Insane Crankbait Bite! Fishing Lake Fork, Texas!

We're in East Texas and the big bass are biting! Our 3rd stop on this bass fishing adventure is Lake Fork! It only takes a few minutes to discover the shad are spawning on shallow points and the bass are ambushing the baitfish. We put our electronics to work and located a big school with BIG fish in the mix. Out came the crankbaits and the pattern unfolded from there.

May is an awesome time to fish large bodies of water. If there is deep water access you'll almost always find bass in all 3 stages of the spawn. In this case we found a secondary point leading out to main lake structure that had a large school of fish. Some of the bass were heading in to spawn, others were already done and headed back out, but all of them were making a stop to ambush Threadfin and Gizzard Shad as they spawned along the wind blown point.

We've explained in recent videos that the shad spawn is an amazing time to catch big fish that are aggressively feeding in shallow water. Today we put that video to work and caught them on squarebill crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and paddle tail swimbaits. Below is a breakdown of the gear we used to catch these fish.

The baits...

-Biggie Squarebill:

(Gizzard Shad, Abalone Shad, Horizon Shad all have the necessary flash)

-Bling Spinnerbait 1/2 oz:

(I Know It, Abalone Shad)

-4.8" Keitech Swimbait:

-Owner Flashy Swimmer 5/0 Hook:

Upgraded Treble Hooks...

-Owner ST-36 Size 2:

-Hyperwire Split Rings Size 3:

Matt's Crankbait Combo...

Rod- Zodias 7'2" Medium Heavy Glass:

Reel- Shimano Bantam MGL XG:

Line- 20 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

CC's Crankbait Combo...

Rod- Dobyns Champion 805CB:

Reel- Shimano Curado HG:

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin:


Humminbird Solix 15:

Humminbird Solix 12:

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Best Baits for Post Spawn Fish **UNDERWATER FOOTAGE**

Underwater Footage! Today we're headed back underwater to watch footage of bass in their natural environment. As we transition into the post-spawn and ultimately toward Summer we know that bass follow two behavioral patterns. The fish either head deep to the ledges and rock outcrops or they head shallow and burrow in to cover. Today we're going to focus on the behavior of the shallow bass.

As bass move into shallow cover they begin feeding heavily. Anglers can pursue them with a variety of methods but our favorites are topwater and heavy flipping. Today's video focuses heavily on topwater and gives us an incredibly unique underwater view of how bass line up and attack topwater baits from below.

There is an incredible amount of information to be learned by watching exactly how these bass feed. From how they stalk, to how far they're willing to move, to watch causes the "trigger" in their feeding response, you can become a much better angler just watching their reactions as baits pass overhead. We hope you enjoy the footage!

Below is a breakdown of the baits used in the video as well as a few extras that Tim really likes this time of year.


S-Waver 168:

Gan Craft 178:


Frog- Bully Wa 2 (Little Allen Color):

Frog- Teckel Sprinker:

Toad- Rage Toad:

Toad- Horny Toad:

Whopper Plopper 130:

Popper- Bubble Walker:

Buzzbait- Canterbury Pro Buzz:

Walking- Rover 128:


Fluke- Zoom Super Fluke:


Bait- Jackall Archelon:

Hook- Gamakatsu 4/0 Superline:

Weight- 1 1/2 oz Strike King Tour Grade Tungsten:

Bobber Stop- 6th Sense:

Favorite Frog Rod...

Rod- Expride 7'3" XH:

Reel- Curado 200K:

Line- 65 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

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Top 5 Baits For Post Spawn Fishing During The Shad Spawn

Ready for some of the most fun you'll have on the water all year? As Spring comes to an end and Summer begins, the shad begin to spawn. They move into the shallows and the bass are ready! The whole process lasts a few short weeks but you can continue to carry the pattern for a month after the Shad spawn ends.

Targeting bass around shad takes a little practice but once you've got it, you'll look forward to the opportunity all year! We use a variety of baits to target bass around baitfish but it boils down to a simple pattern that anyone can replicate.

Below is a breakdown of our confidence baits and gear that we use for consistently catching fish during the shad spawn and following weeks when shad and other large baitfish can be found near shallow water.


-River2Sea Rover:

-Yellow Magic Popper:

Lipless Crankbait...

-Lucky Craft LV-500:

-6th Sense Quake:

-Cotten Cordell Spot:


-Blade Runner SpinTrix:

-Hog Farmer War Pig:

-Revenge Underspin:

-Keitech Swimbait (Electric Shad):

-Matt Allen Swimbait Head:

Squarebill Crankbait...

-River2Sea Biggie:

-6th Sense Crush:

-Lucky Craft 2.5:

Crankbait Combo...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR:

Reel- Curado 150 DC HG:

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin:

All-Around Budget Friendly Combo...

Rod- SLX 7'2" Medium Heavy:

Reel- SLX 7:1 Ratio:

Line- 50 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

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3 Lipless Crankbait Tricks That Get Bigger Bites

Crankbaits are one of the easiest ways to catch bass. Throwing them is easy but knowing how to target big bass takes more effort. Today Matt explains 3 different retrieve styles that will get big bites when nothing else will. Adapting your retrieves will require changes in tackle and equipment as well but Matt makes it easy with simple steps anyone can follow.

Our favorite retrieve with the lipless is to hop the bait on bottom similar to how you work a jig. When the bottom is clean its simple and can be done with a light crankbait rod. As the grass grows up many anglers turn away from the lipless or modify their retrieve but if you learn to power through with heavier equipment you may encounter your biggest bass of the year!

The other two retrieves are easier but knowing which baits to throw when, will take your catch rate through the roof! Stop running bank throwing a lipless on a chuck and wind retrieve. Make some simple changes to your method and start catching bigger bass today!

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

The baits...

-Lucky Craft LV 500:

(Ghost Minnow, Golden Shiner, American Shad, Chartreuse Shad)

-Jackall TN-70:

(Ghost Minnow, Scale Minnow, Super Shad)

-Red Eye Shad:

(Clearwater Minnow, Japanese Shad, Sexy Ghost Minnow)

-Cordell Super Spot:

(Foxy Momma, Foxy Shad, Royal Shad)

-6th Sense Quake:

(American Shad, Ghost Hot Herring, Shad Hammer, Violet Panda)

-Rattle Trap 1/2 oz:

(Gold Mine Shad, Ghost Minnow, Pro Blue)

--Megabass Vibration X Jr:

(Threadfin Shad, M Silver)

-Megabass Vibration X Ultra:

(Echalote, MB Phantom)

Upgraded Hooks and Split Rings...

-Owner Hyperwire Split Rings (Size 3):

-Light: Gamakatsu EWG Size 4:

-Medium: Owner ST-56 Size 4:

-Heavy: Owner ST-66 Size 4:

Favorite Lipless Combo...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR:

Reel-Curado 150 DC:

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 40 lb:

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 15 lb:

Budget-Friendly Combo...

Rod- Loomis E6X CBR 845:

Reel- Curado 200K:

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin:

Heavier Rods For Heavy Grass...

Strong- Zodias 7'6" Heavy Glass:

Stronger- Levante 7'5" EMTF:

Strongest- Zodias 7'2" Medium Heavy:


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