osprey Tournament Talon 6" and 7": http://bit.ly/2bqsLS0
Keitech 6.8 and 7.8 Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Matt Allen Swimbait Head: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN
Owner Beast Weedless Hook: http://bit.ly/2ancP66

GREAT Swimbait Rods...

Ultra High End- Megabass Destroyer Onager: http://bit.ly/2wVOSbY
High End- G Loomis IMX Pro 965 and 966: http://bit.ly/2x9kxuS
Budget Friendly- Dobyns Fury 795 and 806: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV

Swimbait Reels...

Our Favorite Reel - Tranx 300 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2kYsvRw
Round Reel- Calcutta 400B: http://bit.ly/2b6NX0d
Budget Reel- Cardiff A 300: http://bit.ly/2cvhtMO

Line...
Main Line- Power Pro MaxCuatro 80 lb Braid: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- Maxima 30 lb Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
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Frog Fishing This Summer: Everything You Need To Know

FROG FISHING! Here's what you need to know to fish frogs in open water, on slop, in cover, and everywhere in between! We recently covered frog modifications but this is the "nuts and bolts" of frog fishing. 

Do you know which frogs work best on which types of cover? Do you know how to get your best hookup ratio, which rods set the hook the easiest, or how color can come in to play in your catch rate? This is the video you need to instantly become a better frog fisherman!

All-Around Frogs...

River2Sea Bully Wa 2: http://bit.ly/2axyR2a
Snag Proof Bobby's Perfect Frog: http://bit.ly/2abpR40

Frogs For Mat Fishing...

Ish's Phat Mat Daddy Frog: http://bit.ly/2L7KgqC
Spro King Daddy Frog: http://bit.ly/2h0LCYd

Popping Frogs...

Jackall Gavacho Frog: http://bit.ly/2L7KsWS
River2Sea Spittin Wa: http://bit.ly/29YS5g6

Straight Retrieve Frogs...

Teckel Sprinker Frog: http://bit.ly/2rmnqSI

GREAT Frog Rods...

Dobyns Champion 7'3" XH (736): http://bit.ly/2abq8nl
Shimano Expride 7'3" XH: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL
Budget Friendly Rod- Dobyns Fury 7'3" Extra Heavy: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV
Softer Frog Rod- 7'2" Heavy: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe

Frogging Reels...

High-End- Metanium MGL: http://bit.ly/2ezIBfB
Matt's Choice- Shimano Curado 200K 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Budget Friendly- Casitas 150: http://bit.ly/2geKxsp

Favorite Line- Power Pro MaxCuatro 65 lb: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Great Alternative- Sufix 832 65 lb: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji

Related Videos...
Bully Wa 2 Video: https://youtu.be/JfzUGmhqvvI
How To Walk A Frog Video: https://youtu.be/cNnz3Z1cumk
Spittin Wa Video: https://youtu.be/2pUuXlFrLbU
Sprinker Frog Video: https://youtu.be/byRTNKPvTWM

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Swinging Jigs For Summer Bass - Everything You Need To Know

Don't show the bass the same old baits! Do something different this Summer and you're going to catch bigger fish. The swinging jig head stormed the market a few short years ago but has virtually vanished from the public eye since. 

Whether you caught fish on the Biffle Head when it came out or not, your fish will eat a swinging jig as you swim it along the bottom. When this style of bait hit the market there was very little information about how to fish it properly. In this video Matt breaks down the heads, baits, and gear that has worked best for him over the past couple of years. 

The Heads...

Dirty Jigs Pivot Point Head: http://bit.ly/2jOY1Ns
Gene Larew Biffle Hardhead: http://bit.ly/2JkijM0

The Baits...

Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver: http://bit.ly/29W3RZW
Strike King Rage Bug: http://bit.ly/2aAsuiV
Strike King Rage Menace: http://bit.ly/2HmX7D0
Zoom Z Craw: http://bit.ly/2vW7Jo5

Recommended Colors... Green Pumpkin, JuneBug, Watermelon Red Flake

Matt's Setup for Lighter Jigheads...

Rod- Shimano Zodias 7'2" Medium Heavy: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe
Reel- Shimano Curado 70: http://bit.ly/2apmDJt
Line- Power Pro MaxCuatro 50 lb: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Matt's Setup For Heavier Jigheads...

Rod- GLX 854C JWR (7'1" Heavy): http://bit.ly/2gqziwT
Reel- Metanium MGL 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2ezIBfB
Line- 65 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 18 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Budget Friendly Rods For This Technique...

Dobyns Fury 7'3" Heavy: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV
Shimano Exage 7'2" Heavy: http://bit.ly/2mGp1Vc

This is an awesome technique when bass head out to the ledges and deep water haunts. Give it a try this Summer and you're sure to have fun!
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