Windy Day Swimbait Fishing From Shore!

Come along with Matt throwing big swimbaits for giant smallmouth! Matt breaks down the water, explains his decisions, and gives some great tips for controlling your baits and line in the wind. 

Big smallmouth are the best! Catching them from the bank is even better! Go figure the best bite of the day came while he was on the phone. The key to getting bit in this video was location. Matt selected a bank that was wind blown, had a corner where baitfish could be trapped, and offshore cover to allow the bass to ambush their prey more easily. 

Below is a breakdown of the gear Matt was using in the video...

S-Waver 168:
Owner ST-56 Treble Hook size 2:
Owner Hyperwire Size 4 Split Rings:

Rod- G Loomis GLX 853C JWR:
Reel- Shimano Curado 70 7:1 RATIO:
LINE- 65 lb Sufix 832:
Leader- 18 lb Maxima Ultragreen Mono:

Camera Setup...
GoPro Hero 6:
Chesty Mount:

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Spring Bank Fishing: What You Need To Know

Come along for a day of bank fishing during the pre-spawn! Tim breaks down his approach to shore fishing and gives some great tips along the way on gear, storage, advantages to shore fishing, and more! The video is filmed on location at Lake Berryessa. 

Shore anglers often feel they're at a disadvantage or that they're looked down upon by boaters. Tim explains how great shore fishing can be! From unique angles to a sneak approach, bank anglers have great advantages during the Spring months. 

The Baits...
S-Waver 168 (Light Trout):
6" Roboworm Straight Tail Worm:
Owner Block Head Jig:
Texas Rig Dropshot Hook:
Finesse Jig:
Strike King Baby Menace:
Super Spook Topwater:
Roboworm Ned Worm (Watermelon Dawn):

Glide Bait Rod... 
Rod- Dobyns Fury 7'3" Medium Heavy:
Reel- Shimano Caenan 6:1 Ratio:
Line- 65 lb Power Pro:
Leader- 15 lb Sunline Sniper:

All-Purpose Combo...
Rod- Shimano Zodias 6'10" Medium:
Reel- Shimano Curado 70 in 7:1 Ratio:
Line- 15 lb Sunline Sniper:

Spinning Combo...
Rod- Shimano Expride 6'10" Medium Light:
Reel- Daiwa Tatula LT 2000:
Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 20 lb:
Leader- 8 lb Sunline Assassin:

Eye Surrender ESE Glasses:
(Amber for sight fishing, Grey for Regular Conditions)

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How to Catch Every Bass Under a Dock

In this video Tim explains what you need to do to catch as many fish as possible when fishing a dock. Instead of walking up and simply casting to the dock, take a tactical approach, work your angles and systematically catch all the fish.

Its amazing to us how many guys, especially from boats, will just make a random splash down cast into the middle of a dock then move on to the next one! Who came up with that idea?! Take 30 seconds out of your day, be systematic in your approach, and you will see immiediate results.

As the video begins Tim explains that the first step to dock fishing from shore is to approach the dock from the down shadow side. Meaning, don't let your shadow cross the dock, instead keep your shadow behind you. Next, start fishing the structure that is closest to shore and farthest from the center of the dock first. 

Slowly cast to each piling of the dock, shadow corner, or other structure. As you fish each piece of cover slowly work out to deeper water. This way any fish you catch will be pulled up into the shallows without crossing over the other fish.

The last cast should be to the very center and darkest part of the shadow under the dock. By the time you've reached this cast you should have caught every other fish under the dock. 

If you use this method for all of your dock fishing you're absolutely going to catch more bass! Whether you're bank fishing or standing on a bass boat this information applies to your fishing. If you happen to be on a boat simply fish the dock in reverse order to achieve the same result. 

Equipment Used...

Rod- 7'4" 3 power
Reel- Lew's BB1 Pro
Line- 15 lb AbrazX Fluorocarbon

Weight- 1/4 oz. Tungsten Bullet
Hook- 4/0 Gamakatsu EWG Superline
Bait- Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver

Beating The Bank For Giants: Part 1

It is with great pleasure that I introduce Adam Hinkle to the Tacticalbassin community. Adam is a close friend and a top-notch angler. He excels in the pressured lakes and reservoirs of Southern California and is known for his ability to adapt to changing conditions. One day you may see him on the boat, the next day he’s climbing through the brush approaching pressured fish from shore. He thinks outside of the box and that’s good enough to gain him a soapbox on this site.
We recognize that not everyone can afford a shiny bass boat. For that matter, not everyone wants a shiny boat. With that in mind, it seems only fair to bring an angler on board who not only fishes from shore but excels at catching trophy bass with his feet planted firmly on the ground.
The truth is, that introduction does the guy no justice. He’s been featured in several magazines, has caught numerous trophy bass and even landed an 87 lb Blue Catfish on 4 lb line. Seriously, you need to listen to what this guy has to say. With that, I’ll let Adam take it away.

You are the biggest, oldest and wisest bass in your lake. You are king of your water and have seen every trick in the book. As soon as you hear that familiar sound of an outboard motor cranking in the morning, your guard goes up. You are wise and know that all of these sounds – sonar ping, trolling motors humming, footsteps on the bottom of boats and the slapping of water on a hull – are signs of warning. That trophy hunter, floating above you on the surface a hundred yards away, doesn’t have a chance because you spotted him long before his trolling motor was dropped in the water and even before he thought about making his first cast.

Today, something is different. The trout swimming your way, bumping through all of those rocks looking absolutely delicious, just appeared out of nowhere. It doesn’t seem completely normal, because no real trout would swim right at you this arrogantly. This is just too easy of a meal, right? But there’s no sign of warning, no boat, no footsteps, no locker slam, no sonar ping, no noise whatsoever. Just a stupid, little trout about to swim right into your face. You are not going to pass up this opportunity.

This is exactly why most of my largest bass have been caught walking the bank. Those fish had no idea I was there. Big fish, as you know, are smart, very smart. They really have seen everything in the book. They know better than to ignore signs of warning, but when you take all of those warning signs away, they become vulnerable.
Fishing the swimbait from the bank is how I learned to trophy hunt. I didn’t get nearly as many bites walking the bank as I do from a boat because I was limited to how much water I could cover, but the bites I got were big, really big. I was able to focus on the most prime spots on the lake and spend more of my time fishing slowly in big fish water. There was no paying attention to GPS points, no watching my meter, no fighting the wind with the trolling motor. I had complete control of my bait, I knew I had set myself up in productive water and I knew exactly what was happening on the end of my line. But most of all, those fish didn’t have a clue I was there.

The next time you want to get out for a few hours and toss the big bait, follow these steps:
-Think about a few specific spots at your favorite lake you can reach from the bank that you know big fish frequent.
-Pick a lake that is pressured by boaters. This is what this whole idea is about – taking advantage of a giant pressured bass’ vulnerability.
-Grab a rod, a few baits, a camera, a scale and eat your Wheaties because you’re going to need them!

-Adam Hinkle