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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Ned Rig Challenge!

10 minutes start now! How many can we catch? We've got rising water, heavy flows, and murky conditions. The smallmouth and schooling near running water and there are a TON of them!

We located this school earlier in the day but with the water rising 3 inches an hour there was no telling how many could be pouring into the area. Since we'd already found them and covering water wasn't an issue we settled on the Ned Rig. 

Both equipped with a Ned Rig on light line we began making repetitious casts to the same area to create a feeding frenzy. Once they started biting it got serious! They were biting on every cast, sometimes two at a time. 

While these aren't the biggest fish in the world it shows how aggressively bass can school and feed together. Below is a breakdown of the gear we were using. 

Tim's Setup...
Bait- Roboworm Ned Worm (Desert Craw):
Hook- Owner Block Head 1/16 ounce:
Rod- G Loomis NRX 6'10" Mag Med:
Reel- Daiwa Certate:
Line- Sunline SX1 Braided Line 12 lb:
Leader- Sunline Sniper 8 lb Fluorocarbon:

Matt's Setup...
Bait- Z Man Finesse TRD (Green Pumpkin):
Hook- Guppy Head 1/8 oz:
Rod- Shimano Expride 6'8" Medium:
Reel- Shimano Stradic CI4+ 1000 series:
Line- 10 lb PowerPro Braid:
Leader- 6 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

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Senko Fishing Challenge!

Tim and Matt go head-to-head for 20 minutes! Both are armed with a 5" senko, each rigged differently. May the best rig win! 

The senko is a proven fish catcher that works all over the globe for a variety of species. There are so many different ways to rig it but two methods stand out from the crowd. The first is the wacky rig, in which a small hook is secured in the middle of the bait and allows for maximum action. The second is a larger hook Texas rigged, allowing for the bait to be fished in and around cover. 

The gear used in this video...

Rod- G Loomis NRX 893:
Reel- Metanium MGL 7:1 Ratio:
Line- 50 lb Maxcuatro Braid:
Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Yamamoto 5" Senko (Fading Watermelon Purple):
Tim's Hook- Owner Wacky 1/0:
Matt's Hook- Gamakatsu Superline 3/0:

There are so many great ways to rig the senko. If you ask a dozen fishermen what the best hook is, you'll get a dozen answers so here are a couple more of our favorites...

Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap:
Owner Mosquito Hook:

Great Senko Alternatives...
Gambler Fat Ace:
Strike King Shim-E Stick:
Reaction Innovations Pocket Rocket:
Jackall Flick Shake Worm:

Great Senko Rods...
Mid-Range- Shimano Zodias 7'2" Medium Heavy:
Budget Friendly- Dobyns Fury 7' Medium Heavy:

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Texas Rig Challenge! Matt Vs. Tim

20 minutes, Head to Head, Winner take all! The rules are easy... we each get one Texas Rig and 3 baits. Who is going to stick the biggest bass?? Its been a long Winter, let's have some fun! 

We get tons of requests to "just go fishing" in front of the camera. On our most recent trip we got on an awesome Texas Rig bite in flooded brush and thought it would be the perfect time to have some fun and show how we're fishing the baits. This isn't an edited video, there are no cuts to fish catches, its 20 minutes of pure head-to-head style fishing. 

The Baits...
Strike King Game Hawg:
Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver:
Reaction Innovations Man Bear Pig:

The Setup...
Hook- Gamakatsu 4/0 EWG Superline:
Weight- 1/2 oz Tungsten:
Peg- 6th Sense Peg X:

Matt's Setup...
Rod- Expride 7'6" heavy:
Reel- Shimano Curado 200k:
Line- 65 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro:
Leader-20 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Tim's Setup...
Rod- G Loomis GLX 854C:
Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL:
Line- 50 lb Power Pro:
Leader- 20 lb Sunline Sniper:

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