Stream Fishing Big Smallmouth In Clear Water!

The guys found a small creek loaded with smallmouth bass! The water is crystal clear and the fish are in all 3 stages of the spawn. There are fish just coming in from Lake Michigan, other bass on beds, and a lot of big bass cruising the edges and shadows in search of a big meal. Realizing the opportunity, the guys quickly began catching fish on everything from a dropshot to a swimbait. Come along for an exciting day of fishing and teaching as we explain how to fish for bass in current.

Its early Summer in Michigan and the fish are aggressive! We began by catching fish sitting along the edges of cover but as we moved farther up river we discovered spawners in the shallows. Toward the end of the day we realized post spawn fish would ambush reaction baits as well, catching them on swimbaits, jerkbaits, and topwater.

Fishing in current is all about understanding bass behavior. These fish face up stream and feed by sight. They're watching the moving water for any sign of food drifting by. When a meal appears they have one shot to capture it as it passes so strikes tend to be vicious! While neither angler had ever been on this fishery, Cobi guides in both Michigan and Wisconsin on a lot of amazing smallmouth waters. If you're interested in seeing more of his work, visit his instagram here:

Below is a breakdown of the baits we caught fish on throughout the day. We caught them on an incredible variety of techniques so we will separate them into softbaits and hardbaits, including the colors used to successfully fool these smallmouth.


1) Finesse Jig (Kentucky Craw):

-Smallie Beaver (Green Pumpkin):

2) Strike King Half Shell (KVD Magic on Dropshot):

-Owner Mosquito Light Hook Size 2:

3) Roboworm 4" Fat Worm (Oxblood Light on Dropshot):

4) Megabass Spark Shad 3" (Real):

- Megabass Okashira Screw Head:

5) Dark Sleeper Swimbait (Haze):

6) Zoom Super Fluke (Smokin Shad):

-Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap 1/0:


1) Splash It Popper (Chartreuse Pearl Shad):

2) River2Sea S-Waver 168 (Light Trout):

3) Megabass Vision 110 Jerkbait (PM Twilight Chart Back):

Matt's most versatile Combo this trip...

Rod- Shimano Expride 6'10" Medium:

Reel- Aldebaran MGL 50:

Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin:

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GIANT Bass In A Lake Full Of Predators!

We're on a SMALL Lake full of BIG predators! The plan is to target bass but we've got to avoid the musky and pike to make it happen. How do you find bass in a lake like this? We're about to find out! The plan is to target bass that are moving into the shallows as the water warms up. Come along for a fun day full of GIANT Smallmouth!

We began the day by looking shallow. In clear water fisheries your best bet is often to simply look, don't even make a cast. If the water is murky, use a fast moving search bait as your eyes to determine if the fish have moved in. Once we established the fish had moved up, the hunt for the big ones began! The first bite of the day came from a musky, the second from a 5 lb smallmouth!

We spent the day targeting bass in and around cover. Even the big bass are wary to mix with the big pike and musky for fear of becoming a snack. Despite the presence of heavy cover, we focused on 5-6 lb fluorocarbon line to fool the clear water bass into biting. We used a variety of baits to target these fish, catching them on nearly everything we threw. Below is a breakdown of the baits and gear we used to make this day a success!

The baits...

-Roboworm FX Sculpin (Oxblood Light Red Flake):

-Megabass Okashira Screwhead (Real Minnow):

-Keitech Fat 3.3 (Pro Blue Red Pearl):

-Dry Creek Tube (Green Pumpkin):

-Zoom Super Fluke (Houdini):

-Strike King Half Shell (KVD Magic):

Worm Rod...

Rod- Conquest 902S SJR:

Reel- Shimano Stradic Ci4+ 2500:

Line- Sunline Sniper 5 lb:

(This rod was selected for its incredible sensitivity and parabolic action. It was the perfect match for 5 lb fluorocarbon against BIG fish. Its a rare combination of sensitivity and flex.)

Keitech/Screwhead Rod...

Rod- Shimano Expride 6'10" Medium Light:

Reel- Shimano Stella FJ 2500:

Line- 10 lb Power Pro Braid:

Leader- 6 lb Sunline Sniper:

Budget-Friendly Finesse Combo...

Rod- SLX Spinning 7' Medium Light:

Reel- Nasci 1000 FB:

Line- 6 lb Sunline Sniper:

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How To Catch Bass In A Flooded Lake - Oklahoma Edition

We're in Oklahoma to fish but the lakes are flooded! Instead of leaving we headed out on Tenkiller Lake to show you how to break down a lake with unstable water conditions and to hopefully catch a few bass along the way. The day ends with CC catching her new personal best! Come along for a fun day of bass fishing in the MidWest.

We started the day targeting fish offshore. In Summer most lakes have two groups of fish, those that stay shallow after they spawned and those that moved offshore. When lakes begin to rise the shallow fish are most impacted by the rising water. They will typically push up along the new shoreline and can be incredibly difficult to target. By staying offshore and targeting fish on structure (humps, ledges, and long tapering points) we're able to get on a much more consistent pattern without having to bury ourselves in cover.

High rising water is much more difficult in early Spring when bass are moving up in the prespawn. After the spawn its much easier to simply target the off shore bass. Whether the water stays clear or turns to mud, the fish will typically stay positioned the same way they were before the flooding began. Below is a breakdown of the baits and gear that we were using to catch fish on Tenkiller Lake.


Jackall Gantarel:

Keitech 4.3" Swimbait (Electric Shad):

Keitech 3.8" Swimbait (Crystal Shad):


Matt Allen Swimbait Head 3/8 oz:

Stefan Guppy Head 1/4 oz:

Matt's Keitech Combo...

Rod- G Loomis GLX 844C MBR:

Reel- Shimano Curado 200K HG:

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin:

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Ultra Clear Water Fishing For BIG Bass!

Have you seen water this clear? Tim found schools of giant bass and panfish holding on current seams in fast moving water. He's sight fishing them as they feed in the current. If you've ever seen water this clear you know how intimidating it can be but by adapting your equipment and carefully selecting the right bait you can catch some truly GIANT fish. The best part of all is you get to watch them bite!

As Tim explains in the video the fish are holding on the seam between fast moving current and the eddies. He uses a 1/4 ounce Ned rig to get the bait down as quickly as possible then bumps it down the current toward the bass. The concept is very similar to back bouncing a bait for salmon or steelhead.

The key to fishing in water this clear is gear selection. Light fluorocarbon is essential as is a rod and reel that can withstand the screaming runs that these big smallmouth make in current. If your line is too heavy the fish refuse to bite, too light and you'll break off. The same goes for rods and reels. Too heavy, you'll break off every time but too light and you'll never gain control of the fish. Below is a breakdown of the tackle Tim was using to catch this awesome limit of bass!

The tackle...

Bait- Roboworm Ned Worm:

(TW Black Blue Pumpkin, Desert Craw)

Hook-Z Man LockZ HD Head 1/5 oz:

Ultrex Trolling Motor:

Rod/Reel Combo...

Rod- G Loomis Conquest 902S:

Reel- Shimano Stella 3000:

Line- Sunline SX1 Braid 12 lb:

Leader- Sniper Fluorocarbon 5 lb:

All-Around Combo...

Rod- Megabass Levante 2019 Whipsnake:

Reel- Ultegra 2500:

Line- 10 lb Power Pro:

Leader- 6 lb Sunline Sniper:

Budget Friendly Combo...

Rod- Dobyns Fury 7' Med Light:

Reel- Shimano Nasci 2500:

Line- 8 lb Sunline Sniper:


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