Giant Midwest Bass Eat Swimbaits Too!

Tim traveled 2500 miles to throw swimbaits and topwater for BIG bass in the Midwest and it worked! The big Michigan Smallmouth fell victim to the the swimbait just like their cousins out West. Time after time we're reminded that a bass is a bass, no matter where they swim.

We get asked over and over again if our techniques will work in a particular state or on a particular lake. Anglers constantly overlook the simple truth that all bass are inherently the same. They live in different environments but their feeding activity, movements, behavior, etc... are all identical.

Swimbaits work from coast to coast. Topwater, finesse, reaction, etc... will catch bass EVERYWHERE when the conditions are right. In today's video Tim gives a detailed step-by-step look at a day on the water in Northern Michigan as he breaks down the lake, locates the giant bass, and uses a handful of key baits to consistently put them in the boat.

Below is a breakdown of the gear he used to accomplish this feat:


S-Waver 168 Swimbait (Light Trout):

Reaction Innovations Vixen (Bone):

Matt Allen Swimbait Head:

Keitech 4.3 Fat Swimbait:

Strike King Dream Shot:

Vixen Modifications...

Split Ring- Owner Hyperwire #3:

Front Hooks- Owner ST-36 Size 4:

Rear Treble- Owner Feather Treble Size 4:

Sunglasses For Clear Water/Cloudy Skies (Copper Lenses):

Trolling Motor- Minn Kota Ulterra:

S Waver Combo...

Rod- G Loomis GLX 894C JWR:

Reel- Metanium MGL:

Line- Sunline XPlasma 50 lb:

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 20 lb:

Vixen Combo...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR:

Reel- Chronarch MGL:

Line- Sufix 832 50 lb:

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 15 lb:


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BIG Swimbaits Getting DESTROYED! Epic Underwater Footage!

We got the CRAZIEST Underwater Footage you've ever seen of bass eating swimbaits! These fish are SMASHING glide baits and soft baits right in front of the camera! We all love underwater footage of bass fishing but this takes it a step further!

If you've ever wondered if bass really eat big swimbaits, you have to check this out! The old adage that big baits equal big fish couldn't be more true! 

You might notice that we were fishing these baits very erratically. This is not necessarily how we would fish these baits in a typical scenario, this was an attempt to draw a "reaction strike" from the fish in front of the camera. A slow, methodical retrieve is typically better suited for open water. 

The baits...
S-Waver 168 and 200:
Upgraded Hooks for 168 (Size 2):
Upgraded Hooks for 200 (Size 1/0):
Upgraded Hyper Wire Split Rings (Size 4 and 5):

Keitech 4.8 Fat Swimbait:
Owner Flashy Swimmer:

Little Creeper All American Sunfish:
Trokar 5/0 Swimbait Hook:

Our 8" + Glidebait Combo...
Rod- Dobyns Fury 806H:
Reel- Tranx 300:
Line- 80 lb Sufix 832:
Leader- 30 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Small Glide Bait/Keitech/Trash Fish combo...
Rod- Expride 7'2" Heavy:
Reel- Curado 200K 7:1 Ratio:
Line- 65 lb MaxCuatro Braid:
Leader- 20 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Some of our other favorite swimbaits...
Baitsanity Trout Explorer:
Osprey Tournament Talon:
Huddleston Deluxe:
MS Slammer 9":
Little Creeper Trash Fish:

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Catching GIANT STRIPER on the CA Delta!

We went out searching for the truly GIANT BITE and we found it! One after another the monsters just kept coming! This was one of the best bites we've ever experienced and we could hardly wait to share it with you. Come along on an EPIC striper bite! 

The Baits...

S-Waver 200 Glide Bait:
S-Waver 168 Glide Bait:
Colors: Bone, Bluegill, Powder
Replacement Hook/Split Ring Sizes: 200 replace with size 1/0 or 2/0, 168 replace with size 2. Split Rings are size 5 for the 200 and size 4 for the 168. 

Keitech 6.8 Swimbait:
Owner 12/0 BEAST Hook:

Smash Tech Head Hunter Swimbait:
Owner St-36 2/0 Treble Hook:

Bubble Walker Topwater:
Pencil Popper Topwater:
River2Sea Rover (190 size has been discontinued):

Dip N Dye Chartreuse:

Upgraded Hardware...

Owner Hypewire SILVER Split Rings:
Gamakatsu 4X Treble Hooks:
Owner 3x Treble Hooks:
Split Ring Pliers:

Treble Hook Swimbait Setup...
Rod- Dobyns 806H:
Alternate Rod- G Loomis 966:
Reel- Tranx 300:
Line- 80 lb Power Pro Moss Green:
Leader- 30 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Giant Topwater Setup...
Rod- Dobyns 867 Swimbait:
Reel- Shimano Tranx 300:
Line- Power Pro MaxCuatro 80 lb:

Small Topwater Setup...
Rod- Shimano Zodias 7'2" Med/Hvy:
Reel- Curado 70:
Line- 65 lb Sufix 832 Braid:

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Craziest Underwater Bass Fishing Footage EVER! Whopper Plopper, Swimbait, Jerkbait, Fluke, Topwater

We filmed the most INSANE Underwater Topwater Footage Ever! Topwater and swimbaits are the holy grail of underwater footage and we're thrilled to have all this awesome content to share with you! This is just the beginning, there is a ton of underwater footage to come!

There is so much to be gleaned from heading undewater to watch bass in their natural environment. From what causes them to trigger on baits to how they eat the lures, the knowledge gained will make you a better bass angler. 

Baits Shown In The Video...

Whopper Plopper 110 and 130:
Bully Wa 2 Frog:
Rover Topwater:
S-Waver 168 Swimbait:
Jackall Rerange Jerkbait:
Pointer 100DD Jerkbait:
Megabass Kanata Jerkbait:
Megabass Ito Vision 110 Magnum:

Jerkbait Rod...
Rod- Expride 6'10" Medium:
Reel- Shimano Aldebaran 50:
Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin:

Glide and Topwater Rod...
Rod- Zodias 7'2" Heavy:
Reel- Curado 200K:
Line- 65 lb Sufix 832:
Leader- 20 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Equipment Upgrades...
Owner 3x Treble Hooks:
Gamakatsu EWG Treble Hooks:
Hyperwire Split Rings:


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Sun Shirt w/ Hood:
Light Fishing Pants: