Ultra Clear Water Fishing For BIG Bass!

Have you seen water this clear? Tim found schools of giant bass and panfish holding on current seams in fast moving water. He's sight fishing them as they feed in the current. If you've ever seen water this clear you know how intimidating it can be but by adapting your equipment and carefully selecting the right bait you can catch some truly GIANT fish. The best part of all is you get to watch them bite!

As Tim explains in the video the fish are holding on the seam between fast moving current and the eddies. He uses a 1/4 ounce Ned rig to get the bait down as quickly as possible then bumps it down the current toward the bass. The concept is very similar to back bouncing a bait for salmon or steelhead.

The key to fishing in water this clear is gear selection. Light fluorocarbon is essential as is a rod and reel that can withstand the screaming runs that these big smallmouth make in current. If your line is too heavy the fish refuse to bite, too light and you'll break off. The same goes for rods and reels. Too heavy, you'll break off every time but too light and you'll never gain control of the fish. Below is a breakdown of the tackle Tim was using to catch this awesome limit of bass!

The tackle...

Bait- Roboworm Ned Worm: http://bit.ly/2j9F0Xy

(TW Black Blue Pumpkin, Desert Craw)

Hook-Z Man LockZ HD Head 1/5 oz: http://bit.ly/2kIgRYK

Ultrex Trolling Motor: http://bit.ly/2vFQypW

Rod/Reel Combo...

Rod- G Loomis Conquest 902S: http://bit.ly/2BiGUNi

Reel- Shimano Stella 3000: http://bit.ly/2U8Pkzg

Line- Sunline SX1 Braid 12 lb: http://bit.ly/2FngUkQ

Leader- Sniper Fluorocarbon 5 lb: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

All-Around Combo...

Rod- Megabass Levante 2019 Whipsnake: http://bit.ly/2Ibeo70

Reel- Ultegra 2500: http://bit.ly/2nfApml

Line- 10 lb Power Pro: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b

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

Budget Friendly Combo...

Rod- Dobyns Fury 7' Med Light: http://bit.ly/2e7HZPF

Reel- Shimano Nasci 2500: http://bit.ly/2g278cC

Line- 8 lb Sunline Sniper: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

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Ned Rig - Catch More Bass With These Simple Tips

After using the Ned Rig heavily this past year we've formed strong opinions about baits, colors, head sizes, and gear. Its time to revisit the topic and really break down the specific tackle that we have had the best success with.

There are a variety of "Ned" baits on the market but Tim has found 2 that really stand out from the crowd. His preferred baits are the original Finesse T.R.D. by Z Man, and the 3" Roboworm Ned Worm. Tim's best success has come on natural colors fished with the minimum weight necessary to maintain bottom contact.

Below is a breakdown of the baits, hooks, colors, and gear that we've had the best success with while fishing this Midwest Finesse technique.

The Worms...

-Roboworm Ned Worm: http://bit.ly/2j9F0Xy

Tim's Favorite Colors- Green Pumpkin, Desert Craw, Prism Shad.

Matt's Favorite Colors- Margarita Mutilator, Peoples Worm.

-Z Man Finesse TRD: http://bit.ly/2hs4RtR

Tim's Favorite Colors- Green Pumpkin, Mud Bug, Smelt

Matt's Favorite Colors- Green Pumpkin Goby, Junebug

The Hooks...

-Z-Man Finesse Mushroom Head: http://bit.ly/2hs2cAe

-Z-Man HD Lockz Head: http://bit.ly/2kIgRYK

-Owner Block Head Jig Head: http://bit.ly/2qL0A8n

Tim's Preferred Combo...

Rod- Daiwa Tatula Elite AGS Spinning Rod 7'6" ML - http://bit.ly/2QHupT9

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

Line- 12 lb Sunline SX1 Braid: http://bit.ly/2tn8EzQ

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

Great All-Around Combo...

Rod- Shimano Zodias Spinning Rod 7'3" Med Lt: http://bit.ly/2jOUXAO

Reel- Shimano Stradic CI4+ 2500: http://bit.ly/2gu84t7

Line- 10 lb Power Pro Braid: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b

Leader- 6 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Bait Storage Container...

-Plano Waterproof Stowaway 3740: http://bit.ly/2fvjcFB

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Ned Rig Vs Dropshot Challenge - Girl vs Girl

Tonya and CC are going head to head with the Drop shot and the Ned Rig! Which one will be victorious? Come along for a fun day on the water with a couple women who really know how to fish! The girls locate fish, dial in the pattern, and have some fun along the way.

It became apparent almost immediately that the Ned Rig would prevail. There is something special about the "dead action" when conditions get tough. Instead of continuing to fight it for the sake of the challenge the girls tied on 2 ned rigs for their afternoon session and proceeded to slay the bass!

If you're not proficient with the Ned Rig (or dropshot) the cooling days of the Fall Transition are a great time to pull them out and build confidence. Below you'll find a breakdown of the gear the girls were using as they battled their way through this challenge.

The Baits...

Z Man Finesse TRD Ned Worm (Green Pumpkin, Yoga Pants): http://bit.ly/2hs4RtR

Z Man Ned LockZ Head (1/6 oz): http://bit.ly/2kIgRYK

Roboworm 4" Fat Worm: http://bit.ly/2awYSxM

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

Vike Tungsten Dropshot Weight (3/16 oz): http://bit.ly/2kppo3p

CC's Setup...

Rod- Dobyns 742 Champion Extreme: http://bit.ly/29OVnDa

Reel- Shimano Ultegra 2000: http://bit.ly/2nfApml

Line- 20 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 8 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Tonya's Setup...

Rod- Expride 6'10" Med Light: http://bit.ly/2osaj3q

Reel- Shimano Ultegra 1000: http://bit.ly/2nfApml

Line- 15 lb Power Pro Braid: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b

Leader- 8 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

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Ned Rig Fishing For Big Bass

Finesse fishing doesn't always equal big bass but the Ned Rig is special. When the bite gets tough and you're faced with changing conditions it is a great way to upsize your catch! On this day we started with swimbaits and crankbaits but ended up getting all the big ones on light tackle. 

The ned rig is a great option when conditions aren't ideal. We were using two different versions of the bait to catch our fish. Tim was using the Roboworm offering while Matt was using the traditional Z-Man TRD. 

The tackle...

Tim's Worm- Roboworm Ned Worm (Desert Craw): http://bit.ly/2j9F0Xy
Matt's Worm- Z MAN Finesse TRD (Green Pumpkin): http://bit.ly/2hs4RtR

Tim's Head- Owner Block Head: http://bit.ly/2qL0A8n
Matt's Head- Z Man Ned HD: http://bit.ly/2kIgRYK

Swimbait Head- Matt Allen: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN
Swimbait- Keitech 4.8: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Tim's Combo...
Rod- G Loomis NRX 6'10" Mag Med: http://bit.ly/2dX9zjv
Reel- Daiwa Certate: http://bit.ly/2hjRZXg
Line- Sunline SX1 Braided Line 12 lb: http://bit.ly/2tn8EzQ
Leader- Sunline Sniper 8 lb Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

Matt's Setup...
Rod- Shimano Expride 6'8" Medium: http://bit.ly/2osaj3q
Reel- Shimano Stradic CI4+ 1000 series: http://bit.ly/2gu84t7
Line- 10 lb PowerPro Braid: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b
Leader- 6 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
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