Summer Bass Fishing - 10 Bait Challenge!! Popper, Spinnerbait, Crankbait, Swimbait...

Matt tied on 10 different baits from swimbaits to crankbaits to a Ned Rig and he's going to see how many bass he can catch (and a few bonus species too!) We're in South Dakota on Lake Oahe for the first time ever. The plan was to do a "lake breakdown" but we quickly realized the bite was excellent and our time would be better spent having fun doing a challenge! We've only got a few hours before we need to get on the road to Wyoming but Matt is confident he can catch bass on all 10 baits, let's find out if he can do it before the Pike and Walleye chew them to pieces!

The 10 baits Matt chose represent virtually every style of fishing you can do while bass fishing. From ultra finesse, to serious power, to topwater, its going to take a lot of adaption to get it done. He always prefers to start by power fishing and today is no different... He begins with Megabass's Dark Sleeper, a fun little swimbait that is easy to use. After the Sleeper produces Matt moves on to a Keitech, a squarebill, and right on down the list he moves.

It really doesn't get difficult until he arrives at the finesse baits. While that might seem counter intuitive, not knowing the lake makes it difficult to slow down and fish individual pieces of cover. It takes longer than expected but one by one the finesse fish fall, leaving only a topwater popper. Its midday, hot, and bluebird sky but the smallmouth of South Dakota did not dissapoint, ultimately giving Matt the 10th bass he was looking for.

We hope you enjoy the video! Below is a breakdown of the 10 baits (and applicable heads) that Matt used to complete his challenge.

1) Megabass Dark Sleeper (Shirauo color):

2) Keitech Fat Swing Impact 2.8 (Pro Blue Red Pearl):

Dirty Jigs Guppy Head 1/8 oz, 1/0 Hook:

3) River2Sea Biggie Squarebill (Rooster- Smalls Bumpin'):

4) Lucky Craft LV-500 (Phantom Chartreuse Shad):

Hook Upgrade- Gamakatsu EWG Size 4:

5) Keitech 4" Easy Shiner (Silver Flash Minnow):

Megabass Okashira Screwhead 1/8 oz:

6) Lucky Craft Flash Pointer 100 (American Shad):

7) Rapala Husky Jerk Jerkbait (Clown Color):

8) War Eagle Double Willow Spinnerbait 1/2 oz (Mouse color):

9) Dry Creek 3.5” Tournament Tube (Green Pumpkin):

Bite Me Flat Eye Tube Jig (1/8 oz):

10) Missile Baits Ned Bomb (Green Pumpkin Flash):

Z Man Ned Lockz HD Head:

11) Yellow Magic Popper 1/2 oz (Alewife):

Favorite All-Around Combo...

Rod- G Loomis GLX 843 MBR:

Reel- Chronarch MGL HG:

Line- 40 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro Braid:

Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Favorite Finesse Combo...

Rod- Expride 6'10" ML:

Reel- Stradic CI4+ 1000:

Line- 10 lb Power Pro Braid:

Leader- 7 lb Sunline Sniper Fluorocarbon:

Budget-Friendly All Around Combo...

Rod- Shimano SLX 7' Medium Spinning:

Reel- Nasci 2500:

Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin:

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The Largest Freshwater Lake In The World: How To Find Fish (And Catch Them)

We're on Lake Superior, home to more than 20 million surface acres of water! We're here to catch fish without any outside help. How do we find bass in such a vast environment? Where do we start looking? Come along for an amazing journey as we explore the largest freshwater lake in the world in search of Smallmouth bass.

The key to breaking down such a massive lake is to forget how big it really is. Start with a map of the entire lake, pretend the lake is only 500 acres, and pick your key spots. No matter how big a pond, lake, or ocean is, they all have the same key "spots". Once you've selected points or coves that look good, its time to zoom in. Its at this point that you begin to see how giant the lake really is. Take each key spot you identified and break it down into smaller and smaller key spots. Now its time to begin fishing! Remember that in a lake this big not every spot will be a home run, stick to your pattern until you find the fish you're searching for.

In today's video the guys fished for 3 days. They found fish each day and were able to dial in the pattern a little better at each stop. While they never found the "motherlode" of big bass spots, they found some awesome fishing and had a great time on a fishery neither angler will ever forget.

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Below is a breakdown of the baits and equipment we used on this once in a lifetime mission to explore the smallmouth of Lake Superior.

The baits in order of appearance...

-Keitech Fat Swing Impact 4.3:

-Matt Allen Swimbait Head 3/8 oz:

-Megabass Okashira Screw Head 1/16 oz:

-Megabass Spark Shad:

-Megabass Vibration X Ultra:

-River2Sea Bling Spinnerbait:

-Keitech Fat Swing Impact 2.8 (Electric Shad):

-Dirty Jigs Guppy Head 1/8 oz:

-6th Sense Crush 50 Squarebill (Wild Shad):

-Megabass Vision 110 (GP Pro Blue):

Matt's Favorite Combo from the trip...

Rod- G Loomis Conquest 902S SJR:

Reel- Shimano Stradic Ci4+ 2500:

Line- Sunline Sniper Fluorocarbon 5 lb:

Cobi's Favorite Combo from the trip...

Rod- Megabass Orochi XX WhipSnake:

Reel- Daiwa Tatula 4000:

Line- Power Pro Braid 10 lb:

Leader- Sunline Sniper Fluorocarbon 7 lb:

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NEW PB!! Trophy Smallmouth - Sturgeon Bay, WI

3 new PERSONAL BEST smallmouth bass on one lake!! CC and Tonya both got to catch monster Smallmouth on finesse tackle and Tim's son JD (6 years old) got in on the action with a 5.26 lber of his own!! What an amazing trip! Come along with us for some amazing fishing on world famous Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

We planned this trip over a year ago and were actually en route when Matt got into his terrible car crash. Fast forward a year and we all regrouped and came together for Sturgeon Bay round 2! The weather didn't play nice but we would not be stopped... we pushed through the wind and rain and found exactly what we came there for.

Despite the tough fishing reports leading up to our arrival, we had an amazing time on Lake Michigan. Our group caught several smallmouth over 6 lbs, more than a dozen 5 lbers, and countless 3's and 4's. Wisconsin did not disappoint! If you ever get the chance to fish Sturgeon Bay be sure and make it happen. Thanks for coming along with us on our vacation!

Below is a breakdown of our favorite baits from the trip as well as a couple of the combos that really performed while fighting these monster fish.

The baits...

-Keitech 4" Easy Shiner: (Tennessee Shad)

-Megabass Okashira Screw Head:

-Keitech 3.3" Fat Swing Impact Swimbait: (Electric Shad, Goby, Chartreuse Blue)

Megabass Dark Sleeper: (Donko, Haze, Wakasagi)

-Dry Creek 3.5" Tube: (Green Pumpkin)

-Strike King Half Shell: (Green Pumpkin Purple, KVD Magic)

-Outcast Tackle Feider Fly 1/16 oz: (Black)

-Owner Mosquito Light Hooks (Size 2):

Matt's Combo for hair jigs, and other ultralight presentations...

Rod- Conquest 902 SJR:

Reel- Stradic Ci4+ 2500:

Line- Sunline Sniper Fluorocarbon 5 lb:

Tim's Combo For Dark Sleeper, Keitech, and Screw Head...

Rod- NRX 852C JWR:

Reel- Aldebaran MGL:

Line- 20 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- 10 lb Sunline Assassin:

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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:
Blade Runner Underspin:
Matt Allen Swimbait Head:
Keitech 4.8 Swimbait:
S-Waver 200 Swimbait:
BladeRunner DUH Spoon:
Yellow Magic Popper:
Dirty Jigs Finesse Football:
Yamamoto Double Tail Grub:
Strike King 10XD Crankbait:
Spro RockCrawler Crankbait:

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