How To Catch Bigger Spring Bass (The Easy Way)

Big bass are just as easy to catch as little bass when you know where to look! Matt explains exactly how these fish move, why they're transitioning, and how to take advantage of their feeding habits along the way. This is the culmination of our videos on early Spring bass fishing, you don't want to miss it!

We've already discussed early spring bass movements along secondary points and structures. We've also looked in depth at a variety of lures and presentations that are effective in Spring. Today we're focusing in on how and when to specifically target schools of bass. Using the tools you've learned you can trigger schools of bass into a feeding frenzy then cycle through a handful of baits (examples are below) to keep them feeding as you work through the numbers in search of that fish of a lifetime.

Below is a breakdown of our confidence baits for this style of fishing. Keep in mind that whether the bass school shallow or deep varies fishery to fishery, so we'll offer our favorite picks for both scenarios. We'll also include the exact equipment that was catching the bass in today's video.

Shallow Water/Heavy Cover Baits...


-Jackall Rerange 110:

(Ghost Wakasagi, Silver Shad)


-Hook- Flashy Swimmer 5/0:

-Swimbait- Keitech Fat 4.8:

(Pro Blue Red Pearl, Shad)


-S-Waver 168 (Light Trout):

Lipless Crankbait…

-Cordell Super Spot:

(Foxy Momma, Foxy Shad, Royal Red)

Alabama Rig…

-Rig- Yum Flash Mob Jr:

-Heads- Matt Allen Swimbait Head 1/8 oz (In stock next week):

-Dummy Baits- Little Dipper:

-Main Swimbaits-Skinny Dipper (More rocking and wobble):

-Keitech 4.8" Fat (Larger tail thumb):

(Today's Color: Silver Flash Minnow)

Deep Water/Open Water Baits...


-Lucky Craft Staysee 90:

(Crystal Pro Blue, Nishiki)


-Hook- BladeRunner 1/2 oz (Anchovy):

-Swimbait- Keitech 4.8" Fat (Electric Shad):


- Osprey Tournament Talon 6":

(Reverse Hitch is Tim's Favorite Color)

Lipless Crankbait…

- Lucky Craft LV-500:

(Ghost Minnow, BP Golden Shiner, Clear Water Shad)

Alabama Rig…

-Rig- Hog Farmer:

-Heads- Matt Allen Swimbait Head 1/4 oz (In Stock Next Week):

-Dummy Baits- Little Dipper:

-Main Swimbaits- Keitech 4.8" Fat:

(Pro Blue Red Pearl, Electric Shad, Gizzard Shad)


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A Day On The Water: Spring Fishing With Matt On Clearlake

Come along for an early pre-spawn day on Clearlake. The water temps are in the low 50's, air temps at launch are 37 degrees, but the bass are biting! We spend the day adapting and developing a pattern as we explore the lake with a variety of reaction baits.

We all dream about the wide open Spring bite but more often than not we're met with challenging weather conditions. This day was a perfect example of changing conditions resulting in a bite that was tougher than anticipated. The difference between frustration and success is being willing to adapt.

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


-Bladed A-Rig:

-Matt Allen Swimbait Heads:

-Owner Hyperwire Split Rings (Size 4):

-Keitech 4.8 Fat Swimbait:

-Reaction Innovations Skinny Dipper:

-Reaction Innovations Little Dipper:


-Lucky Craft Flash Pointer 115 (Ghost Minnow):


Bait- Reaction Innovations Man Bear Pig (Hematoma):

Hook- Gamakatsu Superline EWG 4/0:

Weight- River2Sea 1 oz Tungsten:

Bobber Stop- 6th Sense Peg-X Stopper:

A-Rig Combo...

Rod- Shimano Curado 7'2" Heavy:

Reel- Curado 200K:

Line- 65 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- 20 lb Maxima Ultragreen:


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Easy A-Rig Mods For Spring Bass Fishing

If you're not using the A-Rig for pre-spawn bass you're making a huge mistake! We break down modifications that work in EVERY state, regardless of your local laws. The A-rig is an incredible tool when used effectively, here is what you need to know. 

The key to effectively using the Alabama rig is setting it up properly. Once you've achieved this, combining it with proper equipment and the right retrieves makes all the difference. 

Swimbait Heads...
Matt Allen Swimbait Head:
Stefan Finesse Guppy Head:

A-Rig Components...
Hyperwire Split Rings (Size 3 & 4):
CPS Springs (Size Small & Medium):
Reaction Innovations Skinny Dipper:
Reaction Innovations Little Dipper:
Keitech Fat Swing Impact:
Keitech Easy Shiner:

Necessary Tools...
Our Favorite Split Ring Pliers:
Our Favorite Pliers:
Wire Snips:

A-rig Storage...
Red One A-Rigger:
Eye Surrender Bait Wrap:
8' Rod Sleeve:
Plano A-Rig Box:

Our favorite A-Rigs...
Light Wire Bladed:
Light Wire:
Standard Bladed:
Standard Wire:
Heavy Wire Bladed:

5 Hook A-Rigs...
Budget Friendly Option:

3 Hook A-Rigs...
Budget-Friendly option:

2 Hook A-Rigs...

A-Rig Setup #1...
Rod- Shimano Expride 7'6" Heavy:
Reel- Shimano Metanium MGL:
Line- 65 lb Maxcuatro braid:
Leader- Maxima 20 lb:

A-Rig Setup #2...
Rod- Dobyns Champ Extreme 784:
Reel- Curado 200K:
Line- 65 lb Sufix 832:
Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Finesse Rig Setup...
Rod- Zodias 7'2" Medium Heavy:
Reel- Curado 200K:
Line- 50 lb Sufix 832:
Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 15 lb:

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