Summer Bass Fishing - 10 Bait Challenge!! Popper, Spinnerbait, Crankbait, Swimbait...

Matt tied on 10 different baits from swimbaits to crankbaits to a Ned Rig and he's going to see how many bass he can catch (and a few bonus species too!) We're in South Dakota on Lake Oahe for the first time ever. The plan was to do a "lake breakdown" but we quickly realized the bite was excellent and our time would be better spent having fun doing a challenge! We've only got a few hours before we need to get on the road to Wyoming but Matt is confident he can catch bass on all 10 baits, let's find out if he can do it before the Pike and Walleye chew them to pieces!

The 10 baits Matt chose represent virtually every style of fishing you can do while bass fishing. From ultra finesse, to serious power, to topwater, its going to take a lot of adaption to get it done. He always prefers to start by power fishing and today is no different... He begins with Megabass's Dark Sleeper, a fun little swimbait that is easy to use. After the Sleeper produces Matt moves on to a Keitech, a squarebill, and right on down the list he moves.

It really doesn't get difficult until he arrives at the finesse baits. While that might seem counter intuitive, not knowing the lake makes it difficult to slow down and fish individual pieces of cover. It takes longer than expected but one by one the finesse fish fall, leaving only a topwater popper. Its midday, hot, and bluebird sky but the smallmouth of South Dakota did not dissapoint, ultimately giving Matt the 10th bass he was looking for.

We hope you enjoy the video! Below is a breakdown of the 10 baits (and applicable heads) that Matt used to complete his challenge.

1) Megabass Dark Sleeper (Shirauo color):

2) Keitech Fat Swing Impact 2.8 (Pro Blue Red Pearl):

Dirty Jigs Guppy Head 1/8 oz, 1/0 Hook:

3) River2Sea Biggie Squarebill (Rooster- Smalls Bumpin'):

4) Lucky Craft LV-500 (Phantom Chartreuse Shad):

Hook Upgrade- Gamakatsu EWG Size 4:

5) Keitech 4" Easy Shiner (Silver Flash Minnow):

Megabass Okashira Screwhead 1/8 oz:

6) Lucky Craft Flash Pointer 100 (American Shad):

7) Rapala Husky Jerk Jerkbait (Clown Color):

8) War Eagle Double Willow Spinnerbait 1/2 oz (Mouse color):

9) Dry Creek 3.5” Tournament Tube (Green Pumpkin):

Bite Me Flat Eye Tube Jig (1/8 oz):

10) Missile Baits Ned Bomb (Green Pumpkin Flash):

Z Man Ned Lockz HD Head:

11) Yellow Magic Popper 1/2 oz (Alewife):

Favorite All-Around Combo...

Rod- G Loomis GLX 843 MBR:

Reel- Chronarch MGL HG:

Line- 40 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro Braid:

Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Favorite Finesse Combo...

Rod- Expride 6'10" ML:

Reel- Stradic CI4+ 1000:

Line- 10 lb Power Pro Braid:

Leader- 7 lb Sunline Sniper Fluorocarbon:

Budget-Friendly All Around Combo...

Rod- Shimano SLX 7' Medium Spinning:

Reel- Nasci 2500:

Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin:

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Stream Fishing Big Smallmouth In Clear Water!

The guys found a small creek loaded with smallmouth bass! The water is crystal clear and the fish are in all 3 stages of the spawn. There are fish just coming in from Lake Michigan, other bass on beds, and a lot of big bass cruising the edges and shadows in search of a big meal. Realizing the opportunity, the guys quickly began catching fish on everything from a dropshot to a swimbait. Come along for an exciting day of fishing and teaching as we explain how to fish for bass in current.

Its early Summer in Michigan and the fish are aggressive! We began by catching fish sitting along the edges of cover but as we moved farther up river we discovered spawners in the shallows. Toward the end of the day we realized post spawn fish would ambush reaction baits as well, catching them on swimbaits, jerkbaits, and topwater.

Fishing in current is all about understanding bass behavior. These fish face up stream and feed by sight. They're watching the moving water for any sign of food drifting by. When a meal appears they have one shot to capture it as it passes so strikes tend to be vicious! While neither angler had ever been on this fishery, Cobi guides in both Michigan and Wisconsin on a lot of amazing smallmouth waters. If you're interested in seeing more of his work, visit his instagram here:

Below is a breakdown of the baits we caught fish on throughout the day. We caught them on an incredible variety of techniques so we will separate them into softbaits and hardbaits, including the colors used to successfully fool these smallmouth.


1) Finesse Jig (Kentucky Craw):

-Smallie Beaver (Green Pumpkin):

2) Strike King Half Shell (KVD Magic on Dropshot):

-Owner Mosquito Light Hook Size 2:

3) Roboworm 4" Fat Worm (Oxblood Light on Dropshot):

4) Megabass Spark Shad 3" (Real):

- Megabass Okashira Screw Head:

5) Dark Sleeper Swimbait (Haze):

6) Zoom Super Fluke (Smokin Shad):

-Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap 1/0:


1) Splash It Popper (Chartreuse Pearl Shad):

2) River2Sea S-Waver 168 (Light Trout):

3) Megabass Vision 110 Jerkbait (PM Twilight Chart Back):

Matt's most versatile Combo this trip...

Rod- Shimano Expride 6'10" Medium:

Reel- Aldebaran MGL 50:

Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin:

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The Largest Freshwater Lake In The World: How To Find Fish (And Catch Them)

We're on Lake Superior, home to more than 20 million surface acres of water! We're here to catch fish without any outside help. How do we find bass in such a vast environment? Where do we start looking? Come along for an amazing journey as we explore the largest freshwater lake in the world in search of Smallmouth bass.

The key to breaking down such a massive lake is to forget how big it really is. Start with a map of the entire lake, pretend the lake is only 500 acres, and pick your key spots. No matter how big a pond, lake, or ocean is, they all have the same key "spots". Once you've selected points or coves that look good, its time to zoom in. Its at this point that you begin to see how giant the lake really is. Take each key spot you identified and break it down into smaller and smaller key spots. Now its time to begin fishing! Remember that in a lake this big not every spot will be a home run, stick to your pattern until you find the fish you're searching for.

In today's video the guys fished for 3 days. They found fish each day and were able to dial in the pattern a little better at each stop. While they never found the "motherlode" of big bass spots, they found some awesome fishing and had a great time on a fishery neither angler will ever forget.

Interested in finding out more about Cobi? Visit his Instagram page here:

Below is a breakdown of the baits and equipment we used on this once in a lifetime mission to explore the smallmouth of Lake Superior.

The baits in order of appearance...

-Keitech Fat Swing Impact 4.3:

-Matt Allen Swimbait Head 3/8 oz:

-Megabass Okashira Screw Head 1/16 oz:

-Megabass Spark Shad:

-Megabass Vibration X Ultra:

-River2Sea Bling Spinnerbait:

-Keitech Fat Swing Impact 2.8 (Electric Shad):

-Dirty Jigs Guppy Head 1/8 oz:

-6th Sense Crush 50 Squarebill (Wild Shad):

-Megabass Vision 110 (GP Pro Blue):

Matt's Favorite Combo from the trip...

Rod- G Loomis Conquest 902S SJR:

Reel- Shimano Stradic Ci4+ 2500:

Line- Sunline Sniper Fluorocarbon 5 lb:

Cobi's Favorite Combo from the trip...

Rod- Megabass Orochi XX WhipSnake:

Reel- Daiwa Tatula 4000:

Line- Power Pro Braid 10 lb:

Leader- Sunline Sniper Fluorocarbon 7 lb:

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GIANT Bass In A Lake Full Of Predators!

We're on a SMALL Lake full of BIG predators! The plan is to target bass but we've got to avoid the musky and pike to make it happen. How do you find bass in a lake like this? We're about to find out! The plan is to target bass that are moving into the shallows as the water warms up. Come along for a fun day full of GIANT Smallmouth!

We began the day by looking shallow. In clear water fisheries your best bet is often to simply look, don't even make a cast. If the water is murky, use a fast moving search bait as your eyes to determine if the fish have moved in. Once we established the fish had moved up, the hunt for the big ones began! The first bite of the day came from a musky, the second from a 5 lb smallmouth!

We spent the day targeting bass in and around cover. Even the big bass are wary to mix with the big pike and musky for fear of becoming a snack. Despite the presence of heavy cover, we focused on 5-6 lb fluorocarbon line to fool the clear water bass into biting. We used a variety of baits to target these fish, catching them on nearly everything we threw. Below is a breakdown of the baits and gear we used to make this day a success!

The baits...

-Roboworm FX Sculpin (Oxblood Light Red Flake):

-Megabass Okashira Screwhead (Real Minnow):

-Keitech Fat 3.3 (Pro Blue Red Pearl):

-Dry Creek Tube (Green Pumpkin):

-Zoom Super Fluke (Houdini):

-Strike King Half Shell (KVD Magic):

Worm Rod...

Rod- Conquest 902S SJR:

Reel- Shimano Stradic Ci4+ 2500:

Line- Sunline Sniper 5 lb:

(This rod was selected for its incredible sensitivity and parabolic action. It was the perfect match for 5 lb fluorocarbon against BIG fish. Its a rare combination of sensitivity and flex.)

Keitech/Screwhead Rod...

Rod- Shimano Expride 6'10" Medium Light:

Reel- Shimano Stella FJ 2500:

Line- 10 lb Power Pro Braid:

Leader- 6 lb Sunline Sniper:

Budget-Friendly Finesse Combo...

Rod- SLX Spinning 7' Medium Light:

Reel- Nasci 1000 FB:

Line- 6 lb Sunline Sniper:

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