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-

River2Sea Rover-

Keitech 2.8 Swimbait-

Swimbait Head: 1/8 oz Guppy-

Blade Runner 1 3/4 oz Spoon-

Finesse Combo...

Rod- Expride 7' Light+ Spinning:

Reel- Stradic CI4+ 2500:

Line- 10 lb Power Pro Braid:

Leader- 8 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Spoon Combo...

Rod- Zodias 7'2" Medium Heavy:

Reel- Curado 200 HGK:

Line- 60 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro:

Leader- 20 lb Maxima Ultragreen:


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How To Catch Striped Bass

From Topwater to Swimbaits, we show you how to target big striped bass! If you've ever wanted to catch Striper on artificial lures, this information will help you be more successful. Come along for an exciting day on the water!

We begin throwing big swimbaits in the early morning hours. As the day unfolds we transition to a combination of swimbaits, topwater both big and small, and swim jigs. This combination allowed us to maximize our time on the water, increase or shot a big bites, without catching too many smaller fish.

Traditional striper fishing involves cut bait, rattle traps, and small topwater lures. These are all incredibly effective ways to catch striped bass, but they're not great ways to consistently TARGET Big Striped Bass. We use a combination of swimbaits and topwater to eliminate the smaller bites and more effectively target the big bass that we're searching for.

The baits in order of appearance...

S-Waver 200 (Light Trout, Powder, Bone):

Evergreen Shower Blows Topwater (150):

Jackall DowzSwimmer 220:

R2S Rover 128 Topwater:

California Swim Jig 3/4 oz (Dirty Shad, Crappie, Citrus Shad):

Keitech 4.8 Swimbait (French Pearl, Sight Flash):

Swimbait Setup...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 966:

Reel- Tranx 300:

Line- 80 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro:

Leader- 30 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Budget Swimbait Combo...

Rod- Dobyns Fury 8' Heavy Swimbait:

Reel- Shimano Cardiff 300:

Line- 80 lb Power Pro:

Swim Jig/Large Topwater Combo...

Rod- Expride 7'6" Medium Heavy:

Reel- Curado 200K:

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 65 lb:


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46 lb Striper Eats a Swimbait!!

Watch this GIANT bass DESTROY Shawn's S-Waver 200 Swimbait! He's fast-cranking the bait in heavy current when the giant inhales it. Ever wondered what it looks and feels like to catch a true MONSTER Bass? You're about to experience it first hand!

These giant striped bass eat a tremendous amount of food to maintain their size. A large swimbait is an easy snack to these predators and the perfect lure to fool them. These fish don't reach these sizes by making mistakes but its hard for them to pass on a big swimbait. 

Shawn is a fishing guide that specializes in these monster bass. If you're interested in fishing with him in pursuit of a giant, you can contact him by email. He's currently booking trips for the fall bite. His email is

Shawn's Setup...

Swimbait- S-Waver 200 Rainbow Trout:

Rod- Okuma Guide Select 7'11" XXH:
Reel- Komodo SS 6:1 Ratio:
Line- 80 lb Sufix 832:
Leader- Big Game Clear (50 lb):

Matt's Setup...

Swimbait- Keitech 6.8" Fat:
Hook- Matt Allen Swimbait Head 3/4 oz:

Rod- Megabass Destroyer Onager:
Reel- Shimano Conquest 300:
Line- 80 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:
Leader- 30 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

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The Biggest Fish I've Ever Hooked From Shore!

Its a GIANT! Cast To Catch of a monster Striped Bass that ate the swimbait while we were standing on shore. The situation goes from bad to worse when the big bass decides to head up stream and we can't follow her! 

We get requests for banking fishing videos all the time. We love shore fishing because it offers some distinct advantages. The ability to creep up on wary fish without being detected is key to consistently getting big bites. However, this fish was in a different class and we were very lucky we didn't have to follow her with the boat. 

This fish fell for a glide bait. Below Is a breakdown of the gear Matt and Shawn were using. 

Matt's Gear...

Lure- Baitsanity Explorer Glide:
Rod- G Loomis 966 Swimbait:
Reel- Tranx 300 HG:
Line- 80 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro:
Leader- 30 lb Maxima Ultragreen:
Split Rings- Owner Hyperwire #7:
Treble Hooks- Owner STX-58 - 2/0:

Camera- GoPro Hero 6:

Shawn's Bait...
S-Waver 200:

Other top baits for BIG Striper...
California Swim Jig:
Cotton Cordell Pencil Popper:
River2Sea Rover:
Keitech 6.8 Swimbait:

Want to fish with Shawn? Email him for information on his guide services. His email is

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