Cross Country Fishing Trip (22 States) - Update!

We've been on the road for over a month and made it all the way to Alabama! If you've been following along you already know we've stopped at some amazing lakes and caught some beautiful fish! Truth is, we're just getting started and the best is yet to come. We're turning North and there are some huge Largemouth, Smallmouth, and some bonus species ahead!

Our goal for 2019 is to bring TacticalBassin to you. We vowed in January to get on the road and visit as many of you as possible. We haven't taken that goal lightly, fishing in 23 states and 2 countries thus far in 2019. Though we've now arrived home from our cross country trip there are many more videos coming. Keep an eye out for famous fisheries like Lake Chickamauga, Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, and more!

We also promised to give you the top 10 baits from this trip. Some of these lures are from videos you've already seen, others haven't made an appearance yet. In no particular order, these were the most influential baits of our 2019 cross country trip.

The Top Baits…

-Mattlures Gizzard Shad Swimbait:

-River2Sea Biggie Squarebill:

-Jackall Gantarel Swimbait:

-Jackall TN-70 Lipless Crankbait:

-Keitech Fat Swing Impact Swimbait:

-Azuma Z Boss 22 Crankbait:

-Strike King 6XD Crankbait:

-Megabass Okashira Screw Head:

-Roboworm Fat 4" Straight Tail Worm:

-River2Sea Bling Spinnerbait:

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Best Gear For Fishing A New Lake

How Do you pack for a lake you've never been to? What gear are you going to need? How much tackle should you carry? How much is too much? Do you need anything special? Today Tim answers all these questions by taking you along for a tour of the gear he packed for his trip to Michigan.

Preparing for "anything" that a new lake can throw your way is very challenging. If you specifically select baits that have multiple uses it is much easier to be prepared for varying conditions. From clean water to murky, from a topwater bite to ledge fishing, you can get away with less tackle than you might expect.

Below is a break down of all the gear Tim took to Michigan to chase Smallmouth on lakes he'd never seen before. They're broken into Finesse/Spinning Gear and Reaction/Casting Gear.


Dropshot #1- Strike King Half Shell:

Dropshot #2- Strike King Dream Shot:

Dropshot #3- Roboworm 6" Worm:

Ned Rig- Z Man TRD:

Ned Rig Head- Z Man LockZ HD:

Neko Rig- Kut Tail Worm:

Neko Rig- Tungsten Nail Weight:

Finesse Tube: Dry Creek 3.5" Tube:

Swimbait- Keitech 2.8":

Swimbait- 1/8 oz Guppy Head:

Spy Bait - Duo Realis Spinbait 80:

Hair Jig- Feider Fly:

Yamamoto 5" Senko:


Megabass Deep Six:

Lucky Craft LV-500 Lipless:

Jackall TN-70 Lipless:

Damiki Vault Blade:

River2Sea Biggie Squarebill:

Norman Deep Little N:

Blade Runner 1 3/4 oz Spoon:


Swimbait- Keitech 4.3 Fat:

Swimbait- 6" Trash Fish:

Swimbait- S Waver 168:


Bubble Popper:

Rio Rico:

Reaction Innovations Vixen:

River2Sea Rover:

River2Sea Bubble Walker:

Whopper Plopper:

Evergreen Shower Blows:

Rod/Reel Combos...

Drop Shot - NRX 822 DSR -

Hair Jig / Spybait - Daiwa Tatula Elite AGS Spin Rod 7'6" ML -

All purpose spinning - NRX 852S JWR -

Deep Crank Setup

IMX Pro Crank Rod 7'6" Med Hvy 906 CBR -

Shimano Chronarch 150 MGL -

15lb Seaguar AbrazX Fluorocarbon Line -

Swimbait Setup

G. Loomis GLX Casting Rod 7'5" Heavy 894C JWR -

Shimano Metanium -

Glide Bait Setup

G. Loomis GLX Casting Rod 7'5" Heavy 894C JWR -

Shimano Curado 200K -


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