Stream Fishing Big Smallmouth In Clear Water!

The guys found a small creek loaded with smallmouth bass! The water is crystal clear and the fish are in all 3 stages of the spawn. There are fish just coming in from Lake Michigan, other bass on beds, and a lot of big bass cruising the edges and shadows in search of a big meal. Realizing the opportunity, the guys quickly began catching fish on everything from a dropshot to a swimbait. Come along for an exciting day of fishing and teaching as we explain how to fish for bass in current.

Its early Summer in Michigan and the fish are aggressive! We began by catching fish sitting along the edges of cover but as we moved farther up river we discovered spawners in the shallows. Toward the end of the day we realized post spawn fish would ambush reaction baits as well, catching them on swimbaits, jerkbaits, and topwater.

Fishing in current is all about understanding bass behavior. These fish face up stream and feed by sight. They're watching the moving water for any sign of food drifting by. When a meal appears they have one shot to capture it as it passes so strikes tend to be vicious! While neither angler had ever been on this fishery, Cobi guides in both Michigan and Wisconsin on a lot of amazing smallmouth waters. If you're interested in seeing more of his work, visit his instagram here:

Below is a breakdown of the baits we caught fish on throughout the day. We caught them on an incredible variety of techniques so we will separate them into softbaits and hardbaits, including the colors used to successfully fool these smallmouth.


1) Finesse Jig (Kentucky Craw):

-Smallie Beaver (Green Pumpkin):

2) Strike King Half Shell (KVD Magic on Dropshot):

-Owner Mosquito Light Hook Size 2:

3) Roboworm 4" Fat Worm (Oxblood Light on Dropshot):

4) Megabass Spark Shad 3" (Real):

- Megabass Okashira Screw Head:

5) Dark Sleeper Swimbait (Haze):

6) Zoom Super Fluke (Smokin Shad):

-Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap 1/0:


1) Splash It Popper (Chartreuse Pearl Shad):

2) River2Sea S-Waver 168 (Light Trout):

3) Megabass Vision 110 Jerkbait (PM Twilight Chart Back):

Matt's most versatile Combo this trip...

Rod- Shimano Expride 6'10" Medium:

Reel- Aldebaran MGL 50:

Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin:

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The Trick To Never Burn Out On Fishing

Ever had a friend quit fishing altogether? Ever watching a really good angler just vanish from the tournament scene? It happens every day! Ever wondered why? Maybe its the social media pressure, maybe its rude boaters, maybe its their home life, but more than likely its a combination of all the above. 

If you're passionate about bass fishing and you want it to be a life-long sport there is one key that will keep you coming back from more. At least once a year you need to STOP bass fishing and do something completely different! Let's be real, bass fishing isn't very relaxing. Between the heavy line and the roaring outboards its not nearly as "back to nature" as trout or bluegill fishing. 

Do yourself a favor this year and take a break. If you can find a healthy balance between aggressively pursuing BIG bass and relaxing while fishing for other species, you're going to be a life long angler. 

Here is what Matt was using...

Rod- Megabass Destroyer Spinning Rod:
Reel- Shimano Stradic FK:
Line- Sunline Sniper 4 lb Fluorocarbon:

Budget Setup For This Style Fishing...

Rod- Exage 6'8" Medium Light:
Reel- Nasci 1000 Spinning Reel:
Line- Sunline Sniper 4 lb:


Panther Martin Spinner:
Rooster Tail Spinner:
Mepps Aglia Spinner:

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Micro Fishing In A Crystal Clear Stream

Micro Baits for TINY fish in some of the tiniest clear water streams you've ever seen! We hit the road last week in search of something a little different. We went back home to the streams and pools that we grew up on. Come along as we take you underwater to explore the world of Brook and Rainbow Trout while we catch these amazing little fish. 

"Micro Fishing or micro baiting" is a growing trend amongst new anglers. We've seen it develop and much you like you, we did it throughout our childhoods. We knew if we were going to film some micro fishing we needed to take it back to our roots so we headed back home, deep into the Sierra Nevada Mountains. 

Why go micro? Its all about the challenge. Catching tiny fish in places where everyone else overlooks. Whether you live in the South and micro fish for green sunfish or you live in the West pursuing native trout, the gear and the purpose behind it is all the same. 

We often spend our time driving fast boats loaded down with high-end equipment in pursuit of big bass but there is something special about breaking away, leaving that outboard motor at home and just doing a little fishing. Do yourself a favor and spool up that old trout rod from when you were a kid and hit the road. You won't regret it! 

Here is the Ultralight Tackle we were using:

Matt's Combo...
Rod- Zodias 6'8" Med Light:
Reel- Shimano Sedona 1000:
Line- 4 lb Sunline Sniper:

Tim's Combo...
Rod- (Current Version) IMX Pro 6'10" Mag LT:
Reel- Shimano Sustain:
Line- 4 lb Sunline Sniper:

Lure- Panther Martin Spinner:
Micro Split Ring (Size 1):
Sharp Treble Hook (Size 8):


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River Fishing Trophy Smallmouth On Crankbaits | How To Catch Bass In Current

Big bass are stacked up in moving water, how would you catch them? We decided on a crankbait and it was a blast! We started a feeding frenzy and the fish were lining up for their turn at the deep diving crankbait!

We were positioning our boat downstream and working the crankbaits with the current along the edges of current breaks and seams. Most of the fish ate the crankbait on the pause, resulting in hard hooksets to catch up to them on the slack line that was drifting in the current. The current was fast but the smallmouth were even faster!

There is something special about getting away from the lakes and bass fishing in creeks, streams, and rivers. Its a peaceful change of pace from our typical fishing experience. If you get a chance to get out and catch smallmouth in current be sure and do it, you won't regret it!

What were we using?

Megabass Deep X 150 Crankbait:

Megabass Deep X 300 Crankbait:

Strike King 6 XD Crankbait:


Matt's Crankbait rod is a 7'6” custom model by Curt Demerath Fishing (facebook or instagram) but if you want a very similar production rod, the following is an awesome setup...

Rod- St. Croix Big Cranker (7'8” Medium Moderate):

Reel- Shimano Aldebaran 50:

Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin:

Hooks- Megabass Katsuage:


Tim's Crankbait Setup...

Rod- Megabass Flat Side Special:

Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL 150:

Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin:

Hooks- Megabass Katsuage:


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