Top 5 Baits For Post Spawn Fishing During The Shad Spawn

Ready for some of the most fun you'll have on the water all year? As Spring comes to an end and Summer begins, the shad begin to spawn. They move into the shallows and the bass are ready! The whole process lasts a few short weeks but you can continue to carry the pattern for a month after the Shad spawn ends.

Targeting bass around shad takes a little practice but once you've got it, you'll look forward to the opportunity all year! We use a variety of baits to target bass around baitfish but it boils down to a simple pattern that anyone can replicate.

Below is a breakdown of our confidence baits and gear that we use for consistently catching fish during the shad spawn and following weeks when shad and other large baitfish can be found near shallow water.


-River2Sea Rover:

-Yellow Magic Popper:

Lipless Crankbait...

-Lucky Craft LV-500:

-6th Sense Quake:

-Cotten Cordell Spot:


-Blade Runner SpinTrix:

-Hog Farmer War Pig:

-Revenge Underspin:

-Keitech Swimbait (Electric Shad):

-Matt Allen Swimbait Head:

Squarebill Crankbait...

-River2Sea Biggie:

-6th Sense Crush:

-Lucky Craft 2.5:

Crankbait Combo...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR:

Reel- Curado 150 DC HG:

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin:

All-Around Budget Friendly Combo...

Rod- SLX 7'2" Medium Heavy:

Reel- SLX 7:1 Ratio:

Line- 50 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

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Easy Texas Rig Tricks: Best Worms and Creature Baits

An in-depth look at Texas rig fishing for bass. Tim covers which baits catch the most fish, how to rig the bait, when to peg your weight, and which hooks work best. Whether you're fishing a senko from shore on a small pond, our punching grass on a huge lake, the Texas rig is a great option to catch more bass.

There are 4 key Texas rigging styles that a well-rounded angler should understand how to use. They are Weightless Texas rigging (typically stick baits, flukes, etc...), Texas rig worms (curly tails and speed worms), Texas rigged creature baits (beavers, brush hogs, man bear pigs, etc), and punching heavy cover (heavy tungsten and a creature bait). Mastering all 4 methods will open a lot of doors for you as an angler.

Don't let the broadness of the category scare you away. A simple 3/16 ounce free floating weight, a small hook, and a little worm or creature will catch a ton of bass under nearly any conditions. After you get comfortable with that setup you can begin branching out and trying the other styles. Below is a breakdown of Tim's favorite baits and equipment for the technique.

Weightless Style...

Worm- 6" Senko:

(Green Pumpkin/Blk Flake, Watermelon/Red)

Hook- 4/0 Gamakatsu EWG Superline:

Light Texas Rig Worms...

-7" Berkeley Power Worm:

-Zoom Speed Worm:

-Strike King Cut R Worm:

-10" PowerWorm:

-8" Bull Worm:

Light Texas Rig Creature Baits...

-Zoom Brush hog:

-Zoom baby brush hog:

-Strike King Game Hog:

-Reaction Innovations Man Bear Pig:

Terminal For the Light Rig...

Tungsten Weight- Strike King Tour Grade 3/16 oz:

Lead Weight- Eagle Claw 3/16 oz:

Bobber Stop- 6th Sense Peg X:

Hook- 1/0 Offset Owner Worm Hook (7" Berkeley):

Hook- 2/0 Offset Gamakatsu Worm Hook (Most worms):

Hook- 4/0 EWG Superline (Most creatures):

Punch Baits...

-Jackall Archelon:

-Missile Baits D-Bomb:

-Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver:

-Strike King Rage Craw:

Terminal Tackle for Punching...

Tungsten Weight- River2Sea Trash Bomb (1 oz-1/75 oz):

Bobber Stop- 6th Sense Peg X:

Straight Shank Hook- Owner Jungle Flippin (5/0):

EWG Hook- Gamakatsu Superline (4/0):

Favorite All-Around Texas Rig Combo...

Rod- G Loomis GLX 853C JWR:

Reel- Curado 150 DC HG:

Line- 50 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Budget Combo...

Rod- Dobyns Fury 7' Med/Heavy:

Reel- Shimano SLX:

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin:


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Easy Jerkbait Tips For Bigger Spring Bass

Its time to catch bigger fish! These jerkbait tips will help you catch big bass this Spring. Knowing when to throw a tiny jerkbait instead of a large offering or a bold color instead of natural, can make all the difference. When it comes to jerkbait fishing, small details can yield huge results.

Matt uses a 2-pronged approach to jerkbait fishing. He begins by searching for outliers (bigger than average bass) with large profiled baits but will quickly adapt to a triggering approach focused around schooling fish and small baits, when necessary. Understanding how to use a jerkbait as a tool instead of just another lure is the difference between just catching fish and being an excellent jerkbait fisherman.

Below is a breakdown of the baits and tackle we recommend. Don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone this year and target the fish with baits you wouldn't have normally thrown. You might be surprised by how big of a bass is willing to swipe your jerkbait!

The baits...

-Lucky Craft Staysee 90:

-Megabass Kanata:

-Lucky Craft Pointer 100:

-Lucky Craft Pointer XD:

-Jackall Rerange 100 and 130:

-Megabass Vision 110+2:

-Megabass Vision 110:

-Megabass Vision 110 Junior:

-Lucky Craft Flash Pointer 100 and 115:

Preferred ghost colors: Ghost Minnow, GP Pro Blue, Clear Laker

Preferred Bold Colors: Nishiki, Chartreuse Shad, Elegy Bone, Table Rock Shad

Hook Upgrades...

-Gamakatsu Finesse Nano Trebles:

-Owner Hyperwire Split Rings Size 2:

Recommended Hook Sizes by bait...

Jackall- Size 4

Megabass- Size 6

Staysee- Size 5

Flash Pointer- Size 6

Matt's Favorite Combo...

Rod- Expride 6'10" Medium:

Reel- Alberaran MGL:

Line- 12 lb Assassin Fluorocarbon:

Great Alternative Combo...

Rod- Shimano Curado 6'10" Medium:

Reel- Shimano SLX HG:

Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin:

High-End Combo...

Rod- St Croix Legend Elite 6'10 Medium:

Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL HG:

Line- 12 lb Assassin Fluorocarbon:

Great Mid Range Combo...

Rod- Megabass Levante Jerkbait Special:

Reel- Curado 150 DC:

Line- 12 lb Assassin Fluorocarbon:


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Spinnerbait Tricks For Spring Bass Fishing

These quick tips will take your spinnerbait fishing to the next level! From color selection and blade style, to subtle changes in retrieve cadence, we're giving you the tools you need to begin catching bass right away. Whether you're fishing muddy creeks or crystal clear lakes, we explain the changes that will make you successful.

Spinnerbaits are amongst the easiest baits to fish for bass. A simple "chuck and wind" approach will catch fish most days. But like any technique, subtleties make all the difference! Knowing when to switch from a painted blade to a nickel blade, or a white spinnerbait to a shad spinnerbait, can be the difference between a couple bites and a day you'll never forget.

Below is a breakdown of our favorite spinnerbaits, trailers, and gear. They're sorted by water clarity and style to keep it as simple as possible. Keep in mind the best weight depends on how deep you're fishing but 1/2 oz is by far the most versatile.

Clear Water Spinnerbaits...

-Revenge Deep Runner: (Blue Shad, Shad, Purple Metallic)

-Nichols Motherlode: (Blue Crystal Shad, Silver Flake Shad, Bombshell Shad)

-War Eagle Screamin Eagle: (Aurora, Mouse, Silver Shiner)

-Megabass V9: (Hasu)

Murky Water Spinnerbaits...

-River2Sea Bling: (Powder, Lemonade Twist, Flo)

-War Eagle Gold: (Pro's Choice, White/Lime/Chart)

Painted Blade Spinnerbaits...

-River2Sea Bling: (Iced)

-Strike King Tour Grade: (Chartreuse Sexy Shad, Sexy Shad)

-Revenge Painted: (Chartreuse, White, Chartreuse/White)


Trailer Hook- Gamakatsu 3/0:

Trailer- Keitech 4.3 and 3.8:

Storage Box- Plano Elite Spinnerbait Organizer:

All-Around Spinnerbait Combo...

Rod- Zodias 7'2" Medium Heavy:

Reel- Curado K HG:

Line- 50 lb Power Pro:

Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

In-Depth Spinnerbait Video From 2018:


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