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:

Rod- G Loomis Deep Flex 864 CBR (Custom Wrapped):

Reel- Shimano Bantam MGL:

Line- Sunline Assassin 12 lb:

Tim's Michigan Smallmouth...

Bait- Keitech 4.8 Swimbait:

Head- Matt Allen Swimbait Head 1/2 oz:

Rod- G Loomis GLX 894C:

Reel- Metanium MGL:

Line- 50 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- 15 lb Sunline Sniper:

Matt's Arizona Largemouth...

Bait- Dirty Jigs 1/2 oz Flippin' Jig (Go To):

Trailer- Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver (Green Pumpkin):

Rod- Shimano Expride 7'2" Heavy:

Reel- Shimano Curado 200K HG:

Line- 65 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- 20 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Tim's Monster Catfish...

Bait- 5" Yamamoto Senko:

Hook- Owner Mosquito Light Size 1/0:

Rod- G Loomis NRX 852S JWR:

Reel- Shimano Exsence 3000:

Line- 12 lb Sunline Xplasma Asegai Braid:

Leader- 6 lb Sniper Fluorocarbon:


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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):
Yamamoto 5" Double Tail Grub Trailer:
Keitech Fat Swing Impact 6.8" (Light Hitch):
Owner 10/0 Beast Hook:

GoPro Hero 5 Camera:
Green Water Dive Filter:
Super Suit Hero 5 Dive Housing:

Matt's Jig Combo...
Rod- Shimano Zodias 7'5" Heavy:
Reel- Casitas 150:
Line- 65 lb Sufix 832:
Leader- 18 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Matt's Swimbait Combo...
Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 966:
Reel- Shimano Tranx 300 AHG (Power Handle):
Line- 80 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro:
Leader- 30 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

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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:
Direct Hook Replacement- Owner ST-36 Hooks:
(1/0 replaces stock hook, 2/0 will also work for increased hookup)
Upgraded Hook Replacement- Owner ST-56 Hooks:
Upgraded Split Rings- Hyperwire Silver Size 5:

Matt's Favorite Setup for this bait...
Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 966:
Reel- Shimano Tranx 300 AHG (Power Handle):
Line- 80 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro:
Leader- 30 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

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

Dobyns Fury 806H:
Okuma Guide Silent 7'11" XH:
Dobyns Champion 867:
Megabass Destroyer Onager:

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

S-Waver 200:
Smith Baits Hitch X:
Gan Craft 230:

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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:
2)  SKT Mini DR Crankbait:
3) LV-500 Lipless Crankbait:
4) 1/2 oz Jack Hammer Chatterbait:
5) Owner Flashy Swimmer 5/0:
6) Dirty Jigs Clausen Casting Jig 5/8 oz:
7) Staysee 90 Jerkbait:
8) Dropshot Rigged with 6" Fat Roboworm:
9) Shaky Head with Zoom Trick Worm:
10) 3 1/2" Tournament Tube:
11) 2.8 Keitech with Lead Head:
12) Texas-rigged Baby Brush hog:
13) 5" Yamamoto Senko:
14) Zoom Z-Craw:

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