Matt hooks up on this GIANT Bass almost a year to the day after Tim's MONSTER catch! We traveled several thousand miles, drove for hours on the water, and risked an INSANE lightning storm, just for a shot at a fish like this!
Smallmouth are AMAZING predators. If you've never had a chance to target them, put it on your bucket list! Smallmouth bass have traditionally been targeted with finesse tackle but that is changing. These fish are aggressive feeders and have no issue eating crankbaits, swimbaits, topwater, and a variety of other reaction baits.
Crankbait- Deep X 300 (PM Kisyu Ayu): http://bit.ly/2sSQHpt
Crankbait- Deep Six (Biwako See Through Chart): http://bit.ly/2A3clKP
Upgraded Hooks- Owner ST-56: http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW
(Size 4 for Deep X 300 and Size 2 for Deep Six)
Upgraded Split Rings - Hyperwire Size 3: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX
Matt's Crankbait Setup...
Rod- G Loomis 845 CBR IMX Pro: http://bit.ly/2og0BmK
Reel- Shimano Aldebaran 50 in 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2fdX1Uy
Line- Sunline Assassin 12 lb Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm
Scale - (Highly Recommended) Salter Brecknell: http://bit.ly/2f7QgQ9
This bass weighed 6.54 lbs on the certified Salter Brecknell Scale. She was sitting in a school of fish on a current break. If you catch closely you'll see how quickly the water was moving past the boat while we used the Ultrex Trolling Motor (link below) on Spot Lock to stay in place and make receptive casts to the same spot. While we don't show the entire clip, we had caught approximately 15 fish in the same exact spot BEFORE the big one bit! This is classing schooling behavior and something we've covered at length in other videos.