Cross Country Fishing Trip (22 States) - Update!

We've been on the road for over a month and made it all the way to Alabama! If you've been following along you already know we've stopped at some amazing lakes and caught some beautiful fish! Truth is, we're just getting started and the best is yet to come. We're turning North and there are some huge Largemouth, Smallmouth, and some bonus species ahead!

Our goal for 2019 is to bring TacticalBassin to you. We vowed in January to get on the road and visit as many of you as possible. We haven't taken that goal lightly, fishing in 23 states and 2 countries thus far in 2019. Though we've now arrived home from our cross country trip there are many more videos coming. Keep an eye out for famous fisheries like Lake Chickamauga, Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, and more!

We also promised to give you the top 10 baits from this trip. Some of these lures are from videos you've already seen, others haven't made an appearance yet. In no particular order, these were the most influential baits of our 2019 cross country trip.

The Top Baits…

-Mattlures Gizzard Shad Swimbait:

-River2Sea Biggie Squarebill:

-Jackall Gantarel Swimbait:

-Jackall TN-70 Lipless Crankbait:

-Keitech Fat Swing Impact Swimbait:

-Azuma Z Boss 22 Crankbait:

-Strike King 6XD Crankbait:

-Megabass Okashira Screw Head:

-Roboworm Fat 4" Straight Tail Worm:

-River2Sea Bling Spinnerbait:

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Tim is back on the kayak in a tiny pond and he's catching bass! Come along as he fishes a frog and senko for the pond bass. He's hoping to catch some nice fish before a giant storm rolls in with flash flood warnings, thunder, and lighting.

Tim starts out with a Bully Wa Frog. As the day progresses he switches over to a Sprinker frog hoping the straight retrieve will get a better bite than the side to side walking action of a traditional frog. He gets bit on the very first cast and after that focus completely shifts to the Teckel. Tim continues to explore, picking up both a senko and a Rage Bug to probe the thick grass in the middle of the pond.

Pond fishing is typically a little easier than fishing on a big lake. While you have less water to work with, the trade off is the bass are easy to target and trapped in a confined space. By implementing a 2-part attack with the combination of topwater and senko Tim was able to quickly and easily locate the fish that were feeding in the pond. He didn't have time to dig deep into the reeds in search of a bigger fish but he did the best he could with a short window of opportunity.

Below is a breakdown of the lures and equipment Tim used to have a successful day on the water.


-River2Sea Bully Wa 2 (Little Allen):

-Teckel Sprinker Frog (Bone) -

-6" Senko -

-Strike King Rage Bug -


-Old Town Topwater PDL:


-Plano Rustrictor Box 3700 -

-Plano KVD Speedbag Worm Files (Small) -

Frog Combo...

-Shimano SLX 7'2"H -

-Shimano SLX Reel 7.2:1 -

Worm Combo...

-Zodias 6'10' MH -

-Curado 70 7.2:1 Gear Ratio -

Flipping Combo...

-Expride 7'11" XH:

-Curado 200K HG:


Sun Shirt- Barracuda Geo Cool:

Sun Mask-

Sun Pants- Aftco Original Fishing Pant:

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Bass Fishing Grand Slam on Table Rock Lake!

Today we're exploring Table Rock Lake in Missouri. Its our first time in the state but it doesn't take long to establish a pattern. Come along for a fun day on the water as we search the lake, figure out the bite, and each catch a grand slam! If you understand the principals behind how bass move, locating fish in a new lake shouldn't take long. Table Rock proved to be very clear, loaded with bait, and has an amazing bass population.

We used a combination of baits to find consistent success today. We started off with a topwater (River2Sea Rover) and a glide bait (S Waver 168). We used this combination to draw fish up in the clear water so we could see them and figure out how they were positioning. It worked extremely well, showing us that fish were suspending on shallow cover and holding tight to chunk rock on mud banks. Once we'd established the pattern the swimbait (Keitech 4.3 and 3.8) became the main producers.

We hope you enjoyed spending a day on the water with us in the Midwest. Table Rock is an amazing fishery and we can't wait to return! If you haven't been following along we're in the midst of a nationwide road trip and the videos to come get more and more in depth with information on locating fish and establishing patterns. Continue to follow along as we come to a lake near you!

Below is a breakdown of the baits and equipment used in the video…

-S-Waver 168 Light Trout:

-R2S Rover 128:

-Keitech Fat Swimbait 4.3 and 3.8 (Electric Shad, Tennessee Shad):

-Guppy Swimbait Head 1/4 oz 3/0:

Matt's Topwater Combo...

Rod- Zodias 7'2" Medium:

Reel- Chronarch MGL HG:

Line- 40 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Keitech Combo...

Rod- G Loomis GLX 844C MBR:

Reel- Shimano Aldebaran MGL HG:

Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin:

Budget Combo... (Small paddle tail swimbaits and topwater)

Rod- Shimano SLX 7'2" Medium:

Reel- Shimano SLX 150 HG Casting:

Line- 40 lb Power Pro:

Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen:


A Day On The Water: Spring Fishing With Matt On Clearlake

Come along for an early pre-spawn day on Clearlake. The water temps are in the low 50's, air temps at launch are 37 degrees, but the bass are biting! We spend the day adapting and developing a pattern as we explore the lake with a variety of reaction baits.

We all dream about the wide open Spring bite but more often than not we're met with challenging weather conditions. This day was a perfect example of changing conditions resulting in a bite that was tougher than anticipated. The difference between frustration and success is being willing to adapt.

Below is a breakdown of the baits and gear Matt used in the video.


-Bladed A-Rig:

-Matt Allen Swimbait Heads:

-Owner Hyperwire Split Rings (Size 4):

-Keitech 4.8 Fat Swimbait:

-Reaction Innovations Skinny Dipper:

-Reaction Innovations Little Dipper:


-Lucky Craft Flash Pointer 115 (Ghost Minnow):


Bait- Reaction Innovations Man Bear Pig (Hematoma):

Hook- Gamakatsu Superline EWG 4/0:

Weight- River2Sea 1 oz Tungsten:

Bobber Stop- 6th Sense Peg-X Stopper:

A-Rig Combo...

Rod- Shimano Curado 7'2" Heavy:

Reel- Curado 200K:

Line- 65 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- 20 lb Maxima Ultragreen:


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