Cross Country Trip Begins With Grand Slam!

We're coming to a lake near you! The TacticalBassin crew is hitting the road so keep an eye out the next time you pump gas, head for the launch ramp, or pull up along side a boat on the freeway. Our first stop as we head cross country is Elephant Butte, New Mexico. The trip started off with a bang as Matt landed an unexpected Grand Slam on this amazing fishery!

The bass in Elephant Butte had to survive terrible conditions in recent years. The lake was drawn down to only 3% of capacity at its worst but is now well on its way to filling back up. The fishing has begun to rebound with many big bass being caught this Spring. Matt, CC, and Sierra chose the lake as their first stop as they travel. across the US to find out if the fishing in New Mexico is as good as they'd heard. They weren't disappointed and you won't be either!

Keep an eye out for the TacticalBassin crew in your area. We'll be traveling all through the South, Midwest, and much of the North. We're making as many stops as possible so you just don't know where we will show up next... but word is that Texas and Oklahoma anglers should keep an eye out first.

Below is a breakdown of the baits and gear Matt and CC used on Elephant Butte.

The baits...

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

Finesse Swimbait- Keitech 4" Easy Shiner (Silver Flash Minnow): http://bit.ly/2bxJK6H

Finesse Swimbait Head (1/8 oz): Revenge Darter Hedz: http://bit.ly/2cHMZbm

CC's Glide Bait Rod...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 893C JWR: http://bit.ly/2R4f2Ud

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

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

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

Matt's Finesse Combo...

Rod- Daiwa Aird-X 7' Medium: http://bit.ly/2P7Z3Vu

Reel- Shimano Sahara 1000: http://bit.ly/2XhhM43

Line- 15 lb Power Pro: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b

Leader- 8 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Boat Accessories...

Minn Kota 15' Talons: http://bit.ly/2F0QBSP

Minn Kota Tilt Brackets: Source Locally

Humminbird 360 Imaging: http://bit.ly/2K8jPl4

Loc-R-Bar: http://bit.ly/2CMF1NP

Banshee Lock: http://bit.ly/2vt3ilq

Bob's Hydraulic Jack Plate: http://bit.ly/2RtsHc

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Is Your Bass Boat Actually Covered? Insurance Issues You Need To Know Before Its Too Late!

No one likes talking about insurance but are you sure you're covered during a tournament? Does being on a "pro staff" put your tow vehicle in jeopardy? Is all of your tackle covered if you have a major incident? These don't need to be grey areas, you deserve to know exactly when you are and are not covered. Today we're posing all the tough questions to Ben Green, a marine insurance specialist, so that we can all be more prepared in case we're involved in a crash.

Just a few days after Matt's accident the insurance issues were beginning to unfold and Matt vowed that when it was over he would do a video to help the entire TacticalBassin family better understand potential issues and how to avoid them. He is by no means an insurance expert but he learned some tough lessons and doesn't want you to experience the same. When we found out Ben Green was in town (an actual expert on the subject) for a big tournament on Clearlake, we knew we had to track him down and get real answers to educate the Tactical Family.

Ben was kind enough to take part of his pre-fishing day to answer our questions. This video isn't about getting you a new insurance guy (though we are including Ben’s information here and below because we trust him and appreciate that he took the time to do this for all of us) its about making sure you know the exact questions to ask your insurance agent. Too many anglers have "grey areas" in their policy and that shouldn't be the case. Take the time to watch this video to the end, understand the questions, and get yourself coverage that is going to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Matt thought he had all the coverage he needed, in fact he was confident that he'd "over-insured" himself, but there were still gaps and a lot of issues developed as a result. Don't wait until it happens to you to find out where the gaps might be. Take a few minutes out of your day and ask your agent the right questions. If you're not comfortable with the answers, there are only 3 (to my knowledge) marine specialists in the country. If you'd like to reach out to Ben we're including the link to his website and facebook page below.

Ben Green Insurance Website: http://bit.ly/2v4U1Qo

Been Green Insurance Facebook Page: http://bit.ly/2UyyLlj

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Pending World Record Catfish!

Tim was using 6 lb line and a spinning rod when this giant catfish bit! The fight lasted over an hour with so many drag screaming runs we lost track. Come along and watch the entire fight play out! The fish has been submitted for the Channel Catfish All-Tackle Length Record and is currently pending.

One of the most exciting aspects of fishing is that you never know what's going to bite. Tim was throwing a Neko Rig for bass on light tackle. He was searching for smallmouth when the big cat surprised him.

Quality tackle made all the difference in this fight! There is no doubt that lesser gear would have failed under the strain of the battle. Below is a breakdown of the gear Tim was using when he subdued this monster.

Rod/Reel Combo...

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

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

Line- 12 lb Sunline Braid: http://bit.ly/2tn8EzQ

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

The Bait...

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

Weight- Swagger Tackle Tungsten Pagoda: http://bit.ly/2iGNSFW

Keeper- G7 Protect Tubes: http://bit.ly/2PWEkUs

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

Camera Used: http://bit.ly/2RsLpjB

Scale Used: http://bit.ly/2f7QgQ9

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Camp Fire - A Bass Fishing Story

Are you proud to be a bass fisherman? You're about to be! A few weeks ago the bass fishing industry came together and supported 22 of their own in the midst of tragedy. Here is a story the news overlooked...

The Camp Fire devastated Paradise, California and the surrounding communities. An incredible number of people lost their lives, and an unfathomable number of people escaped with nothing but their lives. Amongst those individuals were a bunch of bass fishermen! These aren't strangers, these aren't stories on the news, these are real people like you and I, some of them members of the TacticalBassin Family!

The news tells of devastation but they didn't tell you that Paradise, CA has a bass club. 22 bass fishermen in that club lost all their belongings and 2 lost their lives. Word of this tragedy spread through the bass fishing community very rapidly and a handful of amazing companies banded together to do something about it.

These are the brands that came together to support the Paradise Bass Club.

Paradise Bass Club: https://paradisebassclub.webs.com

Aftco: http://bit.ly/2rORmJ8

Bass Patrol Jigs: http://bit.ly/2PYP9Ew

Big Bite Baits: http://bit.ly/2Td3UWp

Blade Runner Tackle: http://bit.ly/2rUoBL6

Chico Bass Club: http://bit.ly/2Vc7XDZ

Daiwa: http://bit.ly/2EPcBSX

Dirty Jigs Tackle: http://bit.ly/2RkvJyw

Dobyns Rods: http://bit.ly/2QRinKG

Falcon Rods: http://bit.ly/2Q1mu1N

Fisherman's Warehouse: 800-237-3511

Johnson's Bait and Tackle: 530-674-1912

Megabass: http://bit.ly/2EKT99B

Owner: http://bit.ly/2Czb4yI

Plano: http://bit.ly/2EOUqO0

P-Line: http://bit.ly/2RiCG3k

Reaction Innovations: http://bit.ly/2SkvFMG

River2Sea: http://bit.ly/2T89HMT

Roboworm: http://bit.ly/2VaBkqc

Shimano: http://bit.ly/2rUqlE8

Simms: http://bit.ly/2Q1wGac

Sunline: http://bit.ly/2GOWpmW

Swimmer Baits: Local Brand, no contact info

Tackle Warehouse: http://bit.ly/2cTYYUa

Trokar: http://bit.ly/2PYQGdK

Water Gremlin: http://bit.ly/2Skw7KS

Wright & McGill: http://bit.ly/2rRx5CL

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