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Post Spawn is the MOST DIFFICULT time of the year to consistently locate bass but not with these tips! Tim explains the bass' movement back to deep water as well as up into the shallows. 

The biggest mistake anglers make this time of year is targeting the shallow bass or the deep bass instead of targeting BOTH. If you can locate both groups and learn to predict their future movements, you'll consistently catch bass all the way through Fall. 

Where Do Bass Go After They Spawn? (And How To Catch Them) - YouTube

Shallow bass are much more cover oriented than deep bass and typically do not roam far. Deep bass tend to gather in schools but move rapidly from place to place in search of food. Finding the "sweet spots" where ideal cover is present on ideal structure with a food source is all it takes. Once you've located one of these areas you're set! If the food moves the bass will follow but by understanding the need for deep water access on main lake structure with cover present you can quickly relocate them. 

Below are a list of our favorite baits for both deep and shallow fishing from the post spawn through the summer months. 

DEEP Baits...

Strike King 10XD - http://bit.ly/2gHT4F0
Storm Arashi Deep Crankbaits - http://bit.ly/2IJc1s4
Berkley Dredger Deep Crankbaits - http://bit.ly/2I8xOcA
Magnum Flutter Spoon 8" - http://bit.ly/2ImXDlW
Strike King Bullworm OPT 8"- http://bit.ly/2Iqhy3w
Dirty Jigs Magnum Stand Up Head - http://bit.ly/2apouhn

SHALLOW Baits...

R2S Bully Wa II Frog (Little Allen Color) - http://bit.ly/2axyR2a 
Zorro Baits HeadKnocker Buzzbait (Black or White): http://bit.ly/2d4VpK1
R2S Trash bomb Tungsten Punch Weight - http://bit.ly/2bHj2pB
Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver (Green Pumpkin): http://bit.ly/29W3RZW
Whopper Plopper 130 (Monkey Butt or Loon): http://bit.ly/2a7ipHL

The Equipment Tim used to show the mapping...

Humminbird Solix 15 Sonar-  http://bit.ly/2pAkXr2
Lakemaster Autochart - http://bit.ly/2unEs8y

Our favorite All-Around combo for both deep and shallow fishing if we could only choose one...
Rod- Zodias 7'5" Heavy Rod: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe
Reel- Curado 200K 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Line- 65 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 20 lb Maxima ultra green: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Great All-Around BUDGET Combo...
Rod- Dobyns Fury 7'6" medium Heavy: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV
Reel- Casitas 150: http://bit.ly/2geKxsp
Line- 20 lb AbrazX: http://bit.ly/2aaBBDX
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Why is the Senko so good?! What makes it work EVERYWHERE? Here's what you need to know about rigging for different conditions and applications. 

How To Rig A Senko: Unique Tricks From Beginner to Advanced - YouTube

This bait can be used in virtually every situation a bass fisherman will face. Its phenomenal as a finesse bait with 4 lb test but its just as good on heavy braid and a flippin stick!

Tim's Favorite Ways to Rig a Senko and the gear you'll need is broken down below.

The Original Senko in 4"-7": http://bit.ly/2axAmNS

1) Texas Rigged Weightless...

Hook for 5"- Gamakatsu EWG 3/0: http://bit.ly/2d07gvp
Hook for 6" Gamakatsu EWG SUPERLINE 4/0: http://bit.ly/2ac92XG

2) Wacky Rigged Weightless...

Hook for 5"- Owner Mosquito Size 1: http://bit.ly/2fqYFCR
Hook for 6"- Owner Mosquito Size 2/0: http://bit.ly/2fqYFCR
Wacky Saddle: http://bit.ly/2xnYcJo

3) Neko Rigging...
Wacky Rig Tool: http://bit.ly/2wtX7M8
Spare O-Rings: http://bit.ly/2h5MhX2
Tungsten Nail Weight: http://bit.ly/2iGNSFW
Hook for 5"- Owner Mosquito Size 1: http://bit.ly/2fqYFCR
Hook for 6"- Owner Mosquito Size 2/0: http://bit.ly/2fqYFCR

4) Weighted Texas Rig...
Light Flippin: 3/16 oz Tungsten Weight: http://bit.ly/2bo4NZf
Heavy Punching: 1 1/2 oz Tungsten Weight: http://bit.ly/2bo4NZf
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CRAZIEST FIGHT EVER! Two Stripers weighing a combined 55 lbs both smashed glide baits at the same time! The amount of power these fish had was incredible! Come along for the ride!

DOUBLE HOOKUP on BIG SWIMBAITS!!! - YouTube

Even guys that don't like fishing for Striped Bass know how hard they can pull. There is no denying the torque these fish can put on your equipment! Add in some current and you better hold on tight! These two monsters bit back to back on glide baits and went ballistic!

 Here is the equipment the guy's used to tame the fish...

Matt's Setup...

Swimbait- Baitsanity Explorer Glide Trout: http://bit.ly/2DcI1yM

Rod- G Loomis 966 SWBR: http://bit.ly/2x9kxuS
Reel- Tranx 300 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2kYsvRw
Main Line- 80 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 30 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Shawn's Setup...

Swimbait- S-Waver 200 Rainbow Trout: http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh

Rod- Okuma Guide Select 7'11" XXH: http://bit.ly/2o8bAfc
Reel- Komodo SS 6:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2KpCuc9
Line- 80 lb Sufix 832: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji
Leader- Big Game Clear (50 lb): http://bit.ly/2vZGjSb

Upgraded Hardware on both baits...
Split Rings- Owner Hyperwire Size 7: http://bit.ly/2aTH3f1
Front Hooks- ST-66 Treble Size 1/0: http://bit.ly/2JHo3z3
Rear Hooks- Owner ST-56 Treble Size 1/0: http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW
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Spring is a great time to try new lures! We try as many as we possibly can and this handful made the cut after months of testing and experimentation. 

Hardbaits, Softbaits, and more... Spring Gear Review! - YouTube

If you're looking to try something different this Spring, these are all excellent choices. From swimbaits to finesse baits to deep cranks, you're going to like these picks! Here are our thoughts on them...

Megabass Hazedong Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2CIwgzt 
Tight Kicking swimbait for an ultra finesse presentation. Works extremely well when slow fishing. 

Damiki Armor Shad: http://bit.ly/2KtPDAT
Action lands between the Keitech 2.8 and Hazedong. Ultra versatile and a great alternative if your fish are seeing a lot of anglers throwing the 2.8

Dredger 22.5 Deep Crank: http://bit.ly/2I8xOcA
This Berkley bait goes extremely deep for its size. If you're looking for a bait that dives into similar depths as the 10XD but with half the size, this is the one for you! It also has a unique high-pitch rattle sound that works extremely well. 

IMX Pro Crankbait 906 CBR Rod: http://bit.ly/2og0BmK
This rod is great for mid to full size Crankbaits. Virtually anything diving in the 7-20 foot depth range can be thrown on this setup. 

Reaction Innovations Shiver Shot: http://bit.ly/2JCpY7S
The bait is a small swimbait profile but with a forked tail. It works great as a dropshot bait as well as a tiny fluke option. This bait is a must try!

Damiki Axe Blade: http://bit.ly/2w2uB9t
The Axe Blade is an incredibly versatile tail spinner. With an extra hook in the back this bait works really well for catching those fish that are just slapping at the bait. With a willow blade instead of a small Colorado its also a different sound and vibration profile than other tail spins. 
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No one wants to find out they've got cancer, especially when they're young! Matt faced some scary news earlier this year. We waited to share it with you until he got the all clear but the time has come to let you know how serious the sun gear/sunscreen issue really is. The Sun doesn't mess around, you need to take care of yourself!

Matt's Skin Cancer Operation + Sun Gear Tips - YouTube

If you're not wearing sun gear because it fogs up, we have a trick for you in this video! If you're not wearing it because it looks silly, get over it. Matt is 34 years old with a young family and wasn't expecting to find out that his cumulative sun damage had already developed to the point of minor surgery. 

If you're going to wear sunscreen be sure that you use a product with Zinc in it for maximum protection. The benefit of sun gear is that your skin is completely covered, being exposed to minimal doses of harmful rays. Take care of yourself, get checked, and get your family checked. Early detection can turn a potentially life threatening situation into a minor bump in the road. 

Below is a break down of the sun gear we use...

Masks...
Aftco Solido Sun Mask: http://bit.ly/2vgSsh4
Aftco Bass Sun Mask: http://bit.ly/2KqO7Qi

Shirts...
TacticalBassin Sun Shirt: Email tacticalbassinapparel@gmail.com
Aftco Fish Ninja Sun Shirt: http://bit.ly/2HFHJa9
Aftco Samurai Performance Sun Shirt: http://bit.ly/2vgTOst

SunGloves...
Simms Solar Flex Sun Glove: http://bit.ly/2rRYff7

Sun Pants...
Aftco Original Fishing Pants: http://bit.ly/2foDx10

Sunglasses...
Eye Surrender ESE Sunglasses: http://bit.ly/2glE3eN
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Got Wind? Got Murky Water? Don't worry! You can still catch those fish! We've talked in the past about how to target bed fish that you can't see at all by flipping likely cover. In this video we're talking about how to catch them when conditions get tough. 

How To Sight Fish When Its NOT EASY! - YouTube

We've all been in the situation where our plan is destroyed by weather. Either the wind picks up, or the water gets muddy, or visibility is lost due to cloud cover or algae, and we're left high and dry. When this happens most anglers simply quit sight fishing and move on to other patterns. Don't be that guy! 

If you're the only guy that can still sight fish during a "tough" day, you're going to be the guy that wins the tournament, or who gets that trophy fish you've been dreaming about. The key is to move quickly, look very thoroughly, and not get hung up on only targeting big bass. 

Good glasses are KEY during tough conditions! We've said this before and we'll say it again, spending a ton of money on glasses doesn't make them the best. If you haven't tried a set of Eye Surrenders in either Amber or Copper lenses, it will make a world of difference for you when the conditions get tough and you're trying to see into darker than normal water. Here are the glasses...

Eye Surrender ESE Sunglasses: http://bit.ly/2glE3eN

If you're in a tournament that is expecting 30 lbs and the conditions get tough, drop the expectation to 20 and just focus on catching. If they're expecting 20 lbs, drop to 12-15 lbs. By targeting slightly smaller fish you'll find that you become very consistent when everyone else is hitting rock bottom, just trying to catch tiny fish. 

This is the one time that we break our own rule and start using very bold lure colors. Whites, Chartreuses, and pinks are all great choices. Remember, this typically isn't the time for giant baits. Focus on smaller profiles that are easier to see so you can capitalize on ever opportunity that presents itself. Here are some of our favorites for those tough days...

Dropshot- Reaction Innovations Shiver Shot: http://bit.ly/2JCpY7S
(White Trash or Morning Dawn)

Texas Rig- Reaction Innovations Smallie Beaver: http://bit.ly/2dR6CkP
(White Trash)

Shaky Head- Strike King Fat Baby Finesse Worm: http://bit.ly/2jqIGEJ
(Fire Tiger, Morning Dawn)

Swimbait- Keitech 3.8 or 4.3: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v
(Male Perch, Sight Flash, Sun Gill)

Stick Bait- Yamamoto Senko 5": http://bit.ly/2axAmNS
(Chartreuse/Shad Laminate, Morning Dawn, Cream White)

The next time tough conditions present themselves don't back down. Move into the shallows, look as deep as you can, and be the guy that makes it happen instead of the guy talking about what could have been!
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Skipping docks and overhanging cover is easy with the right equipment! Tim shows the 4 combos and the baits he uses for dock fishing. From Senkos to swimbaits to jigs, this is the information you need to improve your dock fishing this year. 

Top Rod & Reel Combos For Dock Fishing! - YouTube

Tim covers the spectrum with 4 rods and can adapt to changing conditions on the fly. From giant bass suspended in the water column to small bucks at the base of pilings, Tim has a method for effectively targeting those fish. 

Combo #1: Weightless Worm...
Rod- G Loomis NRX 852: http://bit.ly/2dX9zjv
Rod #2- Loomis GLX 852: http://bit.ly/2A6HH3O
Modern Reel- Daiwa Exist 2500: http://bit.ly/2JCa79E
Line- 10 lb Power Pro Braid: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b
Leader- 6 lb Sniper Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju
Strike King Shim -E- Stick: http://bit.ly/2vXqewr
Yamamoto 5" Senko: http://bit.ly/2axAmNS
Wacky Saddle: http://bit.ly/2xnYcJo
Mosquito Hook (Size 1): http://bit.ly/2fqYFCR

Combo #2: Weighted Worm...
Rod- 6'10" Expride Medium Light: http://bit.ly/2osaj3q
Reel- Daiwa Tatula LT: http://bit.ly/2zrq4id
Line- 10 lb Power Pro: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b
Leader- 8 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm
6" Robo Straight Tail Worm: http://bit.ly/2asZyH3
Owner Block Head Jig: http://bit.ly/2qL0A8n

Combo #3: Glide Bait...
Rod- IMX Pro 904: http://bit.ly/2x9kxuS
Reel- Curado 200K 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Line- 65 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 18 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
S-Waver 168 (Bluegill or Light Trout): http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh
Gan Craft 178: http://bit.ly/2d5l48K

Combo #4: Soft Swimbait...
Rod- Dobyns Fury 795: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV
Reel- Shimano Cardiff 300: http://bit.ly/2cvhtMO
Line- 65 lb Power Pro: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b
Osprey 6" Tournament Talon: http://bit.ly/2bqsLS0
(TW Shad, Reverse Hitch, Bluegill)
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Are the Pros fooling you? Do they use one lure but tell you something else? Are they really using a single brand? Are you even getting real information? Have you ever wondered? Matt just dropped off his clients and decided to give you guys a look at the boat after a serious day of big bass hunting on Clearlake. 

Here's What We're REALLY Fishing With | No More Secrets! - YouTube

Its not what you'd expect! Its not all giant baits and secret lures. Of course there are swimbaits but there are also jerkbaits, jigs, and so much more. The key to consistently catching giant bass is adapting to changing conditions. The right baits play a key role in your success but knowing when and where to use them is even more important. 

Don't get caught up in all the hype and don't worry about secrets! Here are the baits Matt had tied on after an awesome day of catching big bass with his clients. 

Baits are shown in order of appearance...

Keitech 7.8 Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v
12/0 Beast Hook: http://bit.ly/2ancP66

5/8 oz Flippin Jig (Money Color): http://bit.ly/2aUtZsG
Jackall Archelon (School Bluegill Color): http://bit.ly/2uo4sN5

Yamamoto Cowboy (Watermelon Blk/Red Flake): http://bit.ly/2q7AI72
Dirty Jigs Magnum Stand Up Head: http://bit.ly/2apouhn

Reaction Innovations Shiver Shot (Morning Dawn): http://bit.ly/2JCpY7S
Trokar 1/0 Dropshot Hook: http://bit.ly/2ahxJOr

2.8 Keitech (Sight Flash): http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Storm Wild Eye Bluegill 3": http://bit.ly/2psTO6t

Mattlures Bluegill Hammer Tail: http://bit.ly/2FsZhA3

Huddleston 8" Trout: http://bit.ly/2azFTon

7/16 oz Casting Jig (Go To Color): http://bit.ly/2ayUXnE
Strike King Rage Chunk: http://bit.ly/2Hd4MFA

Strike King Half Shell: http://bit.ly/2iR9awm

Reaction Innovations Man Bear Pig: http://bit.ly/2s51oIV

Flash Pointer 100 and 115 Jerkbait (American Shad/ Ghost Pro Blue: http://bit.ly/2aHz588

Splash It Popper (Chartreuse Pearl Shad): http://bit.ly/2Fp8MQV

LV-500 Lipless (Ghost Minnow): http://bit.ly/2aAUUbd

6" Senko (Green Pumpkin): http://bit.ly/2axAmNS

S-Waver 168 Rainbow Trout: http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh

Dirty Jigs Guppy Head: http://bit.ly/2nyUJRS

We want you guys to know that we fish with the exact baits that we teach you about. We're not throwing anything you aren't throwing. These baits work and they work all over the country. Even when we travel we find ourselves turning to the same gear because its so consistent day after day. 

If you enjoyed this video let us know down in the comments and we'll do more videos like it. 
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Matt hits the water with a jerkbait and a small swimbait for a quick evening session. The plan was to return to a school of active bass blowing up on baitfish but that quickly changed. Watch as Matt adapts to the changing conditions and puts together a pattern that produces BIG bites. 

Jerkbaits Vs. Swimbaits : Which One Wins? - YouTube

Learning to read the water and adapt to changing conditions takes time. Having a solid knowledge of the fishery is a huge bonus but a willingness to change on the fly and try new baits is all that's really required. 

The jerkbait and swimbait are both proven producers throughout the Spring. When one is producing small bites the other will often produce larger fish. Don't be afraid to abandon your game plan when its not working and trying something completely different. You never know when you'll switch from catching little fish (or no fish) to having an awesome time on the water!

The baits... 
Lucky Craft Flash Pointer 115 (Crystal Pro Blue): http://bit.ly/2aHz588
3.8 Keitech (Pro Blue Red Pearl): http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v
Dirty Jigs Guppy Head (Blue Shad 1/4 with 3/0 Hook): http://bit.ly/2nyUJRS
Dirty Jigs Matt Allen Swimbait Head: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN

Swimbait and Jerkbait Setup...
Rod- Cashion 7'3" Medium Heavy: http://bit.ly/2He0r4X
Reel- Bantam MGL 150: http://bit.ly/2H44yjG
Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Dedicated Jerkbait Setup...
Rod- Shimano Zodias 6'10" Medium: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe
Reel- Shimano Curado 70 (7:1 Ratio): http://bit.ly/2apmDJt
Line- 12 lb Sunline Sniper: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju
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Stop wasting casts and scaring fish!  These tricks will change the way you approach docks, the casts you make, and the fish you will catch. Ever wondered how many fish are really under the docks? You're about to find out! 

Dock Fishing Made Easy - How To Catch EVERY Bass! - YouTube

Tim uses a handful of baits but his method is very simple. He approaches docks from the outside in, and darkest shadows to lightest shadows. He also treats shadows and shadow edges the same way he does a piece of hard cover. 

By mixing finesse and reaction baits and fishing the key cover pieces, you will effectively reach every single fish under the dock. These tricks work!  Stop making the easy casts, catching the small fish, and scaring the big ones. Use these tips to immediately improve your catch rates. 

The Baits Tim Used...
6" Straight Tail Roboworm: http://bit.ly/2asZyH3
Owner Block Head Jig 1/16 oz: http://bit.ly/2qL0A8n

5" Yamamoto Senko: http://bit.ly/2axAmNS
Wacky Saddle: http://bit.ly/2xnYcJo
Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap Hook 1/0: http://bit.ly/2aKGmHM

6" Osprey Tournament Talon Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2bqsLS0

River2Sea S-Waver: http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh

Tim's most universal dock fishing combo...
Rod- Shimano Zodias 7'10" Medium: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe
Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB
Line- Sunline Sniper 12 lb: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

Swimbait Combo In The Video... 
Rod- Dobyns Fury 795: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV
Reel- Shimano Cardiff 300: http://bit.ly/2cvhtMO
Line- 65 lb Power Pro: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b

Humminbird 360 Imaging: http://bit.ly/2K8jPl4
Humminbird Solix 15 Side Imaging Unit: http://bit.ly/2pAkXr2
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