Amazing Underwater Bass Fishing Footage of Tim Catching a BIG Spotted Bass!

Let's head underwater to watch as Tim fishes for a BIG Spotted Bass with a variety of baits and talks us through what is happening! Want to learn how to catch these big bass? Watching bass behavior underwater is the fastest way to become a better fisherman.

Time on the water has always been the most efficient way to become a great angler. Now that we can head underwater with a GoPro and actually watch the fish's movements and behavioral patterns the time involved in becoming a great angler is shorter than ever before! These videos are more than entertainment. They're a first hand look at the mannerisms that we can't see from the surface.

This particular fish is actually a bed fish. This is a giant female Spotted Bass and she's ready to defend her nest at all costs. Watch how the behavior changes from one bait to the next as she works aggressively to push and carry them away from the bed before finally consuming the baits to stop them. Bed fish of any species can be very aggressive but even in this situation, nothing compares to a Spot.

Tim uses 3 different baits to approach this Spotted Bass...

2.8 Keitech:

Revenge Dart Hedz:

Dirty Jigs Football Jig (Supermat Brown):

Yamamoto Double Tail Grub:

6" Osprey Tournament Talon (Reverse Hitch):


Need the gear to throw these baits? Here is what Tim was fishing with for this bass:

Keitech Combo...

Rod- Dobyns 742 Spinning Rod:

Reel- Daiwa Certate Spinning Reel:

Line- Sunline 6 lb:


Jig Combo...

Rod- GLX 893C:

Reel- Shimano Aldebaran 50:

Line- 50 lb Sufix 832:

Leader- 15 lb Assassin:


Osprey Swimbait Combo...

Rod- 7'6” Expride Heavy:

Reel- Chronarch MGL 150:

Line- 65 lb Sufix 832:

Leader- 25 lb Sunline Assassin:


Tim's Sunglasses for Sight Fishing- Eye Surrender:

Camera Used- GoPro Hero5:


Spotted bass are amazing predators. They're smarter than largemouth and stronger than smallmouth. What they lack in size they make up for in aggression and in recent years, giant spotted bass have began dominating fisheries across the country, especially lakes like Bullards Bar, Lake Berryessa, Lake Shasta, and Lake Oroville. If you have the opportunity to experience Spotted Bass fishing you need to take the time to try it!

Underwater Footage | Big Spotted Bass Crushing Swimbaits and Jigs!

This Spotted Bass is ready to fight! We positioned a camera below the surface to catch the drama as it unfolds. The bass repeatedly goes on the attack! It viciously eats swimbaits and jigs without abandon. Spotted Bass are amazing predators. They're more aggressive than largemouth and more powerful than smallmouth. This bass is a perfect example of Spotted Bass aggression! 

In case you're wondering, this bass is spawning. Its a 3-4 lb male and is defending its bed. You'll notice though that where a largemouth will sit on its bed and a smallmouth will spin around in circles, a Spotted Bass will actually go on the offense. It rises toward the surface to meet its foe and will not stop until the job is done. 

Baits In This Video...

6" Osprey Tournament Talon (Reverse Hitch):

Dirty Jigs Football Jig (Supermat Brown):
Yamamoto Double Tail Grub:

Dirty Jigs Clausen Compact Pitchin Jig:
Sweet Beaver 420:

Matt Allen Swimbait Head:
Skinny Dipper Swimbait:

Revenge Darter Hedz:
Keitech Fat Swing Impact:

Osprey Swimbait Combo...
Rod- Dobyns 806H Champion: 
Reel- Shimano Tranx 300:
Line- 80 lb Sufix 832:
Leader- 25 lb Assassin:

Jig Combo...
Rod- GLX 893C:
Reel- Curado 70:
Line- 50 lb Sufix 832:
Leader- 15 lb Assassin:

Small Swimbait Combo...
Rod- Zodias 6'10" Medium:
Reel- Chronarch MGL 150:
Line- Sufix 832 20 lb:
Leader- 10 lb Assassin:

Its amazing what can be learned from watching underwater bass fishing. Leave a comment and tell us what you learned from this underwater video. 

Crazy Underwater Video!! | Freediving With World Record Bass!

We teamed up with world renowned freediver, Paul Young, to get footage of the World's biggest Spotted Bass in their natural habitat! Watch and learn as we study these schools of fish.


Its amazing to think that you can literally dive underwater and come face to face with spotted bass that are bigger than the world record bass. They're down there, they just haven't been caught yet! 

Huge Thanks to Paul for sharing this amazing underwater fishing video with us! If you'd like to follow Paul's exploits you can see him here:

Want to shoot your own underwater video? Here's what you'll need:

The Camera:
The Housing:
The Filter:

Getting to watch underwater video like this is an amazing way to learn about bass behavior. Whether your lake has spotted bass, largemouth bass, or smallmouth bass it really doesn't matter. The behavior patterns are similar enough that you can gleen knowledge by watching these fish in their natural habitat. 

We were fascinated to see the giant bass breaking away from the schools and using shadows from cover, trees, grass, etc. to conceal themselves. We can definitely put that to work the next time we're trying to figure out where to fish! 

World Record Spotted Bass | The Story You Never Heard

On January 12th, 2015 Tim Little caught the All-Tackle World Record Spotted Bass. But have you ever wondered what went in to catching that fish? Ever wanted to catch one yourself? Listen to the story of this amazing catch and get the information you need so you're prepared when its your turn to hold a world record bass. 

The day started like any other on Bullards Bar Reservoir but really, the story started long before. We have to go back in time to really understand what lead up to this amazing catch!

Make sure you're prepared for your catch with the items below:

Certifiable Scale:
Trophy Net:
Measuring Board:
Fluorocarbon Line:
IGFA World Record Packet:

We've been very blessed to catch these magnum spotted bass as well as to have the platform to share the experience with you. Thank you so much for listening and supporting Tacticalbassin!