Jerkbaits Vs. Swimbaits : Which One Wins?

Matt hits the water with a jerkbait and a small swimbait for a quick evening session. The plan was to return to a school of active bass blowing up on baitfish but that quickly changed. Watch as Matt adapts to the changing conditions and puts together a pattern that produces BIG bites. 

Learning to read the water and adapt to changing conditions takes time. Having a solid knowledge of the fishery is a huge bonus but a willingness to change on the fly and try new baits is all that's really required. 

The jerkbait and swimbait are both proven producers throughout the Spring. When one is producing small bites the other will often produce larger fish. Don't be afraid to abandon your game plan when its not working and trying something completely different. You never know when you'll switch from catching little fish (or no fish) to having an awesome time on the water!

The baits... 
Lucky Craft Flash Pointer 115 (Crystal Pro Blue):
3.8 Keitech (Pro Blue Red Pearl):
Dirty Jigs Guppy Head (Blue Shad 1/4 with 3/0 Hook):
Dirty Jigs Matt Allen Swimbait Head:

Swimbait and Jerkbait Setup...
Rod- Cashion 7'3" Medium Heavy:
Reel- Bantam MGL 150:
Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin:

Dedicated Jerkbait Setup...
Rod- Shimano Zodias 6'10" Medium:
Reel- Shimano Curado 70 (7:1 Ratio):
Line- 12 lb Sunline Sniper:

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10 Baits, 10 Bass, 20 Minute Challenge!

The Challenge: Catch 10 bass on 10 different baits in 20 minutes on a Clearlake, on the weekend, with heavy angling pressure. There are 14 rods on deck just in case something goes wrong. Here we go!

The challenge begins with Matt setting his Minn Kota Talons so that the boat doesn't move during the entire challenge. The goal is to catch all these fish without ever moving the boat! 

He gets bit on the first cast, ultimately losing the fish. Several casts later the first fish is in the boat! Several minutes later he catches a Clearlake, California Smallmouth. On this lake Smallmouth are called "Unicorns" because they're so incredibly rare! 

In the end Matt isn't able to complete the challenge, catching only 6 of the 10 bass he was searching for. He gives some great information along the way about retrieves, lure speed, and how to catch bass in Fall and Summer. 

The Baits...
1) Lucky Craft Silent 1.5 Squarebill:
2)  SKT Mini DR Crankbait:
3) LV-500 Lipless Crankbait:
4) 1/2 oz Jack Hammer Chatterbait:
5) Owner Flashy Swimmer 5/0:
6) Dirty Jigs Clausen Casting Jig 5/8 oz:
7) Staysee 90 Jerkbait:
8) Dropshot Rigged with 6" Fat Roboworm:
9) Shaky Head with Zoom Trick Worm:
10) 3 1/2" Tournament Tube:
11) 2.8 Keitech with Lead Head:
12) Texas-rigged Baby Brush hog:
13) 5" Yamamoto Senko:
14) Zoom Z-Craw:

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