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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Spring Kayak Fishing - Best Gear For 2019

Spring has arrived and its time to get the kayaks back out on the water. We need the TacticalBassin Family's help! We're beginners when it comes to kayaks. We've picked out a handful of key items like tackle organizers, rods, and depth finders (linked below) but most of the gear is foreign to us.

What are your favorite kayak accessories and gear choices? Which cart, battery setup, anchor, crate, etc did you find worked the best for you? We're using Old Town Kayak PDL's this year (Predator and Topwater) and are totally open to your suggestions.

Don't worry, we aren't giving up the bass boats. We love our boats but we also enjoy the slower, relaxed pace that kayaks offer to anglers. We're going to mix it up this year and are looking forward to bringing you guys along! Below is a list of the gear we're currently using.

Kayaks...

Old Town Predator PDL

Old Town Topwater PDL

Depth Finder- Humminbird Helix 7 Gen 3 SI (MSI GPS G3N): http://bit.ly/2SoFl8a

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

Rods For Kayak Fishing...

-Zodias Castings Rods: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe (6'10" Medium, med heavy, 7'2" Medium, med Heavy)

-Curado Split Grp Casting Rods: http://bit.ly/2E9gktQ (6'8" Medium Heavy, 7' Medium)

-Curado Full Grip Casting Rods: http://bit.ly/2gUWTft (6'10" Medium, med heavy, Heavy , 7'2" Heavy)

-Dobyns Fury Casting: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV (6'6" Med Heavy, 7' Med Heavy, 7' Heavy)

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Catching Bass From Kayaks on Clearlake

Bass fishing from the kayak is awesome! Clearlake's closure gave us the perfect opportunity to get out, paddle around, and catch some bass. Come along for the ride!

Fishing from the bass boat is a blast but there is something special about being out on a small boat without a motor. The roar of an outboard engine takes away from the overall fishing experience. Kayaking can be as exciting or relaxing as you want it to be without the harsh sounds and movement of the larger boats. 

If you're on the fence about giving it a try, you absolutely need to! Not only is it peaceful, it gives you access to areas you could never reach by boat. The backsides of cover, ponds, streams, etc... all become viable options when you're in the smaller boat. Don't wait, head to the lake and try out a kayak. You might just catch a giant!

Gear used in the video...

A-rig: http://bit.ly/2bgDGNu
Swimbait Heads: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN
Swimbaits: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v
Dry Creek Tube: http://bit.ly/2cJwI6r
Tube Head: http://bit.ly/2diyVXK