Dock Fishing In The Heat - Everything You Need To Know

Summer bass love to hide in shade so today we're taking an in-depth look at fishing docks for bass. Matt explains which docks hold the best fish, how to find the key spots, and then shows his actual dock fishing box and explains why each bait deserves to be there. If you have any questions about catching bass in the heat around docks and overhead cover, this video will answer them!

Some anglers consistently catch bigger fish around docks than others. This is because they understand what makes a "high percentage" dock. If you want to become a better dock fisherman take the information in this video to heart and began looking at the docks in a systematic way. Which docks are transitional? Which docks cast larger shadows? Which docks reach farther into the open? When you begin making intentional moves you'll start catching more fish, even before you start incorporating some of Matt's confidence baits.

Every once in a while we get a video where Matt opens up a dedicated Plano and lets everyone peek inside. Today he opens his "Dock Box" and he's not holding anything back. From Buzzbaits that can be skipped, to slow falling creatures, he explains every trick he uses to pull big bass from the shadows all Summer long.

The baits in order of appearance in the box...

-D&M Slow Roller Buzzbait (Red Bug 1/2 oz):

-Dirty Jigs Pro Buzz (Blue Glimmer):

-River2Sea D Walker 120 Buzz trailer (PB Red):

-Lucky Craft LV-500 Lipless (Ghost Minnow, Golden Shiner):

-River2Sea Biggie Papa Squarebill (Abalone Shad, TS Minnow):

-Lucky Craft 1.5 Squarebill (Ghost Minnow):

-6th Sense Crush 50 Squarebill (4k Shad):

-Azuma Square Boss Crank (Grand Shad):

-River2Sea Bully Wa 2 (Little Allen):

-Jackall Gavacho (Chart Strike Gill):

-Canterbury Shaky Head (1/8 oz):

-Netbait T-Mac Worm (Kentucky Craw, Junebug):

-Owner Flashy Swimmer Underspin (5/0 hook 1/4 oz):

-Keitech 4.8" Fat Swimbait (Pro Blue Red Pearl):

-Swagger Tungsten 3/16 oz Vader Weight:

-Gamakatsu EWG 4/0 Hook:

-Keitech Crazy Flapper 4.4 (Green Pumpkin, Green Pumpkin Fire):

-Dirty Jigs Finesse Jig 5/16 oz (Alabama Craw):

-Yamamoto Double Tail Grub 4" (Green Pumpkin):

Plano 3700 Stowaway Pro Latch:

Matt's All-Around Dock Combo...

Rod- G Loomis GLX 843C MBR:

Reel- Shimano Curado 150 DC HG:

Line- 40 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Budget-Friendly All-Around Dock Combo...

Rod- SLX 7'2" Medium:

Reel- Shimano SLX HG:

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin:

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We caught 85 bass in 2 hours! Epic Summer Bass Fishing!!!

We just had the most INSANE day of fishing! We had bass trying to eat each other, two bass on at the same time, fish jumping out of the water to catch a crankbait, it was CRAZY! 85 bass in 2 hours and we hardly even moved the boat! You have to check this out...

We found a huge school of largemouth pushing Threadfin Shad up on a point. Once the feeding frenzy began it was clock work. Cast after cast produced fish after fish as fast as we could reel them in! We caught most of the fish on a squarebill crankbait and a swimbait on an underspin. We've said before that causing a "reaction" is key when bass are targeting baitfish and these two baits did an excellent job of creating a trigger.

We were fishing in Mexico when this all took place but even the locals were shocked by how aggressive these bass were. It just goes to show how incredible Summer bass fishing can be when anglers are prepared to work as a team to keep a school of aggressive bass fired up.

The baits used in the video are listed below...

Lucky Craft 4.5 Squarebill (TO Gill):

Strike King 4.0 Squarebill (Sexy Blue Back Herring):

Rage Swimmer 4.75 (Ayu):

Keitech 4.8 Swimbait (Pro Blue Red Pearl):

Hooks and Hardware...

Underspin- Strike King Belly Blade (3/8 oz 4/0 Hook):

Split Rings- Owner Hyperwire Size 3:

Replacement Hooks- Owner ST-35 Short Shank:

Tim's Crankbait Combo...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 906 CBR:

Reel- Shimano Metanium DC HG:

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 30 lb:

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 12 lb:

Tim's Swimbait Combo...

Rod- G Loomis NRX 894C JWR:

Reel- Shimano Metanium DC HG:

Line- 40 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Budget Friendly Combo...

Rod- Shimano SLX 7'2" Medium Heavy:

Reel- Shimano SLX HG:

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin:


How Magnum Plastic Worms Actually Look Underwater! Underwater Footage And Rigging Tricks!

Come underwater to watch how 5 different BIG plastic worms react on the bottom! Summer Bass Fishing is prime time to fish the big plastic worm. Today we're looking at a giant senko - style stick bait, several straight tail worms, and two giant curly tail worms. Have you been rigging and fishing your plastic worms correctly? We're about to find out!

Whether you prefer a Carolina Rig, a Texas Rig, a Shaky Head, or even an oversized wacky rig, the plastic worm has a place in every serious bass angler's summertime arsenal. The purpose of today's video is to see how these 5 popular plastic worms compare to one another. We all have our favorite baits but you may be surprised to find that your worm of choice moves completely differently than you expect. By going underwater we discover new baits, new retrieves, and even new rigging methods.

Its amazing how much you learn in a few short minutes below the surface! Today we found out that we'd been rigging curly tail worms incorrectly our entire lives. Who knew that turning the worm 90 degrees would completely change the presentation? Amazing! Below is a breakdown of the worms we used, the heads, rods and reel recommendations, and more.

The Baits...

Magnum Baits 10" Stick Bait (Black/Blue):

Strike King 10" Bull Worm (Junebug):

Xcite Baits Maximus Trick Worm (Red Bug):

Zoom Magnum Ol' Monster 12" Worm (Junebug):

Zoom Ol' Monster 10" Worm (Not shown in vid):

Berkeley 12" Power Worm (Black):

Berkeley 10" Power Worm (Not shown in vid):

The Rigs...

Shakey - Strike King Tour Grade Mag Jig Head (1/2-3/4 oz with 7/0 hook):

Wacky- Frenzy Baits Wack-A-Sack Jig Head (3/8 oz with 4/0 hook):

Texas Rig- Hook- Owner Jungle Wide Gap 7/0:

- Weight- Vike Tungsten 1/2 oz:

- Bobber Stop- 6th Sense Peg X:

Tim's Preferred Combo...

Rod- Expride 7'7" Heavy:

Reel- Shimano Metanium DC HG:

Line- 65 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- 25 lb Sunline FC-100:

Mid-Range Combo...

Rod- Curado 7'6" Heavy:

Reel- Curado DC HG:

Line- 65 lb Power Pro:

Leader- 20 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Budget-Friendly Combo...

Rod- SLX 7'5" Heavy:

Reel- SLX 150 HG:

Line- 20 lb Sunline Assassin:

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Flipping and Frogging Big Bass In The Heat!

Its 106 Degrees today!!! Its HOT but the bass are biting if you know where to look! The frogging, flipping, and punching bite is going strong! Come along for a day on the water with Matt as he patterns bass on a hot Summer day and explains why he's making changes along the way.

A lot of anglers are afraid to fish in the Summer heat. If you're willing to get out there and know where to look it can be incredible shallow water fishing. Understanding shadows and bass behavior makes all the difference! Matt started off his day on Clearlake with a plan to frog and flip. He began with 3 rods on deck; a frog rod, a flipping stick with a 1 oz tungsten weight, and a flipping stick with a 3/4 oz jig.

The bass started biting on the first cast and Matt never pulled out another rod. As the day progressed he dialed in the pattern and fine tuned his color choices to get more bites. The combination of frogging the edges of cover and flipping deep in the thick patches is a 2-pronged approach that can be applied on any fishery that has heavy cover. Below is a breakdown of the gear Matt was using throughout the day.

The baits...

1) Frog- River2Sea Bully Wa 2 size 65 (Little Allen Color):

2) Flippin' Jig- No Jack Size 3/4 oz (Hematoma and Molting Craw):

Jig Trailer #1- Reaction Innovations Kinky Beaver (Low Blow):

Jig Trailer #2- Strike King Rage Craw (Junebug):

3) Punch Weight- 1 oz Trash Bomb Tungsten:

Punch Hook- Owner Jungle Wide Gap Hook Size 4/0:

Bobber Stop- Peg X Stopper:

Creature- RI Kinky Beaver (Green Pumpkin, Magic Craw Swirl):

Frog Combo...

Rod- Shimano Expride 7'3" XH:

Reel- Curado 150 DC HG:

Line- 65 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Flipping Combos...

Rod- Shimano Expride 7'11" XH:

Reel- Metanium DC HG:

Line- 65 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Sun Gear...

Sun Mask- Aftco Salido:

Sun Shirt- Aftco Barracuda Sunshirt:

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