GIANT Bass In A Lake Full Of Predators!

We're on a SMALL Lake full of BIG predators! The plan is to target bass but we've got to avoid the musky and pike to make it happen. How do you find bass in a lake like this? We're about to find out! The plan is to target bass that are moving into the shallows as the water warms up. Come along for a fun day full of GIANT Smallmouth!

We began the day by looking shallow. In clear water fisheries your best bet is often to simply look, don't even make a cast. If the water is murky, use a fast moving search bait as your eyes to determine if the fish have moved in. Once we established the fish had moved up, the hunt for the big ones began! The first bite of the day came from a musky, the second from a 5 lb smallmouth!

We spent the day targeting bass in and around cover. Even the big bass are wary to mix with the big pike and musky for fear of becoming a snack. Despite the presence of heavy cover, we focused on 5-6 lb fluorocarbon line to fool the clear water bass into biting. We used a variety of baits to target these fish, catching them on nearly everything we threw. Below is a breakdown of the baits and gear we used to make this day a success!

The baits...

-Roboworm FX Sculpin (Oxblood Light Red Flake):

-Megabass Okashira Screwhead (Real Minnow):

-Keitech Fat 3.3 (Pro Blue Red Pearl):

-Dry Creek Tube (Green Pumpkin):

-Zoom Super Fluke (Houdini):

-Strike King Half Shell (KVD Magic):

Worm Rod...

Rod- Conquest 902S SJR:

Reel- Shimano Stradic Ci4+ 2500:

Line- Sunline Sniper 5 lb:

(This rod was selected for its incredible sensitivity and parabolic action. It was the perfect match for 5 lb fluorocarbon against BIG fish. Its a rare combination of sensitivity and flex.)

Keitech/Screwhead Rod...

Rod- Shimano Expride 6'10" Medium Light:

Reel- Shimano Stella FJ 2500:

Line- 10 lb Power Pro Braid:

Leader- 6 lb Sunline Sniper:

Budget-Friendly Finesse Combo...

Rod- SLX Spinning 7' Medium Light:

Reel- Nasci 1000 FB:

Line- 6 lb Sunline Sniper:

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TacticalBassin On The Great Lakes!

We headed North before the big freeze set in. Water temps were frigid, conditions were miserable, but the fishing was fantastic! We had 8 days to fish and only 2 of them were even calm enough to film. Despite the weather the trip was epic! 

No lecturing in this video, just an awesome time sticking Smallmouth, Largemouth, and Pike on a handful of Northern Michigan's best fisheries!

The Gear...

Reaction Innovations Vixen (Bone, Chartreuse Shiner):
Upgraded Vixen Hooks (Size 4):
Upgraded Vixen Split Rings (Size 3):

Jackall TN70 Lipless Crankbait (RT Scale Minnow, Ghost Minnow):

Matt Allen Swimbait Head (3/8 oz):
Keitech 3.8 and 4.8 (Electric Shad, Chartreuse Blue):

Dropshot Worm:
Dropshot Weight:
Dropshot Hook:

Dropshot Combo...
Rod- G Loomis NRX 822S:
Reel- Shimano Stella 2000:
Line- Power Pro 10 lb:
Leader- 5 lb Sunline Sniper:

Keitech Combo...
Rod- G-Loomis GLX 843C MBR:
Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL:
Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin:

Lipless Combo...
Rod- St. Croix Big Cranker (7'8" Moderate):
Reel- Shimano Aldebaran (AMAZING finesse cranking reel):
Line- 12 lb AbrazX Fluorocarbon:

Vixen Combo...
Rod- Daiwa Zillion 7'2" Medium Heavy:
Reel- Daiwa Tatula CT:
Line- Sunline FX2 50 lb:

Budget Friendly Combo that could do all 3...
Rod- Shimano Zodias 7'2" Medium:
Reel- Shimano Curado K 7:1 Ratio:
Line- 30 lb MaxCuatro Braided Line:
Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen:


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