Summer Ledge Fishing - Crankbaits, Underspins, and Hair Jigs

Today we're on Pickwick Lake looking for Summer bass on offshore ledges and breaks. This time of year the bass stack up on the edges around current and can be caught on a variety of power fishing techniques. We found an aggressive school in 20-25 feet of water and had a great time figuring out which baits they would eat.

The fish we located today were in a giant school. They gathered in the confluence if two river arms and were feeding aggressively on shad and other baitfish that came down the current. We used a 3-part method to catch these fish. We started out with a deep crankbait to fire up the school then switched to a hair jig and a heavy underspin to keep the fish's interest once the initial flurry was over.

Ledge fishing is an awesome way to catch a bunch of bass in a hurry. Its also an amazing opportunity to catch BIG bass in the middle of Summer. If your local lake has current in the Summer, you have fish that back out to the outside structures, ledges, and breaks. This fishing style will work on your lake and you might be amazed how big of bass you can catch in the heat of the day.

Below is a breakdown of the baits and equipment we used to catch the fish in today's video. We also included a few color recommendations to make it easier for you to apply the techniques to your local lakes.

The baits...

-6th Sense Cloud 9 C20:

(Wild Shad, Platinum Citrus, Sexified Chartreuse Shad, Shad Fantasy)

-Strike King 6XD:

(Sexy Shad, Turtle Shad, Chartreuse Sexy Shad, Sexy Blue Back Herring, Powder Blue)

-Picasso Hair Jig 1 oz:

(Bling Shad, White)

-Blade Runner 1 oz SpinTrix Underspin:

(Anchovy, Black Shad, Grey Shad, Pearl)

-Keitech 4.8 Fat Swing Impact Swimbait:

(Pro Blue Red Pearl, Ghost Rainbow, Electric Shad, Gizzard Shad)

Upgraded Crankbait Hardware...

-Hooks- Gamakatsu EWG Size 2:

-Split Rings- Owner Hyperwire Size 4:

Crankbait Combo...

Rod- Zodias 7'6" MH Glass:

Reel- Curado 200K:

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin:

Jig Combo...

Rod- Expride 7'7" Heavy:

Reel- Curado 150 DC HG:

Line- 50 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- 20 lb Maxima Ultragreen:


-Humminbird Solix 15 G2:

-Map Card- Lakemaster Plus Digital:

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Rigging Soft Swimbaits and Paddle Tails For Spring Bass Fishing

These tricks will save you time and money the next time you throw a swimbait! We're covering when to throw an underspin, when a hollow belly is better than a paddle tail, and how to quit wasting so many keitechs! If you want to catch a swimbait fish this Spring, this is the video for you.

We cover basic rigging with weedless swimbait heads like the Owner Beast as well as traditional rigging with the Matt Allen swimbait head. Next we discuss the best underspins for a variety of circumstances and last we take it a step further and cover how to make your own underspins on the fly.

Below is a breakdown of all the swimbaits, swimbait heads, underspins, and terminal tackle discussed in the video.

Preferred Swimbaits...

-Basstrix 6" Swimbait:

-True Bass 5.5" Swimbait:

-Strike King Rage Swimmer:

-Scottsboro Swimbait:

-Keitech Fat Swing Impact:

-Keitech Easy Shiner:

Unique Heads For Finesse Swimbaits...

-Owner Flashy Swimmer 1/0:

-Megabass Okashira Screw Head:

-Fish Arrow Wheel Head:

Swimbait Heads...

-Matt Allen Swimbait Head:

-Owner Beast Hook 4/0 and 1/8 oz:


-Hog Farmer War Pig Underspin:

-Fish Head Hammer Spin:

-Blade Runner Spintrix:

-Owner Flashy Swimmer:

Underspin Components...

Owner CPS Spring (Large Size):

Pro Point Underspin Blades:

Khan Baits Easy Spin:

Larger Swimbait Rigging...

-Gambler 7/0 Duz It Hook:

(Best Fit For 5.8 Keitech)

-Owner Beast Hook 8/0:

(Best Fit For 6.8 Keitech)

-Matt Allen Swimbait Head 3/4 oz:

Related Videos...

Tim's Finesse Swimbait Video:

Make Your Own Underspin Video:


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Bass Fishing: Swimbait Vs. Underspin Challenge

Today we go head to head with a weedless swimbait and an underspin! Matt is throwing a Beast Hook paired with a variety of paddle tail swimbaits while Tim is using a Flashy Swimmer weedless underspin. Which one will catch the most? Which one will catch the biggest bass? Come along for the fun and a BIG catch!

Both hook styles can be incredibly effective. The Beast Hook has a deep gap, resulting in an amazing hook up ratio. The gap also allows the hook to pair with a variety of baits. The Flashy Swimmer has a narrower gap but is offered in heavier weights and includes a fish attracting blade. The flashy swimmer has incredible drawing power for its size and is a great option around baitfish.

Today the fish were clearly favoring the Beast hook. The natural presentation proved irresistible to fish of all sizes. Below is a break down of the hooks, baits, and tackle we were using.

The hooks...

Beast Hook 4/0 with 1/8 oz:

Flashy Swimmer 5/0 with 1/4 oz:

The baits...

Keitech 4.8 Fat Swing Impact:

Reaction Innovations Skinny Dipper:

Strike King 4.75 Rage Swimmer:

Little Creeper Trash Fish:

Tim's Combo...

Rod- G Loomis GLX 894 JWR:

Reel- Curado DC HG:

Line- 40 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro:

Leader- 18 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Matt's Combo...

Rod- Shimano Expride 7'2" Heavy:

Reel- Metanium DC HG:

Line- 50 lb MaxCuatro Braid:

Leader- 18 lb Maxima Ultragreen:


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3 Underspin Tricks You Haven't Tried!

Making the perfect underspin is easy! There are some awesome products on the market now that let you convert any hook, swimbait head, or jighead into an underspin. You can modify baits, change hooks, weights, blade sizes, and more, and it only takes a few seconds.

Bass love chasing baitfish in the Fall and the underspin is a great way to target those fish. Unfortunately no two lakes are the same so one day you might be fishing in 2 feet around grass and the next day find yourself in 25 feet on a flat. With these simple baits and hooks you can quickly adapt to changing conditions.

Below you'll find a breakdown of the the individual items and tackle Matt discussed in the video. Farther down you'll find his recommendations for making your own "UnderSpin Kit" to store in the boat so you can easily adapt to changing conditions when the need arises.

Our Preferred Underspins...

Blade Runner Underspin:

Owner Flashy Swimmer:

Hog Farmer Baits War Pig:

Cool Baits Underspin:

Underspin Parts...

Owner CPS Springs (Medium):

Khan Baits Easy Spin:

Pro Point Lures Underspin Blades:

Decoy Versatile Keeper:

Hook Selection...

Matt Allen Swimbait Head:

Owner 4/0 Beast Hook:

Owner Jungle Wide Gap Hook:

Gamakatsu 6/0 Superline EWG Hook:

The Baits...

Keitech 4.8" Fat Swing Impact:

Scottsboro Tackle Swimbait:

Matt's Kit Recommendations...

-Plano Pro Latch 3500 Box:

-1/8 oz Easy Spin (Silver)

-1/8 oz Easy Spin (Gold)

-3/8 oz Easy Spin (Silver)

-Weightless Easy Spin (Silver)

-Pro Point Lures Silver Blades

-Decoy Medium Versatile Keeper (Holds Blades in place)

-Owner Medium CPS Spring


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