How To Catch Bigger Spring Bass (The Easy Way)

Big bass are just as easy to catch as little bass when you know where to look! Matt explains exactly how these fish move, why they're transitioning, and how to take advantage of their feeding habits along the way. This is the culmination of our videos on early Spring bass fishing, you don't want to miss it!

We've already discussed early spring bass movements along secondary points and structures. We've also looked in depth at a variety of lures and presentations that are effective in Spring. Today we're focusing in on how and when to specifically target schools of bass. Using the tools you've learned you can trigger schools of bass into a feeding frenzy then cycle through a handful of baits (examples are below) to keep them feeding as you work through the numbers in search of that fish of a lifetime.

Below is a breakdown of our confidence baits for this style of fishing. Keep in mind that whether the bass school shallow or deep varies fishery to fishery, so we'll offer our favorite picks for both scenarios. We'll also include the exact equipment that was catching the bass in today's video.

Shallow Water/Heavy Cover Baits...

Jerkbait…

-Jackall Rerange 110: http://bit.ly/2ge0qED

(Ghost Wakasagi, Silver Shad)

UnderSpin…

-Hook- Flashy Swimmer 5/0: http://bit.ly/2e8O4Y7

-Swimbait- Keitech Fat 4.8: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

(Pro Blue Red Pearl, Shad)

Swimbait…

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

Lipless Crankbait…

-Cordell Super Spot: http://bit.ly/2y3K210

(Foxy Momma, Foxy Shad, Royal Red)

Alabama Rig…

-Rig- Yum Flash Mob Jr: http://bit.ly/2bgDGNu

-Heads- Matt Allen Swimbait Head 1/8 oz (In stock next week): http://bit.ly/29RrTYN

-Dummy Baits- Little Dipper: http://bit.ly/2brnU5I

-Main Swimbaits-Skinny Dipper (More rocking and wobble): http://bit.ly/2bf1uEn

-Keitech 4.8" Fat (Larger tail thumb): http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

(Today's Color: Silver Flash Minnow)

Deep Water/Open Water Baits...

Jerkbait…

-Lucky Craft Staysee 90: http://bit.ly/2dBzMmz

(Crystal Pro Blue, Nishiki)

UnderSpin…

-Hook- BladeRunner 1/2 oz (Anchovy): http://bit.ly/2oocg0a

-Swimbait- Keitech 4.8" Fat (Electric Shad): http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Swimbait…

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

(Reverse Hitch is Tim's Favorite Color)

Lipless Crankbait…

- Lucky Craft LV-500: http://bit.ly/2aAUUbd

(Ghost Minnow, BP Golden Shiner, Clear Water Shad)

Alabama Rig…

-Rig- Hog Farmer: http://bit.ly/2nuruR5

-Heads- Matt Allen Swimbait Head 1/4 oz (In Stock Next Week): http://bit.ly/29RrTYN

-Dummy Baits- Little Dipper: http://bit.ly/2brnU5I

-Main Swimbaits- Keitech 4.8" Fat: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

(Pro Blue Red Pearl, Electric Shad, Gizzard Shad)

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Which Bluegill Swimbaits Catch More Bass? Amazing Underwater Fishing Footage!!

Which Bluegill Swimbaits Catch More Bass? Let's go underwater and find out! There are a ton of bluegill imitators on the market but some have terrible hookup ratios. Today we explore which baits get the most bites, which hook up the best, and when to throw them. Whether you're sight fishing for spawning bass or blind casting for aggressive post spawn bass that are eating bluegill, these baits will help you catch more fish.

Its no secret that bass love to eat bluegill. They're a consistent food source from coast to coast but imitating them can be very difficult. The key is to focus on baits that have smaller profiles and either have an exposed hook or are so soft that a hidden (weedless) hook can easily pop through. Over the years we've narrowed our selection from dozens of bluegill swimbaits to just a handful of bluegill imitators with great hookup ratios.

Below is a breakdown of the baits we use when bass are chasing bluegill. All of these baits can be used for bed fishing or open water casting alike. Don't get caught up with colors, instead focus on profile and action as you select the best baits for your lake.

Bluegill Swimbaits...

-Mattlures U2 Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2s1dqyf

-Mattlures Ultimate Bluegill: http://bit.ly/2aAuAz5

-Mattlures Hammer Tail: http://bit.ly/2FsZhA3

-All American Sunfish: http://bit.ly/2ahBNOT

-Huddleston Bluegill: http://bit.ly/2FqvvQW

-Rago Bluegill Line Through: http://bit.ly/2JR2iS7

-Storm Wildeye Sunfish: http://bit.ly/2psTO6t

-Storm Wildeye Bluegill: http://bit.ly/2uBZ1Mf

Bluegill Imitators...

-Dirty Jigs Finesse Jig: http://bit.ly/2eJinXo

-Dirty Jigs California Swim Jig: http://bit.ly/2auXfmx

-Keitech 3.8 or 4.3 Fat Swing Impact: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

(Male Perch or Green Pumpkin Fire)

-Basstrix Bait Fry: http://bit.ly/2prMB8n

-Basstrix Bluegill: http://bit.ly/2dPHA4e

Hooks...

-Stinger Treble Hooks- Owner ST-56 Size 2: http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW

-Trokar 5/0 Swimbait Hook (for All American Sunfish): http://bit.ly/2iTeTSh

-Split Ring- Hyperwire Size 4: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

Big Swimbait Combo...

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

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

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

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

Budget Small/Medium Swimbait Rod (jig rod)...

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

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

Line- 50 lb Power Pro Braid: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b

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

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10 lb Bass Caught From The Kayak!

Matt returns to where he caught his 17 pound bass for the first time in a decade and catches a 10 lber!!! Come along for a day of Spring Bass fishing on the Kayak as the guys explore a new (old) lake and piece together the bite.

3 completely different patterns emerge during the course of the day. They guys catch fish throwing a big swimbait, a jerkbait, and a creature. We've said many times before that the key to successful Spring bass fishing is being willing to adapt. Being willing to leave biting fish in search of bigger bites is also important.

Matt said "It was truly incredible to return to a lake after such a long break and find the bass in similar locations, willing to bite similar lures. It was as if the years had never passed." While history fishing (fishing a spot or a lure based on unrelated past experiences) is often looked down upon there are times when it can be incredibly effective! History fishing is a great starting point as long as you don't stay locked in to those previous patterns when they're not producing.

Below is a breakdown of the baits and gear the guys were using during the day on the water.

Matt's Key Baits...

-Sweet Beaver (Magic Craw Swirl): http://bit.ly/29W3RZW

-Man Bear Pig (Flora/Bama): http://bit.ly/2s51oIV

-Dirty Jigs Canterbury Shakey Head 3/16 oz: http://bit.ly/2aFOs0V

-Megabass Vision 110 Jr. Jerkbait (Ito Clear Laker): http://bit.ly/2OeAFBf

-Huddleston 8" ROF 5 Jig Hooks Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2UVHiuQ

Swimbait Combo...

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

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

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

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

All-Around Combo...

Rod- Levante 2019 Perfect Pitch: http://bit.ly/2FdE3YY

Reel- Curado 200K HG: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh

Line- 50 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

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

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Insane Underwater Fishing Footage!! Dark Sleeper, Finesse Jig, and Ned Craws!

Its hard to argue with Tim's Top 5 when you see these bass absolutely destroying them! Finesse fishing is often overlooked but it can be deadly during the prespawn and spawn for wary bass. Pay close attention as Tim explains his top 5 baits for spawning bass because he's giving you key details to go along with each bait choice.

Many anglers lock into a single bait during the spawn. They throw the same bait to every bed regardless of the fish's natural reaction. This is a huge mistake! Its critical to have a handful of options ready to go and adjust quickly from one to the next until you find the bait each bass is most interested in.

Below is a breakdown of the top baits and equipment Tim discussed and used in the video. We included color recommendations as well to imitate natural baitfish as well as bluegill color schemes.

1) Dark Sleeper Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2TyR1GT

(1/4 oz Wakasagi, Shirauo, or Haze)

2) TRD Ned Craw: http://bit.ly/2U9vx6P

(Delta Green Pumpkin, Blood Worm, Mud Bug)

Pair with the following head...

-Z Man NED LockZ HD 1/6 oz: http://bit.ly/2kIgRYK

3) Keitech Tungsten Football Jig (3/8 oz): http://bit.ly/2FDQ3o1

(Brown/Purple, Dark Green Pumpkin, or Green Pumpkin Blue)

-Z Man TRD Craw Trailer: http://bit.ly/2U9vx6P

4) Bass Patrol Round Rubber 1/2 oz Jig: http://bit.ly/2Hbyf5x

(Brown/Orange, Green Pumpkin, Brown/Purple)

-Roboworm Ned Worm Trailer: http://bit.ly/2j9F0Xy

(Desert Craw, TW Black Blue Pumpkin, Peoples Worm)

5) Dirty Jigs Finesse Jig: http://bit.ly/2eJinXo

(PB&J, Canterbury Craw, Clausens Craw)

-Reaction Innovations Smallie Beaver Trailer: http://bit.ly/2dR6CkP

(Green Pumpkin, Magic Craw Swirl)

All-Around Finesse Combo...

Rod- Zodias 7' Medium Spinning: http://bit.ly/2jOUXAO

Reel- Shimano Stradic CI4+ 2500: http://bit.ly/2gu84t7

Line- 15 lb Power Pro Braid: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b

Leader- 8 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

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