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.

A-rig...

-Bladed A-Rig: http://bit.ly/2nuruR5

-Matt Allen Swimbait Heads: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN

-Owner Hyperwire Split Rings (Size 4): http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

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

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

-Reaction Innovations Little Dipper: http://bit.ly/2brnU5I

Jerkbait...

-Lucky Craft Flash Pointer 115 (Ghost Minnow): http://bit.ly/2aHz588

Flippin...

Bait- Reaction Innovations Man Bear Pig (Hematoma): http://bit.ly/2s51oIV

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

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

Bobber Stop- 6th Sense Peg-X Stopper: http://bit.ly/2bHjowk

A-Rig Combo...

Rod- Shimano Curado 7'2" Heavy: http://bit.ly/2gUWTft

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

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

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

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Is Bass Fishing In Mexico Worth It?

We headed to Mexico’s Lake Baccarac to find out if Mexico fishing is as good as they say. From the flight to the meals to the fishing, it was top notch all the way! If you've ever wondered if bass fishing in Mexico is worth the trip, check this out...

When we travel we pride ourselves on fishing without outside help, approaching lakes the same way we do at home. It took a bit of work but we were able to get out on the water unguided and truly explore it for ourselves. We were amazed by the quality and quantity of fish, as well as the incredible amount of Tilapia and shad in the lake. The fishery is as healthy as any we have in the states. We felt safe the entire time, despite fishing alone in a foreign country.

Below is a breakdown of the baits and tackle we were using, as well as a link to the lodge in case you want to try your hand at catching a big bass in Mexico. One of our favorite parts of the trip is that you didn't have to use a specific bait to catch fish. We brought a variety of confidence baits and caught fish on nearly all of them!

To answer the question: Yes, fishing in Mexico is worth it! We had an amazing time and will definitely do it again!

The baits in order of appearance...

River2Sea S-Waver 168 (Light Trout): http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh

Dirty Jigs No-Jack Flippin' Jig (Okeechobee 420): http://bit.ly/2fx8YBI

Strike King 10" BullWorm (PlumApple): http://bit.ly/2IVzvuS

Keitech 4.8" Fat Swimbait (Pro Blue Red Pearl): http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

HogFarmer 5 wire - 8 blade rig: http://bit.ly/2nuruR5

Lucky Craft BDS-6 Crankbait (Golden Shiner): http://bit.ly/2sRZby9

6th Sense C20 Crankbait (Shad Fantasy): http://bit.ly/2BQ4uDs

Osprey Tournament Talon (Gizzard Shad): http://bit.ly/2bqsLS0

The Key is to use all-around rods while traveling so you can use as many baits as possible on a single rod. Our most used rod this trip was...

Rod- Zodias 7'6" Med Heavy Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe

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

Line- 50 lb Power Pro Braided Line: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b

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

The Lodge...

Pro Bass Adventures Lake Baccarac: http://bit.ly/2MDiiVR

Tackle/Rod Storage...

Rod Tube- Plan Telescoping Rod Case: http://bit.ly/2GbEKnM

Standard Tackle Box- Plano Waterproof 3740: http://bit.ly/2fvjcFB

Deep Tackle Box- Plano Waterproof Deep 3700: http://bit.ly/2xjccls

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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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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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