Finding Fish In A New Lake (Without Electronics)

No electronics, no outside help, just two guys with swimbaits and a lake full of quality bass.  Tim and Matt hit a new lake in search of smallmouth bass. Watch the thought process develop as they find and catch fish. 

The guys only had one shot at this lake so they started and finished with swimbaits. While they didn't catch any giant bass they were able to quickly raise fish, get bites, and put fish in the boat. These techniques will work on any lake to quickly cover water and identify productive areas. 

The baits...
Keitech 4.3 Fat Swimbait (Chartreuse/Blue & Electric Shad):
Matt Allen Swimbait Head:

S-Waver 168 (Rainbow Trout):
Owner ST-56 Treble Size 2:
Owner Hyperwire Split Ring Size 4:

Tim's Combo...
Rod- G Loomis GLX 853C (7'1" Medium Heavy):
Reel- Chronarch MGL 7:1 Ratio:
Line- 50 lb Maxcuatro Braid:
Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Matt's Keitech Combo...
Rod- G Loomis GLX 842C (7' Medium):
Reel- Aldebaran 50 7:1 Ratio:
Line- 30 lb MaxCuattro Braid:
Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Matt kept the rod but changed reels for the S-Waver. His reel and line switched to the following...
Reel- Metanium MGL 7:1 Ratio:
Line- Power Pro MaxCuatro 65 lb:
Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

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Where Do Bass Go In Early Spring?

Have your bass vanished? Have your favorite Winter spots gone cold? Here's why! The bass are on the move and they aren't wasting any time doing it! Every year the bass start their Spring migration in late Winter and for those anglers that haven't learned to follow them, it can be a very frustrating time. 

The key to predicting the bass' movement is to understand why they are moving in the first place. The ultimate goal of their movements is to spawn as soon as water and environmental conditions allow. The key is locating the key stops along their journey. 

If you're trying to locate fish, electronics can make all the difference. Here is what we are using... Humminbird Solix 15:

Below is a list of our favorite baits during this time of year (As seen in or previous videos on Spring Fishing).

Reaction Baits...

1)LV-500 Lipless Crankbait:
Jackall TN-70 Lipless Crankbait:

2) Bladed 5 wire A-Rig- Flash Mob Jr:
Non Bladed 7 wire A-Rig- HogFarmer Cali Crush:

A-rig components...
Split Rings (Size 4):
CPS Springs (medium) for dummy baits:
Matt Allen Swimbait Heads:

3) S-Waver 168:
Baitsanity Explorer Glide:

4) River2Sea Bling Spinnerbait 1/2 oz:
Revenge Deep Runner 1/2 oz:

5) Lucky Craft 1.5 Squarebill Crankbait:
River2Sea Biggie Squarebill:

6) Jackall Rerange Jerkbait:
Lucky Craft Staysee 90:

Finesse Baits... 

Dropshot- Roboworm 6" Fat Worm:
Ned Rig- Z Man T.R.D.:
Senko- Yamamoto 5":
Finesse Swimbait- Keitech Fat 2.8":
Tube- Dry Creek 3.5" Tournament Tube:

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How To Locate Winter Bass + Fishing FAIL!

Winter fishing... where do you even start?!? These simple steps will help you locate fish and quickly find productive water. There is nothing worse than fishing and fishing without knowing if you're even around fish. We've got your covered! 

Bass will position in different locations and depths based on water temperature and weather. Most bass spend the Winter in deep water to insulate themselves from the cold surface temperatures. There are two circumstances that will draw fish out of the depths. Those circumstances rising water and warm afternoon sun. 

In this video we'll explain how the fish move, why they move, and what baits you can use to efficiently locate and catch Winter bass. 

The Baits that caught fish in this video...
7/16 Finesse Jig (Green Pumpkin Craw):
Yamamoto 5" Double Tail Grub (Green Pump/Blk Flake):

Owner Shakey UltraHead (3/16 oz):
Roboworm 6" Fat (Watermelon Magic):

Finesse Football Jig 5/8 oz (Go To):
Yamamoto 5" Double Tail Grub (Grn Pump prpl):

R2S Bling Spinnerbait 1/2 oz (I know it):
Keitech Fat Swing Impact 4.8 (Pro Blue):

Jack Hammer Chatterbait (Green Shad):
Keitech Fat Swing Impact 4.3 (French Pearl):

Huddleston Swimbait:

Rod/Reel Combos that work great for these presentations...

Finesse Jig/Spinnerbait/Shakey Head Setup...
Rod- G Loomis GLX 853C JWR:
Reel- Shimano Aldebaran 50:
Line- 20 lb Sufix 832:
Leader- 12 lb Sunline Assassin:

Budget friendly Option for Jig/Spinnerbait/Shakeyhead...
Rod- Shimano Curado 7'2" Medium Heavy:
Reel- Shimano Casitas 150:
Braid- 30 lb MaxCuatro:
Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Big Swimbait Combo...
Dobyns Champion 807:
Calcutta 400B:
Line- 80 lb Sufix 832:
Leader- 30 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

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You Need to Fish GIANT Swimbaits, Here's Why

Forget catching swimbait fish and forget trying to get a monster bite, there is a trick to GIANT swimbaits that you NEED to add to your arsenal! It doesn't matter if your lake only has 2 pounders, this tip will still work for you!

The key to swimbait fishing for bass with giant swimbaits is understanding big bass behavior. We aren't trying to catch bass on swimbaits with this method, we're just trying to attract them, playing on their natural curiosity. Once you've drawn them out of the cover you can easily approach them with traditional baits later in the day. 

Put this method to work the next time you're on a new lake and you'll be amazed how many giant bass you see. You don't need every swimbait made for bass, just buy one 12" swimbait and you'll get the results you're looking for.

Gear We Recommend...

Megabass MagDraft 10":
Gan Craft 303 Glide Bait:
12" Osprey Talon Swimbait:

Matt's Preferred Swimbait Setup for MONSTER Baits...

Rod- Dobyns 908:
Reel- Calcutta Conquest 300:
Line- 80 lb Braid:
Leader- 30 lb Mono: