3 Lipless Crankbait Tricks That Get Bigger Bites

Crankbaits are one of the easiest ways to catch bass. Throwing them is easy but knowing how to target big bass takes more effort. Today Matt explains 3 different retrieve styles that will get big bites when nothing else will. Adapting your retrieves will require changes in tackle and equipment as well but Matt makes it easy with simple steps anyone can follow.

Our favorite retrieve with the lipless is to hop the bait on bottom similar to how you work a jig. When the bottom is clean its simple and can be done with a light crankbait rod. As the grass grows up many anglers turn away from the lipless or modify their retrieve but if you learn to power through with heavier equipment you may encounter your biggest bass of the year!

The other two retrieves are easier but knowing which baits to throw when, will take your catch rate through the roof! Stop running bank throwing a lipless on a chuck and wind retrieve. Make some simple changes to your method and start catching bigger bass today!

Below is a breakdown of the baits and gear discussed in the video.

The baits...

-Lucky Craft LV 500: http://bit.ly/2aAUUbd

(Ghost Minnow, Golden Shiner, American Shad, Chartreuse Shad)

-Jackall TN-70: http://bit.ly/2lqAwjh

(Ghost Minnow, Scale Minnow, Super Shad)

-Red Eye Shad: http://bit.ly/2fqX1RT

(Clearwater Minnow, Japanese Shad, Sexy Ghost Minnow)

-Cordell Super Spot: http://bit.ly/2y3K210

(Foxy Momma, Foxy Shad, Royal Shad)

-6th Sense Quake: http://bit.ly/2Kxt4zm

(American Shad, Ghost Hot Herring, Shad Hammer, Violet Panda)

-Rattle Trap 1/2 oz: http://bit.ly/2gm8CjC

(Gold Mine Shad, Ghost Minnow, Pro Blue)

--Megabass Vibration X Jr: http://bit.ly/2zOeSdB

(Threadfin Shad, M Silver)

-Megabass Vibration X Ultra: http://bit.ly/2GdQFjs

(Echalote, MB Phantom)

Upgraded Hooks and Split Rings...

-Owner Hyperwire Split Rings (Size 3): http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

-Light: Gamakatsu EWG Size 4: http://bit.ly/2cZrsbY

-Medium: Owner ST-56 Size 4: http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW

-Heavy: Owner ST-66 Size 4: http://bit.ly/2JHo3z3

Favorite Lipless Combo...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR: http://bit.ly/2og0BmK

Reel-Curado 150 DC: http://bit.ly/2yHtsp4

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

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

Budget-Friendly Combo...

Rod- Loomis E6X CBR 845: http://bit.ly/2G5Bc86

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

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Heavier Rods For Heavy Grass...

Strong- Zodias 7'6" Heavy Glass: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe

Stronger- Levante 7'5" EMTF: http://bit.ly/2FdE3YY

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

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Lipless Crankbait Buyer's Guide - Best Baits For The Price

The Buyer's Guide series continues with a look at our top lipless crankbaits. Whether you're looking for a budget-friendly option, the perfect bait to burn over grass, or a balanced option for slow fishing the depths, we've got you covered.

With so many lipless crankbaits on the market its hard to know which baits to invest your time into. With these 6 baits you can cover every application.

Lipless crankbaits have a reputation for losing big fish at the worst times. Stock baits often deserve the bad rap but with a few simple modifications these baits have a great hookup to land ratio! Add in a dedicated rod and you have a recipe for big bass success.

Below is a breakdown of the baits we recommend as well as rod, reel, and hardware upgrades to increase your hook up to land ratio. We'll also include our confidence colors for each bait.

The baits...

-Bill Lewis Rat-L-Trap: http://bit.ly/2gm8CjC

Recommended colors: Blue Blood Shad, Ghost Minnow, Rayburn Craw Red, Silverado.

-Cotton Cordell Super Spot: http://bit.ly/2y3K210

Recommended Colors: Royal Red, Foxy Shad, Foxy Momma.

-Strike King Red Eye Shad: http://bit.ly/2fqX1RT

Recommended Colors: Ayu, Chrome Sexy Shad, Japanese Shad, Royal Red, Sexy Shad.

-Jackall TN-70: http://bit.ly/2lqAwjh

Recommended Colors: RT Scale Minnow, Super Shad, RT Holo Bluegill, Ghost Minnow, Chartreuse Shad.

-Lucky Craft LV-500: http://bit.ly/2aAUUbd

Recommended Colors: American Shad, Chartreuse Shad, Phantom Chartreuse Shad, Ghost Minnow.

Megabass Vibration X Jr: http://bit.ly/2zOeSdB

Recommended Colors: GG Gill, M Sliver, Sexy French Pearl.

Hook and Split Ring Upgrades...

Owner ST-56 Treble (Size 4): http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW

Gamakatsu EWG Treble (Size 4): http://bit.ly/2DCOlmV

Owner Hyperwire Size 3 Split Rings: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

Favorite Lipless Combo...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR: http://bit.ly/2og0BmK

Reel- Curado 150 DC HG: http://bit.ly/2yHtsp4

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

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

Other Budget Friendly Lipless Rods...

G Loomis E6X 845 CBR: http://bit.ly/2G5Bc86

Dobyns Fury 7' Medium Heavy Cranking: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV

Shimano Curado 7' Medium Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2E9gktQ

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3 Tricks To Get Wayyy More bites with a HydroWave

Does the HydroWave really work? Is it easy to use? Savvy anglers have been using the Hydrowave to catch more bass for years! There are a few tricks that make it even more effective and today we're finally letting those secrets out.

Tim just picked up the HydroWave H2. This unit has more sound options than previous models and is very user friendly. In a matter of minutes we'd found the best sounds for the school of bass we were sitting on and were immediately catching fish.

The best time to use a sound stimulator like the hydro wave is when bass are schooling together. It will work on individual fish as well but you lose the multiplying effect of the bass triggering each other to feed. We've also noticed that "less is more" when adding sound to the water. Start off with lower volumes and levels of aggression and work up until the fish react.

Below is a breakdown of the units, sound modules, and gear we were using during this video.

HydroWave H2: http://bit.ly/2BCrdVx

Hydrowave Sound Expansion Packs: http://bit.ly/2PcvBRo

The Baits...

Megabass Vision 110 Jerkbait: http://bit.ly/2j31TKb

Lucky Craft LV-500 Lipless: http://bit.ly/2aAUUbd

Hooks- Gamakatsu EWG Size 4: http://bit.ly/2cZrsbY

Split Rings- Owner Hyperwire Size 3: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

Jerkbait Combo...

Rod- Zodias 6'10" Medium: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe

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

Line- 20 lb Sufix 832 Braid: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji

Leader- 10 lb Sunline Sniper: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

Lipless Combo...

Rod- IMX Pro 845 CBR: http://bit.ly/2og0BmK

Reel- Chronarch MGL: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB

Line- 40 lb MaxCuatro Braid: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

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

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Fall To Winter Transition - New State, New Lake, Big Bass

Today we're fishing an area of the country most bass fishermen have never visited. The area known as the PNW (Pacific North West) is a region completely neglected by the bass fishing community. With few major tournaments and an abundance of water, the quality of fish in this region has gone largely unnoticed. Come along for a day on the water as we explore Couer D'Alene Lake.

The smallmouth in this region are short and fat, much like the smallmouth of the Great Lakes. The waters are crystal clear but the difference is a food source called Kokanee. Much like the big bass in California, the jumbo smallmouth of the NorthWest gorge on Kokanee Salmon. With that said, a Smallmouth is a Smallmouth, no matter where it is located. As you might expect, these bass are aggressive feeders and love to fight!

Matt and Jessie used a handful of techniques to target bass but the most successful method was the lipless crankbait. The guys found scattered bass on ledges in 25-40 feet of water that would readily attack a lipless crankbait fished slowly along bottom.

Matt flew in and wasn't able to bring his typical gear with him. He came armed with 4 reels and a small box of tackle. He paired his equipment with some of Jessie's rods and hit the water for a day to break down a lake, experiment with new tackle, and catch some big smallmouth bass. Below is a breakdown of the gear used.

The Baits...

Lipless- Lucky Craft LV-500: http://bit.ly/2aAUUbd

Swimbait- S-Waver 168: http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh

Jerkbait- Megabass Vision 110 +1: http://bit.ly/2iGYOCX

Jig- 1/2 oz Pitchin' Jig: http://bit.ly/2amL3of

Matt's 4 reels...

Aldebaran MGL: http://bit.ly/2uQ4oH8

Chronarch MGL: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB

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

Tranx 300: http://bit.ly/2kYsvRw

Lipless Combo...

Rod- Duckett Terex 7' Medium: http://bit.ly/2yMdIyX

Reel- Chronarch MGL 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB

Line- 50 lb MaxCuatro Braid: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

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

S-Waver Combo...

Rod- Phenix 7'6" Heavy Recon Elite: http://bit.ly/2qhziq6

Reel- Curado 200 K 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh

Line- 65 lb MaxCuatro Braid: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

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

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