Deep Diving Crankbaits For Early Summer Bass

Anyone can throw a crankbait but do you know how to pick the right baits, colors, or how to use it to trigger bites? Today Matt is on Lake Fork, Texas and he's explaining exactly what you need to know to be a better crankbait fisherman during the post spawn and Summer months.

Matt explains what different baits are used for, which colors produce the best results, and opens up his personal boxes and shows you the exact baits he brought with him on the cross-country trip. With Matt and Tim there are no secrets, they're showing every bait in the box and explaining what they're for.

Below is a breakdown of the baits in the box as well as the rods, reels, and hook upgrades Matt is using for his baits.

The baits...

Strike King 10XD:

Strike King 6XD:

Azuma Z Boss 25 and 22:

6th Sense Cloud 9 C20 and C25:

-Norman DD22:

-Luhr Jensen Hot Lips: Source Locally

Hook Upgrades...

-Gamakatsu EWG (Size 2):

(DD22, 6XD, Hot Lips)

-Owner ST-36 (Size 1 or 1/0):

(1/0 for Azuma 25, 6th Sense C25, or 10XD)

Matt's Favorite "Do Everything" Crankbait Combo...

Rod- Zodias 7'6" Medium Heavy Glass:

Reel- Shimano Bantam MGL HG:

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin:

Matt's Dedicated 10XD/Azuma Combo...

Rod- Dobyns 805 CB:

Reel- Tranx 200 HG:

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin:


Insane Crankbait Bite! Fishing Lake Fork, Texas!

We're in East Texas and the big bass are biting! Our 3rd stop on this bass fishing adventure is Lake Fork! It only takes a few minutes to discover the shad are spawning on shallow points and the bass are ambushing the baitfish. We put our electronics to work and located a big school with BIG fish in the mix. Out came the crankbaits and the pattern unfolded from there.

May is an awesome time to fish large bodies of water. If there is deep water access you'll almost always find bass in all 3 stages of the spawn. In this case we found a secondary point leading out to main lake structure that had a large school of fish. Some of the bass were heading in to spawn, others were already done and headed back out, but all of them were making a stop to ambush Threadfin and Gizzard Shad as they spawned along the wind blown point.

We've explained in recent videos that the shad spawn is an amazing time to catch big fish that are aggressively feeding in shallow water. Today we put that video to work and caught them on squarebill crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and paddle tail swimbaits. Below is a breakdown of the gear we used to catch these fish.

The baits...

-Biggie Squarebill:

(Gizzard Shad, Abalone Shad, Horizon Shad all have the necessary flash)

-Bling Spinnerbait 1/2 oz:

(I Know It, Abalone Shad)

-4.8" Keitech Swimbait:

-Owner Flashy Swimmer 5/0 Hook:

Upgraded Treble Hooks...

-Owner ST-36 Size 2:

-Hyperwire Split Rings Size 3:

Matt's Crankbait Combo...

Rod- Zodias 7'2" Medium Heavy Glass:

Reel- Shimano Bantam MGL XG:

Line- 20 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

CC's Crankbait Combo...

Rod- Dobyns Champion 805CB:

Reel- Shimano Curado HG:

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin:


Humminbird Solix 15:

Humminbird Solix 12:

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3 Lipless Crankbait Tricks That Get Bigger Bites

Crankbaits are one of the easiest ways to catch bass. Throwing them is easy but knowing how to target big bass takes more effort. Today Matt explains 3 different retrieve styles that will get big bites when nothing else will. Adapting your retrieves will require changes in tackle and equipment as well but Matt makes it easy with simple steps anyone can follow.

Our favorite retrieve with the lipless is to hop the bait on bottom similar to how you work a jig. When the bottom is clean its simple and can be done with a light crankbait rod. As the grass grows up many anglers turn away from the lipless or modify their retrieve but if you learn to power through with heavier equipment you may encounter your biggest bass of the year!

The other two retrieves are easier but knowing which baits to throw when, will take your catch rate through the roof! Stop running bank throwing a lipless on a chuck and wind retrieve. Make some simple changes to your method and start catching bigger bass today!

Below is a breakdown of the baits and gear discussed in the video.

The baits...

-Lucky Craft LV 500:

(Ghost Minnow, Golden Shiner, American Shad, Chartreuse Shad)

-Jackall TN-70:

(Ghost Minnow, Scale Minnow, Super Shad)

-Red Eye Shad:

(Clearwater Minnow, Japanese Shad, Sexy Ghost Minnow)

-Cordell Super Spot:

(Foxy Momma, Foxy Shad, Royal Shad)

-6th Sense Quake:

(American Shad, Ghost Hot Herring, Shad Hammer, Violet Panda)

-Rattle Trap 1/2 oz:

(Gold Mine Shad, Ghost Minnow, Pro Blue)

--Megabass Vibration X Jr:

(Threadfin Shad, M Silver)

-Megabass Vibration X Ultra:

(Echalote, MB Phantom)

Upgraded Hooks and Split Rings...

-Owner Hyperwire Split Rings (Size 3):

-Light: Gamakatsu EWG Size 4:

-Medium: Owner ST-56 Size 4:

-Heavy: Owner ST-66 Size 4:

Favorite Lipless Combo...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR:

Reel-Curado 150 DC:

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 40 lb:

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 15 lb:

Budget-Friendly Combo...

Rod- Loomis E6X CBR 845:

Reel- Curado 200K:

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin:

Heavier Rods For Heavy Grass...

Strong- Zodias 7'6" Heavy Glass:

Stronger- Levante 7'5" EMTF:

Strongest- Zodias 7'2" Medium Heavy:


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Squarebill Crankbait Buyer's Guide - Top Baits For Every Season

The Buyer's Guide continues with a look at this year's best squarebill crankbaits. We start with our favorites and quickly branch into some of the hottest new baits of the year. Whether you're trying to fish ultra shallow, bounce the top of a ledge, or just gain confidence in shallow cranks, this video will help you simplify your fishing.

The purpose of the buyer's guide series is to make it easier for you and your loved ones to shop this holiday season. We keep these videos simple and focus on key baits that work from coast to coast. With all of the new crankbaits hitting the market every year its difficult for the average angler to keep up with the trends.

Below is a breakdown of our top confidence baits. We'll follow that up with a handful of new offerings that are worth checking and then wrap it up with our rods, reel, and terminal tackle selections.

Top Baits...

Lucky Craft 1.5 and 2.5 Squarebill:

Top colors: American Shad, Citrus Citrus, Gizzard Shad

River2Sea Biggie Poppa:

Top Colors: Cold Blooded, Abalone Shad, Gizzard Shad, TS Minnow

6th Sense Crush Squarebill:

Top Colors: 4K Shad, Bluegill Fire, Chrome Treuse Shad, Shad Scales

Lucky Craft Classical Leader:

Top Colors: Ayu, Craw, Wakasagi

Lucky Craft Moonsault:

Top Colors: Aurora Ghost Black, Ghost Minnow, Striped Shad, Wakasagi

Megabass Sonic Side:

Top Colors: MB Gizzard, PM Ghost Shiner, Secret Gill

Teckel Drunker:

Top Colors: Molting Craw, Phantom Green Craw, Phantom Red Craw

Strike King 1.5:

Top Colors: Clear Water Minnow, Sexy Shad, Summer Sexy Shad

Hook and Split Ring Upgrades...

Owner ST-56 Treble (Size 4):

Gamakatsu EWG Treble (Size 4):

Owner Hyperwire Size 3 Split Rings:

Favorite Squarebill Combo...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR:

Reel- Curado 150 DC HG:

Line- Assassin Fluorocarbon 12 lb:

Other Budget Friendly Squarebill Rods...

G Loomis E6X 845 CBR:

Dobyns Fury 7' Medium Heavy Cranking:

Shimano Curado 7' Medium Crankbait:


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