10 lb Bass Caught From The Kayak!

Matt returns to where he caught his 17 pound bass for the first time in a decade and catches a 10 lber!!! Come along for a day of Spring Bass fishing on the Kayak as the guys explore a new (old) lake and piece together the bite.

3 completely different patterns emerge during the course of the day. They guys catch fish throwing a big swimbait, a jerkbait, and a creature. We've said many times before that the key to successful Spring bass fishing is being willing to adapt. Being willing to leave biting fish in search of bigger bites is also important.

Matt said "It was truly incredible to return to a lake after such a long break and find the bass in similar locations, willing to bite similar lures. It was as if the years had never passed." While history fishing (fishing a spot or a lure based on unrelated past experiences) is often looked down upon there are times when it can be incredibly effective! History fishing is a great starting point as long as you don't stay locked in to those previous patterns when they're not producing.

Below is a breakdown of the baits and gear the guys were using during the day on the water.

Matt's Key Baits...

-Sweet Beaver (Magic Craw Swirl): http://bit.ly/29W3RZW

-Man Bear Pig (Flora/Bama): http://bit.ly/2s51oIV

-Dirty Jigs Canterbury Shakey Head 3/16 oz: http://bit.ly/2aFOs0V

-Megabass Vision 110 Jr. Jerkbait (Ito Clear Laker): http://bit.ly/2OeAFBf

-Huddleston 8" ROF 5 Jig Hooks Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2UVHiuQ

Swimbait Combo...

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

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

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

Leader- 30 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

All-Around Combo...

Rod- Levante 2019 Perfect Pitch: http://bit.ly/2FdE3YY

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

Line- 50 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

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

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Spring Fishing Road Trip! Big Bass In The Desert?!

Texas Rigs, Jigs, Swimbaits, and a bunch of BIG Bass!! At the start of the year we vowed to take TacticalBassin on the road. Here is the first road trip! There will be more so stick with us, cross your fingers, and you might just find TacticalBassin fishing at your local lake this year! 

On this trip we found both prespawn and spawning bass including muddy water largemouth and crystal clear water smallmouth. Who knew the desert could be so diverse?! If you've never fished in the SouthWest be sure to add Arizona to your bucket list! 

Here were our top baits from this trip. Keep in mind we had to adapt between power fishing and true finesse fishing depending on the body of water we were on that day. 

Top 5 Power Fishing Baits... 
1) 3/4 oz Flippin Jig (Go To Color): http://bit.ly/2aUtZsG
2) Man Bear Pig (Hematoma Color): http://bit.ly/2s51oIV
3) 3XD Crankbait (Delta Red Color): http://bit.ly/2oSMj8s
4) Jackall Rerange Jerkbait (RT Hollow Minnow): http://bit.ly/2ge0qED
5) Mattlures Bluegill Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2aAuAz5

Top 5 Finesse Fishing Baits...
1) G-Fix Spinbait 80 SpyBait: http://bit.ly/2uziBeM
2) Lucky Craft Flash Pointer 100 (Ghost Minnow): http://bit.ly/2aHz588
3) Fat Baby Finesse Worm (Dropshot and Shaky Head): http://bit.ly/2aKei5y
4) Keitech Little Spider (Watermelon Pepper): http://bit.ly/2HJ8kyj
5) Z Man TRD Ned Worm: http://bit.ly/2hs4RtR

Matt's Favorite Combo From This Trip... 
Rod- Expride 7'2" Heavy: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL
Reel- Curado 200K 8:1 ratio: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Line- 65 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 18 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Tim's Favorite Spinning Combo From This Trip (EXPENSIVE)...
Rod- G Loomis Conquest Spinning 902S SJR: http://bit.ly/2BiGUNi
Reel- Shimano Exsence 3000: http://bit.ly/2iMtscV
Line- Power Pro 10 lb Braid: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b
Leader- Sunline 6 lb Sniper Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

Where do you want to see us fish next? If you've got a lake in your area you think we should check out let us know about it in the comments! 
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Late Winter A-Rig Tips To Locate Schooling Bass

Spring is fast approaching and before you know it the bass will be back in the shallows. How do you know when the transition is happening? Should you stay deep, should you move shallow, and where are the bass? When these questions begin creeping into your mind, look no farther than the A-rig. 

Whether you like the A-rig or not, it will help you locate fish very efficiently in the late Winter and early pre-spawn. Once you've found the schools you can use a variety of other baits to catch them. The A-Rig is the BEST bait for finding active schools of bass that are on the move and for quickly identifying which fish are willing to feed. 

The A-rig is here to stay so you may as well learn to use it to your advantage. The pre-spawn is prime time to put it to work for you. 

Standard A-Rig...
Rig- http://bit.ly/2n8cOGO
Heads- http://bit.ly/29RrTYN
Swimbaits- http://bit.ly/2bf1uEn
Dummy Baits- http://bit.ly/2brnU5I

Bladed A-Rig...
Rig- http://bit.ly/2bgDGNu
Heads- http://bit.ly/29RrTYN
Swimbaits- http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v
Dummy Baits- http://bit.ly/2brnU5I

Finesse Rig...
Rig- http://bit.ly/2j6F1Nz
Heads- 1) http://bit.ly/2jhuhcm
            2) http://bit.ly/2cHMZbm
Swimbaits- http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v
Dummy Baits- http://bit.ly/2bxJK6H

A-Rig Setup...
Rod- Shimano Expride 7'6" Heavy: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL
Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB
Line- 65 lb Maxcuatro braid: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- Maxima 20 lb: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Finesse Rig Setup...
Rod- Zodias 7'2" Medium Heavy: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe
Reel- Curado 200K: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Line- 50 lb Sufix 832: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji
Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 15 lb: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
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