How To Catch Your New PB Bass Before Summer

Its not too late! You've got one more shot at MONSTER bass before Summer arrives. Matt explains what the bass are doing as they transition, how to get ahead of them, and the best presentations to catch them. Whether you're already fishing the post spawn in the South or your lakes are just opening up in the North, this information will help you catch a bigger bass this Spring!

Catching a monster bass can happen at any time, but catching them consistently requires commitment. You have to start thinking differently when you're on the water, no longer focusing on "going fishing" and instead focusing on the fish's movements and feeding habits so you can predict their next move. If the bass in your area are still spawning, you have an awesome shot at a new Personal Best bass this Spring but if that door has already closed, all hope is not lost!

Matt explains that after the fish spawn there is one more shot to specifically target the biggest fish. They'll move off to recuperate but as soon as they're done (typically no more than 2 weeks) they'll feed aggressively one more time before heading into Summer. These fish can be targeted with a swimbait on virtually any fishery. Its not the way to catch numbers of bass but if you're ready to break your PB, the biggest bass of your life could be waiting for you on your next trip to the lake.

Below is a breakdown of the baits and tackle Matt recommends for this Style of Spring and post spawn fishing.

Spawning Bass Baits...

-Imakatsu Javallon Gill:

-Mattlures Ultimate Bluegill:

-Dirty Jigs Pitching Jig:

(Canterbury Craw, Molting Craw, Go To)

-Sweet Beaver (Green Pumpkin Red Flake):

Glidebaits and Swimbaits...

-S-Waver 168 and 200:

(Bluegill, Light Trout, Rainbow Trout)

-Keitech 6.8 Fat Swing Impact:

(Light Hitch, Copperfield, Sexy Shad)

-Osprey Inline Talon Swimbait:

(Bluegill, Light Hitch, TW Shad)

Wakebaits and Topwater...

-Megabass MegaDog:

-Spro BBZ 8" Floater:

-Bucca's Bull Shad Wakebait:

Matt's Favorite Swimbait Combo...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 966:

Reel-- Shimano Tranx 300 HG:

Line- 80 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- 35 lb Sunline FC100 Shock Leader:


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Spring Swimbait Fishing: Everything You Need To Know

Swimbait fishing is EASY! Spring has arrived and its time to catch the biggest bass of your life! We explain how to choose the right swimbait for your conditions, when and where to throw it, and how to make sure your gear is up to the task. Stop guessing and start catching swimbait fish, its really this simple.

We break Spring swimbaits into 4 categories: Soft baits, multi-jointed hardbaits, open water glide baits, and cover glide baits. Owning a bait in each of these categories insures that you're prepared for nearly any situation that can be thrown your way. Understanding when to throw each one is what this video is all about.

Matt keeps the selection extremely simple and recommends staying with bold colors to attract more fish. Below is a breakdown of baits by style, including color recommendations. We also included links to the rods, reels, and other swimbait gear.

Soft Swimbaits...

-Osprey Tournament Talon:

(Chartreuse Shad, Light Hitch, Bluegill, White)

-Trash Fish Fatty:

(Chartreuse Shad, LC Hitch)

-Trash Fish 8":

(Chartreuse Shad, Just Shad, LC Hitch)

-Keitech Fat 6" and 7":

(Bluegill Flash, Electric Shad, Pro Blue Red Pearl)

-Mattlures Ultimate Bluegill:

(Female Bluegill, Male Bluegill)

-Huddleston Swimbaits:

Multi-Jointed Hardbaits...

-Bull Shad 7" Swimbait:

(Gizzard Shad)

-Triple Trout 7" and 8":

(Bone, Sexy Shad, Blue Lighting Shad)

Open Water Glide Baits...

-Gan Craft Jointed Claw 230:

(Dark Rainbow Trout, Flashing Rainbow Trout)

-S Waver 200:

(Light Trout, Warden Hitch, Bone)

-Baitsanity Explorer:

(Carp, Trout)

Cover Glide Baits

-S Waver 168:

(Light Trout, Bluegill, Warden Hitch)

-Gan Craft 178:

(Clear Lake Hitch, Silver Shad, Ja Ayu)

-Sneaky Pete:

(American Shad, Pike Minnow, Trout)

Upgraded Hardware and Line...

Sunline FC-100 System Leader:

Maxima Ultragreen Mono:

-Owner ST-36 Treble Hooks (Medium Wire):

-Owner ST-56 Treble Hooks (Heavy Wire):

-Owner Hyperwire Split Rings (Size 5 or 6):

Big Swimbait Combo...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 966:

Reel- Tranx 300 HG:

Line- 80 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro:

Leader- FC100 System Leader 35 lb:

Small Swimbait Combo...

Rod- Curado 7'2" Heavy:

Reel- Tranx 200 HG:

Line- 65 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- 20 lb FC100 System Leader:

Swimbait Storage...

-Plano Waterproof Deep Box:

-Eye Surrender 8 pocket Bait Wraps:


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Underwater Footage of Giant Bass Eating Swimbaits and Jerkbaits!

Watch as big bass smash glide baits and ambush jerkbaits! Have you wondered what that "tick" on your line actually looks like? What are those bass doing down there? Let's head under water and find out!

Its amazing just how brutal these big largemouth can be. Above water you feel the "tick" of a bite but below the surface these predators are ambushing with incredible force! If the bass are schooling the strikes are even more ferocious!

We wanted to kick 2019 off with some fun! We know that Winter is a struggle for a lot of anglers. Stick to it and fish hard because this is the time of year that GIANT bass bite. Below is a break down of the baits you saw used in this video.

The baits in order of appearance...

River2Sea S-Waver Swimbait:

Jackall Rerange Jerkbait:

Megabass Vision 110:

Lucky Craft Pointer DD:

Hook Upgrades to maximize hookup ratio...

Glide Baits- Owner ST-56 Treble Hook:

(Size 2 for S-waver 168 and size 1/0 for S-waver 200 and other popular glides)

Jerkbaits- Gamakatsu Aaron Martens Finesse Nano Treble:

(Size 5 for most jerkbaits, including all jerkbaits in this video)


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Swimbait Buyer's Guide: Glide Baits, Hardbaits, and Topwater

Today we're exploring big swimbaits! The buyer's guide series continues with an in-depth look at glide baits, multi-joint hardbaits, and even a few topwater options. You can go broke buying swimbaits and they're not all created equal so today we're sharing some of our favorite baits that consistently produce BIG bass!

If you're wondering which baits you should try or which baits to buy for a loved one, look no further. Today's focus is hard swimbaits but tomorrow we'll follow up with a BONUS video on soft swimbaits. From budget friendly to extreme, we're covering all the bases and making it as easy as possible for you.

Below you'll find a breakdown of the baits by category, recommended colors, as well as our rod and reel choices for various baits. If you have any questions be sure to leave them in the comment section and we'll help you make your selection.

Glide Baits...

-Gan Craft 230:

(Dark Rainbow, Ghost Chart Shad, Se Ayu, Stocker Rainbow)

-S-Waver 168 and 200:

(Lite Trout, Rainbow Trout, Warden Hitch, Bone)

-Baitsanity Explorer Glide:

(Trout and Carp)

-Baitsanity Tails:

(Holdover Trout Hard PVC, Dark Carp Hard PVC)

Topwater Baits...

-Spro BBZ 8" Swimbait:

(Any color for topwater)

-Johnny Rat Swimbait:

(Either color but overall we prefer the larger Johnny)

Multi-Joint Baits...

-Jackall DowzSwimmer 220:

(RT Spawn Gill, RT Trout, Ghost Scale Minnow)

-Bucca's Bull Shad Swimbait:

(Prefer 5" and 6" Sizes)

-Bucca's Bull Gill:

(Bluegill and Dirty Bone)

Big Glidebait Combo...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 966:

Reel- Shimano Tranx 300 AHG:

Line- 80 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro:

Leader- 30 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Small Bait Rod...

Rod- IMX Pro 904 SWBR:

Reel- Metanium MGL HG 150:

Line- 30 lb Power Pro:

Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Budget Friendly Combo...

Rod- Dobyns 795 Fury:

Reel- Cardiff 300:

Line- 65 lb Power Pro:

Leader- 25 lb Maxima Ultragreen:


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