Summer Topwater Fishing | Grass Fishing Tips

Bass are exploding inches from the rod tip! Its a feeding frenzy!! When Matt woke up he knew he had perfect topwater fishing conditions so he jumped in the kayak and headed out on Clearlake with 3 topwater rods in hand. His hunch was right as bass were exploding through the grass beds ambushing baitfish. Come along and see how Matt adjusts to catch as many bass as possible before the wind and waves get a chance to ruin it all.

Matt started the day with 3 baits tied on. He'd selected a Gavacho (popping frog), Teckel Honker (straight retrieve frog), and a Rage Shad (straight retrieve solid body) for their unique actions. Each bait would meet a different set of possible circumstances and at least one was going to produce. Before day's end Matt also added a Fluke to the arsenal to help convert leery bass.

Fishing weed beds can be overwhelming but it doesn't need to be. The bass treat this cover like any other. They focus on points, funnels, overhead cover, and small protected pockets. Once you learn to look through the expanse of weeds and see the subtle differences between one clump and the next, the bass become very predictable. Once Matt identified prime spots he was able to use the topwater and fluke combination to successfully lure out the bass.

Below is a breakdown of the gear and equipment Matt used today...

The baits...

Teckel Honker Frog (Grey Camo): http://bit.ly/2Xj7Ye4

Strike King Rage Shad (Blue Glimmer, Smokey Shad): http://bit.ly/2dqEf8E

Jackall Gavacho (Chart Strike Gill): http://bit.ly/2L7KsWS

Zoom Super Fluke (Smokin Shad): http://bit.ly/2aqys0H

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

Kayak Storage...

Plano V-Crate: http://bit.ly/2BLjK4f

Plano Hydroflow 3700: http://bit.ly/2PR1kU0

Kayak...

Old Town Predator PDL: http://bit.ly/2WyVQka

Matt's Fluke Combo...

Rod- Shimano Expride 7'2" Heavy: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

Reel- Shimano Curado DC HG: http://bit.ly/2yHtsp4

Line- 50 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Matt's Rage Shad Combo...

Rod- Dobyns Champion Extreme 746: http://bit.ly/2ab2kRX

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

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

Budget Friendly Frog/Shad Combo...

Rod- Shimano SLX 7'2" Heavy: http://bit.ly/2L3wppO

Reel- Shimano SLX HG: http://bit.ly/2NfdOnk

Line- 50 lb Power Pro: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b

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Early Summer Whopper Plopper Fishing From The Kayak

Come along as Tim heads out on Clearlake for an evening of topwater fishing. Tim is fishing out of an all-new kayak and he brought 3 rigs along for the adventure. He has a Whopper Plopper, a frog, and a Punch Rig. Its a short trip before the sun goes down but that's prime time for the evening topwater bite!

The topwater bite in June can be truly incredible. The fish's metabolisms are the highest they've been in months, the water temperatures are warm but not exceedingly hot, and the baitfish are typically still shallow. Its a recipe for topwater mayhem! We chose the kayaks for this quick adventure because we can move stealthily through the shallow cover and catch fish that often spook when the bass boat trolling motor is chopping through heavy grass.

Tim's kayak of choice tonight was the new Topwater 120 PDL. This boat is known for its sturdy platform and ample storage, two things that are very important to Tim. Tim ran into Matt on his Predator PDL, giving them a great chance to compare the boats side by side. If you're in the market for a new kayak, boat boats are excellent choices!

Below is a breakdown of the baits and gear the guys were using in the video.

Baits...

- Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver (Delicious): http://bit.ly/29W3RZW

-Tungsten Weight 1 oz: http://bit.ly/2bo4NZf

-Peg X Stoppers: http://bit.ly/2bHjowk

-Bully Wa 2 Frog (Ghost): http://bit.ly/2axyR2a

-Whopper Plopper 110 (Monkey Butt): http://bit.ly/2bsPbQV

Tim's Kayak- Old Town Topwater 120 PDL: http://bit.ly/2KGiYf5

Matt's Kayak- Old Town Predator PDL: http://bit.ly/2WyVQka

Tim's Whopper Plopper Combo...

Rod- Zodias 7'2" Medium Heavy: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe

Reel- Curado 70 HG: http://bit.ly/2apmDJt

Line- 40 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Tim's Punching Combo...

Rod- Expride 7'11" XH: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

Reel- Tranx 200 A: http://bit.ly/2Tv0yCy

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

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POND Bass Fishing from a KAYAK **LIGHTNING & FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS**

Tim is back on the kayak in a tiny pond and he's catching bass! Come along as he fishes a frog and senko for the pond bass. He's hoping to catch some nice fish before a giant storm rolls in with flash flood warnings, thunder, and lighting.

Tim starts out with a Bully Wa Frog. As the day progresses he switches over to a Sprinker frog hoping the straight retrieve will get a better bite than the side to side walking action of a traditional frog. He gets bit on the very first cast and after that focus completely shifts to the Teckel. Tim continues to explore, picking up both a senko and a Rage Bug to probe the thick grass in the middle of the pond.

Pond fishing is typically a little easier than fishing on a big lake. While you have less water to work with, the trade off is the bass are easy to target and trapped in a confined space. By implementing a 2-part attack with the combination of topwater and senko Tim was able to quickly and easily locate the fish that were feeding in the pond. He didn't have time to dig deep into the reeds in search of a bigger fish but he did the best he could with a short window of opportunity.

Below is a breakdown of the lures and equipment Tim used to have a successful day on the water.

Lures...

-River2Sea Bully Wa 2 (Little Allen): http://bit.ly/2axyR2a

-Teckel Sprinker Frog (Bone) - http://bit.ly/2rmnqSI

-6" Senko - http://bit.ly/2axAmNS

-Strike King Rage Bug - http://bit.ly/2aAsuiV

Kayak...

-Old Town Topwater PDL: http://bit.ly/2YAQdnu

Storage...

-Plano Rustrictor Box 3700 - http://bit.ly/30STK1D

-Plano KVD Speedbag Worm Files (Small) - http://bit.ly/2GYT4RC

Frog Combo...

-Shimano SLX 7'2"H - http://bit.ly/2L3wppO

-Shimano SLX Reel 7.2:1 - http://bit.ly/2NfdOnk

Worm Combo...

-Zodias 6'10' MH - http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe

-Curado 70 7.2:1 Gear Ratio - http://bit.ly/2apmDJt

Flipping Combo...

-Expride 7'11" XH: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

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

Apparel...

Sun Shirt- Barracuda Geo Cool: http://bit.ly/2KaUg3m

Sun Mask- http://bit.ly/2JcA8xi

Sun Pants- Aftco Original Fishing Pant: http://bit.ly/2foDx10

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10 lb Bass Caught From The Kayak!

Matt returns to where he caught his 17 pound bass for the first time in a decade and catches a 10 lber!!! Come along for a day of Spring Bass fishing on the Kayak as the guys explore a new (old) lake and piece together the bite.

3 completely different patterns emerge during the course of the day. They guys catch fish throwing a big swimbait, a jerkbait, and a creature. We've said many times before that the key to successful Spring bass fishing is being willing to adapt. Being willing to leave biting fish in search of bigger bites is also important.

Matt said "It was truly incredible to return to a lake after such a long break and find the bass in similar locations, willing to bite similar lures. It was as if the years had never passed." While history fishing (fishing a spot or a lure based on unrelated past experiences) is often looked down upon there are times when it can be incredibly effective! History fishing is a great starting point as long as you don't stay locked in to those previous patterns when they're not producing.

Below is a breakdown of the baits and gear the guys were using during the day on the water.

Matt's Key Baits...

-Sweet Beaver (Magic Craw Swirl): http://bit.ly/29W3RZW

-Man Bear Pig (Flora/Bama): http://bit.ly/2s51oIV

-Dirty Jigs Canterbury Shakey Head 3/16 oz: http://bit.ly/2aFOs0V

-Megabass Vision 110 Jr. Jerkbait (Ito Clear Laker): http://bit.ly/2OeAFBf

-Huddleston 8" ROF 5 Jig Hooks Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2UVHiuQ

Swimbait Combo...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 966 Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2x9kxuS

Reel- Tranx 300 HG: http://bit.ly/2kYsvRw

Line- 80 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 30 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

All-Around Combo...

Rod- Levante 2019 Perfect Pitch: http://bit.ly/2FdE3YY

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

Line- 50 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

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