Squarebill Crankbaits For Shallow Docks

Matt is out on Clearlake with the new boat for the first time and the fish are biting! Come along as he puts the pieces together, searching for the balance between active shallow fish and larger, more lethargic deep water bass.

Matt found his best success using two squarebill crankbaits. The first was a silent Lucky Craft, the later was a rattling 6th Sense. By using both he was able to fine tune what the bass were keying on and by day's end the bites were coming one after another.

The Baits...

Lucky Craft 1.5 Squarebill (American Shad): http://bit.ly/2BGxKPa

6th Sense Crush 50 (Chrome Treuse Shad): http://bit.ly/2HbaCGT

Ned Worm- Finesse T.R.D. (Green Pumpkin Goby): http://bit.ly/2hs4RtR

Ned Head- Lockz HD: http://bit.ly/2kIgRYK

Matt's Squarebill Combo...

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

Reel- Aldebaran 50 MGL (7:1 Ratio): http://bit.ly/2uQ4oH8

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

Matt's Ned Combo...

Rod- G Loomis GLX 852S JWR: http://bit.ly/2A6HH3O

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

Line- 10 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

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

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How To Catch Bass During The Summer To Fall Transition

Wondering how to catch bass? Did your fish disappear? This is a great time of year if you know where to look! Bass are incredibly predictable in the Late Summer and Early Fall so use these tips to your advantage. In this video we break down where the bass position, the best time of day to target them, as well as a few confidence baits to make your life easier. 

By focusing your efforts during peak times you maximize your time and avoid a great deal of frustration. Intentionally focus on reaction baits early and late with your biggest push at finesse between 9 and 11 AM. The early afternoons are typically a bit slower this time of year so don't let the lull in action discourage you from continuing into the evening. 

We have a few key confidence baits that we lean on through the transition. Those baits are outlined below... 

Crankbaits...
Berkeley Dredger 17.5 & 20.5: http://bit.ly/2I8xOcA
Strike King 5XD: http://bit.ly/29Xk9Tr
Norman DD22 (Silent): http://bit.ly/2aMn5V5

Slow Moving Baits...
Netbait T-Mac Worm (Texas Craw): http://bit.ly/2jndwj9
Canterbury Shaky Head: http://bit.ly/2aFOs0V
Dirty Jigs Finesse Jig (Supermat Brown): http://bit.ly/2eJinXo
Strike King Menace Trailer: http://bit.ly/2HmX7D0

Crankbait Combo...
Rod- Zodias 7'6" Glass: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe
Reel- Curado 200 K 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Jig Combo... 
Rod- G Loomis GLX 853C JWR: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT
Reel- Metanium MGL 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2ezIBfB
Line- 50 lb MaxCuatro Braid: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
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Crankbait Tricks For Early Fall Bass

The Fall transition is Crankbait season! Get prepared so you're not left behind this year. The change from Summer to Fall patterns happens like the flip of a switch and the bass start feeding heavily on baitfish. Whether going shallow or deep there is a crankbait that will help you get more bites. 

We break these Fall transition fish into two categories. Some push baitfish shallow and will be targeted with Squarebills. Others follow the bait out deep and will be targeted with deep diving crankbaits. Both groups are easily catchable if you know what to look for and which baits to use. 

Tim's Shallow Arsenal is broken down by very specific depth ranges. When targeting bass in the shallows there isn't a single square bill that does it all, at least not if you want to maximize your time on the water. Here are Tim's preferred baits.

0-1 foot divers...
Strike King SHALLOW 1.5: http://bit.ly/2gxITSN
Evergreen CH-1: http://bit.ly/2MrsOCG
Mann's 1-Minus: http://bit.ly/2MN6L8T

1-3 foot divers...
Strike King 1.0: http://bit.ly/2Pz3HvE
Lucky Craft 1.5: http://bit.ly/2BGxKPa
6th Sense Crush 50X: http://bit.ly/2HbaCGT

3-5 foot divers...
6th Sense Crush 100X: http://bit.ly/2HbaCGT
River2Sea Biggie: http://bit.ly/2ahCzvo
Lucky Craft 2.5: http://bit.ly/2woi2Cc
Luhr Jensen Speed Trap: http://bit.ly/2fyC098
Megabass S-Crank: http://bit.ly/2dPdTxb

Matt's Deep baits are broken down by diving depth as well but not nearly to the extent as the shallow baits. Matt typically has 1-2 baits that overlap per depth range. 

Strike King 10XD Crankbait - http://bit.ly/2gHT4F0
Strike King Pro Model 6XD Crankbaits - http://bit.ly/2ery44M
6th Sense Crush 300DD Crankbaits - http://bit.ly/2h9YgSx
Norman DD22: http://bit.ly/2aMn5V5
River2Sea Goon: http://bit.ly/2AnvmMg

Tim's Squarebill Setup...
Rod- G Loomis 845 CBR: http://bit.ly/2giKvEy
Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB
Line- 20 lb Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- Sunline fluoro 15 lb: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

Matt's Deep Crank Setup...
Rod- Shimano Zodias 7'6" Glass: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe
Reel- Shimano Curado 200K 6:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Line- 20 lb Sufix 832 Braid: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji
Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Crankbait Storage...
Plano Deep Waterproof Box: http://bit.ly/2xjccls
Bass Mafia Deep Waterproof Box: http://bit.ly/2w4i4QJ
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Swimbaits and Crankbaits For Schooling Bass

Hit the water with Matt and Tim as they locate huge schools of aggressive bass that are feeding heavily on small baitfish. The guys use a combination of paddle tail swimbaits and crankbaits to fool the bass as they feed on steep walls and ledges. 

Combining different presentations is a great way to keep schools of bass "active". The hardest part of fishing for schooling bass is triggering the frenzy, but these tips will help you keep them fired up longer and drastically increase your odds of catching a BIG bass. The combination of swimbait and crankbait offers two very different looks, both fast moving, and continues to trigger multiple fish at once. 

The baits...

Keitech 3.8, 4.3 and 4.8 swimbaits: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v
Matt Allen Swimbait Head: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN
Megabass Deep X 300 Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2sSQHpt
Megabass Deep Six Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2A3clKP
Dirty Jigs Pivot Point Football Head (With 3/0 Hook): http://bit.ly/2jOY1Ns

-Keitechs focus on baitfish colors, chartreuse blue, and don't be afraid to try anything with gold or yellow in it when targeting smallmouth.

-Crankbaits Focus on Chartreuse, Baitfish, and especially Ayu for Smallmouth. 

Tim's Swimbait Combo...

Tim's Rod- G Loomis GLX 894C: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT
Tim's Reel- Shimano Curado 200K 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Tim's Line- 50 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Tim's Leader- 20 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Matt's Swimbait Combo...

Matt's Rod- G Loomis GLX 853C: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT
Matt's Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL HG: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB
Matt's Line- 30 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Matt's Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Crankbait Combos...
Rod #1 (Smaller Baits)- IMX Pro 845 CBR: http://bit.ly/2og0BmK
Rod #2 (Larger Baits)- IMX Pro 906 CBR: http://bit.ly/2og0BmK
Reel #1 (Smaller Baits): Aldebaran 50 (7:1 Ratio): http://bit.ly/2fdX1Uy
Reel #2 (Larger Baits): Metanium MGL (7:1 Ratio): http://bit.ly/2ezIBfB
Line - 12 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Budget Friendly Crankbait Setup...
Rod- Dobyns Colt 7' MH Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2lU0LfV
Reel- Shimano Casitas 150: http://bit.ly/2geKxsp
Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

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