How To Sight Fish When Its NOT EASY!

Got Wind? Got Murky Water? Don't worry! You can still catch those fish! We've talked in the past about how to target bed fish that you can't see at all by flipping likely cover. In this video we're talking about how to catch them when conditions get tough. 

We've all been in the situation where our plan is destroyed by weather. Either the wind picks up, or the water gets muddy, or visibility is lost due to cloud cover or algae, and we're left high and dry. When this happens most anglers simply quit sight fishing and move on to other patterns. Don't be that guy! 

If you're the only guy that can still sight fish during a "tough" day, you're going to be the guy that wins the tournament, or who gets that trophy fish you've been dreaming about. The key is to move quickly, look very thoroughly, and not get hung up on only targeting big bass. 

Good glasses are KEY during tough conditions! We've said this before and we'll say it again, spending a ton of money on glasses doesn't make them the best. If you haven't tried a set of Eye Surrenders in either Amber or Copper lenses, it will make a world of difference for you when the conditions get tough and you're trying to see into darker than normal water. Here are the glasses...

Eye Surrender ESE Sunglasses:

If you're in a tournament that is expecting 30 lbs and the conditions get tough, drop the expectation to 20 and just focus on catching. If they're expecting 20 lbs, drop to 12-15 lbs. By targeting slightly smaller fish you'll find that you become very consistent when everyone else is hitting rock bottom, just trying to catch tiny fish. 

This is the one time that we break our own rule and start using very bold lure colors. Whites, Chartreuses, and pinks are all great choices. Remember, this typically isn't the time for giant baits. Focus on smaller profiles that are easier to see so you can capitalize on ever opportunity that presents itself. Here are some of our favorites for those tough days...

Dropshot- Reaction Innovations Shiver Shot:
(White Trash or Morning Dawn)

Texas Rig- Reaction Innovations Smallie Beaver:
(White Trash)

Shaky Head- Strike King Fat Baby Finesse Worm:
(Fire Tiger, Morning Dawn)

Swimbait- Keitech 3.8 or 4.3:
(Male Perch, Sight Flash, Sun Gill)

Stick Bait- Yamamoto Senko 5":
(Chartreuse/Shad Laminate, Morning Dawn, Cream White)

The next time tough conditions present themselves don't back down. Move into the shallows, look as deep as you can, and be the guy that makes it happen instead of the guy talking about what could have been!

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Underwater Sight Fishing - Which Lures Work Best?

Ever wondered why one lure works better than another? Let's head underwater to see the differences between a variety of swimbaits. As we watch, Tim explains why each bait is effective and how to use it most effectively. 

We're sure you've noticed that many youtubers throw small swimbaits for their underwater footage. Wondered why? Its very easy to get a bass interested in a swimbait. Bass are hardwired to defend their nests against predators. 
Swimbaits are a perfect imitation of a variety of predators that bass face. However, a swimbait is rarely the best bait for CATCHING the bed fish. For this style of fishing they have an incredibly poor hookup to land ratio. You're much better off using a small swimbait as a tool to aggravate the fish, then using a traditional bait to get the final bite. 

The swimbaits... 
Mattlures Ultimate Bluegill:
Storm WildEye Live Sunfish:
Little Creeper Baby Trash Fish:
Little Creeper All American Sunfish:
*Paired with Trokar 5/0:
Keitech Fat 2.8, 3.8,4.8 Swimbait:
*Paired with...
2.8 and 3.8 exposed- Dirty Jigs Guppy Head:
4.8 exposed - Matt Allen Swimbait Head:
Weedless Rigging for all sizes - Owner Flashy Swimmer:

Additional baits Matt uses for this Aggrevation method...
Castaic 4" and 6":
Mattlures U2 Bluegill:
Basstrix 6" Paddletail:
Basstrix Bait Fry Bluegill:

You do not need a dedicated swimbait rod for this technique because you're not actually trying to hook the fish on this setup. However, bait control is key so you do need a very stout "flipping" style rod to control the bait on short casts. Any flipping rod will work but here is our setup...

Rod- Shimano Expride 7'11" XH:
Reel- Shimano Curado 200K 7:1 Ratio:
Line- 65 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro:
Leader- Tim- 20 lb Sunline Sniper:
            - Matt- 20 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Budget Combo that can handle all of the baits listed above...
Rod- Exage 7'6" Heavy:
Reel- Shimano Casitas 150:
Line- 65 lb Power Pro:
Leader- 20 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Glasses are CRITICAL to sight fishing. We both wear the exact same glasses when sight fishing, they're the best lenses we've found at ANY price. It just happens that they're affordable. Check these out...

Eye Surrender ESE Glasses (Amber or Copper Lense):

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Crazy Underwater Footage! GIANT BASS Meets 10" Huddleston Swimbait!

Have you ever wondered if big swimbaits work? I mean, do they really work? Ever wanted to see a MONSTER BASS eat one? Now is your chance! Watch this trophy bass get fired up and eat monster 6 to 10 inch swimbaits over and over!

Its amazing to watch the defensive patterns change as the video progresses. In the beginning the smaller bass is totally focused on protecting the larger bass. By the end of the video the smaller fish has lost control and is just staying out of the way and the Monster bass attacks any swimbait that comes near its bed!

Anglers often over think their fishing but this is one time that I think we underestimate bass. There is a lot more going on during the spawn than we realize. From the surface of the water the concept seems simple but when we take an underwater look at the spawning process its amazing how many layers there really are to the bass' behavior.

Its clear that blanket answers like “just throw white” or “catching spawning bass kills their nest” or “fishing during the spawn is cheating” simply aren't accurate. Every bed and every bass is different. With a little patience and a lot of studying you can quickly analyze each fish and change your approach to become a much more effective and efficient bed fisherman.

The Gear Tim used in this video...


GoPro Hero5 Camera:

Tim's Sunglasses (Amber Lenses):

Huddleston 10” Swimbait:

Huddleston 8” Swimbait:

Huddleston 68 Swimbait:

Stinger Hook Wire:

Treble Stinger Hook (Size 2):


Huddleston 10” Combo...

Rod- Dobyns 908:

Reel- Tranx 300:

Line- 100 Lb Max Cuatro Braid:

Leader- 30 Lb Maxima Leader:


Huddleston 8” Combo...

Rod- Dobyns 807:

Reel- Tranx 300:

Line- 80 lb Sufix 832 Braid:

Leader- 30 lb Maxima Leader:


Huddleston 68 Combo...

Rod- Dobyns Fury 795:

Reel- Tranx 300:

Line- 65 Lb Sufix 832 Braid:

Leader- 25 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

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Sight Fishing Slugfest with Bonus Tips on Fishing The Spawn

Come along with Matt for an awesome day of bedfishing on Lake Berryessa. He catches a ton of nice fish on a variety of baits and explains why and how along the way. 

Fishing during the spawn can be amazing! Not only do you get to fish for giant bass but you get to catch them on finesse techniques as well as big baits. Its a chance to really match your skills and your equipment against some of the biggest bass you'll catch all year. 

Baits Shown In Order Of Appearance...

Dry Creek Tube Bait:
Tube Head:
Keitech 2.8" Swimbait:
Revenge Darthead:
Basstrix Bluegill:

Rods/Reels Used...

GLX 853 Casting:
Chronarch MGL:

Expride 7' Medium Spinning:
Stradic CI4+:

NRX 852 Casting:
Aldebaran 50: