Tail Spinner Tricks For Spring Bass Fishing

The Tail Spin is an overlooked option for Spring bass. Its traditional use is deep water presentations around baitfish and schooling bass. Like many techniques it has been refined in recent years and a variety of new lures have hit the market to help capitalize on the shallow bite, smaller baitfish, short strikes, etc.

If you're still using a tail spinner one dimensionally its time to consider your other options. This bait can be hopped, steadily swam parallel to bottom, jigged, burned, or used to cast extreme distances to busting fish. With so many options its a wonder we don't have a tail spinner tied on every time we hit the lake.

We've found 4 tail spins that fit our fishing style the best. These baits cover all the bases and can fish in a variety of conditions. Below is a break down of the baits as well as the tackle we use to fish tailspins effectively.

The baits...

-Blade Runner Line Through Tail Spin: http://bit.ly/2UZaQXP

(Blue Shad, Iris Shad)

-Damiki Axe Blade: http://bit.ly/2w2uB9t

(Ayu, Real Shad, Crystal)

-Revenge Tail Spin: http://bit.ly/2tmR2lv

(Blue Shad, Purple Met Shad, Shad)

-Duo Realis Spin: http://bit.ly/2QKeL9X

(Black Smokey Shad, Tanago 2)

Hook Upgrades...

-Light Hook (for duo)- Owner ST-36: http://bit.ly/2cWpeyw

-Heavy Hook- Owner ST-56: http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW

-Split Rings- Hyperwire #3: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

Use size 4 hook for all baits except the Duo Realis. The duo hooks are extremely small, a size 8 is best.

Great Rods For This Technique...

G Loomis GLX 842 MBR: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT

Dobyns- Champion 702: http://bit.ly/2aFrSYt

Shimano- SLX 7'2" Medium: http://bit.ly/2L3wppO

Daiwa- Tatula 7' Medium Reaction: http://bit.ly/2Q4NgKA

13 Fishing- Muse 7' Medium: http://bit.ly/2xVM80V


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Tackle Prep Tips For Spring Bass Fishing

Quit waiting until the last minute! Get your tackle prepped early this year and you'll be ready for Spring. Don't wait until products are backordered in March and April to find out you're out of hooks, worms, or that favorite jerkbait. Spend a little time organizing your gear now and it will pay off in the long run.

Matt carries 4 "go boxes" with him all Spring long. Those 4 boxes contain swimbaits, treble hooks, assorted terminal tackle, and assorted hardbaits. This time of year its important to keep your tackle in waterproof boxes to avoid rust. These are the boxes we use...

-Plano Deep Waterproof Undivided Box: http://bit.ly/2WWIrU9

-Plano Deep Waterproof Divided Box: http://bit.ly/2xjccls

-Plano Standard Waterproof Divided Box: http://bit.ly/2fvjcFB

As you sort your tackle and select a variety of hard baits to carry its important to check the hooks, split rings, boxes, etc for damage. Be sure that your baits are ready for battle because in the coming weeks and months you'll need them at a moment's notice. Below is a break down of the gear Matt is carrying on board.


-S-Waver 168 and 200: http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh

-Baitsanity Explorer: http://bit.ly/2DcI1yM

-Triple Trout 8": http://bit.ly/2E8Up5P

-Sneaky Pete: http://bit.ly/2RYCPFe

-Bull Shad 6" and 7": http://bit.ly/2eJ8gWM

Treble Hooks and Split Rings...

Standard Strength- Owner ST-36: http://bit.ly/2cWpeyw

Extra Strong- Owner ST-56: http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW

Angled In Points- Gamakatsu EWG: http://bit.ly/2cZrsbY

Jerkbait Trebles- Gamakatsu Finesse Nano: http://bit.ly/2dWWAut

Split Rings- Owner Hyper Wire: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

Assorted Hardbaits...

-Biggie Poppa Squarebill: http://bit.ly/2ahCzvo

-Jackall TN-70 Lipless: http://bit.ly/2lqAwjh

-LV-500 Lipless: http://bit.ly/2aAUUbd

-Lucky Craft 1.5 Squarebill: http://bit.ly/2BGxKPa

-Megabass Vision 110 Jerkbait: http://bit.ly/2j31TKb

-Jackall Rerange Jerkbait: http://bit.ly/2ge0qED

A-Rig Components and Storage...

-Bladed A-Rig- http://bit.ly/2bgDGNu

-Non-Bladed A-Rig: http://bit.ly/2nD76fw

-Matt Allen Swimbait Heads (in stock this week): http://bit.ly/29RrTYN

-Keitech 4.8" Fat Swimbaits: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

-Reaction Innovations Skinny Dipper Swimbaits: http://bit.ly/2bf1uEn

-Owner CPS Springs (Medium): http://bit.ly/2b2YgDf

-Plano A-Rig Storage Box: http://bit.ly/2DUvbJN


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FAIL - 10 Pound Bass Comes Off At The Boat!!

Matt hooked a truly giant bass! The giant fish tail walked up and down the side of the boat giving huge head shakes as she went. Everything looked like it was going perfectly until disaster struck! No matter how much preparation you do, sometimes the big bass get away. Let's check it out...

This fish ate a heavy flipping jig rigged with a big senko as a trailer. Its not a traditional rig but its incredibly effective! Sometimes the key to getting big bites is just showing the bass something they haven't seen before. Think outside the box this Spring and you might get your own shot at a fish of a lifetime like this.

Whether you're fishing for monster bass with a 3/4 oz jig or downsizing to a little finesse jig, trying the senko as a trailer might be worth your time. Match a big jig with a 7" senko, smaller jig with a 5 or 6", etc. Below is a breakdown of the gear used in this video.

The rig...

Jig- Dirty Jigs 3/4 oz Flipping Jig (Okeechobee 420): http://bit.ly/2fx8YBI

Trailer- Gambler 7" Fat Ace (Green Pumpkin Black Blue): http://bit.ly/2aJq2AO

The Gear...

Rod- Expride 7'6" Heavy: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

Reel- Metanium DC: http://bit.ly/2qrSZvs

Line- Power Pro MaxCuatro 65 lb: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 20 lb: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Other Jigs/Trailers...

Yamamoto Senko: http://bit.ly/2axAmNS

Yamamoto Cut Tail Worm: http://bit.ly/2iXlzPu

Football Jig 1/2 oz: http://bit.ly/2d0iJbd

Pitchin' Jig 1/2 oz: http://bit.ly/2amL3of

Filming Location: http://bit.ly/2MDiiVR


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Blade Bait Tricks For Early Spring Bass

The blade is traditionally a cold water presentation but its effectiveness doesn't stop there! Keep the blade on deck in Early Spring and you might be surprised how the bass react. In this video Matt shows his favorite blade baits, what each is for, and how to modify them to get the best hook up ratio.

Blade baits come in all shapes and sizes. From the original Silver Buddy to modern offerings like the Damiki Vault, there is always a bait to fit your need. Color schemes have come a long way as well which has extended the blades effectiveness in late Winter and early Spring.

With any blade bait its imperative to upgrade the hardware and carefully select your gear in order to maximize your hook up to land ratio. These baits are inherently heavy and are easily thrown by wary bass if care isn't taken to prevent it. Below is a breakdown of the baits, equipment, and hook upgrades that we use with our blades.

The Blade Baits...

-Damiki Vault: http://bit.ly/2rnO7e2

-Silver Buddy: http://bit.ly/2AcTelj

-Molix Trago Vib: http://bit.ly/2Q5X4jf

-Khan Baits Vibrato: http://bit.ly/2RNNL8O

-Damiki Vortex: http://bit.ly/2BqKoyW

-Sebile Vibrato: http://bit.ly/2rlZmDW

Best Colors... Silver, Gold, Shad

Hook and Hardware Upgrades...

(Size 4 for 1/2 oz or heavier blades, Size 6 on smaller blades)

-Gamakatsu EWG Treble (Light Wire): http://bit.ly/2cZrsbY

-Owner ST-36 Stinger Treble (Medium Wire): http://bit.ly/2cWpeyw

-Owner ST-56 Treble (Heavy Wire): http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW

-Owner Hyperwire Split Rings (Size 2 or 3): http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

Matt's Preferred Combo...

Rod- G Loomis 845 CBR: http://bit.ly/2og0BmK

Reel- Curado 150 DC HG: http://bit.ly/2yHtsp4

Line- 40 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro Braid: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Budget-Friendly Combo...

Rod- Dobyns Colt 705CB: http://bit.ly/2lU0LfV

Reel- Shimano SLX HG: http://bit.ly/2NfdOnk

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm


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