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: http://bit.ly/2ahCzvo

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

-Bling Spinnerbait 1/2 oz: http://bit.ly/2diSwqq

(I Know It, Abalone Shad)

-4.8" Keitech Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

-Owner Flashy Swimmer 5/0 Hook: http://bit.ly/2e8O4Y7

Upgraded Treble Hooks...

-Owner ST-36 Size 2: http://bit.ly/2cWpeyw

-Hyperwire Split Rings Size 3: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

Matt's Crankbait Combo...

Rod- Zodias 7'2" Medium Heavy Glass: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe

Reel- Shimano Bantam MGL XG: http://bit.ly/2H44yjG

Line- 20 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

CC's Crankbait Combo...

Rod- Dobyns Champion 805CB: http://bit.ly/29OVD4V

Reel- Shimano Curado HG: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Electronics...

Humminbird Solix 15: http://bit.ly/2Hazsej

Humminbird Solix 12: http://bit.ly/2AE2YDB

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Giant Texas Bass! Fishing Lake Alan Henry

Our first day in TEXAS and the GIANT Largemouth have already come out of the wood work! The day started like any other as we searched for fish on a brand new fishery. We knew we only had a few hours so we went from broke with swimbaits and topwater. After making some quick adaptions we found a point that was loaded with monster bass. Come along to see how it played out!

When we approach a new fishery the first step is to set goals. Are you looking to catch as many fish as possible? Do you want to catch a big fish? Are you looking for more than one species? Once you've set goals the day will define itself. In this case we only had a few hours so we knew we were looking for a big bite to kick off our Texas road trip. CC started with a glide bait hoping to call a big fish up out of deep water and Matt began probing the shallows with a topwater. When the bass proved to be small they started making quick moves to other parts of the lake but continued probing outside structures hoping the big, post spawn females would be stacking up, and that's exactly what they found.

The baits and tackle used in the video are broken down below.

Lures...

-Mattlures Hammertail Shad: http://bit.ly/2vM8cKF

Stinger Hook- Owner ST-56 Size 1: http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW

-River2Sea S-Waver 168 Light Trout: http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh

Upgraded Hooks- Owner ST-56 Size 2: http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW

-River2Sea Bully Wa 2 Frog: http://bit.ly/2axyR2a

-Yamamoto Senko 7" Green Pumpkin: http://bit.ly/2axAmNS

Hook- Owner Jungle Gap 6/0: http://bit.ly/2sBsR1Z


-Rover Topwater: http://bit.ly/2acSVea

(128 Funky Tiger)

Swimbait Combo...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 966: http://bit.ly/2x9kxuS

Reel- Shimano Tranx 300 HG: http://bit.ly/2kYsvRw

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 80 lb: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- Sunline FC100 Shock Leader 35 lb: http://bit.ly/2O4UElB

Frog Combo...

Rod- Expride 7'3" XH: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

Reel- Curado 200K HG: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh

Line- 65 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRi

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EPIC Trip Back East! | Major Lesson In Bass Fishing History

Matt just got back from an awesome fishing trip in Kentucky and Tennessee! He met up with some great guys and fished a bunch of lakes, even fishing a tournament on Dale Hollow! What he didn't expect, was to be hit so hard by the historical significance of these amazing fisheries!

There are a bunch of fishing videos coming from the trip, including a first-person perspective from the Billy Westmoreland Invitational Tournament. In the meantime, Matt got in front of the camera to share his thoughts and experiences from the trip. He got a lot more than he bargained for when he walked back through the history of Smallmouth Bass fishing in Tennessee and he shares his perspective in this video. 

Wondering what TacticalBassin methods caught fish during the trip? Below is a list of the baits that the guys were able to catch fish on while road tripping for a week. 

LV-500 Lipless Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2aAUUbd
Blade Runner Underspin: http://bit.ly/29UVegz
Matt Allen Swimbait Head: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN
Keitech 4.8 Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v
S-Waver 200 Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh
BladeRunner DUH Spoon: http://bit.ly/2aKVLlG
Yellow Magic Popper: http://bit.ly/2al0dKP
Dirty Jigs Finesse Football: http://bit.ly/2d2apsm
Yamamoto Double Tail Grub: http://bit.ly/2db9w1p
Strike King 10XD Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2gHT4F0
Spro RockCrawler Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2BLmsVN
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