Blade Bait Tricks For Early Spring Bass

The blade is traditionally a cold water presentation but its effectiveness doesn't stop there! Keep the blade on deck in Early Spring and you might be surprised how the bass react. In this video Matt shows his favorite blade baits, what each is for, and how to modify them to get the best hook up ratio.

Blade baits come in all shapes and sizes. From the original Silver Buddy to modern offerings like the Damiki Vault, there is always a bait to fit your need. Color schemes have come a long way as well which has extended the blades effectiveness in late Winter and early Spring.

With any blade bait its imperative to upgrade the hardware and carefully select your gear in order to maximize your hook up to land ratio. These baits are inherently heavy and are easily thrown by wary bass if care isn't taken to prevent it. Below is a breakdown of the baits, equipment, and hook upgrades that we use with our blades.

The Blade Baits...

-Damiki Vault: http://bit.ly/2rnO7e2

-Silver Buddy: http://bit.ly/2AcTelj

-Molix Trago Vib: http://bit.ly/2Q5X4jf

-Khan Baits Vibrato: http://bit.ly/2RNNL8O

-Damiki Vortex: http://bit.ly/2BqKoyW

-Sebile Vibrato: http://bit.ly/2rlZmDW

Best Colors... Silver, Gold, Shad

Hook and Hardware Upgrades...

(Size 4 for 1/2 oz or heavier blades, Size 6 on smaller blades)

-Gamakatsu EWG Treble (Light Wire): http://bit.ly/2cZrsbY

-Owner ST-36 Stinger Treble (Medium Wire): http://bit.ly/2cWpeyw

-Owner ST-56 Treble (Heavy Wire): http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW

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

Matt's Preferred Combo...

Rod- G Loomis 845 CBR: http://bit.ly/2og0BmK

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

Line- 40 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro Braid: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

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

Budget-Friendly Combo...

Rod- Dobyns Colt 705CB: http://bit.ly/2lU0LfV

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

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

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Blade Bait Basics: Winter Fishing Made Easy

The blade bait has been around since the early 80's but recent innovations have taken the technique to the next level. This technique could not only save your Winter, it could make it a lot more fun!

If your lakes aren't iced over, there is still time to throw these lures. Blades come in a variety of shapes and sizes but below you'll find a list of some of our favorites. 

Silver Buddy: http://bit.ly/2AcTelj
Damiki Vault: http://bit.ly/2rnO7e2
Binsky Blade: http://bit.ly/2mR2Vwe
Sebile Vibrato: http://bit.ly/2rlZmDW

If you enjoy throwing blade baits you'll probably also enjoy ice jigs and jigging spoons. Here are our favorite of each. 

Rapala Jigging Rap Ice Jig: http://bit.ly/2EWiSsF
Lunkerhunt Ice Jig: http://bit.ly/2FVv52b

BladeRunner 3/4 and 1 3/4 oz spoons: http://bit.ly/2aKVLlG

Tim's Blade Bait Combo...
Rod- 845 CBR: http://bit.ly/2FQj6CZ
Reel- Curado 70: http://bit.ly/2apmDJt
Line- 30 lb Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 12 lb Sunline Sniper: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

Matt's Blade Bait Combo...
Rod- Expride 6'10" Medium: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL
Reel- Shimano Aldebaran 50: http://bit.ly/2fdX1Uy
Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Most blade baits come with hardware that leaves something to be desired. We recommend cutting the hardware off and starting fresh.  We will replace the snap and hook hangers with Owner Hyperwire Split Rings to eliminate potential failures, then upgrade the hooks to maximize our effectiveness. Sizes vary based on the weight of the blade but most blades will have size 6 and 8 hooks, we recommend replacing them with size 4 and 6. For split rings we recommend either size 2 or 3. This is not an aggressive technique, you can slow play the fish so bend outs shouldn't be an issue once the gear is upgraded. 

Owner Hyperwire Split Ring: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX
Gamakatsu EWG Treble: http://bit.ly/2cZrsbY
Owner ST-36 Treble: http://bit.ly/2cWpeyw
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Spinnerbaits and Buzzbaits: Tricks, Tuning, and Other Modifications

When it comes to Spinnerbaits and Buzzbaits don’t just open your package and set to fishing. If you do you will be missing out on bites that with just a few quick tricks and modifications can increase your chances of success dramatically. Tactical Bassin’ teaches you some quick things to make sure your spin and buzz game is drawing every bass it can this summer!