Come along for an awesome topwater morning! We launched the bass boat in total darkness so we'd be ready for first light. As soon as you could see, the bass began exploding on our frogs! Once the sun was up we headed to the docks in search of bass with jigs, dropshot, texas rigs, and an old faithful curly tail grub. Ross England has filmed several finesse videos with us in the past but today you really get to see him approaching docks. Hop in the boat and enjoy a great day of fishing on Clearlake!
During the Fall transition, low light is a critical time for catching big bass. These fish are adapting to changing conditions and will often feed heavily at first and last light when their odds of success are the highest. Once the sun is up they'll sit in the shadows and wait for their next feeding opportunity. Understanding when its time to fish reaction baits and when its time to slow down and finesse is the key to consistent success.
In today's video we began by targeting the active morning feeding period with three different frogs (linked below). Once the sun hit the water the active bite vanished. If we had stayed in this are it would have been a struggle all day to get bit so we opted to move across the lake to an area covered with docks. By switching to hard cover (dock pilings) and shadows we were able to consistently catch fish the rest of the day.
Ross England has made a career targeting bass in docks. He loves to finesse fish amongst the pilings and today we got to see it in action! He used a combination of dropshot and curly tail grub to coax midday bass out from under the docks. It was a pleasure to watch him methodically approach each dock and successfully locate the bass within.
Below is a breakdown of the equipment we used during today's video. You'll also find links to the videos we've done with Ross in the past as well as a link to his guiding website.
Videos Featuring Ross...
-Dropshot Fishing Tips: How To Catch Fish All Winter : http://bit.ly/2kCiNFZ
-Dropshot Tips For Big Bass! Ft. Ross England : http://bit.ly/2k7U9Na
Ross England's Clearlake Guide Service Website: http://bit.ly/2mb7DIP
Matt's Baits In Order Of Appearance...
Frog- River2Sea Bully Wa 2 (Little Allen, Ghost): http://bit.ly/2axyR2a
Creature- Keitech Crazy Flapper 4.4 (Green pumpkin Fire): http://bit.ly/2c3cXrp
Jig- Dirty Jigs Finesse Jig 5/16 oz (Green Pumpkin Craw): http://bit.ly/2eJinXo
Jig Trailer- Yamamoto Double Tail 4" Grub (Watermelon): http://bit.ly/2db9w1p
Underspin- Owner Flashy Swimmer 5/0 1/4 oz: http://bit.ly/2e8O4Y7
Underspin Swimbait- Keitech 4.8" Fat Swing Impact (Pro Blue Red Pearl): http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v
Frog- Jackall Kaera (Glitter Bluegill): http://bit.ly/2Fz6SA3
Grub- Yamamoto 4" Single Tail Grub (Smoke Blk Flake): http://bit.ly/2kFzGPZ
Grub Hook- Revenge Darter Hedz 1/4 oz: http://bit.ly/2cHMZbm
Dropshot Worm- Roboworm 6" (Margarita Mutilator): http://bit.ly/2asZyH3
Dropshot Hook- Owner Mosquito Light (Size 1): http://bit.ly/2zQVKx3
Matt's All-Around Dock Combo...
Rod- Shimano Expride 7'2" Medium Heavy: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL
Reel- Curado DC HG: http://bit.ly/2yHtsp4
Line- 50 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
Ross's Finesse Combo...
Rod- Powell Endurance 7'3" Medium Light: http://bit.ly/2QyFvNk
Reel- Shimano NASCI 2500: http://bit.ly/2g278cC
Line- 8 lb Power Pro Braid: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b
Leader- 8 lb Seaguar Red Label: http://bit.ly/2LOVEwA