Reel Adjustment Tricks That Actually Make A Difference!

Wonder why you can't skip, flip, or make long casts? Learn how good fishermen are actually adjusting their reels. Matt explains the "traditional" method of reel adjustment but follows it up with real tips on how he tunes his reels so he can cast farther and fish cover more effectively. 

Why do the pros cast so effectively? Why can they skip and flip into tight spots but when you try you get backlash after backlash? Some of it is time on the water but some of it is reel adjustment. If you loosen everything up and learn to control the spool with your thumb you will become a much more effective fisherman. 

Gear Shown in this video...
Shimano Zodias MH Casting Rod:
Shimano Citica Reel:

Shimano 6'10" Medium Expride:
Shimano Chronarch MGL:

Matt's Favorite Braided Line:
Matt's Favorite Leader Material:

Catching a 10 LBER on a Lipless Crankbait With NO NET!

Tim lands a beautiful 10.88 lb bass on Clearlake with a Lipless Crankbait! Watch the epic battle and check out this beautiful fish when he finally gets her in the boat! 

The Lipless Crankbait is known as a great bait to catch numbers of bass but in the Spring its an amazing way to catch GIANT bass as well! Here on Clearlake the lipless crankbait catches a ton of big bass every year. By combining the right rod and reel with the right lipless crank Tim was able to subdue this fish of a lifetime despite an epic battle!

Gear Used...
The Lipless Crankbait (Aurora Black):
Replacement Split Rings (size 3):
Replacement Hooks (Size 4 and 6):

Rod- CBR 845:
Reel- Curado 70:
Line- 30 lb Sufix 832 Braid:
Leader- 15 lb Sunline Fluoro:

Best Scale:

Wondering how to fish the lipless crankbait? Check out this video...

Underwater Video of Bass Eating Crawfish!

UNDERWATER FOOTAGE of bass eating crawfish plus bonus video of world class Spotted Bass and Largemouth swimming in their natural habitat! Ever wondered if Bass really eat crawfish? 

Its amazing to watch how casually these big spotted bass inhale the crawfish. With no effort at all they are able to gulp them down. I'm not sure what we expected but they sure seem to eat without any concern. 

Crawfish are a primary forage food for bass but we rarely get an opportunity to actually watch them get eaten. There is so much information to be gleened by watching these bass interact with each other and their surroundings. Huge thanks to Paul Young for getting this great footage while freediving California's reservoirs!

Be sure to check out Paul's youtube channel here: and his instagram account here: for more awesome content!

Underwater Camera-
Lures to Imitate a Crawfish:



Shaky Head Fishing

Learn how to adapt the shaky head for Spring bass fishing including tips like shortening the worm and changing the way you work the bait to minimize short strikes once the transition to spawn begins.

We've talked about how to throw a shaky head for Summer and Winter Bass but the shaky head is also a deadly bait during the prespawn. Its not the most glamorous way to get a big bite but its incredibly effective. This method shines especially during the transition to the spawn. Once bass have bulked up for the spawn they become lazy as they wait for their eggs to mature. This is prime time to pick up the shakey head and load the boat with bass that aren't willing to chase a faster moving bait. 

Gear Used In This Video...

Standup Finesse Head:
Canterbury Shaky Head:
Roboworm 6" Fat Worm:

Shaky Head Rod #1:
Rod- 6'10" Medium Expride:
Reel- Chronarch MGL Shimano:
Line- 15 lb Sufix 832:
Leader- 10 lb Mono:

Shaky Head Rod #2:
Rod- 7'1" Medium NRX:
Reel- Aldebaran 50 Shimano:
Line- 15 lb Sufix 832:
Leader- 10 lb:

Summer Shaky Head Fishing: