Try This Trick For Early Spring Bass

When the water temperature reaches 50 degrees its time to reach for red! Red crankbait, red spinnerbait, chatterbait... as long as its red! There are a lot of theories on why it works but all that really matters is that the fish love to eat it.

Early spring brings a lot of challenges. Between the unstable weather and water color you have enough to worry about without trying to figure out lure color. If you're looking for a reaction bite, start with red or orange. If the water is leaning toward the clear side, the ghost reds will be best and if its leaning to the muddy side, the day glow oranges are the best bet. The only exception is the orange-accented chartreuse/white spinnerbait. That bait almost defies logic but its wise to keep one close at hand in the early Spring.

Below is a break down of the baits by style, model, and color. They're in no particular order though we tended to list our favorites first.

Squarebill/Shallow Crankbaits...

-River2Sea Biggie Poppa:

This squarebill is mid-sized, has a deep knocking sound and is a proven fish catcher. Comes with size 2 trebles. Recommended colors- Cold Blooded, Delta Craw

-Spro Little John:

This bait features an extremely tight action. It excels as a fast-burning shallow cover bait. Comes stock with small hooks that should be replaced with appropriate size 4's. Recommended colors- Blood Craw, Western Craw

-Luhr Jensen Speed Trap:

This bait features a mid-wobble and high-pitched sound. It excels around grass and other cover where it can be ripped or banged along. Size 4 trebles. Recommended color- Crystal Crawdad, Orange Crawfish

-Strike King 4.0:

This is an oversized squarebill. Perfect for banging through shallow cover and targeting larger fish. Upgrade to stronger size 1 trebles. Recommended colors- Chili Craw, Delta Red.

Mid and Deep Diving Crankbaits...

-Strike King 3XD:

This miniaturized "XD" bait is everything you'd expect. hard pulling, great rattle, and excellent cover deflection in a small package. Recommend upgrading to size 4 short shank trebles. Recommended Colors- Chili Craw, Delta Red

-Spro RockCrawler:

This crank is a hard pulling bait in a smaller package. Think "finesse cranking" but be prepared for big bites! Great hooks but replace with size 4 short shanks when the time comes. Recommended colors- Red Bug, Red Crawfish.

-Lucky Craft Classical Leader:

This tight running bait is great at deflecting and fast movements. Comes equipped with thin size 6 trebles that should be upgraded. Recommended Colors- Craw

-Megabass Deep Six:

This tight action crankbait shines in the early spring. When you need to reach deeper but maintain a refined look, this is the bait. Size 2 hooks can be upgraded to stronger options. Recommended colors- Fire Craw, Stealth Craw.

Lipless Crankbaits...

-Lucky Craft LV-500:

This bait has a tight action, loud rattle, and fast sink rate. Upgrade stock hooks with size 4's. Recommended Colors- Aurora Craw, Spring Craw, Wakin.

-Cotton Cordell Super Spot:

This high-pitched, slow sinking bait excels around grass. Upgraded size 4 hooks are a must! Recommended colors- Rayburn Red, Royal Red.

-Jackall TN -70:

This is a very refined bait with great action, sound, and profile. Upgrading hooks to size 4 is wise. Recommended colors- Crawfish, RT Escape Craw.

-Red Eye Shad:

This is a great all-around/ Do-everything bait. Rip grass, burn open water, or slow roll deep. Size 4 hooks for 1/2 oz or size 2 hooks for 3/4 oz. Recommended Colors- Royal Red, Delta Red.


-River2Sea 1/2 oz Bling Spinnerbait:

The Bling is a light wire spinnerbait great for covering water. Recommended colors- Cold Blooded.

-Revenge Double Willow:

Another amazing spinnerbait. Great hook, great components, very refined. Recommended colors- Habanero, Orange Crush.

-Blade Runner Double Willow:

This bait is designed with heavy components for big fish. Recommended colors- Delta Craw

-Bling w/ Colorado and Indiana Blades:

This is the bait with a small orange Colorado blade. Give it a try and you might be surprised! Recommended colors: Lemonade Twist.


-Evergreen JackHammer:

The most refined chatterbait on the market! Perfect balance and excellent start up speed. Recommended colors- Hite's Hot Craw

-Picasso Tungsten Shock Blade:

This shock blade has been a deadly bait for years. The addition of the tungsten offering takes it to a different level in a smaller package. Recommended colors- Dark Red Craw RT.

Crankbait Hooks/Split Ring Upgrades...

-Direct Replacement- Gamakatsu EWG:

-Short Shank Replacement- Owner ST-35:

-Strong Replacement- Owner ST-56:

-Owner Hyperwire Split Rings Size 3:

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Spring Fishing Road Trip! Big Bass In The Desert?!

Texas Rigs, Jigs, Swimbaits, and a bunch of BIG Bass!! At the start of the year we vowed to take TacticalBassin on the road. Here is the first road trip! There will be more so stick with us, cross your fingers, and you might just find TacticalBassin fishing at your local lake this year! 

On this trip we found both prespawn and spawning bass including muddy water largemouth and crystal clear water smallmouth. Who knew the desert could be so diverse?! If you've never fished in the SouthWest be sure to add Arizona to your bucket list! 

Here were our top baits from this trip. Keep in mind we had to adapt between power fishing and true finesse fishing depending on the body of water we were on that day. 

Top 5 Power Fishing Baits... 
1) 3/4 oz Flippin Jig (Go To Color):
2) Man Bear Pig (Hematoma Color):
3) 3XD Crankbait (Delta Red Color):
4) Jackall Rerange Jerkbait (RT Hollow Minnow):
5) Mattlures Bluegill Swimbait:

Top 5 Finesse Fishing Baits...
1) G-Fix Spinbait 80 SpyBait:
2) Lucky Craft Flash Pointer 100 (Ghost Minnow):
3) Fat Baby Finesse Worm (Dropshot and Shaky Head):
4) Keitech Little Spider (Watermelon Pepper):
5) Z Man TRD Ned Worm:

Matt's Favorite Combo From This Trip... 
Rod- Expride 7'2" Heavy:
Reel- Curado 200K 8:1 ratio:
Line- 65 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro:
Leader- 18 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Tim's Favorite Spinning Combo From This Trip (EXPENSIVE)...
Rod- G Loomis Conquest Spinning 902S SJR:
Reel- Shimano Exsence 3000:
Line- Power Pro 10 lb Braid:
Leader- Sunline 6 lb Sniper Fluorocarbon:

Where do you want to see us fish next? If you've got a lake in your area you think we should check out let us know about it in the comments! 

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Late Winter A-Rig Tips To Locate Schooling Bass

Spring is fast approaching and before you know it the bass will be back in the shallows. How do you know when the transition is happening? Should you stay deep, should you move shallow, and where are the bass? When these questions begin creeping into your mind, look no farther than the A-rig. 

Whether you like the A-rig or not, it will help you locate fish very efficiently in the late Winter and early pre-spawn. Once you've found the schools you can use a variety of other baits to catch them. The A-Rig is the BEST bait for finding active schools of bass that are on the move and for quickly identifying which fish are willing to feed. 

The A-rig is here to stay so you may as well learn to use it to your advantage. The pre-spawn is prime time to put it to work for you. 

Standard A-Rig...
Dummy Baits-

Bladed A-Rig...
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Finesse Rig...
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A-Rig Setup...
Rod- Shimano Expride 7'6" Heavy:
Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL:
Line- 65 lb Maxcuatro braid:
Leader- Maxima 20 lb:

Finesse Rig Setup...
Rod- Zodias 7'2" Medium Heavy:
Reel- Curado 200K:
Line- 50 lb Sufix 832:
Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 15 lb:

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