Deep Diving Crankbaits For Early Summer Bass

Anyone can throw a crankbait but do you know how to pick the right baits, colors, or how to use it to trigger bites? Today Matt is on Lake Fork, Texas and he's explaining exactly what you need to know to be a better crankbait fisherman during the post spawn and Summer months.

Matt explains what different baits are used for, which colors produce the best results, and opens up his personal boxes and shows you the exact baits he brought with him on the cross-country trip. With Matt and Tim there are no secrets, they're showing every bait in the box and explaining what they're for.

Below is a breakdown of the baits in the box as well as the rods, reels, and hook upgrades Matt is using for his baits.

The baits...

Strike King 10XD: http://bit.ly/2gHT4F0

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

Azuma Z Boss 25 and 22: http://bit.ly/2poLKUC

6th Sense Cloud 9 C20 and C25: http://bit.ly/2BQ4uDs

-Norman DD22: http://bit.ly/2LKB37w

-Luhr Jensen Hot Lips: Source Locally

Hook Upgrades...

-Gamakatsu EWG (Size 2): http://bit.ly/2cZrsbY

(DD22, 6XD, Hot Lips)

-Owner ST-36 (Size 1 or 1/0): http://bit.ly/2cWpeyw

(1/0 for Azuma 25, 6th Sense C25, or 10XD)

Matt's Favorite "Do Everything" Crankbait Combo...

Rod- Zodias 7'6" Medium Heavy Glass: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe

Reel- Shimano Bantam MGL HG: http://bit.ly/2H44yjG

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Matt's Dedicated 10XD/Azuma Combo...

Rod- Dobyns 805 CB: http://bit.ly/2abq8nl

Reel- Tranx 200 HG: http://bit.ly/2Tv0yCy

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

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Insane Crankbait Bite! Fishing Lake Fork, Texas!

We're in East Texas and the big bass are biting! Our 3rd stop on this bass fishing adventure is Lake Fork! It only takes a few minutes to discover the shad are spawning on shallow points and the bass are ambushing the baitfish. We put our electronics to work and located a big school with BIG fish in the mix. Out came the crankbaits and the pattern unfolded from there.

May is an awesome time to fish large bodies of water. If there is deep water access you'll almost always find bass in all 3 stages of the spawn. In this case we found a secondary point leading out to main lake structure that had a large school of fish. Some of the bass were heading in to spawn, others were already done and headed back out, but all of them were making a stop to ambush Threadfin and Gizzard Shad as they spawned along the wind blown point.

We've explained in recent videos that the shad spawn is an amazing time to catch big fish that are aggressively feeding in shallow water. Today we put that video to work and caught them on squarebill crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and paddle tail swimbaits. Below is a breakdown of the gear we used to catch these fish.

The baits...

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

(Gizzard Shad, Abalone Shad, Horizon Shad all have the necessary flash)

-Bling Spinnerbait 1/2 oz: http://bit.ly/2diSwqq

(I Know It, Abalone Shad)

-4.8" Keitech Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

-Owner Flashy Swimmer 5/0 Hook: http://bit.ly/2e8O4Y7

Upgraded Treble Hooks...

-Owner ST-36 Size 2: http://bit.ly/2cWpeyw

-Hyperwire Split Rings Size 3: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

Matt's Crankbait Combo...

Rod- Zodias 7'2" Medium Heavy Glass: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe

Reel- Shimano Bantam MGL XG: http://bit.ly/2H44yjG

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

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

CC's Crankbait Combo...

Rod- Dobyns Champion 805CB: http://bit.ly/29OVD4V

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

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Electronics...

Humminbird Solix 15: http://bit.ly/2Hazsej

Humminbird Solix 12: http://bit.ly/2AE2YDB

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3 Lipless Crankbait Tricks That Get Bigger Bites

Crankbaits are one of the easiest ways to catch bass. Throwing them is easy but knowing how to target big bass takes more effort. Today Matt explains 3 different retrieve styles that will get big bites when nothing else will. Adapting your retrieves will require changes in tackle and equipment as well but Matt makes it easy with simple steps anyone can follow.

Our favorite retrieve with the lipless is to hop the bait on bottom similar to how you work a jig. When the bottom is clean its simple and can be done with a light crankbait rod. As the grass grows up many anglers turn away from the lipless or modify their retrieve but if you learn to power through with heavier equipment you may encounter your biggest bass of the year!

The other two retrieves are easier but knowing which baits to throw when, will take your catch rate through the roof! Stop running bank throwing a lipless on a chuck and wind retrieve. Make some simple changes to your method and start catching bigger bass today!

Below is a breakdown of the baits and gear discussed in the video.

The baits...

-Lucky Craft LV 500: http://bit.ly/2aAUUbd

(Ghost Minnow, Golden Shiner, American Shad, Chartreuse Shad)

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

(Ghost Minnow, Scale Minnow, Super Shad)

-Red Eye Shad: http://bit.ly/2fqX1RT

(Clearwater Minnow, Japanese Shad, Sexy Ghost Minnow)

-Cordell Super Spot: http://bit.ly/2y3K210

(Foxy Momma, Foxy Shad, Royal Shad)

-6th Sense Quake: http://bit.ly/2Kxt4zm

(American Shad, Ghost Hot Herring, Shad Hammer, Violet Panda)

-Rattle Trap 1/2 oz: http://bit.ly/2gm8CjC

(Gold Mine Shad, Ghost Minnow, Pro Blue)

--Megabass Vibration X Jr: http://bit.ly/2zOeSdB

(Threadfin Shad, M Silver)

-Megabass Vibration X Ultra: http://bit.ly/2GdQFjs

(Echalote, MB Phantom)

Upgraded Hooks and Split Rings...

-Owner Hyperwire Split Rings (Size 3): http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

-Light: Gamakatsu EWG Size 4: http://bit.ly/2cZrsbY

-Medium: Owner ST-56 Size 4: http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW

-Heavy: Owner ST-66 Size 4: http://bit.ly/2JHo3z3

Favorite Lipless Combo...

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

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

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 40 lb: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

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

Budget-Friendly Combo...

Rod- Loomis E6X CBR 845: http://bit.ly/2G5Bc86

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

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Heavier Rods For Heavy Grass...

Strong- Zodias 7'6" Heavy Glass: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe

Stronger- Levante 7'5" EMTF: http://bit.ly/2FdE3YY

Strongest- Zodias 7'2" Medium Heavy: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe

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Squarebill Crankbait Buyer's Guide - Top Baits For Every Season

The Buyer's Guide continues with a look at this year's best squarebill crankbaits. We start with our favorites and quickly branch into some of the hottest new baits of the year. Whether you're trying to fish ultra shallow, bounce the top of a ledge, or just gain confidence in shallow cranks, this video will help you simplify your fishing.

The purpose of the buyer's guide series is to make it easier for you and your loved ones to shop this holiday season. We keep these videos simple and focus on key baits that work from coast to coast. With all of the new crankbaits hitting the market every year its difficult for the average angler to keep up with the trends.

Below is a breakdown of our top confidence baits. We'll follow that up with a handful of new offerings that are worth checking and then wrap it up with our rods, reel, and terminal tackle selections.

Top Baits...

Lucky Craft 1.5 and 2.5 Squarebill: http://bit.ly/2BGxKPa

Top colors: American Shad, Citrus Citrus, Gizzard Shad

River2Sea Biggie Poppa: http://bit.ly/2ahCzvo

Top Colors: Cold Blooded, Abalone Shad, Gizzard Shad, TS Minnow

6th Sense Crush Squarebill: http://bit.ly/2HbaCGT

Top Colors: 4K Shad, Bluegill Fire, Chrome Treuse Shad, Shad Scales

Lucky Craft Classical Leader: http://bit.ly/2zKkhlV

Top Colors: Ayu, Craw, Wakasagi

Lucky Craft Moonsault: http://bit.ly/2SGSMk2

Top Colors: Aurora Ghost Black, Ghost Minnow, Striped Shad, Wakasagi

Megabass Sonic Side: http://bit.ly/2PxtPWo

Top Colors: MB Gizzard, PM Ghost Shiner, Secret Gill

Teckel Drunker: http://bit.ly/2xryClV

Top Colors: Molting Craw, Phantom Green Craw, Phantom Red Craw

Strike King 1.5: http://bit.ly/2LlCEQX

Top Colors: Clear Water Minnow, Sexy Shad, Summer Sexy Shad

Hook and Split Ring Upgrades...

Owner ST-56 Treble (Size 4): http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW

Gamakatsu EWG Treble (Size 4): http://bit.ly/2DCOlmV

Owner Hyperwire Size 3 Split Rings: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

Favorite Squarebill Combo...

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

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

Line- Assassin Fluorocarbon 12 lb: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Other Budget Friendly Squarebill Rods...

G Loomis E6X 845 CBR: http://bit.ly/2G5Bc86

Dobyns Fury 7' Medium Heavy Cranking: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV

Shimano Curado 7' Medium Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2E9gktQ

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