How To Catch Bigger Spring Bass (The Easy Way)

Big bass are just as easy to catch as little bass when you know where to look! Matt explains exactly how these fish move, why they're transitioning, and how to take advantage of their feeding habits along the way. This is the culmination of our videos on early Spring bass fishing, you don't want to miss it!

We've already discussed early spring bass movements along secondary points and structures. We've also looked in depth at a variety of lures and presentations that are effective in Spring. Today we're focusing in on how and when to specifically target schools of bass. Using the tools you've learned you can trigger schools of bass into a feeding frenzy then cycle through a handful of baits (examples are below) to keep them feeding as you work through the numbers in search of that fish of a lifetime.

Below is a breakdown of our confidence baits for this style of fishing. Keep in mind that whether the bass school shallow or deep varies fishery to fishery, so we'll offer our favorite picks for both scenarios. We'll also include the exact equipment that was catching the bass in today's video.

Shallow Water/Heavy Cover Baits...


-Jackall Rerange 110:

(Ghost Wakasagi, Silver Shad)


-Hook- Flashy Swimmer 5/0:

-Swimbait- Keitech Fat 4.8:

(Pro Blue Red Pearl, Shad)


-S-Waver 168 (Light Trout):

Lipless Crankbait…

-Cordell Super Spot:

(Foxy Momma, Foxy Shad, Royal Red)

Alabama Rig…

-Rig- Yum Flash Mob Jr:

-Heads- Matt Allen Swimbait Head 1/8 oz (In stock next week):

-Dummy Baits- Little Dipper:

-Main Swimbaits-Skinny Dipper (More rocking and wobble):

-Keitech 4.8" Fat (Larger tail thumb):

(Today's Color: Silver Flash Minnow)

Deep Water/Open Water Baits...


-Lucky Craft Staysee 90:

(Crystal Pro Blue, Nishiki)


-Hook- BladeRunner 1/2 oz (Anchovy):

-Swimbait- Keitech 4.8" Fat (Electric Shad):


- Osprey Tournament Talon 6":

(Reverse Hitch is Tim's Favorite Color)

Lipless Crankbait…

- Lucky Craft LV-500:

(Ghost Minnow, BP Golden Shiner, Clear Water Shad)

Alabama Rig…

-Rig- Hog Farmer:

-Heads- Matt Allen Swimbait Head 1/4 oz (In Stock Next Week):

-Dummy Baits- Little Dipper:

-Main Swimbaits- Keitech 4.8" Fat:

(Pro Blue Red Pearl, Electric Shad, Gizzard Shad)


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Catching Schooling Bass With Tim Little

Tim Smashes the schooling fish on Clearlake and gives some great tips on the top baits to throw around shallow bait balls. Watch these bass jumping out of the water to catch the shad!

Schooling bass become incredibly aggressive and at times, it seems will eat just about anything. But even when they're blowing up on topwater and chasing shad onto the shore, there are a few key baits that will consistently catch the better fish. Below is a breakdown of the baits Tim recommends throwing around schooling bass in shallow water. 

Gear Shown in the Video...
Alabama Rig (Bladed):
Alabama Rig (Unbladed):
Matt Allen Swimbait Heads:
Keitech Baits for the Rig:

Staysee 90 Jerkbait:
Pointer 78 DD Jerkbait:

BladeRunner Underspin:
Coolbaits Underspin:

Lake Fork Flutter Spoon:
Replacement Hook for Spoon:

5" Senko Electric Shad or Natural Shad:
1/0 Wacky Hook:
Zoom Super Fluke:

River2Sea Rover:
Super Spook:
Rico Popper:

When the bass begin targeting shad or other bait fish in shallow water, its prime time to catch a big bass! Get ready to experience one of the best patterns you've ever seen by implementing the techniques Tim discusses in this video.