FAIL - 10 Pound Bass Comes Off At The Boat!!

Matt hooked a truly giant bass! The giant fish tail walked up and down the side of the boat giving huge head shakes as she went. Everything looked like it was going perfectly until disaster struck! No matter how much preparation you do, sometimes the big bass get away. Let's check it out...

This fish ate a heavy flipping jig rigged with a big senko as a trailer. Its not a traditional rig but its incredibly effective! Sometimes the key to getting big bites is just showing the bass something they haven't seen before. Think outside the box this Spring and you might get your own shot at a fish of a lifetime like this.

Whether you're fishing for monster bass with a 3/4 oz jig or downsizing to a little finesse jig, trying the senko as a trailer might be worth your time. Match a big jig with a 7" senko, smaller jig with a 5 or 6", etc. Below is a breakdown of the gear used in this video.

The rig...

Jig- Dirty Jigs 3/4 oz Flipping Jig (Okeechobee 420): http://bit.ly/2fx8YBI

Trailer- Gambler 7" Fat Ace (Green Pumpkin Black Blue): http://bit.ly/2aJq2AO

The Gear...

Rod- Expride 7'6" Heavy: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

Reel- Metanium DC: http://bit.ly/2qrSZvs

Line- Power Pro MaxCuatro 65 lb: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 20 lb: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Other Jigs/Trailers...

Yamamoto Senko: http://bit.ly/2axAmNS

Yamamoto Cut Tail Worm: http://bit.ly/2iXlzPu

Football Jig 1/2 oz: http://bit.ly/2d0iJbd

Pitchin' Jig 1/2 oz: http://bit.ly/2amL3of

Filming Location: http://bit.ly/2MDiiVR

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First We Got Cut Off, Then We Crashed The Boat!

From bad to worse! Tim and Matt had no idea what was coming when they launched the boat on the CA Delta! The day just kept going down hill. It started with lost fish, then they got cut off, next they lost a GIANT striped bass, rebounded by catching a huge bird, and then when it couldn't get any worse, they crashed!

Have you ever had one of "those" days? We just couldn't seem to do anything right! Luckily we survived to tell the tale! When it was all said and done, Matt was able to turn the day around by heading to another lake and catching a bunch of bass on soft jerkbaits.

Bad days happen to all of us. Don't let it get you down! Keep your chin up, stay focused, and continue to fish until you get out of the rut. The only difference between great anglers and the rest of us is persistence!

We did manage to catch a few fish along the way. Below is a break down of the gear we were using to successfully catch fish.

Lures...

S-Waver 200 (Bone Color): http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh

Split Rings- Hyperwire Size 6: http://bit.ly/2aTH3f1

Hooks- Owner ST-56 Size 1/0: http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW

Strike King Mega Dawg: http://bit.ly/2NNGQvs

Evergreen Shower Blows 150: http://bit.ly/2zIkqUH

Zoom Super Fluke: http://bit.ly/2aqys0H

Keel Guard- http://bit.ly/2N5p36m

Super Fluke Combo...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 874 CRR: http://bit.ly/2R4f2Ud

Reel- Shimano Curado K HG: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh

Line- 50 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

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Matt Loses a Teener! **Real Footage**

This Bass was AT LEAST 13-14 lbs and Matt had her right to the net! What a brutal day! It happens to everyone but that doesn't make it any easier when it happens to you! This fish of a lifetime won the fight and will haunt Matt for a long, long time. 

A few days ago we shared the catch footage of Matt's 6 1/2 lb Smallmouth but its healthy to see both ends of the spectrum. The tough days happen to everyone and we are not exempt. The deciding factor between a consistent angler and one who gets lucky from time to time is consistency. 

Below is a break down of the gear Matt was using as well as the gear we recommend you incorporate into your arsenal so you can become more consistent. 

The gear Matt was using when this bass bested him...
Rod- G Loomis 966 Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2x9kxuS
Reel- Shimano Tranx 300 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2kYsvRw
Line- 80 lb Power Pro: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b
Leader- 30 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
Connection Knot: Blood Knot with 9 loops each direction
Mattlures Hammer Tail Bluegill Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2FsZhA3

Recommended Gear...
1) Owner ST-36 Trebles: http://bit.ly/2cWpeyw
These hooks are STICKY sharp. They're fairly light wire so use these with Crankbaits, topwater, and other baits when hookup ratio is key. 

2) Owner ST-56 Trebles: http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW
These hooks are STRONG and are a great option when bigger fish are targeting Crankbaits, swimbaits, and other large hard baits. 

3) Gamakatsu Nano Finesse Treble: http://bit.ly/2dWWAut
This is the Sharpest and most consistent hook we've ever used. Its the ONLY hook you want to use for jerk baits. Its hookup ratio is phenomenal and sizing will match popular baits including the Vision 110. 

4) Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
This line is thinner than other braids and allows you to upsize one power while maintaining diameter. If you're used to using 20, spool 30. If you're used to 50, spool 65. You'll get a more strength without sacrificing. 

5) Maxima Ultragreen Monofilament: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
Yep, its mono. We know you think you have to use fluoro... we use it too. But when push comes to shove this stuff makes a stronger leader, has incredible strength with connection knots, and still gets bit in clear water. TRY IT, you won't regret it. 

6) Owner Hyperwire Split Rings (Black): http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX
These rings are the strongest and most consistent we've ever found. Use them so you stop losing hooks to giant fish. 

7) Salter Brecknell ElectroSamson Scale: http://bit.ly/2f7QgQ9
Why use this Scale? Because a 9.9 is a 9, not a 10. If it matters to you, if you really want to know what your fish weigh, this is your scale. There are only 2 hand held digital scales that can be consistently certified and this is the least expensive/most widely available. We carry 2 sets on each boat... just in case. 

This isn't our typical content, or a typical write-up but if you want to be a consistent angler these details are critically important. Find what works for you and never vary. When your chance at a giant comes, you'll have your very best shot for success!
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Matt's MOST EMBARASSING Moment

FISHING FAIL and it happened in a tournament! Not weighing in anything at all would have been better than this mess! Weighing an entire 5 bass limit for less than 5 lbs was a really sobering experience. 

Thanks for listening to this embarassing story. Its all in good fun, we've all had those tough days we don't forget but that's what keeps us coming back for more. Don't let my experience deter you, Collins Lake is an awesome fishery! Here is the link to Tim telling the story of his 15 lber: https://youtu.be/pJt8qY0S6gY

What was this big one in the video caught on? Here's the gear....

Lucky Craft RTO Squarebill 2.5: http://bit.ly/2dj4myf
Gamakatsu Size 2 EWG Treble Hooks: http://bit.ly/2cZrsbY
Sunline Assassin 12 lb Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm
GLoomis 845 CBR Crankbait Rod: http://bit.ly/2giKvEy
Shimano Curado 70 in 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2apmDJt

Gear From The Story...

Finesse Jig: http://bit.ly/2eJinXo
Yamamoto Double Tail Grub: http://bit.ly/2db9w1p
Split Shot: http://bit.ly/2rCn8WY
Gamakatsu EWG Size 2: http://bit.ly/2d07gvp
4" Magic Worm (Discountinued)
Modern Replacement- Roboworm 4.5": http://bit.ly/2asZyH3
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