A Day On The Water: Spring Fishing With Matt On Clearlake

Come along for an early pre-spawn day on Clearlake. The water temps are in the low 50's, air temps at launch are 37 degrees, but the bass are biting! We spend the day adapting and developing a pattern as we explore the lake with a variety of reaction baits.

We all dream about the wide open Spring bite but more often than not we're met with challenging weather conditions. This day was a perfect example of changing conditions resulting in a bite that was tougher than anticipated. The difference between frustration and success is being willing to adapt.

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

A-rig...

-Bladed A-Rig: http://bit.ly/2nuruR5

-Matt Allen Swimbait Heads: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN

-Owner Hyperwire Split Rings (Size 4): http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

-Keitech 4.8 Fat Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

-Reaction Innovations Skinny Dipper: http://bit.ly/2bf1uEn

-Reaction Innovations Little Dipper: http://bit.ly/2brnU5I

Jerkbait...

-Lucky Craft Flash Pointer 115 (Ghost Minnow): http://bit.ly/2aHz588

Flippin...

Bait- Reaction Innovations Man Bear Pig (Hematoma): http://bit.ly/2s51oIV

Hook- Gamakatsu Superline EWG 4/0: http://bit.ly/2ac92XG

Weight- River2Sea 1 oz Tungsten: http://bit.ly/2bHj2pB

Bobber Stop- 6th Sense Peg-X Stopper: http://bit.ly/2bHjowk

A-Rig Combo...

Rod- Shimano Curado 7'2" Heavy: http://bit.ly/2gUWTft

Reel- Curado 200K: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh

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

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

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How To Find Bass In Shallow Cover

Have you bass moved shallow? Are they in the trees,  pads, or grass? Here is everything you need to know to find them quickly so you can build patterns more efficiently and start catching more fish. 

Step 1) Identify the edges of the cover. Whether your cover is 20 feet across or 2 miles across, you need to start your search on the edges. 

Step 2) Move to the very center and determine if the fish are spread evenly throughout the cover or if they're only in select locations. 

Step 3) Seek out the anomalies like points, creek channels, different types of grass or trees that stand out from the rest, etc. 

Step 4) Repeat the process in similar locations until you have an effective pattern that can be duplicated. 

What baits do we use to quickly pick apart cover? We start with fast moving baits then slow down and pick the cover apart. Below is a break down of our confidence baits for locating early season fish in this cover.

Reaction Baits...
1/2 oz California Swim Jig: http://bit.ly/2auXfmx
1/2 oz Bling Spinnerbait: http://bit.ly/2diSwqq
1/2 oz JackHammer Chatterbait: http://bit.ly/2popvj6
Keitech 4.8" Swing Impact Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v
S-Waver 168: http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh

Slow Moving Baits to Dissect the area...
1/2 oz Pitchin Jig: http://bit.ly/2amL3of
1/2 oz Tungsten Flippin' Weight: http://bit.ly/2bo4NZf
Yamamoto Senko 5"-6": http://bit.ly/2axAmNS
Jackall Archelon: http://bit.ly/2uo4sN5
Reaction Innovations Man Bear Pig: http://bit.ly/2s51oIV
Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver: http://bit.ly/29W3RZW

Our Favorite Heavy Cover Flippin' Combo...
Rod- Expride 7'11" Heavy: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL
Reel- Metanium MGL 7:1 ratio: http://bit.ly/2ezIBfB
Line- 65 lb Sufix 832: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji

Budget Friendly Flippin' Combo...
Rod- Dobyns Fury 7'3" Mag Heavy: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV
Reel- Shimano Curado 200K 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Line- 65 lb Power Pro Braided: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b
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Tips for Flippin' and Pitchin'

Flipping heavy cover has evolved drastically the last few years. A term that once meant throwing a texas-rigged plastic into brush now encompasses everything from punching matted vegetation to pitching a jig around docks. Perhaps the term has been abused or perhaps we're learning new ways to expand and catch bass that are hiding in the dark. 

However you want to look at it, Flippin' has changed. In this video Matt breaks down everything from traditional texas rigged plastics on a straight shank hook to newer twists including screw locks, Superline hooks, and even jigs. The changes include rods as well so if you're flipping with a 7'6" rod you might want to consider expanding into both shorter and longer rods for different approaches. 

Below is a breakdown of some of the gear Matt and Tim have found to help them catch more fish when flipping and pitching in cover...

Flipping Rods...

-Light Flipping 7'2" Zodias
-Heavy Flipping 7'6" Expride
-Heavy Flipping 7'9" Extreme 795
-Punching 8' Champion 805

-Reel: Shimano Curado 200 7:1

-Line: Sufix 832 65 lb braid

-Favorite Flipping Jig
-Favorite Punch Jig

-Tungsten Weight With Liner
-Dirty Jigs Punch Skirt
-Bobber Stop (Weight Stop)

-Gamakatsu EWG Superline Hook (4/0 Size)
-Owner Twist Lock Hook (4/0 and 6/0)
-Straight Shank Super Heavy Cover Hook

Preferred Baits...

-Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver
-Missile Baits D Bomb
-Strike King Rage Bug