The Float N Fly Just Got Easier! | Winter Bass Fishing

If you've ever wanted to fish the Float 'n' Fly you've got to try this new method! you're no longer limited to a set length, nor do you need the long rod! We have the utmost respect for our predecessors but this method has changed the way Float N Fly fishing is done and it will work for you too!

If you've never fished the float n fly the concept is very simple. You suspend a fly (much like a crappie jig) below a float (bobber) and wait for a big, wary bass to bite. It sounds too easy to be true but this method has been catching giant bass for decades! 

If you've never fished the rig, now is the time. The method we use is simple and lets you fish the fly effectively without all the crazy equipment. Now you can use this finesse technique with your regular drop shot rod. 

Here is the gear...

Cumberland Pro Lures Fly:
Spro Phat Fly:
Punisher Lures Fly:

Tim's Thill Bobber:
Matt's Thill Bobber:

Bobber Stop Version 1:
Bobber Stop Version 2:

Our Electronics...
Humminbird Solix 15:

Tim's Combo...
Rod- Fury 6'6" Light:
Reel- Daiwa Fuego LT:
Line- Sunline FC Sniper 6 lb:

Matt's Combo...
Rod- Zodias 6'8" Medium Light:
Reel- Shimano Stradic CI4+:
Line- 10 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro:
Leader- 6 lb Assassin:

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Amazing Underwater Bass Fishing Footage of Tim Catching a BIG Spotted Bass!

Let's head underwater to watch as Tim fishes for a BIG Spotted Bass with a variety of baits and talks us through what is happening! Want to learn how to catch these big bass? Watching bass behavior underwater is the fastest way to become a better fisherman.

Time on the water has always been the most efficient way to become a great angler. Now that we can head underwater with a GoPro and actually watch the fish's movements and behavioral patterns the time involved in becoming a great angler is shorter than ever before! These videos are more than entertainment. They're a first hand look at the mannerisms that we can't see from the surface.

This particular fish is actually a bed fish. This is a giant female Spotted Bass and she's ready to defend her nest at all costs. Watch how the behavior changes from one bait to the next as she works aggressively to push and carry them away from the bed before finally consuming the baits to stop them. Bed fish of any species can be very aggressive but even in this situation, nothing compares to a Spot.

Tim uses 3 different baits to approach this Spotted Bass...

2.8 Keitech:

Revenge Dart Hedz:

Dirty Jigs Football Jig (Supermat Brown):

Yamamoto Double Tail Grub:

6" Osprey Tournament Talon (Reverse Hitch):


Need the gear to throw these baits? Here is what Tim was fishing with for this bass:

Keitech Combo...

Rod- Dobyns 742 Spinning Rod:

Reel- Daiwa Certate Spinning Reel:

Line- Sunline 6 lb:


Jig Combo...

Rod- GLX 893C:

Reel- Shimano Aldebaran 50:

Line- 50 lb Sufix 832:

Leader- 15 lb Assassin:


Osprey Swimbait Combo...

Rod- 7'6” Expride Heavy:

Reel- Chronarch MGL 150:

Line- 65 lb Sufix 832:

Leader- 25 lb Sunline Assassin:


Tim's Sunglasses for Sight Fishing- Eye Surrender:

Camera Used- GoPro Hero5:


Spotted bass are amazing predators. They're smarter than largemouth and stronger than smallmouth. What they lack in size they make up for in aggression and in recent years, giant spotted bass have began dominating fisheries across the country, especially lakes like Bullards Bar, Lake Berryessa, Lake Shasta, and Lake Oroville. If you have the opportunity to experience Spotted Bass fishing you need to take the time to try it!

Underwater Footage | Big Spotted Bass Crushing Swimbaits and Jigs!

This Spotted Bass is ready to fight! We positioned a camera below the surface to catch the drama as it unfolds. The bass repeatedly goes on the attack! It viciously eats swimbaits and jigs without abandon. Spotted Bass are amazing predators. They're more aggressive than largemouth and more powerful than smallmouth. This bass is a perfect example of Spotted Bass aggression! 

In case you're wondering, this bass is spawning. Its a 3-4 lb male and is defending its bed. You'll notice though that where a largemouth will sit on its bed and a smallmouth will spin around in circles, a Spotted Bass will actually go on the offense. It rises toward the surface to meet its foe and will not stop until the job is done. 

Baits In This Video...

6" Osprey Tournament Talon (Reverse Hitch):

Dirty Jigs Football Jig (Supermat Brown):
Yamamoto Double Tail Grub:

Dirty Jigs Clausen Compact Pitchin Jig:
Sweet Beaver 420:

Matt Allen Swimbait Head:
Skinny Dipper Swimbait:

Revenge Darter Hedz:
Keitech Fat Swing Impact:

Osprey Swimbait Combo...
Rod- Dobyns 806H Champion: 
Reel- Shimano Tranx 300:
Line- 80 lb Sufix 832:
Leader- 25 lb Assassin:

Jig Combo...
Rod- GLX 893C:
Reel- Curado 70:
Line- 50 lb Sufix 832:
Leader- 15 lb Assassin:

Small Swimbait Combo...
Rod- Zodias 6'10" Medium:
Reel- Chronarch MGL 150:
Line- Sufix 832 20 lb:
Leader- 10 lb Assassin:

Its amazing what can be learned from watching underwater bass fishing. Leave a comment and tell us what you learned from this underwater video. 

Underwater Video of Bass Eating Crawfish!

UNDERWATER FOOTAGE of bass eating crawfish plus bonus video of world class Spotted Bass and Largemouth swimming in their natural habitat! Ever wondered if Bass really eat crawfish? 

Its amazing to watch how casually these big spotted bass inhale the crawfish. With no effort at all they are able to gulp them down. I'm not sure what we expected but they sure seem to eat without any concern. 

Crawfish are a primary forage food for bass but we rarely get an opportunity to actually watch them get eaten. There is so much information to be gleened by watching these bass interact with each other and their surroundings. Huge thanks to Paul Young for getting this great footage while freediving California's reservoirs!

Be sure to check out Paul's youtube channel here: and his instagram account here: for more awesome content!

Underwater Camera-
Lures to Imitate a Crawfish: