Giant Midwest Bass Eat Swimbaits Too!

Tim traveled 2500 miles to throw swimbaits and topwater for BIG bass in the Midwest and it worked! The big Michigan Smallmouth fell victim to the the swimbait just like their cousins out West. Time after time we're reminded that a bass is a bass, no matter where they swim.

We get asked over and over again if our techniques will work in a particular state or on a particular lake. Anglers constantly overlook the simple truth that all bass are inherently the same. They live in different environments but their feeding activity, movements, behavior, etc... are all identical.

Swimbaits work from coast to coast. Topwater, finesse, reaction, etc... will catch bass EVERYWHERE when the conditions are right. In today's video Tim gives a detailed step-by-step look at a day on the water in Northern Michigan as he breaks down the lake, locates the giant bass, and uses a handful of key baits to consistently put them in the boat.

Below is a breakdown of the gear he used to accomplish this feat:

Baits...

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

Reaction Innovations Vixen (Bone): http://bit.ly/2rp11nr

Matt Allen Swimbait Head: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN

Keitech 4.3 Fat Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Strike King Dream Shot: http://bit.ly/2aAoUoR

Vixen Modifications...

Split Ring- Owner Hyperwire #3: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

Front Hooks- Owner ST-36 Size 4: http://bit.ly/2cWpeyw

Rear Treble- Owner Feather Treble Size 4: http://bit.ly/2dJH8V6

Sunglasses For Clear Water/Cloudy Skies (Copper Lenses): http://bit.ly/2glE3eN

Trolling Motor- Minn Kota Ulterra: http://bit.ly/2PoYlTd

S Waver Combo...

Rod- G Loomis GLX 894C JWR: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT

Reel- Metanium MGL: http://bit.ly/2ezIBfB

Line- Sunline XPlasma 50 lb: http://bit.ly/2OR5i2j

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

Vixen Combo...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR: http://bit.ly/2og0BmK

Reel- Chronarch MGL: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB

Line- Sufix 832 50 lb: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 15 lb: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

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Fall Bass Fishing: How To Catch Bass On Spoons

Spoon fishing is easy! Its one of the oldest fishing techniques but most anglers don't have any idea how to fish spoons for bass. The trick to getting bit on a spoon is in the details. From line material to colors, to drop speed, the subtle changes are the difference between catching and wasting time.

As the cool nights set in, the jigging spoon bite is the best it will be all year. Don't be afraid to head out to deeper water in search of schooling fish. If you can find bass around baitfish you've got the recipe for quick success.

We use a variety of spoons to catch the bass. Matching the size of the baitfish can be very important so don't be afraid to change sizes, even switching to a tail spinner or underpin when the bite slows. But if you need a place to start, the 1 3/4 oz Blade Runner is the most consistent producer amongst our spoons.

Below is a breakdown of our gear:

Spoons...

BladeRunner 1 3/4 oz Duh Spoon: http://bit.ly/2aKVLlG

BladeRunner 1 1/4 oz Duh Spoon: http://bit.ly/2zXfwGa

Nichols Lake Fork Flutter Spoon: http://bit.ly/2ICAGKL

Tail Spinners...

Damiki Axe Blade: http://bit.ly/2w2uB9t

Duo Realis Spin: http://bit.ly/2QKeL9X

Matt's Spoon Setup...

Rod- G Loomis GLX 853C JWR: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT

Reel- Chronarch MGL: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB

Line- 20 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Tim's Tail Spinner Setup...

Rod- 13 Fishing Muse 7' Medium: http://bit.ly/2xVM80V

Reel- 13 Origin TX: http://bit.ly/2NUHiej

Line- 15 lb Sunline Sniper: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

Budget Friendly Spoon Combo...

Rod- Shimano SLX 7'2" Medium Heavy: http://bit.ly/2L3wppO

Reel- Shimano SLX 150 HG: http://bit.ly/2NfdOnk

Line- 20 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

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Ned Rig Fishing For Big Bass

Finesse fishing doesn't always equal big bass but the Ned Rig is special. When the bite gets tough and you're faced with changing conditions it is a great way to upsize your catch! On this day we started with swimbaits and crankbaits but ended up getting all the big ones on light tackle. 

The ned rig is a great option when conditions aren't ideal. We were using two different versions of the bait to catch our fish. Tim was using the Roboworm offering while Matt was using the traditional Z-Man TRD. 

The tackle...

Tim's Worm- Roboworm Ned Worm (Desert Craw): http://bit.ly/2j9F0Xy
Matt's Worm- Z MAN Finesse TRD (Green Pumpkin): http://bit.ly/2hs4RtR

Tim's Head- Owner Block Head: http://bit.ly/2qL0A8n
Matt's Head- Z Man Ned HD: http://bit.ly/2kIgRYK

Swimbait Head- Matt Allen: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN
Swimbait- Keitech 4.8: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Tim's Combo...
Rod- G Loomis NRX 6'10" Mag Med: http://bit.ly/2dX9zjv
Reel- Daiwa Certate: http://bit.ly/2hjRZXg
Line- Sunline SX1 Braided Line 12 lb: http://bit.ly/2tn8EzQ
Leader- Sunline Sniper 8 lb Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

Matt's Setup...
Rod- Shimano Expride 6'8" Medium: http://bit.ly/2osaj3q
Reel- Shimano Stradic CI4+ 1000 series: http://bit.ly/2gu84t7
Line- 10 lb PowerPro Braid: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b
Leader- 6 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
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Ned Rig Challenge!

10 minutes start now! How many can we catch? We've got rising water, heavy flows, and murky conditions. The smallmouth and schooling near running water and there are a TON of them!

We located this school earlier in the day but with the water rising 3 inches an hour there was no telling how many could be pouring into the area. Since we'd already found them and covering water wasn't an issue we settled on the Ned Rig. 

Both equipped with a Ned Rig on light line we began making repetitious casts to the same area to create a feeding frenzy. Once they started biting it got serious! They were biting on every cast, sometimes two at a time. 

While these aren't the biggest fish in the world it shows how aggressively bass can school and feed together. Below is a breakdown of the gear we were using. 

Tim's Setup...
Bait- Roboworm Ned Worm (Desert Craw): http://bit.ly/2j9F0Xy
Hook- Owner Block Head 1/16 ounce: http://bit.ly/2qL0A8n
Rod- G Loomis NRX 6'10" Mag Med: http://bit.ly/2dX9zjv
Reel- Daiwa Certate: http://bit.ly/2hjRZXg
Line- Sunline SX1 Braided Line 12 lb: http://bit.ly/2tn8EzQ
Leader- Sunline Sniper 8 lb Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

Matt's Setup...
Bait- Z Man Finesse TRD (Green Pumpkin): http://bit.ly/2hs4RtR
Hook- Guppy Head 1/8 oz: http://bit.ly/2nyUJRS
Rod- Shimano Expride 6'8" Medium: http://bit.ly/2osaj3q
Reel- Shimano Stradic CI4+ 1000 series: http://bit.ly/2gu84t7
Line- 10 lb PowerPro Braid: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b
Leader- 6 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
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