Bass Fishing For GIANT Smallmouth | Swimbaits, Crankbaits and 100 Mile Runs!

100 miles through floating debris fields, 44 degree temps, but the Smallmouth were chewing! Tim caught his 7 lber the evening before so no matter what was in front of us we were going to make it back for more!

The smallmouth were sitting on current seams and ledges in 5 to 18 feet of water. We used a combination of swimbaits and crankbaits to trigger the schools into feeding and then the slugfest began! This was one of the most viscious feeding sessions we've ever seen with smallmouth bass.

What were we using?

Matt Allen Swimbait Head: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN

Keitech 4.8” Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

6” Basstrix Paddletail Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2aiy7SR

Megabass Deep X 300 Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2sSQHpt

Strike King 6 XD Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2ery44M

 

Matt's Crankbait Setup...

Rod- Shimano Zodias 7'6” Glass: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe

Reel- Shimano Aldebaran 50: http://bit.ly/2fdX1Uy

Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Hooks- Megabass Katsuage: http://bit.ly/2r9lUmI

 

Tim's Swimbait Setup...

Rod- G Loomis NRX 7'5" XH: http://bit.ly/2hedqsq

Reel- Shimano Antares: http://bit.ly/2ha2zNI

Line- 50 lb Sufix 832 Braid: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji

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

 

Reasonably Priced Swimbait combo for the average angler...

Rod- Shimano Zodias 7'2" Heavy: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe

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

Line- 50 lb Sufix 832 Braid: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji

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

 

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Music Credit - Pete Wilson @ www.northcoastsoundsystem.com 

River Fishing Trophy Smallmouth On Crankbaits | How To Catch Bass In Current

Big bass are stacked up in moving water, how would you catch them? We decided on a crankbait and it was a blast! We started a feeding frenzy and the fish were lining up for their turn at the deep diving crankbait!

We were positioning our boat downstream and working the crankbaits with the current along the edges of current breaks and seams. Most of the fish ate the crankbait on the pause, resulting in hard hooksets to catch up to them on the slack line that was drifting in the current. The current was fast but the smallmouth were even faster!

There is something special about getting away from the lakes and bass fishing in creeks, streams, and rivers. Its a peaceful change of pace from our typical fishing experience. If you get a chance to get out and catch smallmouth in current be sure and do it, you won't regret it!

What were we using?

Megabass Deep X 150 Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2rWA1zt

Megabass Deep X 300 Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2sSQHpt

Strike King 6 XD Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2ery44M

 

Matt's Crankbait rod is a 7'6” custom model by Curt Demerath Fishing (facebook or instagram) but if you want a very similar production rod, the following is an awesome setup...

Rod- St. Croix Big Cranker (7'8” Medium Moderate): http://bit.ly/2bPOSpx

Reel- Shimano Aldebaran 50: http://bit.ly/2fdX1Uy

Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Hooks- Megabass Katsuage: http://bit.ly/2r9lUmI

 

Tim's Crankbait Setup...

Rod- Megabass Flat Side Special: http://bit.ly/2sssatO

Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL 150: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB

Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Hooks- Megabass Katsuage: http://bit.ly/2r9lUmI

 

Camera Used: http://bit.ly/2iwZqqU

Sunglasses Used: http://bit.ly/2glE3eN

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River Fishing for Smallmouth

If all you care about is winning tournaments or catching giant bass it may be time to look at your priorities. Monster bass are a blast to catch but sometimes you need to take a break and remember what made fishing so fun in the first place. Fishing is about getting out on th water, relaxing, enjoying nature, and then catching fish.
Added to the list of fun ways to catch fish when you want to mix it up a bit: River fishing for smallmouth. Northern California (and most other places in the country) have an abundance of rivers that are completely full of undersized bass. These fisheries are rarely, if ever overfished and can provide a great fishing experience for children or a relaxing day on the water. The other perk to river fishing is you never know what you’re going to catch. On this outing we caught smallmouth, largemouth and sacramento pike. Its hard to beat that! (except maybe if you’re looking for a keeper-size fish, let alone a trophy.) While there are trophy class fish in rivers around the country most simply have healthy populations of modest-size fish.

Give it a try in a stream or river near you!