Early Fall Bass Fishing Buyer's Guide

Swimbaits, jerkbaits, dropshot worms, and so many other awesome products have come to market since ICAST. It looks like this Fall is going to be a lot of fun! Today Matt is showing us a few of the new lures that stand out to him, along with a few items that he's been testing for a while. You know Matt is a tackle junkie so come along and see what he's found.

Every year ICAST (Bass fishing's biggest trade show) brings the promise of fun new gear to check out in the Fall. This year Tim did a review of some of his favorites and now its Matt's turn. The delays are over, products are beginning to hit store shelves, and its time for the fun to begin. We all love showing bass something new, we just want to know that we we aren't wasting valuable time and money on a dud.

Some of today's products are brand new to market and are simply a first look, others we've been using for as much as a year and are just now circling back to confirm our stamp of approval. Below is a breakdown of the gear in the video in order of appearance.

-Big Bite Baits Smallie Smasher: http://bit.ly/2ZpCOCY

-Big Bite Baits Tour Tube: http://bit.ly/32e23VR

-P-Line Bobber Stopper (Green/Black): http://bit.ly/2ZxAYuV

-Baitsanity Antidote Glide Bait: http://bit.ly/2ztUk9z

-Hydra Battery Terminal Multiplier: http://bit.ly/329zhFK

-Duo Realis Alpha 72 Spinbait: http://bit.ly/2UbnUu9

-River2Sea D Walker Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2NwqBmz

-Lucky Craft Pointer 100 H3: http://bit.ly/2PuaFpw

-G Loomis GLX 843 and 844 MBR Rods: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT

Antidote Hook Upgrades...

-Split Ring- Owner Hyperwire Size 4: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

-Owner ST-56 Treble (Size 1 and 2): http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW

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Summer Bass Fishing Gear Review!

In today's gear review we're taking a look at the new Shimano SLX DC reel, a handful of swimbaits, and an accessory that every bass boat needs. It doesn't matter if you're looking for your next 10 lber, or you just enjoy a day on the lake, there is something in this video for everyone. Tim hand selected these products for this video because they've had a positive impact on his fishing.

The Troll Jacket is one of those products that seems so simple we all should have thought of but we didn't. It makes a huge difference in our day to day lives on the boat. We're no longer struggling with a mess of cords around the trolling motor, no more zip ties cutting into cables, and no more cables fraying or twisting from use. The SLX DC is a no brainer. We've all fallen in love with the Metanium DC and Curado DC and this recent step with the SLX makes it more affordable still.

Both the Ima Glide Fluke and Megabass Okashira heads came out of friends of TacticalBassin putting on a clinic on the water. Once in a while someone truly smashes the bass, leaving us to take notes and expand our fishing style going forward. Both of these baits were brought to our attention in this manner. Notes were taken, methods were tested, and both the Glide Fluke and Screw Head are winners!

The Gear...

-T-H Marine Troll Jacket: http://bit.ly/2xBxoVf

-Shimano SLX DC Reel: http://bit.ly/2LWzw2Q

-Shimano SLX 6'10" Medium: http://bit.ly/2L3wppO

-Ima Glide Fluke: http://bit.ly/2xrMwo4

-Megabass Okashira Head: http://bit.ly/2EpluSA

-Keitech 3.3 Fat Swing Impact: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

-Megabass 3" Spark Shad: http://bit.ly/2XcLZk4

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Cheap Vs. Expensive Fishing Rods - Which Should You Buy?

Are expensive rods worth the money? Which rods are the best "Bang For The Buck?" Does spending more money really make a difference? What are the benefits? Which rod is right for you? Today we're comparing the advantages and disadvantages of high-end rods and budget-friendly rods. We're looking at the best of both worlds and giving recommendations on the most sensitive rods at every price point.

The primary benefit of an inexpensive or budget-friendly rod is cost. Its up to you to decide if the cost savings outweighs any potential performance issues. The downside of a cheaper rod are sensitivity, weight, and build quality. The primary benefit of an expensive or high-end rod is sensitivity, weight, balance, and overall experience. The downsides are cost and durability. Again, it is up to you as the angler to find the balance between sensitivity, durability, and budget.

Below we've provided links to all of the rods and reels in this video. We've gone a step further and linked the best "bang for the buck" rods that we've found at every price point and as an added bonus, will include "bang for the buck" reels as well. We hope this video helps you understand the benefits of each rod style as you choose the best option for you going forward.

Best "Bang For the Buck" Casting Rods...

-Shimano SLX: http://bit.ly/2NfdOnk

-Dobyns Fury: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV

-Shimano Expride: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

-Megabass Orochi XX: http://bit.ly/2OSVNwH

-G Loomis GLX: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT

Best "Bang For the Buck" Spinning Rods...

-Shimano SLX: http://bit.ly/2AdvIC1

-Dobyns Fury: http://bit.ly/2e7HZPF

-Shimano Expride: http://bit.ly/2osaj3q

-G Loomis GLX: http://bit.ly/2A6HH3O

Favorite Casting Reels...

-Shimano SLX 150 HG: http://bit.ly/2NfdOnk

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

-Chronarch MGL: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB

- Metanium DC: http://bit.ly/2qrSZvs

Favorite Spinning Reels…

-Shimano Sahara FI Spinning: http://bit.ly/2XhhM43

-Shimano Ultregra Spinning: http://bit.ly/2nfApml

-Stradic Ci4+ Spinning: http://bit.ly/2gu84t7

-Exsence Spinning: http://bit.ly/2iMtscV

Rods in thumbnail from left to right...

-North Fork Loomis Edge Rods: Source Locally

-Megabass Destroyer Rods: http://bit.ly/2wVOSbY

-Shimano SLX Rods: http://bit.ly/2L3wppO

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

-Daiwa Aird X Rods: http://bit.ly/2P7Z3Vu

-Shimano Expride Rods: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

-Abu Garcia Veritas Rods: http://bit.ly/2RU5kWt

-13 Fishing Defy Black Rods: http://bit.ly/2Ak3F3M

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Which Fishing Line? Braid vs Fluorocarbon vs Mono

When should you use Braid? When is fluorocarbon better than mono? What is each line for? Matt answers these questions and many more in today's in-depth look at fishing line. Even if you've made your mind up about your favorite line this video is worth a watch, some new technical lines have hit the market that are bridging the gap between line types.

This video goes in depth about all 3 fishing lines. We ignored copolymer for the sake of time as its really just an "in between" between fluorocarbon and monofilament. All of these different styles of line are important. Each one has a place and will increase your success while fishing. But use the wrong line for the wrong purpose and it will give you endless problems. This year we have the added bonus of "shock leader" which is essentially fluorocarbon that stretches like monofilament.

Because this video ran so long we did not include the portion on tying our favorite knots. We'll release a bonus video tomorrow that shows exactly how to tie a Palomar, double Palomar, San Diego Jam, Double San Diego Jam, and a Blood Knot.

Below is a break down of the different lines and types we use on a regular basis.

Braid...

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

-Power Pro Moss Green: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b

-Sufix 832: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji

Monofilament...

-Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Fluorocarbon...

Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Sunline Sniper: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

Shock Leader...

FC-100 System Leader Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2O4UElB

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