Swim Jigs: Everything You Need To Know For Summer Bass Fishing

Swim jigs made easy! Matt gives quick tricks that you can use to take your swim jig fishing for bass to the next level! If you're a spinnerbait or chatterbait guy, the swim jig is the next step. When combined with the proper trailer the baits come to life with amazing movement and flash that bass can't resist. Don't get caught shaking your swim jig this Summer, learn the proper technique and catch more bass!

In recent years, most swim jig fishermen have begun to use a keitech as their trailer. While this can be effective (and we often do it) its not the ideal swimbait trailer for a swim jig. Switching over to baits like the Rage Swimmer or D Walker will complete change the way the bait moves. A properly balanced swim jig with the right trailer will have head bob/roll, body rock, and skirt movement/flash without you imparting any outside action to the bait.

Summer time is the perfect time to learn the swim jig. This time of year you can get a lot of bites on the baits but you can also catch GIANT fish! Again, the key is selecting the right trailer. Below is a breakdown of the jigs, jig trailers, and equipment we use for swim jig fishing.

The Jigs...

-California Swim Jig (3/8 oz-3/4 oz): http://bit.ly/2auXfmx

-Dirty Jigs Swimbait (1/4 oz-3/8 oz): http://bit.ly/2dIVUMd

(Threadfin Shad, Tactical Shad, Crappie, Alabama Bream)

Swimbait Jig Trailers...

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

-Strike King Rage Swimmer 4.75: http://bit.ly/2evZF8j

-River2Sea D Walker 100 and 120: http://bit.ly/2NwqBmz

-Reaction Innovations Little Dipper: http://bit.ly/2brnU5I

Craw Jig Trailers...

Reaction Innovations Spicy Beaver: http://bit.ly/2MPuma1

Strike King Rage Bug: http://bit.ly/2aAsuiV

Strike King Rage Craw: http://bit.ly/2uoqsLJ

Zoom Z Craw: http://bit.ly/2vW7Jo5

California Swim Jig Combo...

Rod- Expride 7'6" Heavy: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

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

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

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

Swim Jig Combo...

Rod- Zodias 7'2" MH: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe

Reel- Curado 150 DC: http://bit.ly/2yHtsp4

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

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

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Is Lake Chickamauga Really That Good? (Big Bass Eats A Spinnerbait)

Chickamauga was amazing! We'd never been to the lake but we had heard the rumors! Is it as good as they say? Can we catch a bunch of fish? How about a big bass? Come along as we head out on the water to see what all the fuss is about on Tennessee's best trophy bass lake. Spoiler Alert: Its good and we catch some big ones!

In 3 days we never struggled to get a bite and we caught fish on every lure that we threw. From senkos up shallow to deep cranks offshore, there we bass everywhere! The trick was figuring out how to catch the big ones but after a few days we got it dialed in and had an amazing time catching quality fish all over the lake The key for the bigger bites was shad. There was a shad spawn in the morning and the big bass were keying in on the opportunity.

Below is a breakdown of the baits and equipment we used during our time on the lake. Baits are listed in order of appearance as we caught fish on a variety of lures. If you ever get the chance, take a day to fish Chickamauga, its an awesome fishery!

The Baits...

-California Swim Jig (3/8 oz Tactical Shad): http://bit.ly/2auXfmx

-Keitech 3.8" Fat Swing Impact (Electric Shad): http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

-Jackall TN-70 lipless Crankbait (Ghost Minnow): http://bit.ly/2lqAwjh

-River2Sea Bling Spinnerbait (I Know It): http://bit.ly/2diSwqq

-Keitech 4.3" Fat Swing Impact (Pro Blue Red Pearl): http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

-Matt Allen Swimbait Head 1/2 oz: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN

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

-Jackall TN- 70 Lipless Crankbait (RT Scale Minnow): http://bit.ly/2lqAwjh

-Azuma Z Boss 22 (Grand Shad): http://bit.ly/2poLKUC

-Blade Runner Underspin 1/2 oz: http://bit.ly/29UVegz

-Strike King 6XD (Powder Blue Chartreuse): http://bit.ly/2ery44M

-Yamamoto 5" Senko (Green Pumpkin/Watermelon Laminate): http://bit.ly/2axAmNS

-Yamamoto 6" Senko (Green Pumpkin): http://bit.ly/2axAmNS

Matt found an All-Around Rod This Trip that was unbelievably universal. From senko to spinnerbait, swim jig to Keitech, he was able to use a single rod. That's extremely rare but the combination of soft tip and solid back bone made the MBR amazingly versatile.

Matt's Versatile Combo...

Rod- G Loomis GLX 844C MBR: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT

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

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

Crankbait Combo...

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

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

Line- 20 lb Power Pro: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b

Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

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Cross Country Fishing Trip (22 States) - Update!

We've been on the road for over a month and made it all the way to Alabama! If you've been following along you already know we've stopped at some amazing lakes and caught some beautiful fish! Truth is, we're just getting started and the best is yet to come. We're turning North and there are some huge Largemouth, Smallmouth, and some bonus species ahead!

Our goal for 2019 is to bring TacticalBassin to you. We vowed in January to get on the road and visit as many of you as possible. We haven't taken that goal lightly, fishing in 23 states and 2 countries thus far in 2019. Though we've now arrived home from our cross country trip there are many more videos coming. Keep an eye out for famous fisheries like Lake Chickamauga, Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, and more!

We also promised to give you the top 10 baits from this trip. Some of these lures are from videos you've already seen, others haven't made an appearance yet. In no particular order, these were the most influential baits of our 2019 cross country trip.

The Top Baits…

-Mattlures Gizzard Shad Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2vM8cKF

-River2Sea Biggie Squarebill: http://bit.ly/2ahCzvo

-Jackall Gantarel Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2adZI3R

-Jackall TN-70 Lipless Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2lqAwjh

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

-Azuma Z Boss 22 Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2poLKUC

-Strike King 6XD Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2ery44M

-Megabass Okashira Screw Head: http://bit.ly/2EpluSA

-Roboworm Fat 4" Straight Tail Worm: http://bit.ly/2awYSxM

-River2Sea Bling Spinnerbait: http://bit.ly/2diSwqq

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Summer Bass Fishing: Senko And Frog Fishing Tricks

Wacky rig vs. Texas rig; which Senko will the bass prefer tonight? Surprise! The wind kicked up and the senko fishing is tough. Matt turns to a new hollow frog he's never used before to quickly load the boat. Summer fishing is all about adapting to conditions and choosing the right bait for the job, come along as Matt makes the best of a Summer evening on Clear Lake.

Matt hit the water with a simple plan. He rigged three rods and planned for a fun evening of senko fishing. While idling out he quickly realized conditions had changed and big waves were waiting to great him on the main lake. It took some adapting but his three baits all proved successful once he located a calmer area with fish holding along grass and shadow lines.

Below is a breakdown of the gear used in today's video. Matt included the baits with color recommendations, some bonus rigging options, as well as his gear.

5" Wacky Senko Setup...

Bait- 5" Yamamoto Senko (Green Pumpkin Red Flake): http://bit.ly/2axAmNS

Hook- Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap 1/0: http://bit.ly/2aKGmHM

Rod- G Loomis GLX 843 MBR: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT

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

Line- 30 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

6" Senko Texas Senko Setup...

Bait- Yamamoto 6" Senko (Green Pump/Watermelon Laminate: http://bit.ly/2axAmNS

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

Rod- Megabass Orochi Braillist: http://bit.ly/2OSVNwH

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

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

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

Frog Setup...

Bait- Jackall Kaera Frog (Glitter Hasu, Glitter Bluegill): http://bit.ly/2Fz6SA3

Rod- Expride 7'3" XH: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

Reel- Curado 150 DC HG: http://bit.ly/2yHtsp4

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

-Weighted Wacky Hook- Wack A Sack: http://bit.ly/2oFduEq