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 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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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: http://bit.ly/2o9PE63
Spro Phat Fly: http://bit.ly/2mboisG
Punisher Lures Fly: http://bit.ly/2aB1YlO

Tim's Thill Bobber: http://bit.ly/2E8tjsC
Matt's Thill Bobber: http://bit.ly/2EYoXWa

Bobber Stop Version 1: http://bit.ly/2CJz1F0
Bobber Stop Version 2: http://bit.ly/2cbB0Qy

Our Electronics...
Humminbird Solix 15: http://bit.ly/2pAkXr2

Tim's Combo...
Rod- Fury 6'6" Light: http://bit.ly/2e7HZPF
Reel- Daiwa Fuego LT: http://bit.ly/2yDmdtQ
Line- Sunline FC Sniper 6 lb: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

Matt's Combo...
Rod- Zodias 6'8" Medium Light: http://bit.ly/2jOUXAO
Reel- Shimano Stradic CI4+: http://bit.ly/2gu84t7
Line- 10 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 6 lb Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm
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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: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Revenge Dart Hedz: http://bit.ly/2cHMZbm

Dirty Jigs Football Jig (Supermat Brown): http://bit.ly/2d0iJbd

Yamamoto Double Tail Grub: http://bit.ly/2db9w1p

6" Osprey Tournament Talon (Reverse Hitch): http://bit.ly/2bqsLS0

 

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

Keitech Combo...

Rod- Dobyns 742 Spinning Rod: http://bit.ly/29OVnDa

Reel- Daiwa Certate Spinning Reel: http://bit.ly/2hjRZXg

Line- Sunline 6 lb: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

 

Jig Combo...

Rod- GLX 893C: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT

Reel- Shimano Aldebaran 50: http://bit.ly/2fdX1Uy

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

Leader- 15 lb Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

 

Osprey Swimbait Combo...

Rod- 7'6” Expride Heavy: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

Reel- Chronarch MGL 150: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB

Line- 65 lb Sufix 832: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji

Leader- 25 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

 

Tim's Sunglasses for Sight Fishing- Eye Surrender: http://bit.ly/2glE3eN

Camera Used- GoPro Hero5: http://bit.ly/2iwZqqU

 

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!