Summer Crankbaits For Big Bass on Lake Guntersville

We're on Lake Guntersville in Alabama today in search of big largemouth! We've got one day to figure it out so we have to eliminate water quickly as we try to locate the big bass this lake is famous for. Matt combines the power of mapping with an array of crankbaits and swimbaits to cover water quickly and efficiently and ultimately finds exactly what he's searching for. Come along...

The day starts off with a variety of baits on deck. Matt is throwing a squarebill crankbait, whopper plopper, frog, spinnerbait, keitech, gantarel, and deep crankbait just hoping to connect with a fish that can give him a clue what stage the bass are in. Any time you fish a new lake the first bite is key to the success of the entire day. Matt's first bite however came shallow and threw him a curveball that required a few hours to solve.

After probing the shallows with a variety of baits Matt returned to his original plan of fishing deep ledges and breaks in search of schooling bass. That decision turned the entire day around as Matt began loading the boat with fish! Below is a breakdown of the gear and equipment Matt used to find success on Guntersville in one day without any outside help.

The baits...

-River2Sea Biggie Poppa (TS Minnow):

-Hog Farmer 1/2 oz War Pig:

-Keitech 4.3 Swing Impact Fat (Electric Shad):

-Strike King 6XD Crankbait (Sexy Blue Back Herring):

-Azuma Z Boss 22 Crankbait (Grand Shad):

Deep Crankbait Setup...

Rod- Zodias 7'6" MH Glass:

Reel- Shimano Bantam MGL HG:

Line- Power Pro 20 lb Braid:

Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen:


-Humminbird Solix 12 G2:

-Humminbird Lakemaster Plus Digital Chart:

Rain Gear...

Jacket- Aftco Anhydrous 2.0:

Bibs- Aftco Anhydrous 2.0:

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Squarebill Crankbait Buyer's Guide - Top Baits For Every Season

The Buyer's Guide continues with a look at this year's best squarebill crankbaits. We start with our favorites and quickly branch into some of the hottest new baits of the year. Whether you're trying to fish ultra shallow, bounce the top of a ledge, or just gain confidence in shallow cranks, this video will help you simplify your fishing.

The purpose of the buyer's guide series is to make it easier for you and your loved ones to shop this holiday season. We keep these videos simple and focus on key baits that work from coast to coast. With all of the new crankbaits hitting the market every year its difficult for the average angler to keep up with the trends.

Below is a breakdown of our top confidence baits. We'll follow that up with a handful of new offerings that are worth checking and then wrap it up with our rods, reel, and terminal tackle selections.

Top Baits...

Lucky Craft 1.5 and 2.5 Squarebill:

Top colors: American Shad, Citrus Citrus, Gizzard Shad

River2Sea Biggie Poppa:

Top Colors: Cold Blooded, Abalone Shad, Gizzard Shad, TS Minnow

6th Sense Crush Squarebill:

Top Colors: 4K Shad, Bluegill Fire, Chrome Treuse Shad, Shad Scales

Lucky Craft Classical Leader:

Top Colors: Ayu, Craw, Wakasagi

Lucky Craft Moonsault:

Top Colors: Aurora Ghost Black, Ghost Minnow, Striped Shad, Wakasagi

Megabass Sonic Side:

Top Colors: MB Gizzard, PM Ghost Shiner, Secret Gill

Teckel Drunker:

Top Colors: Molting Craw, Phantom Green Craw, Phantom Red Craw

Strike King 1.5:

Top Colors: Clear Water Minnow, Sexy Shad, Summer Sexy Shad

Hook and Split Ring Upgrades...

Owner ST-56 Treble (Size 4):

Gamakatsu EWG Treble (Size 4):

Owner Hyperwire Size 3 Split Rings:

Favorite Squarebill Combo...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR:

Reel- Curado 150 DC HG:

Line- Assassin Fluorocarbon 12 lb:

Other Budget Friendly Squarebill Rods...

G Loomis E6X 845 CBR:

Dobyns Fury 7' Medium Heavy Cranking:

Shimano Curado 7' Medium Crankbait:


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Squarebill Crankbaits For Shallow Docks

Matt is out on Clearlake with the new boat for the first time and the fish are biting! Come along as he puts the pieces together, searching for the balance between active shallow fish and larger, more lethargic deep water bass.

Matt found his best success using two squarebill crankbaits. The first was a silent Lucky Craft, the later was a rattling 6th Sense. By using both he was able to fine tune what the bass were keying on and by day's end the bites were coming one after another.

The Baits...

Lucky Craft 1.5 Squarebill (American Shad):

6th Sense Crush 50 (Chrome Treuse Shad):

Ned Worm- Finesse T.R.D. (Green Pumpkin Goby):

Ned Head- Lockz HD:

Matt's Squarebill Combo...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR:

Reel- Aldebaran 50 MGL (7:1 Ratio):

Line- Assassin Fluorocarbon 12 lb:

Matt's Ned Combo...

Rod- G Loomis GLX 852S JWR:

Reel- Exsence 3000:

Line- 10 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro:

Leader- 8 lb Maxima Ultragreen:


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Crankbait Tricks For Early Fall Bass

The Fall transition is Crankbait season! Get prepared so you're not left behind this year. The change from Summer to Fall patterns happens like the flip of a switch and the bass start feeding heavily on baitfish. Whether going shallow or deep there is a crankbait that will help you get more bites. 

We break these Fall transition fish into two categories. Some push baitfish shallow and will be targeted with Squarebills. Others follow the bait out deep and will be targeted with deep diving crankbaits. Both groups are easily catchable if you know what to look for and which baits to use. 

Tim's Shallow Arsenal is broken down by very specific depth ranges. When targeting bass in the shallows there isn't a single square bill that does it all, at least not if you want to maximize your time on the water. Here are Tim's preferred baits.

0-1 foot divers...
Strike King SHALLOW 1.5:
Evergreen CH-1:
Mann's 1-Minus:

1-3 foot divers...
Strike King 1.0:
Lucky Craft 1.5:
6th Sense Crush 50X:

3-5 foot divers...
6th Sense Crush 100X:
River2Sea Biggie:
Lucky Craft 2.5:
Luhr Jensen Speed Trap:
Megabass S-Crank:

Matt's Deep baits are broken down by diving depth as well but not nearly to the extent as the shallow baits. Matt typically has 1-2 baits that overlap per depth range. 

Strike King 10XD Crankbait -
Strike King Pro Model 6XD Crankbaits -
6th Sense Crush 300DD Crankbaits -
Norman DD22:
River2Sea Goon:

Tim's Squarebill Setup...
Rod- G Loomis 845 CBR:
Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL:
Line- 20 lb Maxcuatro:
Leader- Sunline fluoro 15 lb:

Matt's Deep Crank Setup...
Rod- Shimano Zodias 7'6" Glass:
Reel- Shimano Curado 200K 6:1 Ratio:
Line- 20 lb Sufix 832 Braid:
Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Crankbait Storage...
Plano Deep Waterproof Box:
Bass Mafia Deep Waterproof Box:

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