Summer Ledge Fishing - Crankbaits, Underspins, and Hair Jigs

Today we're on Pickwick Lake looking for Summer bass on offshore ledges and breaks. This time of year the bass stack up on the edges around current and can be caught on a variety of power fishing techniques. We found an aggressive school in 20-25 feet of water and had a great time figuring out which baits they would eat.

The fish we located today were in a giant school. They gathered in the confluence if two river arms and were feeding aggressively on shad and other baitfish that came down the current. We used a 3-part method to catch these fish. We started out with a deep crankbait to fire up the school then switched to a hair jig and a heavy underspin to keep the fish's interest once the initial flurry was over.

Ledge fishing is an awesome way to catch a bunch of bass in a hurry. Its also an amazing opportunity to catch BIG bass in the middle of Summer. If your local lake has current in the Summer, you have fish that back out to the outside structures, ledges, and breaks. This fishing style will work on your lake and you might be amazed how big of bass you can catch in the heat of the day.

Below is a breakdown of the baits and equipment we used to catch the fish in today's video. We also included a few color recommendations to make it easier for you to apply the techniques to your local lakes.

The baits...

-6th Sense Cloud 9 C20:

(Wild Shad, Platinum Citrus, Sexified Chartreuse Shad, Shad Fantasy)

-Strike King 6XD:

(Sexy Shad, Turtle Shad, Chartreuse Sexy Shad, Sexy Blue Back Herring, Powder Blue)

-Picasso Hair Jig 1 oz:

(Bling Shad, White)

-Blade Runner 1 oz SpinTrix Underspin:

(Anchovy, Black Shad, Grey Shad, Pearl)

-Keitech 4.8 Fat Swing Impact Swimbait:

(Pro Blue Red Pearl, Ghost Rainbow, Electric Shad, Gizzard Shad)

Upgraded Crankbait Hardware...

-Hooks- Gamakatsu EWG Size 2:

-Split Rings- Owner Hyperwire Size 4:

Crankbait Combo...

Rod- Zodias 7'6" MH Glass:

Reel- Curado 200K:

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin:

Jig Combo...

Rod- Expride 7'7" Heavy:

Reel- Curado 150 DC HG:

Line- 50 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- 20 lb Maxima Ultragreen:


-Humminbird Solix 15 G2:

-Map Card- Lakemaster Plus Digital:

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Deep Diving Crankbaits For Early Summer Bass

Anyone can throw a crankbait but do you know how to pick the right baits, colors, or how to use it to trigger bites? Today Matt is on Lake Fork, Texas and he's explaining exactly what you need to know to be a better crankbait fisherman during the post spawn and Summer months.

Matt explains what different baits are used for, which colors produce the best results, and opens up his personal boxes and shows you the exact baits he brought with him on the cross-country trip. With Matt and Tim there are no secrets, they're showing every bait in the box and explaining what they're for.

Below is a breakdown of the baits in the box as well as the rods, reels, and hook upgrades Matt is using for his baits.

The baits...

Strike King 10XD:

Strike King 6XD:

Azuma Z Boss 25 and 22:

6th Sense Cloud 9 C20 and C25:

-Norman DD22:

-Luhr Jensen Hot Lips: Source Locally

Hook Upgrades...

-Gamakatsu EWG (Size 2):

(DD22, 6XD, Hot Lips)

-Owner ST-36 (Size 1 or 1/0):

(1/0 for Azuma 25, 6th Sense C25, or 10XD)

Matt's Favorite "Do Everything" Crankbait Combo...

Rod- Zodias 7'6" Medium Heavy Glass:

Reel- Shimano Bantam MGL HG:

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin:

Matt's Dedicated 10XD/Azuma Combo...

Rod- Dobyns 805 CB:

Reel- Tranx 200 HG:

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin:


3 Lipless Crankbait Tricks That Get Bigger Bites

Crankbaits are one of the easiest ways to catch bass. Throwing them is easy but knowing how to target big bass takes more effort. Today Matt explains 3 different retrieve styles that will get big bites when nothing else will. Adapting your retrieves will require changes in tackle and equipment as well but Matt makes it easy with simple steps anyone can follow.

Our favorite retrieve with the lipless is to hop the bait on bottom similar to how you work a jig. When the bottom is clean its simple and can be done with a light crankbait rod. As the grass grows up many anglers turn away from the lipless or modify their retrieve but if you learn to power through with heavier equipment you may encounter your biggest bass of the year!

The other two retrieves are easier but knowing which baits to throw when, will take your catch rate through the roof! Stop running bank throwing a lipless on a chuck and wind retrieve. Make some simple changes to your method and start catching bigger bass today!

Below is a breakdown of the baits and gear discussed in the video.

The baits...

-Lucky Craft LV 500:

(Ghost Minnow, Golden Shiner, American Shad, Chartreuse Shad)

-Jackall TN-70:

(Ghost Minnow, Scale Minnow, Super Shad)

-Red Eye Shad:

(Clearwater Minnow, Japanese Shad, Sexy Ghost Minnow)

-Cordell Super Spot:

(Foxy Momma, Foxy Shad, Royal Shad)

-6th Sense Quake:

(American Shad, Ghost Hot Herring, Shad Hammer, Violet Panda)

-Rattle Trap 1/2 oz:

(Gold Mine Shad, Ghost Minnow, Pro Blue)

--Megabass Vibration X Jr:

(Threadfin Shad, M Silver)

-Megabass Vibration X Ultra:

(Echalote, MB Phantom)

Upgraded Hooks and Split Rings...

-Owner Hyperwire Split Rings (Size 3):

-Light: Gamakatsu EWG Size 4:

-Medium: Owner ST-56 Size 4:

-Heavy: Owner ST-66 Size 4:

Favorite Lipless Combo...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR:

Reel-Curado 150 DC:

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 40 lb:

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 15 lb:

Budget-Friendly Combo...

Rod- Loomis E6X CBR 845:

Reel- Curado 200K:

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin:

Heavier Rods For Heavy Grass...

Strong- Zodias 7'6" Heavy Glass:

Stronger- Levante 7'5" EMTF:

Strongest- Zodias 7'2" Medium Heavy:


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Try This Trick For Early Spring Bass

When the water temperature reaches 50 degrees its time to reach for red! Red crankbait, red spinnerbait, chatterbait... as long as its red! There are a lot of theories on why it works but all that really matters is that the fish love to eat it.

Early spring brings a lot of challenges. Between the unstable weather and water color you have enough to worry about without trying to figure out lure color. If you're looking for a reaction bite, start with red or orange. If the water is leaning toward the clear side, the ghost reds will be best and if its leaning to the muddy side, the day glow oranges are the best bet. The only exception is the orange-accented chartreuse/white spinnerbait. That bait almost defies logic but its wise to keep one close at hand in the early Spring.

Below is a break down of the baits by style, model, and color. They're in no particular order though we tended to list our favorites first.

Squarebill/Shallow Crankbaits...

-River2Sea Biggie Poppa:

This squarebill is mid-sized, has a deep knocking sound and is a proven fish catcher. Comes with size 2 trebles. Recommended colors- Cold Blooded, Delta Craw

-Spro Little John:

This bait features an extremely tight action. It excels as a fast-burning shallow cover bait. Comes stock with small hooks that should be replaced with appropriate size 4's. Recommended colors- Blood Craw, Western Craw

-Luhr Jensen Speed Trap:

This bait features a mid-wobble and high-pitched sound. It excels around grass and other cover where it can be ripped or banged along. Size 4 trebles. Recommended color- Crystal Crawdad, Orange Crawfish

-Strike King 4.0:

This is an oversized squarebill. Perfect for banging through shallow cover and targeting larger fish. Upgrade to stronger size 1 trebles. Recommended colors- Chili Craw, Delta Red.

Mid and Deep Diving Crankbaits...

-Strike King 3XD:

This miniaturized "XD" bait is everything you'd expect. hard pulling, great rattle, and excellent cover deflection in a small package. Recommend upgrading to size 4 short shank trebles. Recommended Colors- Chili Craw, Delta Red

-Spro RockCrawler:

This crank is a hard pulling bait in a smaller package. Think "finesse cranking" but be prepared for big bites! Great hooks but replace with size 4 short shanks when the time comes. Recommended colors- Red Bug, Red Crawfish.

-Lucky Craft Classical Leader:

This tight running bait is great at deflecting and fast movements. Comes equipped with thin size 6 trebles that should be upgraded. Recommended Colors- Craw

-Megabass Deep Six:

This tight action crankbait shines in the early spring. When you need to reach deeper but maintain a refined look, this is the bait. Size 2 hooks can be upgraded to stronger options. Recommended colors- Fire Craw, Stealth Craw.

Lipless Crankbaits...

-Lucky Craft LV-500:

This bait has a tight action, loud rattle, and fast sink rate. Upgrade stock hooks with size 4's. Recommended Colors- Aurora Craw, Spring Craw, Wakin.

-Cotton Cordell Super Spot:

This high-pitched, slow sinking bait excels around grass. Upgraded size 4 hooks are a must! Recommended colors- Rayburn Red, Royal Red.

-Jackall TN -70:

This is a very refined bait with great action, sound, and profile. Upgrading hooks to size 4 is wise. Recommended colors- Crawfish, RT Escape Craw.

-Red Eye Shad:

This is a great all-around/ Do-everything bait. Rip grass, burn open water, or slow roll deep. Size 4 hooks for 1/2 oz or size 2 hooks for 3/4 oz. Recommended Colors- Royal Red, Delta Red.


-River2Sea 1/2 oz Bling Spinnerbait:

The Bling is a light wire spinnerbait great for covering water. Recommended colors- Cold Blooded.

-Revenge Double Willow:

Another amazing spinnerbait. Great hook, great components, very refined. Recommended colors- Habanero, Orange Crush.

-Blade Runner Double Willow:

This bait is designed with heavy components for big fish. Recommended colors- Delta Craw

-Bling w/ Colorado and Indiana Blades:

This is the bait with a small orange Colorado blade. Give it a try and you might be surprised! Recommended colors: Lemonade Twist.


-Evergreen JackHammer:

The most refined chatterbait on the market! Perfect balance and excellent start up speed. Recommended colors- Hite's Hot Craw

-Picasso Tungsten Shock Blade:

This shock blade has been a deadly bait for years. The addition of the tungsten offering takes it to a different level in a smaller package. Recommended colors- Dark Red Craw RT.

Crankbait Hooks/Split Ring Upgrades...

-Direct Replacement- Gamakatsu EWG:

-Short Shank Replacement- Owner ST-35:

-Strong Replacement- Owner ST-56:

-Owner Hyperwire Split Rings Size 3:

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