Bass Fishing: Swimbait Vs. Underspin Challenge

Today we go head to head with a weedless swimbait and an underspin! Matt is throwing a Beast Hook paired with a variety of paddle tail swimbaits while Tim is using a Flashy Swimmer weedless underspin. Which one will catch the most? Which one will catch the biggest bass? Come along for the fun and a BIG catch!

Both hook styles can be incredibly effective. The Beast Hook has a deep gap, resulting in an amazing hook up ratio. The gap also allows the hook to pair with a variety of baits. The Flashy Swimmer has a narrower gap but is offered in heavier weights and includes a fish attracting blade. The flashy swimmer has incredible drawing power for its size and is a great option around baitfish.

Today the fish were clearly favoring the Beast hook. The natural presentation proved irresistible to fish of all sizes. Below is a break down of the hooks, baits, and tackle we were using.

The hooks...

Beast Hook 4/0 with 1/8 oz:

Flashy Swimmer 5/0 with 1/4 oz:

The baits...

Keitech 4.8 Fat Swing Impact:

Reaction Innovations Skinny Dipper:

Strike King 4.75 Rage Swimmer:

Little Creeper Trash Fish:

Tim's Combo...

Rod- G Loomis GLX 894 JWR:

Reel- Curado DC HG:

Line- 40 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro:

Leader- 18 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Matt's Combo...

Rod- Shimano Expride 7'2" Heavy:

Reel- Metanium DC HG:

Line- 50 lb MaxCuatro Braid:

Leader- 18 lb Maxima Ultragreen:


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Giant Bass With No Graphs - Bass Fishing In A New Country!

Today we're exploring a brand new lake! We caught a flight down to Lake Baccarac in Sinaloa, Mexico. The lake is famous for big bass but virtually everyone fishes with a guide. We got the chance to break the lake down ourselves without any outside help... the only catch is the electronics on the boat didn't work! Come along as we explore Mexico and catch a bunch of big bass!

The key to any new fishery is to cover water, targeting aggressive fish. If you can find an aggressive bite the learning curve becomes much shorter. Questions about what stage the fish are in, what they're eating, and what sort of structure they're using are answered quickly if you're getting consistent bites. We used a combination of baits with a large presence (swimbaits and topwater) and fast moving baits (squarebills and A-rigs) to catch fish right away.

Below is a break down of the baits we used in the video, shown in order of appearance. Lake Baccarac is an amazing lake and we are very grateful to Pro Bass Adventures - Lake Baccarac for lending us a bass boat to go explore the lake on our own.

The Baits...

Gan Craft Jointed Claw 178 (Silver Shad):

Megabass Pop Max (HT Ito Wakasagi):

Yumbrella Flash Mob Junior A-rig:

Reaction Innovations Skinny Dipper (Guntersville Shad):

Lucky Craft BDS-6 Squarebill Crankbait (Golden Shiner):

Upgraded Hooks and Split Rings...

Hook- Owner ST-56 Trebles (3X):

Sizes: 4 (Popper) 2 (Crankbait) 1 (Gan Craft)

Split Ring- Hyperwire Size 3 or 4:

The Lodge...

Pro Bass Adventures Mexico:

All-Around Combo...

Rod- G Loomis GLX 894C JWR:

Reel- Metanium DC HG:

Line- 65 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro:

Leader- 20 lb Maxima Ultragreen:


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Matt's New Boat Tour- Full Restoration Update

Matt's new bass boat is almost done! Every last wire was removed from the boat and an entire new wiring harness was installed. When they said this was going to be a ground-up restoration they meant it! New electronics, trolling motor, jack plate, talons, and more!

The boat itself is an '08 Champion 210 Elite. The 210 is arguably the best rough water bass boat ever built. In order to make this boat travel worthy for years to come, the guys have stripped it to the ground and are rebuilding the boat one piece at a time. They work is almost complete so it was time for an update.

The components that have (or will) be installed, are broken down below.

At The Bow...

Trolling Motor- Ultrex 112 Link:

Electronics- Humminbird Solix 15:

Electronics Mount- T-H Marine Wave Tamer:

Hydrowave Feeding Stimulator:

Humminbird 360 Imaging:

At The Console...

Hot Foot Throttle:

Main Unit- Humminbird Solix 15:

Side Unit- Humminbird Solix 12:

Main Mount- Bass Boat Technologies: Direct From Manufacturer

Side Mount- BalzOut Mount w/ 6" arm:

At The Stern...

Anchors- Talon 15' Shallow Water Anchors:

Jack Plate- Bob's Machine Hydraulic:

Battery Charger- Minn Kota Precision:


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How To Catch Bass In Crystal Clear Water

Clear water scares a lot of fishermen but it doesn't have to! When its crystal clear there are some changes you need to make to your equipment and your lures but once you've done that, it can be some of the most enjoyable fishing you'll ever do. Don't be intimidated, learn how to adapt, and the next time you find yourself staring at the bass as they swim along you'll know what to do.

The key to clear water is finesse. There are exceptions to the rule (mainly big baits) but as a whole you want to drop down to lighter lines and clearer lures. Solid colors and thick lines are the kiss of death in crystal clear water. However "finesse" and "clear" are both relative terms so on one fishery you might need to use 4 lb test, the next you can get away with 8 lb. Don't assume you have to go to extremes right off the bat.

Below is a breakdown of all the methods Tim discussed. We'll include links to all of his favorite baits for clear water and even recommend a couple colors for each.

Tim's Favorite Budget Friendly Finesse Combo...

Rod- Zodias 7' Medium Light:

Reel- Stradic CI4+ 2500:

Line- 10 lb Power Pro Braid:

Leader- 6 lb Sunline Sniper:

The Finesse Baits...

-Straight Tail Worm- Roboworm 4" Fat:

(Hologram Shad, Pro Staff Peoples Worm)

-Shaped Worm- Strike King Half Shell:

(KVD Magic, Smoke Gold Purple Flake)

-Finesse Tube- Dry Creek 3.5" Tube:

(Old Ugly, Watermelon Pepper)

-Tube Head- 3/16 oz Bite Me Flat Eye:

-Senko- 5" Yamamoto Senko:

(Natural Shad, Baby Bass)

-Wacky Hook- Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap Size 1/0:

The Reaction Baits...

-Jerkbait- Staysee 90:

(Ghost Minnow, American Shad)

-Glide Bait- S Waver 168:

(Light Trout, Party Crasher)

-Swimbait- 6" Osprey:

(TW Shad Shad, Shad 087)

-Topwater- River2Sea Rover 128:

(Abalone Shad, Ghost Minnow)


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