First We Got Cut Off, Then We Crashed The Boat!

From bad to worse! Tim and Matt had no idea what was coming when they launched the boat on the CA Delta! The day just kept going down hill. It started with lost fish, then they got cut off, next they lost a GIANT striped bass, rebounded by catching a huge bird, and then when it couldn't get any worse, they crashed!

Have you ever had one of "those" days? We just couldn't seem to do anything right! Luckily we survived to tell the tale! When it was all said and done, Matt was able to turn the day around by heading to another lake and catching a bunch of bass on soft jerkbaits.

Bad days happen to all of us. Don't let it get you down! Keep your chin up, stay focused, and continue to fish until you get out of the rut. The only difference between great anglers and the rest of us is persistence!

We did manage to catch a few fish along the way. Below is a break down of the gear we were using to successfully catch fish.

Lures...

S-Waver 200 (Bone Color): http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh

Split Rings- Hyperwire Size 6: http://bit.ly/2aTH3f1

Hooks- Owner ST-56 Size 1/0: http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW

Strike King Mega Dawg: http://bit.ly/2NNGQvs

Evergreen Shower Blows 150: http://bit.ly/2zIkqUH

Zoom Super Fluke: http://bit.ly/2aqys0H

Keel Guard- http://bit.ly/2N5p36m

Super Fluke Combo...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 874 CRR: http://bit.ly/2R4f2Ud

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

Line- 50 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

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

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4 Kinds Of Bass! IGFA Super Grand Slam!

Largemouth, Striper, Smallmouth, and Spotted Bass in the same day?! Its a short list of anglers that have ever accomplished this lofty goal but we set off today to do exactly that! Hours of driving, a lot of adapting, and a couple of headaches later, we did it!!

Having a Grand Slam recognized by the IGFA is a huge honor. Having a Super Grand Slam is just incredible! If you've ever thought of pursuing a Slam, you should follow through! Get the info on IGFA Slams here: https://www.igfa.org/Fish/Grand-Slam-Clubs.aspx

Below is a list of the gear we used to accomplish the slam:

Tim's Catches...

Striper- Evergreen Shower Blows 125: http://bit.ly/2zIkqUH

Largemouth- Lucky Craft 1.5 Squarebill: http://bit.ly/2vmq67T

Smallmouth- Bandit 200: http://bit.ly/2O6j154

Spotted Bass- Bandit 200: http://bit.ly/2O6j154

Matt's Catches...

Striper- S Waver 200: http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh

Largemouth- 6th Sense Crush 50: http://bit.ly/2HbaCGT

Smallmouth- Norman Deep Baby N: http://bit.ly/2O9CAcu

Spotted Bass- Norman Deep Baby N: http://bit.ly/2O9CAcu

Tim's Striper Combo...

Rod- Dobyns Fury 795: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV

Reel- Shimano Tranx 300: http://bit.ly/2kYsvRw

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

Bass Combo...

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

Reel- Aldebaran MGL 50: http://bit.ly/2uQ4oH8

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

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Deep Structure Vs. Shallow Grass : Late Summer Bass Fishing

Matt & Tim hit the water together for the first time in months! They start out fishing deep structure with a jig and wobble head. When they're done they head to the shallows in search of topwater action. Come along for the fun!

Most bass fishermen find themselves drawn to a particular Summer pattern. They find themselves focusing on deep fish on hard cover or they find their interests lie in shallow grass and structure. The fishermen that can combine both methods into a day on the water consistently see better success. 

Matt's Baits... 
Wobble Head Jig (3/8 oz 4/0 Hook): http://bit.ly/2jOY1Ns
Creature Bait- Zoom Z Craw: http://bit.ly/2vW7Jo5
Frog- River2Sea Bully Way 2: http://bit.ly/2axyR2a
Frog- Jackall Gavacho: http://bit.ly/2L7KsWS

Tim's Baits...
Jig- 1/2 oz Dirty Jigs Pitchin Jig (Norcal Craw): http://bit.ly/2amL3of
Trailer- Sweet Beaver (Green Pumpkin Red): http://bit.ly/29W3RZW
Shaky Head- Canterbury 1/4 oz Black: http://bit.ly/2aFOs0V
Frog- Evergreen Soft Shell: http://bit.ly/2NChzTZ
Frog- Bully Wa 2 (Ghost): http://bit.ly/2axyR2a

Matt's Wobble Head Setup... 
Rod- Megabass Orochi XX Tour Versatile: http://bit.ly/2OSVNwH
Reel- Chronarch MGL 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB
Line- 50 lb Maxcuatro Braid: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 20 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Tim's Jig Setup...
Rod- Dobyns Champion Extreme 744: http://bit.ly/2ab2kRX
Reel- Metanium MGL 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2L8anRQ
Line- 65 lb MaxCuatro Braided Line: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 20 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm
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Matt Buys A New Boat!

Watch LIVE as Matt buys a bass boat. After 2 months of searching Matt found the EXACT Champion 210 bass boat he was looking for but it was half way across the country. This is what its like to make a major purchase across state lines. 

Our good friend Coop drove over from Arkansas and put the boat through the ringer. He inspected it, did the test drive, talked extensively with the seller, before handing over payment on Matt's behalf. Buying across state lines isn't complicated but you have to know the right steps to keep yourself as protected as possible. 

Its a 2008 Champion 210 Elite in phenomenal shape, and completely stock. Below is a list of upgrades Matt intends to make to the boat. We'll do some very extensive videos in the near future showing Matt inspecting the boat for himself, as well as upgrading the components in the boat to make it reliable and travel ready. 

Matt will be upgrading to the following...

Hot Foot Throttle: http://bit.ly/2ob4kgO
Ultrex 112 Trolling Motor: http://bit.ly/2vFQypW
Solix 15 Electronics front and back: http://bit.ly/2pAkXr2
Talon 15' Shallow Water Anchors: http://bit.ly/2F0QBSP
Hydrowave Feeding Stimulator: http://bit.ly/2BCrdVx

This is just the beginning of the upgrades. When working with an older hull, you're able to pour more of the budget into dialing in the boat exactly how you'd like it. This is one of the benefits to be weighed while deciding between purchasing a new or used boat. We'll also be making upgrades to the trailer, wiring, charging system, and more so be sure to follow along. 
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