Spring Topwater Bass Fishing - Everything You Need To Know!

Whopper Ploppers, Frogs, Poppers, Buzzbaits, and Walking baits are all great Spring topwater lures. Today Matt explains the signs that the topwater bite has started, where to throw the lures, and when each style is effective. He also gives key tips on retrieve, cadence, color, and gear selection.

The excitement of a topwater explosion is unlike anything else in bass fishing. Once you've had an explosive strike you can't wait for the next! Knowing when to put the time in to get those bites is the key. Is today a good day for a popper? Would you have caught more bass with a buzzbait? Matt explains explains how to choose the baits based on conditions, fish behavior, and location.

Color selection is very simple with Spring topwater. If you cover the 3 basics of white, black, and chartreuse, you're prepared for virtually any situation. It doesn't hurt to throw a natural bluegill in from time to time as well.

Below is a breakdown of the baits Matt discussed in the video as well as Matt's top choices for hook upgrades, rods, reels, and more.

Walking Baits...

-River2Sea Rover 128: http://bit.ly/2acSVea

-Reaction Innovations Vixen: http://bit.ly/2rp11nr

-Bubble Walker 128: http://bit.ly/2e0PZOY

Poppers...

-Yellow Magic 1/2 oz: http://bit.ly/2al0dKP

-Splash It Standard: http://bit.ly/2Fp8MQV

-Bubble Walker 80: http://bit.ly/2e0PZOY

Frogs...

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

-Gavacho: http://bit.ly/2L7KsWS

Buzzbaits...

-D&M Slow Roller (Clacker removed): http://bit.ly/2t7BMKt

-Brabec Double Buzz: http://bit.ly/2OVAfjy

Whopper Ploppers...

-Whopper Plopper 75 and 110: http://bit.ly/2bsPbQV

Hook and Split Ring Replacements...

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

(small baits size 4, large baits size 2)

-Feathered Treble- Gamaktsu Black: http://bit.ly/2Ii4IXO

-Split Rings- Owner Hyperwire (Size 2,3,4): http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

All-Around topwater Combo...

Rod- Curado 7' Medium: http://bit.ly/2E9gktQ

Reel- Shimano SLX 150: http://bit.ly/2NfdOnk

Line- 40 lb Power Pro: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 15 lb: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

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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...

Jerkbait…

-Jackall Rerange 110: http://bit.ly/2ge0qED

(Ghost Wakasagi, Silver Shad)

UnderSpin…

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

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

(Pro Blue Red Pearl, Shad)

Swimbait…

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

Lipless Crankbait…

-Cordell Super Spot: http://bit.ly/2y3K210

(Foxy Momma, Foxy Shad, Royal Red)

Alabama Rig…

-Rig- Yum Flash Mob Jr: http://bit.ly/2bgDGNu

-Heads- Matt Allen Swimbait Head 1/8 oz (In stock next week): http://bit.ly/29RrTYN

-Dummy Baits- Little Dipper: http://bit.ly/2brnU5I

-Main Swimbaits-Skinny Dipper (More rocking and wobble): http://bit.ly/2bf1uEn

-Keitech 4.8" Fat (Larger tail thumb): http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

(Today's Color: Silver Flash Minnow)

Deep Water/Open Water Baits...

Jerkbait…

-Lucky Craft Staysee 90: http://bit.ly/2dBzMmz

(Crystal Pro Blue, Nishiki)

UnderSpin…

-Hook- BladeRunner 1/2 oz (Anchovy): http://bit.ly/2oocg0a

-Swimbait- Keitech 4.8" Fat (Electric Shad): http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Swimbait…

- Osprey Tournament Talon 6": http://bit.ly/2bqsLS0

(Reverse Hitch is Tim's Favorite Color)

Lipless Crankbait…

- Lucky Craft LV-500: http://bit.ly/2aAUUbd

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

Alabama Rig…

-Rig- Hog Farmer: http://bit.ly/2nuruR5

-Heads- Matt Allen Swimbait Head 1/4 oz (In Stock Next Week): http://bit.ly/29RrTYN

-Dummy Baits- Little Dipper: http://bit.ly/2brnU5I

-Main Swimbaits- Keitech 4.8" Fat: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

(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.

A-rig...

-Bladed A-Rig: http://bit.ly/2nuruR5

-Matt Allen Swimbait Heads: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN

-Owner Hyperwire Split Rings (Size 4): http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

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

-Reaction Innovations Skinny Dipper: http://bit.ly/2bf1uEn

-Reaction Innovations Little Dipper: http://bit.ly/2brnU5I

Jerkbait...

-Lucky Craft Flash Pointer 115 (Ghost Minnow): http://bit.ly/2aHz588

Flippin...

Bait- Reaction Innovations Man Bear Pig (Hematoma): http://bit.ly/2s51oIV

Hook- Gamakatsu Superline EWG 4/0: http://bit.ly/2ac92XG

Weight- River2Sea 1 oz Tungsten: http://bit.ly/2bHj2pB

Bobber Stop- 6th Sense Peg-X Stopper: http://bit.ly/2bHjowk

A-Rig Combo...

Rod- Shimano Curado 7'2" Heavy: http://bit.ly/2gUWTft

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

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

Leader- 20 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

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Easy Jerkbait Tips For Bigger Spring Bass

Its time to catch bigger fish! These jerkbait tips will help you catch big bass this Spring. Knowing when to throw a tiny jerkbait instead of a large offering or a bold color instead of natural, can make all the difference. When it comes to jerkbait fishing, small details can yield huge results.

Matt uses a 2-pronged approach to jerkbait fishing. He begins by searching for outliers (bigger than average bass) with large profiled baits but will quickly adapt to a triggering approach focused around schooling fish and small baits, when necessary. Understanding how to use a jerkbait as a tool instead of just another lure is the difference between just catching fish and being an excellent jerkbait fisherman.

Below is a breakdown of the baits and tackle we recommend. Don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone this year and target the fish with baits you wouldn't have normally thrown. You might be surprised by how big of a bass is willing to swipe your jerkbait!

The baits...

-Lucky Craft Staysee 90: http://bit.ly/2dBzMmz

-Megabass Kanata: http://bit.ly/2jG4Q85

-Lucky Craft Pointer 100: http://bit.ly/tbpointer

-Lucky Craft Pointer XD: http://bit.ly/2JsJske

-Jackall Rerange 100 and 130: http://bit.ly/2ge0qED

-Megabass Vision 110+2: http://bit.ly/2BLQIBA

-Megabass Vision 110: http://bit.ly/2j31TKb

-Megabass Vision 110 Junior: http://bit.ly/2OeAFBf

-Lucky Craft Flash Pointer 100 and 115: http://bit.ly/2aHz588

Preferred ghost colors: Ghost Minnow, GP Pro Blue, Clear Laker

Preferred Bold Colors: Nishiki, Chartreuse Shad, Elegy Bone, Table Rock Shad

Hook Upgrades...

-Gamakatsu Finesse Nano Trebles: http://bit.ly/2dWWAut

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

Recommended Hook Sizes by bait...

Jackall- Size 4

Megabass- Size 6

Staysee- Size 5

Flash Pointer- Size 6

Matt's Favorite Combo...

Rod- Expride 6'10" Medium: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

Reel- Alberaran MGL: http://bit.ly/2uQ4oH8

Line- 12 lb Assassin Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Great Alternative Combo...

Rod- Shimano Curado 6'10" Medium: http://bit.ly/2gUWTft

Reel- Shimano SLX HG: http://bit.ly/2NfdOnk

Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

High-End Combo...

Rod- St Croix Legend Elite 6'10 Medium: http://bit.ly/2z2qdHc

Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL HG: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB

Line- 12 lb Assassin Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Great Mid Range Combo...

Rod- Megabass Levante Jerkbait Special: http://bit.ly/2FdE3YY

Reel- Curado 150 DC: http://bit.ly/2yHtsp4

Line- 12 lb Assassin Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

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