Adapting Swimbaits and Crankbaits To Changing Conditions and Giant Smallmouth

We're on an epic school of Smallmouth when the conditions start changing. We were catching them up to 7 lbs but when temperatures began to drop and flows diminished the fish shut down. What do you do now?

Watch how we adapt to the changing conditions by transitioning to heavier weights, deeper diving crankbaits, and a variety of other baits to continue catching the bass in this crazy video!

We had an awesome time catching these big smallmouth but the story is really about how we were able to continue catching fish as the conditions changed radically. Below is a break down of the equipment we were fishing with. 

What were we using? 

Matt Allen Swimbait Head: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN
Keitech 4.8” Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v
6” Basstrix Paddletail Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2aiy7SR
Megabass Deep X 300 Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2sSQHpt
Strike King 6 XD Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2ery44M
Neko Worm: http://bit.ly/2o2O3LG
3 1/2" Tube: http://bit.ly/2cJwI6r
1/2 oz. Finesse Football Jig: http://bit.ly/2d2apsm
Yamamoto Double Tail Grub: http://bit.ly/2db9w1p

Matt's Crankbait Setup...
Rod- Shimano Zodias 7'6” Glass: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe
Reel- Shimano Aldebaran 50: http://bit.ly/2fdX1Uy
Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm
Hooks- Megabass Katsuage: http://bit.ly/2r9lUmI

Tim's Swimbait Setup...
Rod- G Loomis NRX 7'5" XH: http://bit.ly/2hedqsq
Reel- Shimano Antares: http://bit.ly/2ha2zNI
Line- 50 lb Sufix 832 Braid: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji
Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Reasonably Priced Swimbait combo for the average angler...
Rod- Shimano Zodias 7'2" Heavy: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe
Reel- Shimano Curado 70: http://bit.ly/2apmDJt
Line- 50 lb Sufix 832 Braid: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji
Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Our favorite life jacket: http://bit.ly/2odXXIP
Our favorite sunglasses: http://bit.ly/2glE3eN
Hero5 GoPro Camera: http://bit.ly/2iwZqqU
Brecknell Scale: http://bit.ly/2f7QgQ9
Promar Net: http://bit.ly/2dh9xQP


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Bass Fishing For GIANT Smallmouth | Swimbaits, Crankbaits and 100 Mile Runs!

100 miles through floating debris fields, 44 degree temps, but the Smallmouth were chewing! Tim caught his 7 lber the evening before so no matter what was in front of us we were going to make it back for more!

The smallmouth were sitting on current seams and ledges in 5 to 18 feet of water. We used a combination of swimbaits and crankbaits to trigger the schools into feeding and then the slugfest began! This was one of the most viscious feeding sessions we've ever seen with smallmouth bass.

What were we using?

Matt Allen Swimbait Head: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN

Keitech 4.8” Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

6” Basstrix Paddletail Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2aiy7SR

Megabass Deep X 300 Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2sSQHpt

Strike King 6 XD Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2ery44M

 

Matt's Crankbait Setup...

Rod- Shimano Zodias 7'6” Glass: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe

Reel- Shimano Aldebaran 50: http://bit.ly/2fdX1Uy

Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Hooks- Megabass Katsuage: http://bit.ly/2r9lUmI

 

Tim's Swimbait Setup...

Rod- G Loomis NRX 7'5" XH: http://bit.ly/2hedqsq

Reel- Shimano Antares: http://bit.ly/2ha2zNI

Line- 50 lb Sufix 832 Braid: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji

Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

 

Reasonably Priced Swimbait combo for the average angler...

Rod- Shimano Zodias 7'2" Heavy: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe

Reel- Shimano Curado 70: http://bit.ly/2apmDJt

Line- 50 lb Sufix 832 Braid: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji

Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

 

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Music Credit - Pete Wilson @ www.northcoastsoundsystem.com 

New Personal Best!! Tim Caught A Monster!!

7 lb Smallmouth! Tim's shattered his personal record with this new PB bass! He was throwing a small swimbait in frigid water when the monster bass bit. Check it out!

Tim used the Matt Allen swimbait head paired with a keitech to create a unique rocking action that these bass had never seen before. We were getting bit on nearly every cast when the big one made her mistake. Smallmouth, like most bass, are prone to schooling. By triggering the smaller bass we were able to fire up the school and get this giant to make a mistake. 

What an amazing fish! Huge congrats to Tim on the new personal best bass! 

Keitech 4.8 Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v
Matt Allen Swimbait Head 1/4 oz: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN

Tim's Equipment... 
Rod- G Loomis NRX 7'5" XH: http://bit.ly/2hedqsq
Reel- Shimano Antares: http://bit.ly/2ha2zNI
Line- 50 lb Sufix 832 Braid: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji
Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Reasonably Priced Combo for the average angler...
Rod- Shimano Zodias 7'2" Heavy: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe
Reel- Shimano Curado 70: http://bit.ly/2apmDJt
Line- 50 lb Sufix 832 Braid: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji
Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Our favorite life jacket: http://bit.ly/2odXXIP
Our favorite sunglasses: http://bit.ly/2glE3eN
Camera: http://bit.ly/2iwZqqU
Scale: http://bit.ly/2f7QgQ9

Smallmouth bass are amazing predators. They thrive across the country in cold and warm water alike. These bronzebacks are incredible fighters and feed aggressively, even in the coldest of water. Keep an eye on the channel as there is an entire series of smallmouth videos coming soon!

Alabama Rigs... Step By Step How to Trigger Big Bites

So What's new with A-rigs? Countless bass fishing videos have proven that big bass eat Alabama Rigs but what seperates you from all the others? We're doing this video to discuss what has changed and to teach you the fine details that will make you more effective so you know how to catch big bass this Winter!

Tim explains the specifics of his gear and baits that he uses to catch bass with the Alabama rig. The key is TRIGGERING the bigger fish into biting. Follow Tim's tips to load the boat this Winter! 

Gear Shown In the video...

Light Wire Rig: http://bit.ly/2cq4pJQ
Standard Wire Rig: http://bit.ly/2g2TCHr
Bladed Rig: http://bit.ly/2bgDGNu
Finesse Rig: http://bit.ly/2j6F1Nz

Matt Allen Swimbait Head: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN
Finesse Swimbait Head: http://bit.ly/2jhuhcm

Keitech Fat Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v
Keitech Easy Shiner: http://bit.ly/2bxJK6H
Reaction Innovations Skinny Dipper: http://bit.ly/2bf1uEn

Owner Hyperwire Split Ring (Size 3): http://bit.ly/2aTH3f1
Owner CPS Spring (Size Medium): http://bit.ly/2b2YgDf

Finesse A-Rig Setup...
Rod- Shimano Zodias 7'2" medium: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe
Reel- Casitas 150: http://bit.ly/2geKxsp
Line- 20 lb: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 15 lb: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Standard A-Rig Setup...
Rod- 7'8" 4 power: http://bit.ly/2ab2kRX
Reel- Curado 200: http://bit.ly/2acRpsK
Line- 65 lb: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 20 lb: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Camera Used: http://bit.ly/2dBKx8O
Net Used: http://bit.ly/2dh9xQP

Matt's Video on how to properly rig A-Rigs: https://youtu.be/jRcUYAZ8_E0