Camp Fire - A Bass Fishing Story

Are you proud to be a bass fisherman? You're about to be! A few weeks ago the bass fishing industry came together and supported 22 of their own in the midst of tragedy. Here is a story the news overlooked...

The Camp Fire devastated Paradise, California and the surrounding communities. An incredible number of people lost their lives, and an unfathomable number of people escaped with nothing but their lives. Amongst those individuals were a bunch of bass fishermen! These aren't strangers, these aren't stories on the news, these are real people like you and I, some of them members of the TacticalBassin Family!

The news tells of devastation but they didn't tell you that Paradise, CA has a bass club. 22 bass fishermen in that club lost all their belongings and 2 lost their lives. Word of this tragedy spread through the bass fishing community very rapidly and a handful of amazing companies banded together to do something about it.

These are the brands that came together to support the Paradise Bass Club.

Paradise Bass Club:


Bass Patrol Jigs:

Big Bite Baits:

Blade Runner Tackle:

Chico Bass Club:


Dirty Jigs Tackle:

Dobyns Rods:

Falcon Rods:

Fisherman's Warehouse: 800-237-3511

Johnson's Bait and Tackle: 530-674-1912





Reaction Innovations:






Swimmer Baits: Local Brand, no contact info

Tackle Warehouse:


Water Gremlin:

Wright & McGill:


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EPIC Trip Back East! | Major Lesson In Bass Fishing History

Matt just got back from an awesome fishing trip in Kentucky and Tennessee! He met up with some great guys and fished a bunch of lakes, even fishing a tournament on Dale Hollow! What he didn't expect, was to be hit so hard by the historical significance of these amazing fisheries!

There are a bunch of fishing videos coming from the trip, including a first-person perspective from the Billy Westmoreland Invitational Tournament. In the meantime, Matt got in front of the camera to share his thoughts and experiences from the trip. He got a lot more than he bargained for when he walked back through the history of Smallmouth Bass fishing in Tennessee and he shares his perspective in this video. 

Wondering what TacticalBassin methods caught fish during the trip? Below is a list of the baits that the guys were able to catch fish on while road tripping for a week. 

LV-500 Lipless Crankbait:
Blade Runner Underspin:
Matt Allen Swimbait Head:
Keitech 4.8 Swimbait:
S-Waver 200 Swimbait:
BladeRunner DUH Spoon:
Yellow Magic Popper:
Dirty Jigs Finesse Football:
Yamamoto Double Tail Grub:
Strike King 10XD Crankbait:
Spro RockCrawler Crankbait:

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$200,000 Yacht Sunk To The Bottom!! (Coast Guard Called)

You never know what you're going to see when fishing!!! We noticed the oil slick, then the life jackets, then the yacht! Once the Coast Guard arrived we gave them the room to work but we hope this worked out for the boat owners! 

Let this serve as a reminder to all of us! Regular boat maintenance is so important! In your bass boat, here are some quick items you can change to ensure that your boat isn't taking on water. Don't let those minor leaks go unchecked. We've had to raise a bass boat off the lake bottom in the past and its not easy!

Drain Plug-
Remote Plug System-
Livewell Pump-
Bilge Pump (With Float for automatic bilge)-

If you happen to remember that we were fishing in the beginning of the video here is the gear we were using. And if you were wondering what on earth we were doing... 30 foot visibility and Tim's fish had a follower chasing it around... we were after that double hook up. 

Eye Surrender ESE Polarized Glasses...
Grey in Sunlight or Amber in Low Light:

Tim's Setup...
Rod- G Loomis NRX 901:
Reel- Shimano Stella 2500:
Line- Power Pro MaxCuatro 10 lb:
Leader- 7 lb Sunline Snipper Fluoro:
Hook- Owner Mosquito Light:
Roboworm 4" Fat Worm:
Weight- Tungsten Dropshot:

Matt's Setup...
Rod- Shimano Expride 7' Medium:
Reel- Shimano Stradic CI4+ 2500:
Line- 10 lb Sufix 832:
Leader- 8 lb Sunline Asassin:
Hook- Trokar Dropshot:
Worm- Roboworm 4" Fat:
Weight- Tungsten Dropshot:

We forget how dangerous the water can be. Boats sink all the time and we need to be more aware of the dangers. Always wear your safety equipment, carry the tools and equipment to keep you and your passengers safe, and always keep an eye out to help others that may be in distress. 


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Fishing With A Piece Of Bass Fishing History !!!

Matt gambled everything for the chance to fish with a real piece of bass fishing history and it was amazing!!! Check this out! What an honor!! 

Do you enjoy flipping, pitching, or fishing heavy cover for bass? Have you ever wondered why until recently all major tournaments had an 8 foot rod rule? Have you ever heard the name, Dee Thomas? If you haven't, you're missing a huge piece of bass fishing history!!

Dee Thomas is the godfather of Flipping. He developed a method called "Tullie Dipping" and later, the first flippin' sticks. He was inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall Of Fame in 2000 and later the  Bass Fishing Hall Of Fame for his contributions to the sport. Its such an honor to catch a fish with a real piece of bass fishing history that was once used by Dee Thomas!

While dipping sticks are generally a thing of the past, flipping is alive and well! We've recently done several videos, here is a link to our video "Flipping and Pitching Heavy Cover: Everything You Need To Know" -

Below is a breakdown of the modern equipment we now use for these techniques...

Longer Rods Options...
G Loomis NRX 7'7" XH:
Daiwa Steez Compile X 8' Flippin:
Shimano Expride 7'11" XH:

Shorter Rod Options...
Dobyns Champion Extreme 7'4" Heavy Flip:
Dobyns Champion 7'3" H:
Shimano Expride 7'3" XH:

Reels for Flipping...
High End- Metanium MGL XG:
Mid Range- Curado K (Pre-Order):
Price Point- Casitas 150:


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Sun Mask:
Sun Shirt w/ Hood:
Light Fishing Pants:

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