Lake Cumberland - Catching Fish In A New Lake

How do you find fish in a new lake? Where do you look and how do you target them? Come along with Matt for a day on Lake Cumberland in Kentucky. With no outside information and little more than a map to guide the way, he covers water and locates feeding bass.

Whether you're in the PNW, the Midwest, or deep in the South, bass all behave the same way. Once you understand their feeding habits and basic movements they become highly predictable. Don't let a new fishery frighten you, its not that hard to find fish.

During the cold months we typically start by exploring the backs of deep pockets and creeks. If you can locate baitfish with your electronics you're already off to a great start! Pay attention to the depth of those baitfish and repeat the process in a different location until you find baitfish with bass around them.

Once you've located fish it simply comes down to confidence. Pull out your favorite lures, those baits you've got the most confidence in, and begin targeting those bass. If you don't have confidence baits look below, you'll find a break down of the lures and gear Matt had the confidence to use on his first visit to Cumberland.

The Baits...

Yellow Magic Popper- http://bit.ly/2al0dKP

River2Sea Rover- http://bit.ly/2acSVea

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

Swimbait Head: 1/8 oz Guppy- http://bit.ly/2nyUJRS

Blade Runner 1 3/4 oz Spoon- http://bit.ly/2aKVLlG

Finesse Combo...

Rod- Expride 7' Light+ Spinning: http://bit.ly/2osaj3q

Reel- Stradic CI4+ 2500: http://bit.ly/2gu84t7

Line- 10 lb Power Pro Braid: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b

Leader- 8 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Spoon Combo...

Rod- Zodias 7'2" Medium Heavy: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe

Reel- Curado 200 HGK: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh

Line- 60 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 20 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

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Fall To Winter Transition - New State, New Lake, Big Bass

Today we're fishing an area of the country most bass fishermen have never visited. The area known as the PNW (Pacific North West) is a region completely neglected by the bass fishing community. With few major tournaments and an abundance of water, the quality of fish in this region has gone largely unnoticed. Come along for a day on the water as we explore Couer D'Alene Lake.

The smallmouth in this region are short and fat, much like the smallmouth of the Great Lakes. The waters are crystal clear but the difference is a food source called Kokanee. Much like the big bass in California, the jumbo smallmouth of the NorthWest gorge on Kokanee Salmon. With that said, a Smallmouth is a Smallmouth, no matter where it is located. As you might expect, these bass are aggressive feeders and love to fight!

Matt and Jessie used a handful of techniques to target bass but the most successful method was the lipless crankbait. The guys found scattered bass on ledges in 25-40 feet of water that would readily attack a lipless crankbait fished slowly along bottom.

Matt flew in and wasn't able to bring his typical gear with him. He came armed with 4 reels and a small box of tackle. He paired his equipment with some of Jessie's rods and hit the water for a day to break down a lake, experiment with new tackle, and catch some big smallmouth bass. Below is a breakdown of the gear used.

The Baits...

Lipless- Lucky Craft LV-500: http://bit.ly/2aAUUbd

Swimbait- S-Waver 168: http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh

Jerkbait- Megabass Vision 110 +1: http://bit.ly/2iGYOCX

Jig- 1/2 oz Pitchin' Jig: http://bit.ly/2amL3of

Matt's 4 reels...

Aldebaran MGL: http://bit.ly/2uQ4oH8

Chronarch MGL: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB

Curado 200K: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh

Tranx 300: http://bit.ly/2kYsvRw

Lipless Combo...

Rod- Duckett Terex 7' Medium: http://bit.ly/2yMdIyX

Reel- Chronarch MGL 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB

Line- 50 lb MaxCuatro Braid: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

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

S-Waver Combo...

Rod- Phenix 7'6" Heavy Recon Elite: http://bit.ly/2qhziq6

Reel- Curado 200 K 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh

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

Leader- 20 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

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Giant Midwest Bass Eat Swimbaits Too!

Tim traveled 2500 miles to throw swimbaits and topwater for BIG bass in the Midwest and it worked! The big Michigan Smallmouth fell victim to the the swimbait just like their cousins out West. Time after time we're reminded that a bass is a bass, no matter where they swim.

We get asked over and over again if our techniques will work in a particular state or on a particular lake. Anglers constantly overlook the simple truth that all bass are inherently the same. They live in different environments but their feeding activity, movements, behavior, etc... are all identical.

Swimbaits work from coast to coast. Topwater, finesse, reaction, etc... will catch bass EVERYWHERE when the conditions are right. In today's video Tim gives a detailed step-by-step look at a day on the water in Northern Michigan as he breaks down the lake, locates the giant bass, and uses a handful of key baits to consistently put them in the boat.

Below is a breakdown of the gear he used to accomplish this feat:

Baits...

S-Waver 168 Swimbait (Light Trout): http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh

Reaction Innovations Vixen (Bone): http://bit.ly/2rp11nr

Matt Allen Swimbait Head: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN

Keitech 4.3 Fat Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Strike King Dream Shot: http://bit.ly/2aAoUoR

Vixen Modifications...

Split Ring- Owner Hyperwire #3: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

Front Hooks- Owner ST-36 Size 4: http://bit.ly/2cWpeyw

Rear Treble- Owner Feather Treble Size 4: http://bit.ly/2dJH8V6

Sunglasses For Clear Water/Cloudy Skies (Copper Lenses): http://bit.ly/2glE3eN

Trolling Motor- Minn Kota Ulterra: http://bit.ly/2PoYlTd

S Waver Combo...

Rod- G Loomis GLX 894C JWR: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT

Reel- Metanium MGL: http://bit.ly/2ezIBfB

Line- Sunline XPlasma 50 lb: http://bit.ly/2OR5i2j

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 20 lb: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Vixen Combo...

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

Reel- Chronarch MGL: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB

Line- Sufix 832 50 lb: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji

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

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Fall Bass Fishing: How To Catch Bass On Spoons

Spoon fishing is easy! Its one of the oldest fishing techniques but most anglers don't have any idea how to fish spoons for bass. The trick to getting bit on a spoon is in the details. From line material to colors, to drop speed, the subtle changes are the difference between catching and wasting time.

As the cool nights set in, the jigging spoon bite is the best it will be all year. Don't be afraid to head out to deeper water in search of schooling fish. If you can find bass around baitfish you've got the recipe for quick success.

We use a variety of spoons to catch the bass. Matching the size of the baitfish can be very important so don't be afraid to change sizes, even switching to a tail spinner or underpin when the bite slows. But if you need a place to start, the 1 3/4 oz Blade Runner is the most consistent producer amongst our spoons.

Below is a breakdown of our gear:

Spoons...

BladeRunner 1 3/4 oz Duh Spoon: http://bit.ly/2aKVLlG

BladeRunner 1 1/4 oz Duh Spoon: http://bit.ly/2zXfwGa

Nichols Lake Fork Flutter Spoon: http://bit.ly/2ICAGKL

Tail Spinners...

Damiki Axe Blade: http://bit.ly/2w2uB9t

Duo Realis Spin: http://bit.ly/2QKeL9X

Matt's Spoon Setup...

Rod- G Loomis GLX 853C JWR: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT

Reel- Chronarch MGL: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB

Line- 20 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Tim's Tail Spinner Setup...

Rod- 13 Fishing Muse 7' Medium: http://bit.ly/2xVM80V

Reel- 13 Origin TX: http://bit.ly/2NUHiej

Line- 15 lb Sunline Sniper: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

Budget Friendly Spoon Combo...

Rod- Shimano SLX 7'2" Medium Heavy: http://bit.ly/2L3wppO

Reel- Shimano SLX 150 HG: http://bit.ly/2NfdOnk

Line- 20 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

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