Matt Catches a HUGE Double Digit bass with his Dad!

Come along as Matt and his Dad catch an 11 lb bass! The guys dial in the pattern as they search for the big females during the spawn. There are a lot of buck males on beds but most of the quality fish are out over offshore grass beds. The guys piece together the pattern and have fun exploring the lake after not fishing there together for more than 10 years!

The spawn is one of the best times of year to catch a new personal best. There are huge fish moving up in predictable locations and they're willing to be caught if you're prepared. If they move up on the beds you can target them while looking at the fish but even if they haven't moved up you can target them by fishing just offshore over grass beds, structure, or on the adjacent secondary points.

Below is a breakdown (in no particular order) of all the gear the guys were using in today's video...

-Keitech 2.8" Fat Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

-Revenge Darter Hedz 3/16 oz: http://bit.ly/2cHMZbm

-Z Man TRD Finesse Ned (Green Pumpkin): http://bit.ly/2hs4RtR

-Z Man Lockz HD Jig Head 1/5 oz: http://bit.ly/2kIgRYK

-3.5" Tournament Tube (Ghost Hologram): http://bit.ly/2cJwI6r

-Strike King 3/16 oz Tube Head: http://bit.ly/2xpDBDK

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

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

-Huddleston Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2u9DElc

Dale's Finesse Rod...

Rod- Fenwick Elite Tech 7' Medium: http://bit.ly/2P9SGBh

Reel- Shimano Stradic 2500: http://bit.ly/2bONXB5

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

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

-Matt's finesse Rod...

Rod- G Loomis NRX 852: http://bit.ly/2dX9zjv

Reel- Exsence 3000: http://bit.ly/2iMtscV

Line- 10 lb Power Pro Braid: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b

Leader- 6 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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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: http://bit.ly/2x9kxuS
Reel- Shimano Tranx 300 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2kYsvRw
Line- 80 lb Power Pro: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b
Leader- 30 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
Connection Knot: Blood Knot with 9 loops each direction
Mattlures Hammer Tail Bluegill Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2FsZhA3

Recommended Gear...
1) Owner ST-36 Trebles: http://bit.ly/2cWpeyw
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: http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW
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: http://bit.ly/2dWWAut
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: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
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: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
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): http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX
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: http://bit.ly/2f7QgQ9
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: http://bit.ly/2aAUUbd

Yumbrella Flash Mob Junior: http://bit.ly/2bgDGNu
Matt Allen Swimbait Head: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN
Owner #3 Split Ring: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX
Medium CPS Springs: http://bit.ly/2b2YgDf
Keitech 4.8" Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

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

3/4 oz Prayer Jig: http://bit.ly/2rCrl2s

S-Waver 168: http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh

Lipless Crankbait Setup...
Rod- G Loomis 845 CBR: http://bit.ly/2og0BmK
Reel- Curado 70: http://bit.ly/2apmDJt
Line- 30 lb Sufix 832: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji
Leader- 15 lb Sunline Sniper: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

A-Rig Setup...
Rod- 7'8" 4 power: http://bit.ly/2ab2kRX
Reel- Curado 200K: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Line- 65 lb: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 20 lb: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm
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