Windy Day Swimbait Fishing From Shore!

Come along with Matt throwing big swimbaits for giant smallmouth! Matt breaks down the water, explains his decisions, and gives some great tips for controlling your baits and line in the wind. 

Big smallmouth are the best! Catching them from the bank is even better! Go figure the best bite of the day came while he was on the phone. The key to getting bit in this video was location. Matt selected a bank that was wind blown, had a corner where baitfish could be trapped, and offshore cover to allow the bass to ambush their prey more easily. 

Below is a breakdown of the gear Matt was using in the video...

S-Waver 168:
Owner ST-56 Treble Hook size 2:
Owner Hyperwire Size 4 Split Rings:

Rod- G Loomis GLX 853C JWR:
Reel- Shimano Curado 70 7:1 RATIO:
LINE- 65 lb Sufix 832:
Leader- 18 lb Maxima Ultragreen Mono:

Camera Setup...
GoPro Hero 6:
Chesty Mount:

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Spring Bank Fishing: What You Need To Know

Come along for a day of bank fishing during the pre-spawn! Tim breaks down his approach to shore fishing and gives some great tips along the way on gear, storage, advantages to shore fishing, and more! The video is filmed on location at Lake Berryessa. 

Shore anglers often feel they're at a disadvantage or that they're looked down upon by boaters. Tim explains how great shore fishing can be! From unique angles to a sneak approach, bank anglers have great advantages during the Spring months. 

The Baits...
S-Waver 168 (Light Trout):
6" Roboworm Straight Tail Worm:
Owner Block Head Jig:
Texas Rig Dropshot Hook:
Finesse Jig:
Strike King Baby Menace:
Super Spook Topwater:
Roboworm Ned Worm (Watermelon Dawn):

Glide Bait Rod... 
Rod- Dobyns Fury 7'3" Medium Heavy:
Reel- Shimano Caenan 6:1 Ratio:
Line- 65 lb Power Pro:
Leader- 15 lb Sunline Sniper:

All-Purpose Combo...
Rod- Shimano Zodias 6'10" Medium:
Reel- Shimano Curado 70 in 7:1 Ratio:
Line- 15 lb Sunline Sniper:

Spinning Combo...
Rod- Shimano Expride 6'10" Medium Light:
Reel- Daiwa Tatula LT 2000:
Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 20 lb:
Leader- 8 lb Sunline Assassin:

Eye Surrender ESE Glasses:
(Amber for sight fishing, Grey for Regular Conditions)

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Which Spots Hold The Most Fish?

We've taught you ALMOST everything you need to know for Winter bass fishing. We covered depths, patterns, baits, retrieves, and conditions but there is one more piece to the puzzle. Here is the final tip for consistently catching Winter Bass!

Which spots should you fish? Its a simple question with an equally simple answer. Here are some KEY locations on any lake that will hold bass in Winter. 

1) Transitions: Anywhere there is a change between two different kinds of material. (Rock to mud, mud to grass, gravel to boulders, etc.) 

2) Points: Any point that breaks to deep water is a key Winter location. If you have multiple points, the point that reaches out into the DEEPEST water is the best point. 

3) Visible Cover: This could be anything from standing timber to brush, rocks, grass, garbage, virtually anything in the water that is "different" from the rest. On a sunny day any piece of visible cover that breaks the water's surface will be slightly warmer than the surrounding water and will attract bass that are trying to warm themselves. 

The baits we're throwing this time of year have not changed... here are some of our favorites. 

Small Swimbait...

Matt Allen Swimbait Head:
Keitech 4.8 Fat Swing Impact Swimbait:

Favorite Winter Jigs...
Finesse Football Jig:
Finesse Jig:

Jig Trailers...
Yamamoto Double Tail Grub:
Smallie Beaver:

The UnderSpin...
BladeRunner 1/2 oz Underspin:
Keitech 4.3 Fat Swing Impact Swimbait:

Jig Setup...
Rod- G Loomis GLX 853C JWR:
Reel- Shimano Aldebaran 50:
Line- 20 lb Sufix 832:
Leader- 12 lb Sunline Assassin:

Swimbait Setup...
Rod- Zodias 7'2" Heavy:
Reel- Curado 70 8:1 Ratio:
Line- 50 lb MaxCuatro Braid:
Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Budget Friendly Combo for jig and Swimbait...
Rod- Exage 7'2" Medium Heavy:
Reel- Shimano Casitas 7:1 Ratio:
Line- 50 lb Power Pro:
Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen:


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Fall Pond Fishing For MICRO Fish from a Golf Cart!

We explore a farm pond in search of anything that will bite! The Fall transition is a great time to explore new ponds as the grass dies back and the fish move into the shallows. We stumble onto a school of aggressive Green Sunfish and have a blast catching them! 

The Gear...
Lure-Panther Martin Spinner:
Lure- Bang Tail Spinner:
Rod- Fenwick HMG Medium Light:
Reel- Shimano Sedona:
Line- 4 lb Maxima UltraGreen:

Camera- GoPro Hero 5:

Fishing is all about balance. Whether you run a 21 foot bass boat or wade streams for trophy trout, we all need to stop at some point during the year and get back to our first love. Fishing for tiny fish with micro gear has a place in every serious angler's repertoire.

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Need Sun Protection? 

Here's what we wear...
Sun Mask:
Sun Shirt w/ Hood:
Light Fishing Pants:

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