Today we're fishing an area of the country most bass fishermen have never visited. The area known as the PNW (Pacific North West) is a region completely neglected by the bass fishing community. With few major tournaments and an abundance of water, the quality of fish in this region has gone largely unnoticed. Come along for a day on the water as we explore Couer D'Alene Lake.
The smallmouth in this region are short and fat, much like the smallmouth of the Great Lakes. The waters are crystal clear but the difference is a food source called Kokanee. Much like the big bass in California, the jumbo smallmouth of the NorthWest gorge on Kokanee Salmon. With that said, a Smallmouth is a Smallmouth, no matter where it is located. As you might expect, these bass are aggressive feeders and love to fight!
Matt and Jessie used a handful of techniques to target bass but the most successful method was the lipless crankbait. The guys found scattered bass on ledges in 25-40 feet of water that would readily attack a lipless crankbait fished slowly along bottom.
Matt flew in and wasn't able to bring his typical gear with him. He came armed with 4 reels and a small box of tackle. He paired his equipment with some of Jessie's rods and hit the water for a day to break down a lake, experiment with new tackle, and catch some big smallmouth bass. Below is a breakdown of the gear used.
Lipless- Lucky Craft LV-500: http://bit.ly/2aAUUbd
Swimbait- S-Waver 168: http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh
Jerkbait- Megabass Vision 110 +1: http://bit.ly/2iGYOCX
Jig- 1/2 oz Pitchin' Jig: http://bit.ly/2amL3of
Matt's 4 reels...
Aldebaran MGL: http://bit.ly/2uQ4oH8
Chronarch MGL: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB
Curado 200K: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Tranx 300: http://bit.ly/2kYsvRw
Rod- Duckett Terex 7' Medium: http://bit.ly/2yMdIyX
Reel- Chronarch MGL 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB
Line- 50 lb MaxCuatro Braid: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
Rod- Phenix 7'6" Heavy Recon Elite: http://bit.ly/2qhziq6
Reel- Curado 200 K 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Line- 65 lb MaxCuatro Braid: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 20 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
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