Bed Fishing Tricks With Amazing Underwater Footage!

Let's head underwater to watch spawning bass eat bluegill swimbaits, jigs, and a variety of finesse baits. We're watching their behavior and learning how to adapt bait selection and equipment to catch bigger bed fish. If you're fishing during the spawn but don't consider yourself an "excellent bed fisherman", this video is for you!

Most anglers think of a big white creature bait and shallow water when its time to go bed fishing. The reality is sight fishing season is as diverse as any other time of year. There are a variety of baits for various conditions, sizes of fish, and water clarities. Knowing when to use each bait, how to lure strikes, and when to set the hook, is going to make you a much more efficient bed fisherman.

Below is a breakdown of the baits and equipment discussed in the video as well as some key color recommendations that break the norm. Don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone, throw some different baits, and catch a new personal best this Spring!

Sunglasses- Eye Surrender (Amber and Copper Lenses): http://bit.ly/2glE3eN

Ned Rig Baits...

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

(Desert Craw, Green Pumpkin Perch, Prism Shad)

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

(Green Pumpkin, Mud Bug, The Deal)

-Z Man TRD Craws: http://bit.ly/2U9vx6P

(TW Delta Green Pumpkin, Blood Worm, Canada Craw)

-Ned Head- Ned LockZ HD Jig Head 1/6 oz: http://bit.ly/2kIgRYK

Dropshot Worms...

-Strike King Dream Shot: http://bit.ly/2KNXuK9

(Green Pumpkin, Ghost Shad, KVD Magic)

-Z Man Trick Shots: http://bit.ly/2TqJwAR

(Bad Shad, Green Pumpkin Goby, Twilight)

-Reaction Innovations Shiver Shot: http://bit.ly/2JCpY7S

(Magic Craw Swirl, Sungill, Smallmouth magic)

-Dropshot Hook- Owner Mosquito Light Size 1: http://bit.ly/2zQVKx3

Jigs and Trailers...

-Dirty Jigs Pitching' Jig 1/2 oz: http://bit.ly/2amL3of

(Bluegill, Canterbury Craw, Go To)

-Dirty Jigs No-Jack Flippin Jig 1/2 oz: http://bit.ly/2fx8YBI

(Bluegill, Magic Craw Swirl, Warmouth)

-Reaction Innovations Beaver Trailer: http://bit.ly/29W3RZW

(Green Pumpkin, Green Pumpkin Red, Magic Craw Swirl)

-Reaction Innovations Smallie Beaver: http://bit.ly/2dR6CkP

(Green Pumpkin, Magic Craw Swirl, Spanish Fly)

Swimbaits and Bluegill Imitators...

-Keitech 2.8 Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

-Mattlures Ultimate Bluegill: http://bit.ly/2aAuAz5

-Mattlures U2 Bluegill: http://bit.ly/2s1dqyf

-Megabass Dark Sleeper: http://bit.ly/2TyR1GT

-Storm Wildeye Sunfish: http://bit.ly/2psTO6t

-Basstrix Bluegill: http://bit.ly/2dPHA4e

Fishing the spawn is all about boat positioning. Our Talons make a huge difference! The advantage of Talons over a trolling motor is that the prop is never turning but you're still able to sit perfectly still. If you've considered Shallow Water Anchors give Talons a look.

Minn Kota Talons: http://bit.ly/2F0QBSP

(We use 15' Talons)

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11 lb Bass Eats A Bluegill Swimbait! New Personal Best!

Chris is about to catch the biggest bass of his life! Watch as this monster bass eats a bluegill swimbait! If you've ever wondered what its like to fight a big bass, you're about to go into shock... he lands this giant bass in 6 seconds flat! Aside from an awesome catch, Matt explains how you can replicate this fish catch to put your own personal best in the boat.

Anglers are often shocked when they see how swimbait fish are dragged to the boat. Its not random and there is a whole method behind the aggressive style. In this video Matt explains how to match your gear and your fighting style to give yourself the best shot to catch a monster bass.

Huge congratulations to Chris on this monster bass! It was an honor to net your personal best and we hope your success shows other anglers how to catch the biggest bass of their lives too!

Below is a breakdown of the rod, reel, bait, etc used to land this incredible bass!

The Rod/Reel Combo...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 966: http://bit.ly/2x9kxuS

Reel- Tranx 300 AHG (power handle): http://bit.ly/2kYsvRw

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

Leader- 25 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

The Gear...

Bait- Mattlures Hammer Tail Bluegill: http://bit.ly/2FsZhA3

Hook- Owner ST-56 Size 2: http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW

Split Rig- Owner Hyperwire #5: http://bit.ly/2aTH3f1

Other Great Bluegill Swimbaits...

Mattlures Ultimate Bluegill (Boot Tail)- http://bit.ly/2aAuAz5

Mattlures U2 Bluegill (Smaller Size): http://bit.ly/2s1dqyf

Huddleston Bluegill: http://bit.ly/2FqvvQW

Little Creeper All American Sunfish: http://bit.ly/2ahBNOT

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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: http://bit.ly/2glE3eN

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: http://bit.ly/2JCpY7S
(White Trash or Morning Dawn)

Texas Rig- Reaction Innovations Smallie Beaver: http://bit.ly/2dR6CkP
(White Trash)

Shaky Head- Strike King Fat Baby Finesse Worm: http://bit.ly/2jqIGEJ
(Fire Tiger, Morning Dawn)

Swimbait- Keitech 3.8 or 4.3: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v
(Male Perch, Sight Flash, Sun Gill)

Stick Bait- Yamamoto Senko 5": http://bit.ly/2axAmNS
(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: http://bit.ly/2aAuAz5
Storm WildEye Live Sunfish: http://bit.ly/2psTO6t
Little Creeper Baby Trash Fish: http://bit.ly/2yDvkKG
Little Creeper All American Sunfish: http://bit.ly/2ahBNOT
*Paired with Trokar 5/0: http://bit.ly/2iTeTSh
Keitech Fat 2.8, 3.8,4.8 Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v
*Paired with...
2.8 and 3.8 exposed- Dirty Jigs Guppy Head: http://bit.ly/2nyUJRS
4.8 exposed - Matt Allen Swimbait Head: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN
Weedless Rigging for all sizes - Owner Flashy Swimmer: http://bit.ly/2e8O4Y7

Additional baits Matt uses for this Aggrevation method...
Castaic 4" and 6": http://bit.ly/2prXuGh
Mattlures U2 Bluegill: http://bit.ly/2s1dqyf
Basstrix 6" Paddletail: http://bit.ly/2aiy7SR
Basstrix Bait Fry Bluegill: http://bit.ly/2dPHA4e

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: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL
Reel- Shimano Curado 200K 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Line- 65 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- Tim- 20 lb Sunline Sniper: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju
            - Matt- 20 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Budget Combo that can handle all of the baits listed above...
Rod- Exage 7'6" Heavy: http://bit.ly/2mGp1Vc
Reel- Shimano Casitas 150: http://bit.ly/2geKxsp
Line- 65 lb Power Pro: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b
Leader- 20 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

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): http://bit.ly/2glE3eN
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