Backwater Bass Fishing - Kayaks and Flippin Sticks

Bass Everywhere but too shallow for the big boats! Matt and Tim hit the water in Old Town's Predator PDL Kayaks in search of big bites in ultra shallow water. Come along as they adapt to a new fishing style and succesfully power fish the shallows. 

The bass were crushing frogs, buzz baits, and creatures. Using these power techniques while standing on a small platform presents unique challenges but the guys adapted to the conditions and continued to put fish in the boat. They've got a long way to go but Day 1 on the Kayaks was a success. 

The Baits... 
Buzzbait- Damiki Noisy Buzz:
Buzzbait Trailer- Zoom Horny Toad:
Frog- River2Sea Bully Wa 2:
Creature Bait- Rage Tail Craw:
Tungsten Weight- 1 oz Trash Bomb:
Flippin Hook- Gamakatsu EWG Superline 4/0:

Matt's Flippin' Combo...
Rod- Expride 7'11" Extra Heavy:
Reel- Curado 200K 7:1 Ratio:
Line- 65 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro:

Tim's Frog Combo... 
Rod- Shimano SLX 7'2" Heavy (Pre-Order Now):
Reel- SLX 7:1 Ratio (Pre-Order Now):
Line- 65 lb Sufix 832:

Kayaks- Old Town Predator PDL:

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Topwater Tricks For Early Fall

Do Red Hooks, Feathered Trebles, and different retrieves make a difference? Matt explores these tricks and more as he teaches how to catch more topwater bass this late Summer and early Fall. Do you want to catch bigger bass on top? This will make all the difference!

As Spring turns to Summer the bass become more wary of topwater lures. As Summer fades to Fall it can be downright tough to fool the bigger fish. Making these subtle changes will maximize your opportunities and in some cases, will actually get you more bites. 

Our favorite Topwater baits vary but here are some of our top picks for this time of year... 

Reaction Innovations Vixen:
River2Sea Rover:
Evergreen ShowerBlows:
River2Sea Whopper Plopper 110/130:
Dirty Jigs Canterbury Buzzbait:
Bully Wa 2 (Little Allen Color):
Yellow Magic Popper:
River2Sea Bubble Walker:
Megabass Dog X Diamante:

Hooks For Topwaters...
Round Bend- Gamakatsu 1X:
Round Bend- Owner ST-36:
Stronger Hook- Owner STX-38:
Red Treble- Owner ST-36:
Feathered Trebles:

Topwater Storage...
Plano 3700 Deep Box:
Treble Hook Covers:

All- Around Topwater Combo... 
Rod- Zodias 7'2" Medium Heavy:
Reel- Curado 200K 7:1 Ratio:
Line- 50 lb Sufix 832:
Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

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Topwater Challenge: He Called His Bites!

From the first cast to the last, these bass were chewing! When you hear guys talking about frog fishing, these are the bites they dream about! Throw in a variety of tips about adapting frog fishing to your style instead of trying to fit yourself into the frogging mold, and this video is sure to help your fishing!

Matt has been struggling with his hookset as he regains strength after his accident. Instead of fighting it and continuing to lose fish he switched to smaller frogs and softer rods and was able to executive much more efficiently. This method works for anyone of smaller stature or anglers that are young/old that struggles to get a strong enough hookset for frog fishing. 

Matt's Baits...

-Bully Wa 55 Frog (Ghost, Little Allen):
-Gavacho Frog (Red Frog, Chart Strike Gill):

Other great frogs for this method...

-Live Target 45T:
-Bobby's Perfect Frog 1/2 oz:
-Spro BronzeEye Baby Popper Frog:

Our Favorite Frog Rods...
-Dobyns Champion 7'3" XH (736):
-Shimano Expride 7'3" XH:

Budget Friendly Rod...
-Dobyns Fury 7'3" Extra Heavy:

Softer Frog Rod Alternatives...
-Zodias 7'2" Heavy:
-Megabass Orochi XX 7' Tour Versatile:

Budget Friendly Softer Rod...
-Exage 7'2" Heavy:

Frogging Reels...
High-End- Metanium MGL:
Matt's Choice- Shimano Curado 200K 7:1 Ratio:
Budget Friendly- Casitas 150:

Favorite Line- Power Pro MaxCuatro 65 lb:
Great Alternative- Sufix 832 65 lb:

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Matt's Back! A Day Of Topwater Fishing!

Matt is recovering nicely from his horrible accident and the Doctors have cleared him to do some light fishing. Come along for a few action packed hours on Clearlake throwing topwater! The smoke from the Mendocino Complex Fire (The Largest fire in California's history) isn't going to keep us from setting the hook on some big bass!

Matt hit the water today after not being on his boat since mid May! He's a little rusty and has a long way to go to recovery but the fish still cooperated. He combined the buzzbait, hollow frog, and soft body frog to catch a handful of really nice bass. Pay close attention to the tips on rigging a buzzbait and the best hook for frog fishing. 

Here is the gear Matt was using...

Canterbury Buzz 3/8 oz:
3.8 Keitech Swimbait:

Strike King Rage Shad:
Owner 6/0 Open Gap Hook:

Bully Wa 2 Frog:

Buzzbait Combo...
Rod- Zodias 7'2" Medium Heavy:
Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL 7:1 Ratio:
Line- 50 lb Maxcuatro Braid:

Rage Shad Combo...
Rod- Megabass Orochi XX Tour Versatile:
Reel- Chronarch MGL 7:1 Ratio:
Line- 50 lb Maxcuatro Braid:

Frog Combo...
Rod- Expride 7'2" Heavy:
Reel- Shimano Curado 200K 7:1 Ratio:
Line- 65 lb Maxcuatro Braid:

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