Best Fish Catches of 2018! 6 lb Smallies, Giant Largemouth, Record Catfish!

Merry Christmas! We've assembled our top fish catches of 2018 for you in a quick highlight reel. This time of year is about family, friends, and good memories. Its been an exciting year and we appreciate you coming along with us. Thank you for your continued support!

The fish in this highlight reel were caught all across the country. 2018 was supposed to be the year of travel and despite some serious hiccups, we still made it happen. Come along for the ride, its only going to get better!

Below is a breakdown of the baits and gear used to subdue these 4 giants.

Matt's Smallmouth...

Bait- Megabass Deep X 300 Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2sSQHpt

Rod- G Loomis Deep Flex 864 CBR (Custom Wrapped): http://bit.ly/2og0BmK

Reel- Shimano Bantam MGL: http://bit.ly/2H44yjG

Line- Sunline Assassin 12 lb: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Tim's Michigan Smallmouth...

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

Head- Matt Allen Swimbait Head 1/2 oz: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN

Rod- G Loomis GLX 894C: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT

Reel- Metanium MGL: http://bit.ly/2ezIBfB

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

Leader- 15 lb Sunline Sniper: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

Matt's Arizona Largemouth...

Bait- Dirty Jigs 1/2 oz Flippin' Jig (Go To): http://bit.ly/2aUtZsG

Trailer- Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver (Green Pumpkin): http://bit.ly/29W3RZW

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

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

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

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

Tim's Monster Catfish...

Bait- 5" Yamamoto Senko: http://bit.ly/2axAmNS

Hook- Owner Mosquito Light Size 1/0: http://bit.ly/2zQVKx3

Rod- G Loomis NRX 852S JWR: http://bit.ly/2dX9zjv

Reel- Shimano Exsence 3000: http://bit.ly/2iMtscV

Line- 12 lb Sunline Xplasma Asegai Braid: http://bit.ly/2OR5i2j

Leader- 6 lb Sniper Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

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Underwater Bass Strikes!!! Jigs and Swimbaits - Crazy Footage!!!

Up Close, Slow Motion, Largemouth bass smashing jigs and swimbaits! Ever wondered what is really happening when you feel the "tick" of a bass biting your lure? You're about to find out and we're including the above water catch footage too! 

We know how much you love Underwater Bass Fishing footage and seeing the real-time catch above water takes it to a whole other level! 


There is so much to be learned watching fish with an underwater camera. You can see their behavior, mannerisms, and triggers. 

The Gear...

Dirty Jigs 1/2 oz Football Jig ( Molting Craw): http://bit.ly/2d6bTBI
Yamamoto 5" Double Tail Grub Trailer: http://bit.ly/2db9w1p
Keitech Fat Swing Impact 6.8" (Light Hitch): http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v
Owner 10/0 Beast Hook: http://bit.ly/2ancP66

GoPro Hero 5 Camera: http://bit.ly/2iwZqqU
Green Water Dive Filter: http://bit.ly/2lqsczo
Super Suit Hero 5 Dive Housing: http://bit.ly/2kyPQbn

Matt's Jig Combo...
Rod- Shimano Zodias 7'5" Heavy: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe
Reel- Casitas 150: http://bit.ly/2geKxsp
Line- 65 lb Sufix 832: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji
Leader- 18 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Matt's Swimbait Combo...
Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 966: http://bit.ly/2x9kxuS
Reel- Shimano Tranx 300 AHG (Power Handle): http://bit.ly/2kYsvRw
Line- 80 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 30 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
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Explorer Glide Bait by Baitsanity - Swimbait Review

If you're a swimbait fisherman this video is for you! Its not very often we pick up a bait and start catching big bass right away. The Explorer Glide is one of those baits we "connected" with and we felt compelled to do this review and share our experiences with you.

 Matt caught a 31 lb Striped Bass on his 3rd cast with this swimbait and that was only the beginning! Its a true swimbait at 9.5" in length and 5 ounces in total weight. It is offered in two colors (Trout and Carp) and we've been told there will be a variety of tail options available in the future.

You'll need a dedicated rod designed for this style of fishing to throw the bait effectively but if you're into throwing big baits, this is a bait you need to check out! 

Baitsanity Explorer Glide bait: http://bit.ly/2DcI1yM
Direct Hook Replacement- Owner ST-36 Hooks: http://bit.ly/2cWpeyw
(1/0 replaces stock hook, 2/0 will also work for increased hookup)
Upgraded Hook Replacement- Owner ST-56 Hooks: http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW
Upgraded Split Rings- Hyperwire Silver Size 5: http://bit.ly/2aTH3f1

Matt's Favorite Setup for this bait...
Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 966: http://bit.ly/2x9kxuS
Reel- Shimano Tranx 300 AHG (Power Handle): http://bit.ly/2kYsvRw
Line- 80 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 30 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Other rods we've used that will work for this application (from least to most expensive)...

Dobyns Fury 806H: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV
Okuma Guide Silent 7'11" XH: http://bit.ly/2o8bAfc
Dobyns Champion 867: http://bit.ly/2aivwYX
Megabass Destroyer Onager: http://bit.ly/2wVOSbY

Other Glide Baits we have confidence in (from least to most expensive)...

S-Waver 200: http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh
Smith Baits Hitch X: http://bit.ly/2GlscHd
Gan Craft 230: http://bit.ly/2fLjSnm
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10 Baits, 10 Bass, 20 Minute Challenge!

The Challenge: Catch 10 bass on 10 different baits in 20 minutes on a Clearlake, on the weekend, with heavy angling pressure. There are 14 rods on deck just in case something goes wrong. Here we go!

The challenge begins with Matt setting his Minn Kota Talons so that the boat doesn't move during the entire challenge. The goal is to catch all these fish without ever moving the boat! 

He gets bit on the first cast, ultimately losing the fish. Several casts later the first fish is in the boat! Several minutes later he catches a Clearlake, California Smallmouth. On this lake Smallmouth are called "Unicorns" because they're so incredibly rare! 

In the end Matt isn't able to complete the challenge, catching only 6 of the 10 bass he was searching for. He gives some great information along the way about retrieves, lure speed, and how to catch bass in Fall and Summer. 

The Baits...
1) Lucky Craft Silent 1.5 Squarebill: http://bit.ly/2vmq67T
2)  SKT Mini DR Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2fhaa0p
3) LV-500 Lipless Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2aAUUbd
4) 1/2 oz Jack Hammer Chatterbait: http://bit.ly/2popvj6
5) Owner Flashy Swimmer 5/0: http://bit.ly/2e8O4Y7
6) Dirty Jigs Clausen Casting Jig 5/8 oz: http://bit.ly/2ayUXnE
7) Staysee 90 Jerkbait: http://bit.ly/2dBzMmz
8) Dropshot Rigged with 6" Fat Roboworm: http://bit.ly/2awYSxM
9) Shaky Head with Zoom Trick Worm: http://bit.ly/2aWkG7E
10) 3 1/2" Tournament Tube: http://bit.ly/2cJwI6r
11) 2.8 Keitech with Lead Head: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v
12) Texas-rigged Baby Brush hog: http://bit.ly/2bnpCRx
13) 5" Yamamoto Senko: http://bit.ly/2axAmNS
14) Zoom Z-Craw: http://bit.ly/2vW7Jo5

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