Best Fish Catches of 2018! 6 lb Smallies, Giant Largemouth, Record Catfish!

Merry Christmas! We've assembled our top fish catches of 2018 for you in a quick highlight reel. This time of year is about family, friends, and good memories. Its been an exciting year and we appreciate you coming along with us. Thank you for your continued support!

The fish in this highlight reel were caught all across the country. 2018 was supposed to be the year of travel and despite some serious hiccups, we still made it happen. Come along for the ride, its only going to get better!

Below is a breakdown of the baits and gear used to subdue these 4 giants.

Matt's Smallmouth...

Bait- Megabass Deep X 300 Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2sSQHpt

Rod- G Loomis Deep Flex 864 CBR (Custom Wrapped): http://bit.ly/2og0BmK

Reel- Shimano Bantam MGL: http://bit.ly/2H44yjG

Line- Sunline Assassin 12 lb: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Tim's Michigan Smallmouth...

Bait- Keitech 4.8 Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Head- Matt Allen Swimbait Head 1/2 oz: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN

Rod- G Loomis GLX 894C: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT

Reel- Metanium MGL: http://bit.ly/2ezIBfB

Line- 50 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 15 lb Sunline Sniper: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

Matt's Arizona Largemouth...

Bait- Dirty Jigs 1/2 oz Flippin' Jig (Go To): http://bit.ly/2aUtZsG

Trailer- Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver (Green Pumpkin): http://bit.ly/29W3RZW

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

Reel- Shimano Curado 200K HG: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh

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

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

Tim's Monster Catfish...

Bait- 5" Yamamoto Senko: http://bit.ly/2axAmNS

Hook- Owner Mosquito Light Size 1/0: http://bit.ly/2zQVKx3

Rod- G Loomis NRX 852S JWR: http://bit.ly/2dX9zjv

Reel- Shimano Exsence 3000: http://bit.ly/2iMtscV

Line- 12 lb Sunline Xplasma Asegai Braid: http://bit.ly/2OR5i2j

Leader- 6 lb Sniper Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

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Giant Fish Story - 7 Lb 4 Oz Brook Trout!

You've been asking for the story behind this giant fish and today we're finally letting it out. This is the story of Matt's 7 lb 4 oz Brook Trout! You already know the story of the 17 lb largemouth on the left side of the desk, here is the story of the incredible fish on the right!

This fish catch took place when Matt was 10 years old. He and his family were visiting Cherry Lake in California. An average day of bank fishing took a turn toward the incredible when the big brook trout inhaled Matt's Rooster Tail spinner.

A Brook trout of this size is a catch of a lifetime for any adult, let alone a small boy. The catch itself is incredible but the chain of events it kicked off changed Matt's direction in life forever. Even at a young age, the desire to "just catch fish" vanished and was replaced for a desire to catch the biggest fish he could find.

While TacticalBassin's primary focus today is bass fishing, Matt and Tim are actually accomplished multi-species anglers. They hold a handful of non-bass world records and thoroughly enjoy chasing fish of all species.

Below is the Rooster Tail and line that Matt was using that day. We've also included an updated rod/reel combo that we would use today for this type of fishing.

Rooster Tail: http://bit.ly/2MxuzKh

Maxima Ultragreen Line: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Modern Combo...

Rod- Zodias 6'8" Medium Light: http://bit.ly/2jOUXAO

Reel- Nasci 1000 Spinning Reel: http://bit.ly/2g278cC

Line- Sunline Sniper 4 lb: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

Other Trout Lures...

Keitech 2.8 Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Panther Martin Spinner: http://bit.ly/2uXduVt

Mepps Spinner: http://bit.ly/2NaVL2f

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How To Catch Huge Slab Crappie

Today we're catching Slab Crappie on swimbaits, hair jigs, and finesse plastics. If you want to catch bigger crappie, these tips are what you've been looking for. Crappie are abundant but anyone who fishes for them regularly knows how temperamental they can be. Some crappie gear works remarkably well but a lot of it is unrefined. By making a few quick changes you can take your crappie fishing to a whole new level.

For years bass fishermen have known the power of Keitech swimbaits and hair jigs for bass. By applying these same refined lures to Crappie, anglers can increase their catch rates and typically increase the size of catch as well. We tend to use heavier heads than traditional crappie fishing in order to get the correct action out of the lures. The heavier weights also allow us to use light bass tackle.

Below is a break down of the gear we were using in this video as well as a few color recommendations for the various baits.

The baits...

Matt Stefan Guppy Head: http://bit.ly/2nyUJRS

Keitech Fat 2.8 Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Realis V-TailShad: http://bit.ly/2PUH83Q

Basstrix 2" Flash Trix: http://bit.ly/2KHVxiy

Feider Hair Jig: http://bit.ly/2G7TBwj

Typical colors include Shad, Smelt, Chartreuse/Blue, and Pearl

Matt's Rod/Reel Combo...

Rod- Shimano Zodias 6'8" Medium Light: http://bit.ly/2jOUXAO

Reel- Shimano Stradic CI4+ 1000 size: http://bit.ly/2gu84t7

Line- Sunline Sniper 4 lb: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

Tim's Rod/Reel Combo...

Rod- Daiwa Elite AGS 7'6" Feider: http://bit.ly/2QHupT9

Reel- Daiwa Tatula LT 2000: http://bit.ly/2zrq4id

Line- Sunline Sniper 5 lb: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

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Catching BIG Bass With Larry Dahlberg

We got the opportunity to fish with Hall Of Famer, Larry Dahlberg on Clearlake and it was awesome! Larry's first ever bite on Clearlake was an 8 lber and we captured the footage as it happened! Listen to the story and watch the footage as Matt breaks down that incredible day.

Listening to an angler with Larry's years of experience will change how you think. Getting the opportunity to fish together is something truly remarkable. If you ever have the opportunity to spend time with Larry or any other knowledgable angler, take the time to do it. Its amazing what can be gleaned from even short conversations with these people.

The time spent with Larry was something we don't take lightly, nor will we forget. We're lucky to have the footage to share with you and hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Below is a break down of the gear used in the video as well as the products that Larry has developed.

Larry's Lures...

Whopper Plopper: http://bit.ly/2a7ipHL

Whopper Plopper Silent: http://bit.ly/2bsPbQV

Clackin Crayfish: http://bit.ly/2FKUrDQ

The Gear from the video...

Rod- Expride 7'11" Extra Heavy: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

Reel- Metanium MGL HG: http://bit.ly/2ezIBfB

Line- Power Pro 65 lb Braid: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b

Lure- Jackall Archelon (School Bluegill Color): http://bit.ly/2uo4sN5

Weight- River2Sea Trash Bomb 1 oz: http://bit.ly/2bHj2pB

Hook- Gamakatsu 4/0 Superline: http://bit.ly/2ac92XG

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