Stream Fishing Big Smallmouth In Clear Water!

The guys found a small creek loaded with smallmouth bass! The water is crystal clear and the fish are in all 3 stages of the spawn. There are fish just coming in from Lake Michigan, other bass on beds, and a lot of big bass cruising the edges and shadows in search of a big meal. Realizing the opportunity, the guys quickly began catching fish on everything from a dropshot to a swimbait. Come along for an exciting day of fishing and teaching as we explain how to fish for bass in current.

Its early Summer in Michigan and the fish are aggressive! We began by catching fish sitting along the edges of cover but as we moved farther up river we discovered spawners in the shallows. Toward the end of the day we realized post spawn fish would ambush reaction baits as well, catching them on swimbaits, jerkbaits, and topwater.

Fishing in current is all about understanding bass behavior. These fish face up stream and feed by sight. They're watching the moving water for any sign of food drifting by. When a meal appears they have one shot to capture it as it passes so strikes tend to be vicious! While neither angler had ever been on this fishery, Cobi guides in both Michigan and Wisconsin on a lot of amazing smallmouth waters. If you're interested in seeing more of his work, visit his instagram here:

Below is a breakdown of the baits we caught fish on throughout the day. We caught them on an incredible variety of techniques so we will separate them into softbaits and hardbaits, including the colors used to successfully fool these smallmouth.


1) Finesse Jig (Kentucky Craw):

-Smallie Beaver (Green Pumpkin):

2) Strike King Half Shell (KVD Magic on Dropshot):

-Owner Mosquito Light Hook Size 2:

3) Roboworm 4" Fat Worm (Oxblood Light on Dropshot):

4) Megabass Spark Shad 3" (Real):

- Megabass Okashira Screw Head:

5) Dark Sleeper Swimbait (Haze):

6) Zoom Super Fluke (Smokin Shad):

-Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap 1/0:


1) Splash It Popper (Chartreuse Pearl Shad):

2) River2Sea S-Waver 168 (Light Trout):

3) Megabass Vision 110 Jerkbait (PM Twilight Chart Back):

Matt's most versatile Combo this trip...

Rod- Shimano Expride 6'10" Medium:

Reel- Aldebaran MGL 50:

Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin:

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Giant Midwest Bass Eat Swimbaits Too!

Tim traveled 2500 miles to throw swimbaits and topwater for BIG bass in the Midwest and it worked! The big Michigan Smallmouth fell victim to the the swimbait just like their cousins out West. Time after time we're reminded that a bass is a bass, no matter where they swim.

We get asked over and over again if our techniques will work in a particular state or on a particular lake. Anglers constantly overlook the simple truth that all bass are inherently the same. They live in different environments but their feeding activity, movements, behavior, etc... are all identical.

Swimbaits work from coast to coast. Topwater, finesse, reaction, etc... will catch bass EVERYWHERE when the conditions are right. In today's video Tim gives a detailed step-by-step look at a day on the water in Northern Michigan as he breaks down the lake, locates the giant bass, and uses a handful of key baits to consistently put them in the boat.

Below is a breakdown of the gear he used to accomplish this feat:


S-Waver 168 Swimbait (Light Trout):

Reaction Innovations Vixen (Bone):

Matt Allen Swimbait Head:

Keitech 4.3 Fat Swimbait:

Strike King Dream Shot:

Vixen Modifications...

Split Ring- Owner Hyperwire #3:

Front Hooks- Owner ST-36 Size 4:

Rear Treble- Owner Feather Treble Size 4:

Sunglasses For Clear Water/Cloudy Skies (Copper Lenses):

Trolling Motor- Minn Kota Ulterra:

S Waver Combo...

Rod- G Loomis GLX 894C JWR:

Reel- Metanium MGL:

Line- Sunline XPlasma 50 lb:

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 20 lb:

Vixen Combo...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR:

Reel- Chronarch MGL:

Line- Sufix 832 50 lb:

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 15 lb:


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TacticalBassin Put To The Test In The Midwest!

Brutal Rain, Cold, and Wind settled in over Michigan but the guys from TacticalBassin still found active fish. Come along for a Wet and Windy trip! You might just see them catch a few on Topwater when its 40 degrees outside!

The plan was to spend some time on the Crystal Clear waters of Northern Michigan catching Smallmouth and shooting video with a handful of great anglers. The reality was a storm that reached from Northern Canada all the way to Florida and seemed to be centered perfectly over Michigan. Day after day the rains continued to pour until we couldn't stand it anymore and had to get out on the water!

You'd have expected a slow bite but that wasn't the case. While it was difficult to film it wasn't difficult to get bit. From swimbaits to Topwater, those Smallmouth and Largemouth bass were feeding up before Winter arrived!

The Gear...

Reaction Innovations Vixen (Bone, Chartreuse Shiner):
Upgraded Vixen Hooks (Size 4):
Upgraded Vixen Split Rings (Size 3):

Jackall TN70 Lipless Crankbait (RT Scale Minnow, Ghost Minnow):

Matt Allen Swimbait Head (3/8 oz):
Keitech 3.8 and 4.8 (Electric Shad, Chartreuse Blue):

Keitech Combo...
Rod- G-Loomis GLX 843C MBR:
Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL:
Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin:

Lipless Combo...
Rod- St. Croix Big Cranker (7'8" Moderate):
Reel- Shimano Aldebaran (AMAZING finesse cranking reel):
Line- 12 lb AbrazX Fluorocarbon:

Vixen Combo...
Rod- Daiwa Zillion 7'2" Medium Heavy:
Reel- Daiwa Tatula CT:
Line- Sunline FX2 50 lb:

Budget Friendly Combo that could do all 3...
Rod- Shimano Zodias 7'2" Medium:
Reel- Shimano Curado K 7:1 Ratio:
Line- 30 lb MaxCuatro Braided Line:
Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen:


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Here's what we wear...
Tacticalbassin Gear (Hats, Hoodies, Sunshirts): Email for details. 

Sun Mask:
Sun Shirt w/ Hood:
Light Fishing Pants:
Horizon Sweater (Water resistant, great for layering):
Anhydrous Rain Jacket:
Anhydrous Rain Bib:

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