What's the Craziest Thing You've Ever Hooked While Fishing?? Here's Matt's Story!

Crazy things happen on the lake! We plan to catch fish but sometimes we hook birds, animals, and who knows what else! What's the craziest thing you've ever caught? Here's the story of  Matt's most bizarre experiences!

The Osprey is understandable. The bird is curious and if you've thrown a swimbait for any length of time you've probably had a close call. But what was the beaver thinking? That one is just crazy!

In case you find yourself in this kind of situation there are a few tools that will make it a little easier to free your accidental catch. A net, pliers, and wire cutters are essential to getting the job done cleanly. With smaller animals simply roll them in the net and work through the mesh to free the hooks. This eliminates the danger to humans of being pecked, clawed, etc... and it restricts the animal's movement so it doesn't hurt itself while panicking. 

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The Only Time an 11 Lber Was a Let Down...

The night started like any other as we searched for trophy bass in the dark. But on this night things were going to go so right and so wrong in ways we never saw coming. A bent out hook cost us a MONSTER Bass!

Fishing for trophy bass is never easy so when you get a bite its very important that you do everything you can to capitalize and get that big bass in the boat. Unfortunately sometimes you do everything right and the bass still wins the battle.

Baits that we were using...
Mattlures 6" Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2de1x2n
Huddleston 8" Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2azFTon

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Rod- Dobyns 807: http://bit.ly/2aivwYX
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Remember there are a lot of variables that are outside of your control when fishing for big bass. Make sure that you're putting the odds in your favor by preparing your gear and using the best equipment you can for the job. Sharp hooks, strong line, the right rod and reel, are all essential to your success. You can't control what the bass is going to do but you can make sure your gear is ready for the fight. 

Best Colors For Night Fishing

Matt takes you fishing at night for some summer bass and debunks some common myths about lure colors when night fishing. Were you taught that you always need to throw black? Where you taught to throw a big worm or a spinnerbait with colorado blade? Forget what you were taught!

There is nothing wrong with those recommendations but there are so many other great options out there! Matt goes on to explain that his number one night fishing color for reaction baits is white, quickly followed by chartreuse. His best color choices for a slow moving bait are brown, then black, then green pumpkin. 

Baits used in this video...

Z Man Project Z Chatterbait (Green Pumpkin)
Dirty Jigs California Swim Jig (Crappie)
Roboworm EZ Shad Trailer (Shad)

Rod for both baits...

Shimano Crucial 7'3" Heavy Rod
Shimano Curado 200 7:1 Reel
65 lb Sufix 832 Braided Line
Leader: None Needed

Bass fishing can be really fun when you keep it simple! Whether you're out on a large reservoir in a bass boat or you're bank fishing a pond, these quick tips will help you catch more and bigger fish on your next night fishing trip! Try some new colors and send us pictures of your next big bass!

How to Catch the Fish of a Lifetime

I recently had the opportunity to do two seminars at the International Sportsman's Expo in Sacramento. From swimbaits to jigs, even going so far as fishing a chartreuse spinnerbait with willow leaf blades at night, I laid out my tricks for fooling big Winter and Spring bass.  There was a great turnout and a lot of positive feedback. There were also quite a few requests from anglers that live outside the area, that we record the seminar so they could listen and learn as well. The show was extremely loud and there is some background noise but Tim did everything he could to bring you the complete seminar.

From start to finish, here it is! Below you will find a breakdown of the various baits I discuss in the seminar with quick links to see them on Tackle Warehouse.

We hope you're able to glean some knowledge from the seminar and put it to work on your local fisheries. If you have any questions, we're here so feel free to ask.

The following baits were used in the tank:

Photo Courtesy of Sean Moffett