NEW PB!! Trophy Smallmouth - Sturgeon Bay, WI

3 new PERSONAL BEST smallmouth bass on one lake!! CC and Tonya both got to catch monster Smallmouth on finesse tackle and Tim's son JD (6 years old) got in on the action with a 5.26 lber of his own!! What an amazing trip! Come along with us for some amazing fishing on world famous Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

We planned this trip over a year ago and were actually en route when Matt got into his terrible car crash. Fast forward a year and we all regrouped and came together for Sturgeon Bay round 2! The weather didn't play nice but we would not be stopped... we pushed through the wind and rain and found exactly what we came there for.

Despite the tough fishing reports leading up to our arrival, we had an amazing time on Lake Michigan. Our group caught several smallmouth over 6 lbs, more than a dozen 5 lbers, and countless 3's and 4's. Wisconsin did not disappoint! If you ever get the chance to fish Sturgeon Bay be sure and make it happen. Thanks for coming along with us on our vacation!

Below is a breakdown of our favorite baits from the trip as well as a couple of the combos that really performed while fighting these monster fish.

The baits...

-Keitech 4" Easy Shiner: http://bit.ly/2bxJK6H (Tennessee Shad)

-Megabass Okashira Screw Head: http://bit.ly/2EpluSA

-Keitech 3.3" Fat Swing Impact Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v (Electric Shad, Goby, Chartreuse Blue)

Megabass Dark Sleeper: http://bit.ly/2TyR1GT (Donko, Haze, Wakasagi)

-Dry Creek 3.5" Tube: http://bit.ly/2cJwI6r (Green Pumpkin)

-Strike King Half Shell: http://bit.ly/2iR9awm (Green Pumpkin Purple, KVD Magic)

-Outcast Tackle Feider Fly 1/16 oz: http://bit.ly/2G7TBwj (Black)

-Owner Mosquito Light Hooks (Size 2): http://bit.ly/2zQVKx3

Matt's Combo for hair jigs, and other ultralight presentations...

Rod- Conquest 902 SJR: http://bit.ly/2BiGUNi

Reel- Stradic Ci4+ 2500: http://bit.ly/2gu84t7

Line- Sunline Sniper Fluorocarbon 5 lb: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

Tim's Combo For Dark Sleeper, Keitech, and Screw Head...

Rod- NRX 852C JWR: http://bit.ly/2hedqsq

Reel- Aldebaran MGL: http://bit.ly/2uQ4oH8

Line- 20 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 10 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

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Insane Underwater Fishing Footage!! Dark Sleeper, Finesse Jig, and Ned Craws!

Its hard to argue with Tim's Top 5 when you see these bass absolutely destroying them! Finesse fishing is often overlooked but it can be deadly during the prespawn and spawn for wary bass. Pay close attention as Tim explains his top 5 baits for spawning bass because he's giving you key details to go along with each bait choice.

Many anglers lock into a single bait during the spawn. They throw the same bait to every bed regardless of the fish's natural reaction. This is a huge mistake! Its critical to have a handful of options ready to go and adjust quickly from one to the next until you find the bait each bass is most interested in.

Below is a breakdown of the top baits and equipment Tim discussed and used in the video. We included color recommendations as well to imitate natural baitfish as well as bluegill color schemes.

1) Dark Sleeper Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2TyR1GT

(1/4 oz Wakasagi, Shirauo, or Haze)

2) TRD Ned Craw: http://bit.ly/2U9vx6P

(Delta Green Pumpkin, Blood Worm, Mud Bug)

Pair with the following head...

-Z Man NED LockZ HD 1/6 oz: http://bit.ly/2kIgRYK

3) Keitech Tungsten Football Jig (3/8 oz): http://bit.ly/2FDQ3o1

(Brown/Purple, Dark Green Pumpkin, or Green Pumpkin Blue)

-Z Man TRD Craw Trailer: http://bit.ly/2U9vx6P

4) Bass Patrol Round Rubber 1/2 oz Jig: http://bit.ly/2Hbyf5x

(Brown/Orange, Green Pumpkin, Brown/Purple)

-Roboworm Ned Worm Trailer: http://bit.ly/2j9F0Xy

(Desert Craw, TW Black Blue Pumpkin, Peoples Worm)

5) Dirty Jigs Finesse Jig: http://bit.ly/2eJinXo

(PB&J, Canterbury Craw, Clausens Craw)

-Reaction Innovations Smallie Beaver Trailer: http://bit.ly/2dR6CkP

(Green Pumpkin, Magic Craw Swirl)

All-Around Finesse Combo...

Rod- Zodias 7' Medium Spinning: http://bit.ly/2jOUXAO

Reel- Shimano Stradic CI4+ 2500: http://bit.ly/2gu84t7

Line- 15 lb Power Pro Braid: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b

Leader- 8 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

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Finesse Swimbaits For Early Spring Bass

Swimbaits catch giant bass but that doesn't mean you always have to throw a BIG swimbait. Today's video is all about fishing small swimbaits at key times to catch quality bass. Knowing when to downsize can be the difference between an amazing day on the water and catching nothing at all.

Don't assume that small swimbaits mean you'll catch little fish. Even the little 2" offerings catch giant bass when bass are targeting small baitfish. The 2.8 keitech, Easy Shiner and Armor Shad are all great shad and minnow imitators. Pair them with a small head that has a finesse hook and you can drop down to light line, ultralight tackle, and get a ton of bites when other anglers are struggling.

Below is a breakdown of the gear Tim discussed in the video. We're also including some of our favorite colors. While your natural inclination is to throw the ghost and pearl colors don't be afraid to mix in the bright and bold options, you'd be amazed how often a giant bass will eat white or chartreuse simply because its different.

The Swimbaits...

-Keitech 2.8 Fat Impact: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

-Damiki Armor Shad: http://bit.ly/2KtPDAT

-Keitech 3" Easy Shiner: http://bit.ly/2bxJK6H

-Strike King Rage Swimmer 2.75: http://bit.ly/2evZF8j

Natural Colors: Crystal Shad, Tennessee Shad, Pro Blue Red Pearl

Bold Colors: Chartreuse/Blue, SunGill, Morning Dawn, Chartreuse Shad

The Heads...

-Dirty Jigs Guppy Head with 1/0 hook: http://bit.ly/2nyUJRS

-Revenge Darter Hedz: http://bit.ly/2cHMZbm

-Cool Baits Underspin: http://bit.ly/2boS7QA

All-Around Finesse Swimbait Combo...

Rod- Shimano Curado 7'1" Medium Spinning: http://bit.ly/2ydQjbi

Reel- Shimano Stradic CI4+ 2500: http://bit.ly/2gu84t7

Line- 8 lb Sunline Sniper Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

High-End Finesse Combo...

Rod- G Loomis NRX 852S JWR: http://bit.ly/2dX9zjv

Reel- Shimano Exsence 3000: http://bit.ly/2iMtscV

Line- 10 lb Power Pro: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b

Leader- 8 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNj

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Ned Rig - Catch More Bass With These Simple Tips

After using the Ned Rig heavily this past year we've formed strong opinions about baits, colors, head sizes, and gear. Its time to revisit the topic and really break down the specific tackle that we have had the best success with.

There are a variety of "Ned" baits on the market but Tim has found 2 that really stand out from the crowd. His preferred baits are the original Finesse T.R.D. by Z Man, and the 3" Roboworm Ned Worm. Tim's best success has come on natural colors fished with the minimum weight necessary to maintain bottom contact.

Below is a breakdown of the baits, hooks, colors, and gear that we've had the best success with while fishing this Midwest Finesse technique.

The Worms...

-Roboworm Ned Worm: http://bit.ly/2j9F0Xy

Tim's Favorite Colors- Green Pumpkin, Desert Craw, Prism Shad.

Matt's Favorite Colors- Margarita Mutilator, Peoples Worm.

-Z Man Finesse TRD: http://bit.ly/2hs4RtR

Tim's Favorite Colors- Green Pumpkin, Mud Bug, Smelt

Matt's Favorite Colors- Green Pumpkin Goby, Junebug

The Hooks...

-Z-Man Finesse Mushroom Head: http://bit.ly/2hs2cAe

-Z-Man HD Lockz Head: http://bit.ly/2kIgRYK

-Owner Block Head Jig Head: http://bit.ly/2qL0A8n

Tim's Preferred Combo...

Rod- Daiwa Tatula Elite AGS Spinning Rod 7'6" ML - http://bit.ly/2QHupT9

Reel- Shimano Exsence Spinning Reel 3000: http://bit.ly/2iMtscV

Line- 12 lb Sunline SX1 Braid: http://bit.ly/2tn8EzQ

Leader- 6 lb Sunline Sniper: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

Great All-Around Combo...

Rod- Shimano Zodias Spinning Rod 7'3" Med Lt: http://bit.ly/2jOUXAO

Reel- Shimano Stradic CI4+ 2500: http://bit.ly/2gu84t7

Line- 10 lb Power Pro Braid: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b

Leader- 6 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Bait Storage Container...

-Plano Waterproof Stowaway 3740: http://bit.ly/2fvjcFB

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