Matt Loses a Teener! **Real Footage**

This Bass was AT LEAST 13-14 lbs and Matt had her right to the net! What a brutal day! It happens to everyone but that doesn't make it any easier when it happens to you! This fish of a lifetime won the fight and will haunt Matt for a long, long time. 

A few days ago we shared the catch footage of Matt's 6 1/2 lb Smallmouth but its healthy to see both ends of the spectrum. The tough days happen to everyone and we are not exempt. The deciding factor between a consistent angler and one who gets lucky from time to time is consistency. 

Below is a break down of the gear Matt was using as well as the gear we recommend you incorporate into your arsenal so you can become more consistent. 

The gear Matt was using when this bass bested him...
Rod- G Loomis 966 Swimbait:
Reel- Shimano Tranx 300 7:1 Ratio:
Line- 80 lb Power Pro:
Leader- 30 lb Maxima Ultragreen:
Connection Knot: Blood Knot with 9 loops each direction
Mattlures Hammer Tail Bluegill Swimbait:

Recommended Gear...
1) Owner ST-36 Trebles:
These hooks are STICKY sharp. They're fairly light wire so use these with Crankbaits, topwater, and other baits when hookup ratio is key. 

2) Owner ST-56 Trebles:
These hooks are STRONG and are a great option when bigger fish are targeting Crankbaits, swimbaits, and other large hard baits. 

3) Gamakatsu Nano Finesse Treble:
This is the Sharpest and most consistent hook we've ever used. Its the ONLY hook you want to use for jerk baits. Its hookup ratio is phenomenal and sizing will match popular baits including the Vision 110. 

4) Power Pro MaxCuatro:
This line is thinner than other braids and allows you to upsize one power while maintaining diameter. If you're used to using 20, spool 30. If you're used to 50, spool 65. You'll get a more strength without sacrificing. 

5) Maxima Ultragreen Monofilament:
Yep, its mono. We know you think you have to use fluoro... we use it too. But when push comes to shove this stuff makes a stronger leader, has incredible strength with connection knots, and still gets bit in clear water. TRY IT, you won't regret it. 

6) Owner Hyperwire Split Rings (Black):
These rings are the strongest and most consistent we've ever found. Use them so you stop losing hooks to giant fish. 

7) Salter Brecknell ElectroSamson Scale:
Why use this Scale? Because a 9.9 is a 9, not a 10. If it matters to you, if you really want to know what your fish weigh, this is your scale. There are only 2 hand held digital scales that can be consistently certified and this is the least expensive/most widely available. We carry 2 sets on each boat... just in case. 

This isn't our typical content, or a typical write-up but if you want to be a consistent angler these details are critically important. Find what works for you and never vary. When your chance at a giant comes, you'll have your very best shot for success!

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10 Bass Weighed 81 lbs?!?! The REAL Story Behind This EPIC Photo!

You've seen this photo but you've never heard the story! Heart wrenching, painful, and epic, all at the same time! If you want to hear the heart and soul behind TacticalBassin, you've got to check this out!

Tim was as low as you could be. After more than a week in NICU with his youngest son struggling for life, Tim hit rock bottom. There was no where left to go but to the lake. He just wanted to clear his head... he had no idea he was about to begin the most epic week of fishing he'd ever experienced! When have you ever heard someone say they were hooking 6-10 lbers on every cast? Its almost unimaginable but that is exactly how it happened!

Here are all of the baits the fish were eating that week...

LV-500 Lipless Crankbait:

Yumbrella Flash Mob Junior:
Matt Allen Swimbait Head:
Owner #3 Split Ring:
Medium CPS Springs:
Keitech 4.8" Swimbait:

Osprey 6" Tournament Talon:

3/4 oz Prayer Jig:

S-Waver 168:

Lipless Crankbait Setup...
Rod- G Loomis 845 CBR:
Reel- Curado 70:
Line- 30 lb Sufix 832:
Leader- 15 lb Sunline Sniper:

A-Rig Setup...
Rod- 7'8" 4 power:
Reel- Curado 200K:
Line- 65 lb:
Leader- 20 lb:

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Swimbaits Catch BIG Bass!!

Fall is prime time for Swimbaits! Here is a compilation of our favorite swimbait catches from the last few years. From 12" Softbaits to big glidebaits we load the boat with BIG BASS. Enjoy the catches and pay close attention to the retrieves and "triggers" that cause the bites. 

The Baits...
S-Waver Glidebait (Light Trout and Rainbow Trout):
12" Osprey Swimbait (Light Hitch):
8" Huddleston Deluxe Swimbait (Rainbow and Holdover):

Softbaits- Dobyns 807 Mag:
Hardbaits- Dobyns 806:

Calcutta 400B:
Calcutta Conquest 300:

Maxima Ultragreen 30 lb:
Power Pro MaxCuatro 80 lb:
Sufix 832 80 lb:

Budget Swimbait Combo...
Rod- Dobyns Fury 806:
Reel- Shimano Cardiff 400:
Line- 65 lb Power Pro:
Leader- 30 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Related Videos...
Connection Knots:
Huddleston Retrieves:
Glidebait Retrieves:
Everything You Need To Know About Swimbaits:

Swimbait Storage Options...
Bass Mafia Deep Box:
Plano Deep Box:
Eye Surrender Bait Wrap:

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12 Lb Bass On A Jerkbait! Full Story, Tips, and Bonus Footage

Matt stuck a 12 lb bass on a Pointer 100 Jerkbait!! Check out the footage of this MONSTER Bass! While telling the story of the catch, Matt gives insights into "triggering" bites and how it can change your big bass game forever.

Bass fishing is all about catching fish. We're taught that if you use the right bait the fish will be fooled into biting. But what if thats the wrong approach? What if "fooling" the bass is a mistake? There is a world of difference between "fooling" and "triggering" and you need to know the difference. 

The end of the video is packed full of knowledge about TRIGGERING bites. Listen closely and you might be holding a monster bass on your next fishing trip!

Gear Discussed In This Video... 

Lucky Craft Pointer 100 Jerkbait:
Megabass Katsuage Outbarb (Size 4) Treble Hook:
Owner Hyperwire (Size 3) Split Rings:

Jerkbait Rod- 6'10" Medium Expride A Casting Rod:
Reel- Chronarch MGL:
Line- 15 lb Sufix 832 Braided Line:
Leader- 10 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Alternate Line- 8 lb Sunline Assassin Fluorocarbon:

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