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: http://bit.ly/2aAUUbd
Blade Runner Underspin: http://bit.ly/29UVegz
Matt Allen Swimbait Head: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN
Keitech 4.8 Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v
S-Waver 200 Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh
BladeRunner DUH Spoon: http://bit.ly/2aKVLlG
Yellow Magic Popper: http://bit.ly/2al0dKP
Dirty Jigs Finesse Football: http://bit.ly/2d2apsm
Yamamoto Double Tail Grub: http://bit.ly/2db9w1p
Strike King 10XD Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2gHT4F0
Spro RockCrawler Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2BLmsVN

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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- http://bit.ly/2wN7O0b
Remote Plug System- http://bit.ly/2jkZqjS
Livewell Pump- http://bit.ly/2iPRaEu
Bilge Pump (With Float for automatic bilge)- http://bit.ly/2zDfRMh

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: http://bit.ly/2glE3eN

Tim's Setup...
Rod- G Loomis NRX 901: http://bit.ly/2dX9zjv
Reel- Shimano Stella 2500: http://bit.ly/2zT8C66
Line- Power Pro MaxCuatro 10 lb: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 7 lb Sunline Snipper Fluoro: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju
Hook- Owner Mosquito Light: http://bit.ly/2zQVKx3
Roboworm 4" Fat Worm: http://bit.ly/2awYSxM
Weight- Tungsten Dropshot: http://bit.ly/2oy7i24

Matt's Setup...
Rod- Shimano Expride 7' Medium: http://bit.ly/2osaj3q
Reel- Shimano Stradic CI4+ 2500: http://bit.ly/2gu84t7
Line- 10 lb Sufix 832: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji
Leader- 8 lb Sunline Asassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm
Hook- Trokar Dropshot: http://bit.ly/2ahxJOr
Worm- Roboworm 4" Fat: http://bit.ly/2awYSxM
Weight- Tungsten Dropshot: http://bit.ly/2oy7i24

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. 


Need Apparel? Tacticalbassin Hats, Hoodies and Sunshirts are available by emailing Tacticalbassinapparel@gmail.com


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" -  https://youtu.be/gU1uGAVyfAI

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

Longer Rods Options...
G Loomis NRX 7'7" XH: http://bit.ly/2hedqsq
Daiwa Steez Compile X 8' Flippin: http://bit.ly/2unTSJW
Shimano Expride 7'11" XH: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

Shorter Rod Options...
Dobyns Champion Extreme 7'4" Heavy Flip: http://bit.ly/2ab2kRX
Dobyns Champion 7'3" H: http://bit.ly/2abq8nl
Shimano Expride 7'3" XH: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

Reels for Flipping...
High End- Metanium MGL XG: http://bit.ly/2ezIBfB
Mid Range- Curado K (Pre-Order): http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Price Point- Casitas 150: http://bit.ly/2geKxsp


Want TacticalBassin Gear? Email tacticalbassinapparel@gmail.com for all the details on hats, sunshirts and hoodies. 

Need Sun Protection? Here's what we wear...
Sun Mask: http://bit.ly/2vgSsh4
Sun Shirt w/ Hood: http://bit.ly/2vgTOst
Light Fishing Pants: http://bit.ly/2foDx10

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Angler Sean Moffett Caught this MASSIVE Channel Catfish on 7/8/17. It is being submitted for the ALL-TACKLE WORLD RECORD for Length. It measures an amazing 83 centimeters (Inside Dimension) and will topple the existing record of 80 centimeters if all goes well with the IGFA Record Application. 

The Most amazing part about this giant catfish is that Sean was fishing for bass at the time of the record catch. He was using a light action spinning rod coupled Keitech Worm. He was only equipped with 10 lb line and the monster fish was in shallow grass. He was in for the battle of his life, lasting nearly 10 minutes! 

Whether you enjoy bass fishing, catfishing, or fishing for bluegill and crappie, a fish of this size is worth stopping and checking out. World record fish are always incredible. The biggest fish in the world of any species is special and this one is nothing short of amazing!

Gear Used For This Video...

Rod- Powell Max 3D 7' Medium Light: http://bit.ly/2nSoTxZ
Reel- Diawa RG Spinning: http://bit.ly/2sVk1z6 (Actual Diawa used is discontinued, this is its modern equivelant)
Line- Power Pro Braided 10 lb: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b
Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 10 lb: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Lure- Keitech Mad Wag 7" Worm: http://bit.ly/2sRJ3ix
Hook- 4/0 Gamakatsu Offset EWG: http://bit.ly/2d07gvp 
Weight- 3/8 oz Lead Bullet Weight: http://bit.ly/2tEcZfq

ElectroSamson Scale: http://bit.ly/2f7QgQ9

Net Used: Dotline Seamless: http://bit.ly/2txz0xQ

This video was shot exclusively with the GoPro Hero5 Camera: http://bit.ly/2iwZqqU

Equipment We Recommend...

Favorite Pliers: http://bit.ly/2tfxFvw
Favorite life jacket: http://bit.ly/2odXXIP
Favorite sunglasses: http://bit.ly/2glE3eN
Promar Net: http://bit.ly/2dh9xQP
Tacticalbassin Apparel: Email tacticalbassinapparel@gmail.com