Best Worms and Creature Baits For Bass Fishing - Buyer's Guide

Today we continue the Buyer's Guide Series with a look at our favorite soft plastics. We've chosen 12 of our favorite plastics including worms, tubes, creatures, and minnow baits. Some of them are old stand by's while others are wild cards you might never have heard of.

This bonus video is designed to help you wade through the hundreds of soft plastics on the market and focus on the proven producers and best new options without wasting time and money. Each of these baits has been producing for us and we're confident will do the same for you.

Below is a breakdown of the baits we have confidence in. Whether you're finesse fishing, flipping, or chasing a reaction bite, there are baits here that will work for you. We're including some of our favorite colors and size recommendations for each as well. In no particular order, here are the baits...

1) Yamamoto Senko 5" and 6": http://bit.ly/2axAmNS

-Some of our favorite senko colors include Green Pumpkin black flake, Green Pumpkin Watermelon laminate, Baby Bass, and June Bug.

2) Zoom Super Fluke: http://bit.ly/2aqys0H

- The Fluke can be used to mimic any baitfish so "match the hatch" the best you can. Some of our favorite colors are Tennessee Shad, Green Pumpkin, Albino, and Smokin Shad.

3) Strike King Fat Baby Finesse Worm: http://bit.ly/2aKei5y

-Favorite colors include Blue Fleck, Green Pumpkin, and Watermelon Red Flake.

4) Net Bait 6.5" T-Mac Worm: http://bit.ly/2jndwj9

Favorite Colors Include Green Pumpkin, Junebug, Kentucky Special, and Texas Craw.

5) Reaction Innovations Man Bear Pig: http://bit.ly/2s51oIV

Not to be confused with Al Gore's Man Bear Pig, the Reaction Innovations version is a true fish producer! We've seen incredible results with this bait and often throw it in place of the Brush Hog. Favorite colors include Hematoma, Okeechobee Craw, Tramp Stamp, and Watermelon Red.

6) Keitech Crazy Flapper 4.4": http://bit.ly/2c3cXrp

This bait is a sleeper and you should really check it out. It has a TON of action and shines on a light Texas rig. Favorite colors include Green Pumpkin, Double Trouble, Green Pumpkin Fire, and Sprayed Grass.

7) Roboworm Alive Shad 4": http://bit.ly/2kDNeYw

Give your fish a unique look with this full-bodied worm. Favorite colors include Aarons Magic, Hologram Shad, Margarita Mutilator, and Morning Dawn.

8) Dry Creek 3.5" Tournament Tube: http://bit.ly/2cJwI6r

Favorite colors include Butt Ugly, Green Pumpkin, Old Ugly, and Mocha Copper Pepper.

9) Z-Man Finesse TRD: http://bit.ly/2hs4RtR

If you haven't thrown a ned rig yet, you're missing the boat. This one is for you! Green Pumpkin, Green Pumpkin Goby, Yoga Pants, and Mud Bug are all proven producers.

10) Roboworm Ned Worm: http://bit.ly/2j9F0Xy

Favorite Colors include Aarons Magic, Desert Craw, MM3, and Peoples Worm.

11) Realis V-TailShad: http://bit.ly/2PUH83Q

Unique bait that works equally well on a dropshot or a Damiki Rig. Favorite colors include Bluegill, Ghost Pearl Silver, and Violet Wakasagi.

12) Roboworm Fat 6" Straight Tail Worm: http://bit.ly/2awYSxM

The Roboworm is a proven bait in the West that is winning tournaments all over the country. Favorite colors include Aaron's Magic, MMIII, People's Worm, and Red Crawler.

13) Jackall Archelon: http://bit.ly/2uo4sN5

This is our favorite flipping bait fished on a heavy Texas Rig. Favorite colors include Green Pumpkin Candy, Green Pumpkin Pepper, and School Bluegill.

Favorite Flippin Stick- Expride 7'11" Extra Heavy: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

Favorite Hooks, jigheads, and weights...

-Vike Tungsten Weights: http://bit.ly/2DUIxB4

-Strike King 3/16 Tube Heads: http://bit.ly/2xpDBDK

-Gamakatsu 4/0 Superline Worm Hook: http://bit.ly/2ac92XG

-Ned LockZ HD Heads: http://bit.ly/2kIgRYK

-Owner Shaky Ultrahead: http://bit.ly/2iofJdg

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TacticalBassin's Top 8 High End Combos - Buyer's Guide

The Buyer's Guide continues with an in-depth look at HIGH END equipment! If you've wondered about the best, this video is for you! We cover both casting and spinning in this whirlwind tour of some of the best bass fishing rods and reels on earth! This video is no accident, today is CYBER MONDAY and you can score the best deals of the entire year on this gear!

Whether you're a collector, an aficionado, or just want to dabble in the world of high-end tackle, we've narrowed it down and chosen a handful of combos that we feel stand out from the rest. We're talking about the smoothest, longest-lasting, and most sensitive rod and reel combos that money can buy.

Below is a break down of our favorite gear. We've separated it into casting and spinning rods, paired with our favorite reels for each. We'll also link to some inexpensive items to help keep your new gear looking its best. In no particular order, here is the best gear in bass fishing.

Casting Combos...

1)

Rod- St. Croix Legend X Casting Rods: http://bit.ly/2r3Wskp

Favorite Models Include 6'10" Medium, 7'1" Medium Heavy, 7'6" medium Heavy.

Reel- Chronarch MGL 150HG: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB

Excellent work horse reel, super smooth and durable.

2)

Rod- G Loomis NRX Casting Rods: http://bit.ly/2hedqsq

Favorite models include 852C JWR, 853C JWR, 894C JWR

Reel- Aldebaran MGL 50HG: http://bit.ly/2uQ4oH8

This is the smoothest, most compact reel we own. We can't say enough about how light this reel is. Check it out, its a "must have" if you want to try a high-end reel.

3)

Rod- G Loomis Conquest Casting Rods: http://bit.ly/2iL1PAY

Favorite Models Include 842C MBR, 844C MBR, 903C MBR

Reel- Shimano Metanium DC: http://bit.ly/2qrSZvs

This is a work horse reel that practically runs itself. Light baits, heavy baits, and everything in between. If you only want one reel, this is it.

4)

Rod- Megabass Orochi XX Casting Rods: http://bit.ly/2OSVNwH

Favorite Models include the Tour Versatile, Braillist, and Extreme Mission Type F.

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

The Metanium is Shimano's high-end work horse. Its the do-everything reel that will last for years and years. If you want one reel to do every job, look no further than the Metanium.

5)

Rod- Megabass Destroyer Casting Rod: http://bit.ly/2wVOSbY

Favorite Models Include the OneTen Special, Onager, and Daemos

Spinning Combos...

1)

Rod- St. Croix Legend Elite Spinning: http://bit.ly/2pjJWMA

Favorite Models Include 7' Medium Light, 7' Medium, 6'10" Medium Light

Reel- Daiwa Certate Spinning Reel 6:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2hjRZXg

Probably the most free feeling handle of any spinning rod we've used. Incredibly smooth and buttery.

2)

Rod- G Loomis NRX Spinning Rods: http://bit.ly/2dX9zjv

Favorite models include the 852S, 802S, 872S

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

Both Matt and Tim's favorite spinning reel. The word "unreal" was used over and over when describing this reel.

3)

Rod- G Loomis Conquest Spinning: http://bit.ly/2BiGUNi

Favorite Models Include 742S and 902S

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

Both Matt and Tim's favorite spinning reel. The word "unreal" was used over and over when describing this reel.

We use the following equipment in conjunction with our high end gear...

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

Monofilament Line- Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

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

Casting Reel Cover- Shimano Neoprene: http://bit.ly/2SflhFy

Spinning Reel Cover- Shimano Neoprene: http://bit.ly/2KC19uI

Rod Sleeves- Casting Rods: http://bit.ly/2TJSF8X

Rod Sleeves- Spinning Rods: http://bit.ly/2AoTECD

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Buyer's Guide: Best Rod/Reel Combos Under $200

Looking for the best gear this Holiday season? We've got 5 rods and 5 reels that you need to take a look at. They're light, sensitive, and best of all they won't break the bank! Whether you're a new fisherman or just looking for a deal, we've got you covered!

In the past we've struggled to locate any rods below the $100 mark that we felt were worth a mention. That mark seems to be the cut off for purchasing quality equipment but we searched high and low and found 2 options that are worth trying. Additionally

Below is a break down of the 5 lines of rods and 5 models of reels we recommend trying. For your convenience we've including some of our favorite models from each line of rods. The Black Friday sale begins today at 8 AM Pacific time so be sure to check them out! If you were hoping for high end tackle for Black Friday keep in mind the sale will run Friday through Tuesday so be patient, high end content is coming!

The Rods...

-Dobyns Colt: http://bit.ly/2lU0LfV

Favorite models include 7' MH, 7' MH Cranking, 7'3" Heavy

-13 Fishing Defy Black: http://bit.ly/2Ak3F3M

Favorite Models Include 7'1" Medium, 7'1' Medium Heavy, 7'6" Medium Heavy

-Dobyns Fury Casting Rods: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV

Favorite Models Include 7' Med/Heavy, 7' Heavy, 7'3" Mag Heavy, 7'6" med Heavy.

-Shimano SLX Casting Rods: http://bit.ly/2L3wppO

Favorite Models Include 6'10 Medium, 7'2" Medium, 7'2" Medium Heavy, 7'2" Heavy, 7'5" Heavy

-Shimano SLX Spinning Rods: http://bit.ly/2AdvIC1

Favorite Models Include 6'9" Medium, 7' Medium Light, 7' Medium

-St. Croix Bass X Casting Rods: http://bit.ly/2r0xWAs

Favorite Models Include 7'1" medium, 7'2" Medium Heavy, 7'4" Heavy

-Dobyns Fury Spinning Rods: http://bit.ly/2e7HZPF

Favorite Models Include 7' Medium Light, 7' Medium

The Reels...

Daiwa CR 80 Casting Reel: http://bit.ly/2Cgk5Nh

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

Shimano SLX Casting Reel: http://bit.ly/2NfdOnk

Shimano NASCI Spinning Reel: http://bit.ly/2g278cC

Daiwa Fuego LT Spinning Reel: http://bit.ly/2yDmdtQ

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Soft Swimbait Buyer's Guide: Styles, Colors, and Rigging Tips

Giant swimbaits work everywhere! If you haven't tried them yet, the time has come. They can be pricey and they're not all created equal. How do you know which baits to invest your time and money into? Today we're teaching everything you need to know about soft swimbaits.

We're covering wedge tails, boot tails, paddle tails, as well as rigging and color selection. If you've ever wanted to try big swimbaits this is for you. Don't waste a fortune trying dozens of baits, wondering if you're doing it right. Stick with these proven options and you'll start catching in no time.

The actual act of swimbait fishing is very simple. It is almost always a cast and slow, steady retrieve. Season to season the speed may change (some times you're reeling like a spinnerbait, other times its as slow as you can stand to turn the handle) but the cadence never does. There is no need to add action, stop and go, pop the rod, etc... just a slow and steady retrieve.

Below is a complete list of the soft baits and equipment we have confidence in including color recommendations for each.

The Baits...

-Huddleston 8" Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2azFTon

(We Recommend ROF 12 in Hitch or Holdover Trout)

-Huddleston 68 Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2dj5apG

(We recommend both ROF 5 and 12 in Black Gizzard Shad and Rainbow Trout)

-6" and 7" Osprey Tournament Talon: http://bit.ly/2bqsLS0

(Chartreuse Shad, Reverse Hitch, T.S. Bluegill)

-Scottsboro Tackle Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2NpyLjU

(6" and 7" in Mullins Madness, Natural Light, and Ol Smokey. Recommended Rigging: 8/0 Owner Beast Hook listed below)

-Keitech 6.8 and 7.8 Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

(Recommend Tennessee Shad, Electric Shad, Ghost Rainbow. Recommended Rigging: Matt Allen Swimbait 3/4 oz or 10/0 Owner Beast Hook, both listed below)

-6" Trash Fish: http://bit.ly/2xRdCFP

(LC Blue, Tucked Out Chartreuse Shad, Tucked Out Ghost LC Hitch. Recommended Rigging: 6/0 Beast Hook listed below.)

-8" Trash Fish: http://bit.ly/2hmXtg1

(Ghosted Chartreuse Shad, LC Hitch, Just Shad. Recommended Rigging 6/0 Blade Runner Head or 8/0 Owner Beast hook, both listed below.)

Megabass Dark Sleeper: http://bit.ly/2TyR1GT

(1/2 or 3/4 oz in Donko, Haze, Wakasagi)

Big Swimbait Combo...

Rod- Dobyns Champion 807 Mag Heavy: http://bit.ly/2aivwYX

Reel- Shimano Calcutta 400B: http://bit.ly/2b6NX0d

Line- 80 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 30 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Beast Hook Rigged baits...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 966: http://bit.ly/2x9kxuS

Reel- Shimano Tranx 300 AHG: http://bit.ly/2kYsvRw

Line- 80 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 30 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Budget Swimbait Combo...

Rod- Dobyns 795 Fury: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV

Reel- Cardiff 300: http://bit.ly/2cvhtMO

Line- 65 lb Power Pro: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b

Leader- 25 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

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