Spring Bass Fishing With The One-Legged Man

Derek lost his leg in a freak accident last Summer and the TacticalBassin family banded together, raising over $40,000 to help him in his time of need! We promised that if you supported Derek, when he was ready we'd get him on the water and help him catch a new personal best. Come along on the first day of that quest as we hit the water together.

We began the day in search of a reaction bite. We found the best success on Alabama Rigs early but we quickly turned to deep water finesse fishing as the sun rose. As the day progressed we started throwing big trout swimbaits in search of that new PB.

Listen closely to Derek's incredible story. Its a huge reminder of how quickly life can change forever. One moment you're shopping at the grocery store and the next you're fighting for your life! Life is fragile, strive to never take it for granted.

This is just the beginning of our time with Derek. We're going to pursue his new PB this Spring and will bring you guys along for the journey. Below is a breakdown of the gear we used on the water.


Alabama Rig- G Funk 8-Bladed: http://bit.ly/2F8ZzPU

Swimbait Heads- Matt Allen 1/8 oz: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN

Swimbaits- River2sea D Walker: http://bit.ly/2NwqBmz

Swimbaits- Keitech 4.8: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v


Dropshot Worm- Roboworm 6" Fat MMIII: http://bit.ly/2awYSxM

Dropshot Hook- Owner Mosquito Light: http://bit.ly/2zQVKx3

Ned Rig…

Ned Head- Z man LockZ HD: http://bit.ly/2kIgRYK

Worm- Yamamoto 5" Senko (Green Pumpkin Red): http://bit.ly/2axAmNS

A-rig Setup...

Rod- Curado 7'6" Heavy: http://bit.ly/2gUWTft

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

Line- 65 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Spinning Setup...

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

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

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

Leader- Sunline Sniper 7 lb: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju


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Finesse Swimbaits For Early Spring Bass

Swimbaits catch giant bass but that doesn't mean you always have to throw a BIG swimbait. Today's video is all about fishing small swimbaits at key times to catch quality bass. Knowing when to downsize can be the difference between an amazing day on the water and catching nothing at all.

Don't assume that small swimbaits mean you'll catch little fish. Even the little 2" offerings catch giant bass when bass are targeting small baitfish. The 2.8 keitech, Easy Shiner and Armor Shad are all great shad and minnow imitators. Pair them with a small head that has a finesse hook and you can drop down to light line, ultralight tackle, and get a ton of bites when other anglers are struggling.

Below is a breakdown of the gear Tim discussed in the video. We're also including some of our favorite colors. While your natural inclination is to throw the ghost and pearl colors don't be afraid to mix in the bright and bold options, you'd be amazed how often a giant bass will eat white or chartreuse simply because its different.

The Swimbaits...

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

-Damiki Armor Shad: http://bit.ly/2KtPDAT

-Keitech 3" Easy Shiner: http://bit.ly/2bxJK6H

-Strike King Rage Swimmer 2.75: http://bit.ly/2evZF8j

Natural Colors: Crystal Shad, Tennessee Shad, Pro Blue Red Pearl

Bold Colors: Chartreuse/Blue, SunGill, Morning Dawn, Chartreuse Shad

The Heads...

-Dirty Jigs Guppy Head with 1/0 hook: http://bit.ly/2nyUJRS

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

-Cool Baits Underspin: http://bit.ly/2boS7QA

All-Around Finesse Swimbait Combo...

Rod- Shimano Curado 7'1" Medium Spinning: http://bit.ly/2ydQjbi

Reel- Shimano Stradic CI4+ 2500: http://bit.ly/2gu84t7

Line- 8 lb Sunline Sniper Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

High-End Finesse Combo...

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

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

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

Leader- 8 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNj


Ned Rig - Catch More Bass With These Simple Tips

After using the Ned Rig heavily this past year we've formed strong opinions about baits, colors, head sizes, and gear. Its time to revisit the topic and really break down the specific tackle that we have had the best success with.

There are a variety of "Ned" baits on the market but Tim has found 2 that really stand out from the crowd. His preferred baits are the original Finesse T.R.D. by Z Man, and the 3" Roboworm Ned Worm. Tim's best success has come on natural colors fished with the minimum weight necessary to maintain bottom contact.

Below is a breakdown of the baits, hooks, colors, and gear that we've had the best success with while fishing this Midwest Finesse technique.

The Worms...

-Roboworm Ned Worm: http://bit.ly/2j9F0Xy

Tim's Favorite Colors- Green Pumpkin, Desert Craw, Prism Shad.

Matt's Favorite Colors- Margarita Mutilator, Peoples Worm.

-Z Man Finesse TRD: http://bit.ly/2hs4RtR

Tim's Favorite Colors- Green Pumpkin, Mud Bug, Smelt

Matt's Favorite Colors- Green Pumpkin Goby, Junebug

The Hooks...

-Z-Man Finesse Mushroom Head: http://bit.ly/2hs2cAe

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

-Owner Block Head Jig Head: http://bit.ly/2qL0A8n

Tim's Preferred Combo...

Rod- Daiwa Tatula Elite AGS Spinning Rod 7'6" ML - http://bit.ly/2QHupT9

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

Line- 12 lb Sunline SX1 Braid: http://bit.ly/2tn8EzQ

Leader- 6 lb Sunline Sniper: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

Great All-Around Combo...

Rod- Shimano Zodias Spinning Rod 7'3" Med Lt: http://bit.ly/2jOUXAO

Reel- Shimano Stradic CI4+ 2500: http://bit.ly/2gu84t7

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

Leader- 6 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Bait Storage Container...

-Plano Waterproof Stowaway 3740: http://bit.ly/2fvjcFB


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How To Catch Bass In Crystal Clear Water

Clear water scares a lot of fishermen but it doesn't have to! When its crystal clear there are some changes you need to make to your equipment and your lures but once you've done that, it can be some of the most enjoyable fishing you'll ever do. Don't be intimidated, learn how to adapt, and the next time you find yourself staring at the bass as they swim along you'll know what to do.

The key to clear water is finesse. There are exceptions to the rule (mainly big baits) but as a whole you want to drop down to lighter lines and clearer lures. Solid colors and thick lines are the kiss of death in crystal clear water. However "finesse" and "clear" are both relative terms so on one fishery you might need to use 4 lb test, the next you can get away with 8 lb. Don't assume you have to go to extremes right off the bat.

Below is a breakdown of all the methods Tim discussed. We'll include links to all of his favorite baits for clear water and even recommend a couple colors for each.

Tim's Favorite Budget Friendly Finesse Combo...

Rod- Zodias 7' Medium Light: http://bit.ly/2jOUXAO

Reel- Stradic CI4+ 2500: http://bit.ly/2gu84t7

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

Leader- 6 lb Sunline Sniper: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

The Finesse Baits...

-Straight Tail Worm- Roboworm 4" Fat: http://bit.ly/2awYSxM

(Hologram Shad, Pro Staff Peoples Worm)

-Shaped Worm- Strike King Half Shell: http://bit.ly/2iR9awm

(KVD Magic, Smoke Gold Purple Flake)

-Finesse Tube- Dry Creek 3.5" Tube: http://bit.ly/2cJwI6r

(Old Ugly, Watermelon Pepper)

-Tube Head- 3/16 oz Bite Me Flat Eye: http://bit.ly/2diyVXK

-Senko- 5" Yamamoto Senko: http://bit.ly/2axAmNS

(Natural Shad, Baby Bass)

-Wacky Hook- Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap Size 1/0: http://bit.ly/2aKGmHM

The Reaction Baits...

-Jerkbait- Staysee 90: http://bit.ly/2dBzMmz

(Ghost Minnow, American Shad)

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

(Light Trout, Party Crasher)

-Swimbait- 6" Osprey: http://bit.ly/2bqsLS0

(TW Shad Shad, Shad 087)

-Topwater- River2Sea Rover 128: http://bit.ly/2acSVea

(Abalone Shad, Ghost Minnow)


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