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    Topwater Bass Tactics | Smallmouth Bass
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    Topwater Bass Tactics | Smallmouth Bass

    March 10, 2020


    chance when fishing bass structure is
    key especially if it’s adjacent to deeper water bass like deep water as it
    provides security from predators structure you should pay attention to on
    clear wilderness lakes are rocky shorelines shoals fallen trees weed beds
    beaver lodges or anything that will provide cover for ambushing prey Hawk
    Lake is blessed with an abundance of structure like this so you’re bashing or anything but he’s
    not taking it see you for us that’s a nice fish I could see him what he does
    he came over the rock I could see his dark shadow that’s oh yeah here we go so I gave it a couple quick pops and
    then let’s sit and he took it on the pause so he what I did was and the
    reason I do that Ted is I got taught that if you do the real quick pops and
    then let it sit it’s the I’m trying to get away but all sudden it pauses
    because it’s there’s something wrong with it and they are always looking for
    something in distress trunk just can’t get away oh what a quality fishery look
    at that pretty fish how could anybody not enjoy this oh look at that that’s a
    beautiful that’s so we’re using 10-pound tippet
    I’m using a nine-foot leader just with the poppers just get it away and I’m
    like using a tapered leader oh yeah when I’m using I don’t look at
    that Oh bring that tape Whitmore we’re using that wow we’re using a taper
    leader because I want to flip that popper you see right in the corner yeah
    just I just come over real easy there yeah you see just a little popper like
    that you have a nice sized fish just almost 18 I ain’t used to 10 under 18
    it’s beautiful fish beautiful fish right I’ll get him in here I’ll just bring
    them up on my hand this is the post spawn period with many
    large females that are hungry and feeding heavily they’re often cruising
    along rocky shorelines and hanging near drop-offs during this time of the year
    action can be literally non-stop that’s the big one it might be alright there
    Ted good job we just saw this I’m throwing a pike fly and I had a big big
    bass come in and fall and said to Ted oh yeah it’s me that’s nice fish and I
    hate to say it that’s a big fish that wasn’t the fish no but the one I saw it
    was six pounds oh yeah that’s eight fish okay okay I
    want to be bringing these fishing relatively quick that’s beautiful
    beautiful fish what’s just like four feet of water yeah all right headfirst my Tiki yeah that’s it well fish in a
    little tiny popper in the corner of the jaw here there you go see
    yellow on the bottom is the color today that’s working with these guys and it’s
    nice because the camera can see these on on the surface but it’s good for us as
    anglers to see it but yellow something dark there’s a light day we may go
    something light all right beautiful good job Ted pretty fish BAM
    oh yeah at hock Lake I use poppers to entice a
    small mode into vicious surface strikes when using poppers there’s a few key
    things to remember after you cast to a likely-looking spot such as fallen
    timber or a rocky point let the popper sit after it lands avoid the temptation
    to start your retrieve I like to wait until the surface Rings have dissipated
    before popping the fly very often this is when I’ve caught some really nice
    fish next just make one pop of the fly then again wait very often this is when
    a fish that has been eyeing your fly will strike the last point is that when
    retrieving the fly mix it up a bit use a slow poppy and retrieve a fast one and
    sometimes a combination of both that way you’ll be able to ascertain what they
    want Here Come oh you oh yeah do the test 18 and a half beautiful
    beautiful beautiful glass so calling throughout this shoreline
    right here pinpoint accuracy is really essential you got to be right up against
    that shoreline because within the first two or three feet it drops off from 18
    inches in nearly 12 feet so this fish will be hanging very tight to the
    shoreline so if you you’re off your mark a little bit you’re gonna have a harder
    time catching those fish perfect writing assess your own battle oh yeah all right
    no backs up there a little bit there’s two three other fish here you know
    they’re following um look at that yeah look at that
    you see them under here nice I’m using an eight-way tried throwing some bigger
    poppers that’s a decent fish and that’s not the big one now his nice slow
    deliberate deliberate rise up and you just inhaled it sometimes a splashy take
    that one is more like he sucked it right in beautiful pretty fish get all the
    classic bars on the sides and stripes on the chin Oh chin the cheeks I should say beautiful day the equipment used on this trip are six
    wait 9 foot rides with large arbor reels for the small up and for pike 8 wait 9
    foot rods with large harbour reels the lines used were weight forward floating
    bass taper lines when using poppers and full sinking type 3 lines for subsurface
    pike fishing the flies used for various colors of poppers white zonkers red deer
    hair streamers and large jointed deer hair streamers oh there we go slow take oh that was
    sweet no it’s really almost in slow motion
    slow motion yeah hey he was right down by that rock that’s a big that’s nice
    yeah that’s really nice beautiful fish beautiful that’s a solid
    17 oh yeah are you an 18 go check it over see how
    my I am one seventeen and a half is my guess but zero it is 17 and a half
    you’ve done this event once or twice Hawk Lake guest cabins all with lakeside
    decks are private spacious and tastefully furnished cabins are one two
    three or four bedroom and design each cabin has at least one full private
    bath and is fully carpeted with electrical heating all cabins look out
    onto the lake and provide a wonderful place to relax and recharge after a full
    day of fishing one of the reasons to why they fishing is so exceptional is we’ve
    been practicing catch and release for over three decades the fishing is
    exceptional for many reasons there’s a large forage base as well as
    crystal-clear water which really allows the fish to grow to a huge sizes the
    bass anywhere from eighteen to twenty-two inches the walleye from
    twenty-five all the way up to 34 and 35 inches are actually common on lakes and
    that’s really because we’ve been practicing catch and release for many
    many years hi I’m Tom rosenbauer hope you enjoyed
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    Fishing with Johnny Johnson – Head-2-Head at Bartlett Lake, AZ Patti -v- Brian Part 1
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    Fishing with Johnny Johnson – Head-2-Head at Bartlett Lake, AZ Patti -v- Brian Part 1

    March 10, 2020


    Hey folks, thanks for
    joining us on the show today. Today is a special day. We have the Airtime
    Cooling and Heatingcontest winners on with
    us for the Head-To-Head
    competition at Bartlett
    Lake with Matt Shura and I.
    You’ll want to
    join us today.
    It’s gonna be
    a lot of fun.
    And without further
    ado, let’s meet our
    contestants. -I’m Brian Ulmer, fishing for
    Airtime Cooling and Heating. I’m Team Number One. -I’m Patty Bradley,
    I’m Fishing for Airtime Cooling and Heating,
    and I’m Team Number Two.-Voodoo Athletic and
    Custom Apparel is
    providing the jerseys
    for the winners today.
    All right folks, here we
    go with the coin toss for the Airtime Cooling and
    Heating Head-To-Head Challenge with Brian
    Ulmer, Patty Bradley. And I’ll tell you what:
    we’re gonna have a lot of fun today, but now we
    gotta find out who’s going to fish with who, so. Brian Boyer from Airtime
    Cooling and Heating is gonna flip the coin; this
    is his contest today. So uh, let’s see
    what we have. We’ll let Patty call it. -She’s gonna call it? Okay. -I’ll call it. -All right, ready? -Heads. -It’s tails. (Johnny) Oh! Brian! You
    get to call your man! -Sorry Johnny. [all laughing] -All right, Patty! All right, let’s
    go fishing! -Let’s do it! -All right, hey, we
    get to go fishing! Here’s the cool thing
    about it- good luck there, Matt. -Good luck Matt! -These two right here-
    these two right here-. -Good luck, Brian! –Fished the tournament
    this last week. I gotta say; I got the
    winner of the tournament fishing with me today. So good luck, Matt! See you later, ‘buddy’! [all laughing] [Johnny cackling] (Matt) Following you. -No water mooching! (Matt) Going
    to Patty’s spot. (Johnny) Huh? -Going to Patty’s water. (Johnny) No you’re
    not.. Are you? -I’ll see you there. -Oh. Perfect. [engine revving] [mellow rock music] -There’s a fish! Ah.. He doesn’t
    feel that big. He might be decent. It’ll start it. Ah.. Well, it’s a keeper. Ready.. Here he comes. Man.. I’ll tell you
    what: it’s a start. Not a big one. Kind of a typical
    Bartlett Lake bass. I’m here with Brian Ulmer. He’s from Lake Havasu, and
    I kind of told him about Bartlett Lake. A lot of small fish, but
    happy to get them, man. We had a pretty good
    temperature drop; little front
    coming through; and this is a good start. Happy to fish with you. -Appreciate it, thank you. -Yeah, and you run the
    JML tournaments at Havasu. -Correct. Havasu, yes. -And uh, he’s a fisherman,
    so I’m happy to have him in the boat. He picked me
    because, he said, that he heard that I was a
    pretty good drop-shotter. So we’re gonna throw some
    drop shots later in the day, here. But right now, I’m just
    throwing a big spinner bait. We’re fishing the-
    the steep stuff. We got some boulders
    and a real steep bank. And this is a real
    heavy spinner bait. This is actually an ounce
    and 3/8 spinner bait; willow leaf blades; and
    I’m slow rolling it, ticking the rocks; making
    that noise; really, just barely making
    the blades turn, and having that weight
    tick on the bottom. And we’ve got a little
    Bartlett Lake keeper. Happy to have it. -Absolutely. -That was like,
    my third cast. So we’re happy to have it. I’m gonna put him
    in the live well, and I’ll let you
    get the big ones. -I’ll try. (Matt) 3 pounds..
    6 ounces. [both chuckle] I mean .8- .82, I mean. -I’ll take it.. Ah..
    Close enough! [both laughing] -All right. Well, it’s a start. Got him! Dropped right on
    that rock pile. Uh, it’s a dink. It’s a little… But.. It’s a keeper. -Can’t go wrong. -We don’t have a
    size limit, right? ‘Keep saying
    that, every time. ‘No size limit’. Scale’s acting
    up, it’s so cold. All right, it’s a
    solid half a pound. -All right. -All right.. And that’s
    for Airtime Cooling and Heating; fish number two. I think we have
    some work to do. [rock music](Patty) I think I’m gonna
    throw uh- how about my
    rattletrap? -There you go. -I can cast that
    pretty well. -Can you? -Yeah. Yeah, all along
    these rocks here, and then especially around
    the corner right there’s the sweet spot. -All right. So all around
    these rocks… -Oh! -You got one? -I do! -Do you? You got one? Patty’s got one! Let me get the net! -He’s just a little guy. -It doesn’t matter! A fish is a
    fish right now! [Johnny cackling] -All right! -Little- little
    rattletrap bass! Look at you! -All right! -Well, that
    didn’t take long. What was that;
    her third cast? She’s already
    whacking them? Look at that. It’s not a big fish,
    but you know what? We gotta start somewhere. -Yep. -And in the head-to-head
    competition, we have no size limit. That’s probably about
    an 11 inch fish. That’s to start our day. So, I mean- Airtime
    Cooling and Heating bass right there. Let’s get this
    thing loaded up. .74. Red. Hang in there
    little buddy. I’m throwing a 1 ounce
    Persuader spinner bait, just trying to get it down
    there where maybe I can get a little bit bigger
    bite or something. According to
    some of the guys, everything’s gotten slow. But you guys just won a
    tournament- you and Marty Lawrence. -We did. -Just won tournament
    here last week. -Yeah, we got lucky. -Beat Matt. Now, we’re asking
    you to do it again. -I’m gonna try. -There’s a fish.. That
    one feels a little better. That one’s
    pulling back.. Maybe. Felt real good at first. Yeah, that’ll help us. That’ll help us. Don’t be in a hurry. That’s fish number three
    if we can get him in. All right.
    -That’s a good one. -That’s a little better
    fish for Bartlett Lake, right there. Ah, that’s what we needed. All right, so that’s
    a lot better fish. Hit on a drop
    shot; real slow. What I’m doing:
    in this area, even though it just looks
    like sand on the bank, as you can see, in
    that sand on the bank, there’s rock piles. Little areas that are
    sporadic rock piles. In those areas- those
    transition areas where it goes from rock to
    sand- you know, I’m dragging along and
    I’m just feeling the sand. It’s just mushy, and then
    all of a sudden I ‘click click click’ that rock. And that’s right where
    this fish was at. And I’ll tell you: that
    cold front came through, I’m not getting bit. It’s just- I pick up
    and it just feels heavy. They’re just not eating
    it real well, but. That’s a good Bartlett
    fish, right there. I’ll take that one. That’s for Airtime Cooling
    and Heating, right there. There we go.. All right. Call it 1.80. Almost a 2 pound fish. I’ll take it. All right; so we pulled
    up- pulled up in this area, slowed down
    a little bit. I’m throwing a drop
    shot right now. Typical drop shot set up. Got my Signature Series
    Johnny Johnson Taipan Elite Series
    drop shot rod. It’s an awesome rod. Real sensitive. 15 pound braid to a 6
    pound fluorocarbon leader. Size 1 Rebarb hook. And uh, you know,
    your favorite bait. I use a lot of uh, Arizona
    Custom Baits, Robo worms, um, all work real well. The natural colors;
    I like the ox blood. And a 1/4 ounce
    drop shot weight. And you’re throwing: -Throwing a 3/8 football
    head jig with a 5 inch Yamamoto double-tail Hula
    Grub on a Quantum Smoke.With 15 pound- 15
    pound fluorocarbon.
    -Nice. Let’s see if we
    can get them. -Subtle bite, too. -All right! Got him? -Little guy, yeah. -All right. I don’t know if that’s
    gonna get rid of our other one. That won’t help us? -I don’t think so. -Golly guys.. Our fish are
    so big in the live well, that that’s not
    even gonna help us. -This giant
    won’t cull out. -But hey; he’s caught it
    on a 3/8 ounce Yamamoto football head jig. Just dragging it
    along the rocks. -Yep, just dragging
    along the bottom. -Real slow? -Real slow; feel
    a couple of tics, and you start
    feeling it load up, and then come up with
    one of these guys. -There you go. Let’s hope the
    next one’s bigger. -Yeah.
    -Good job. [mellow rock music] -Oh.. There’s one!
    Patty, I got one! -Do you need me
    to get the net? -Yeah- Oh, it’s just a
    little one.. I got him. Oh! [cackling] Get in here you
    little dude! -Good job, Johnny. -All right, so
    there’s another one. Little drop shot bass! Speaking of a little
    drop shot bass: a little Airtime Cooling
    and Heating bass! -Good job, Johnny! -Not a big one,
    but a fun one. [chuckling] -Drop shot bass! -Well, we needed to
    get three in the boat, anyways. I heard there was a
    lot of little ones. This is kind of what we
    were catching a while back, trying to get some
    things done out here. A bunch of these little
    guys in this lake, isn’t there? -There’s a lot of those. -.72. He’s a little
    smaller than yours. Blue. A banana peel;
    really Matt? Right off the bat
    in the morning, you have to give
    us a banana peel? He threw a banana
    peel in our boat! -He must’ve been scared. For those of you that
    don’t know: a banana peel in the boat is like bad
    luck to most fishermen.And as soon as I got up
    on the trolling motor,
    what do I find?Banana peel.And I can only guarantee
    you who put that in our boat. -Here we go. -All right. Feel decent? -A good one. -That’ll help us! All right, good job. -There you go. -Nice job. Little Airtime Cooling and
    Heating fish, right there. Golly, look how
    he ate that jig. -Yeah, he wanted it. -That jig is-
    he’s got a beard. See him? He’s got
    little whiskers. He ate that jig,
    that’s cool. And again: green pumpkin. -Good, staple color. -Yeah, I’ll tell you what:
    if you guys ever wonder what color jig to throw,
    you can never go wrong with green pumpkin. It works everywhere
    in the country. That was a 1/2 a pound
    upgrade right there.(Matt)’Hoo-hoo hee-heeing’.You know what that means:
    it means we’re in trouble.
    Means we got
    to get to work. (Patty) Yeah, I think
    this is the lucky spot, right around
    this corner here. -That’s what I’m saying:
    let’s get to that spot before somebody
    pulls in there. I’m gonna tell you, I
    can’t tell you how many times somebody’s
    done that to me. And I want to get there
    before somebody does get there. We’ll sit there and we
    will cast and cast and cast. -We’ll catch a bunch
    of two pounders. Catch a three- Oh,
    did you get him? -That’s gonna be a little
    bit better fish right there, Patty! -Do you need the net? [Johnny cackling] All right! -Little Persuader
    spinner bait bass! That’s a little
    bit bigger fish. -That’s a good one! All right Johnny!
    Good job! -Let’s get her done! -All right! -Let’s weigh this brute! All right. All right!
    -Good one! -That’s what we’re looking
    for: little bit bigger fish. -Caught him on
    a drop shot? -No, on that spinner bait. -Oh. Spinner bait bass! -‘Little spinner
    bait bass’. Yeah, see now, now
    we’re getting up there. Almost a buck and
    1/2, right there. -Good job! -A buck 40, yellow. All right! Hey… -Get her done, son! -Yeah, let’s get her done! That’s a big fish
    for this lake. -It is. -Oh yeah! That’s three bass, folks. Three bass. Airtime Cooling
    and Heating fish. Speaking of Airtime
    Cooling and Heating: wouldn’t it be a great
    time for us to have a heater in the boat? [snapping fingers] It works on
    the commercial! Where’s that heater? I need it! -There’s a fish! Eh, it feel small. Feels small. Stay down! Stay down! -We gotta net this one. [both chuckle] -Put the net away! [both laughing] -We don’t want
    to lose that one! -I appreciate- I
    appreciate the net but, ‘I got it’. Bartlett Lake.. Hey, they’re fun
    to catch, though. Drop shot fish. You got a fish? You got one? -I think so. -You need a net? -Uh.. -Well, I’m gonna
    get the net. -All right.
    -Oh, that’s a good fish! -Yeah, we need the net! -That might help us. All right! Almost a double hook up. We were about
    half a second shy. Couple of seconds shy. -Set my rod down to
    catch your little fish, and get this one. -Well that’s a jig fish,
    and I can catch some drop shot fish, so. -Yeah; just popping the
    jig along the bottom and set it down for a
    second, and pick it up; and there it is. -You know what? I’ll tell you: a lot
    of times, you know, you go get a drink, go get
    a bite of a sandwich or something and you pick
    up, and they’re on there. It’s like, let that tell
    you to slow things down. -Absolutely. -I’ll tell you, that’s
    happened a lot of times. And that’s kind of a
    clue to slow things down. Almost 1/10 of an upgrade. -There’s a fish..
    That feels better! That feels better,
    right there. That one’s pulling. That might help. Might help. Hmm.. Boy, he felt bigger
    when he first hit, but I think that’ll
    still help us. Yeah, you got one in there
    that’s.. about a pound. So that’s bigger
    than that one. Another drop shot fish
    for Airtime Cooling and Heating. That’s a- that’s
    a chunk, though. -He’s a healthy
    little fish. -Yeah, thinks
    it’s a good one. -There you go, good job. -Little upgrade, there. Hey, one at a time. All right. Come on, be
    bigger than that. 1.35. So we’re getting rid
    of a one pounder. We’re going in the
    right direction. Looks like we’re
    sitting at 4.17. Uhg! Got me! He got even with me. (Matt) I was gonna say:
    you can look at the graph. Again, we’re hung up. And where we’re
    catching our fish, we’re sitting in
    25 foot of water. And right where his jig
    is, is right around 10, 11 foot. So we have that real good-
    real good drop-off that comes up and- real rocky. So that’s what
    we’re fishing. We’re fishing
    uh, real slow. Those fish get on these
    rock piles in these areas, you know, where there’s
    any kind of structure, deep access nearby, right? -Yep. -And you’re- you know,
    Brian’s from Havasu. So this is totally
    different than what you’re used to fishing, right? -Oh, absolutely. -I mean, he’s fishing
    the tules and grass. -I’m fishing grass;
    I’m up shallow; cranking rocks
    here and there, but this is all rock. Way different. -Yeah. -A lot of fun. -And you’re used to
    catching four pounders. -Yeah. -Havasu’s got some
    big fish in it. The last tournament at
    Havasu- what’d Roy Hawk have? Er- Sean Bailey
    had 21 pounds? -Yeah. -And then uh, the last
    tournament here: 10 pounds won. -Yeah.
    -So there you go. -Oh yeah! [Johnny cackling] See what I’m saying? They’re right there. He ain’t a culler though.
    -Nice! -I don’t think
    he’s a culler. You think he’s a culler? -I don’t think so. -I don’t think that
    one will cull, but. It’s definitely
    a drop shot bass. That’s not no
    pound and 1/4 fish, so we really can’t
    cull with him. We need a bigger bite, so
    don’t feel like we have to drop shot the
    rest of the day. Because realistically,
    do we really want those little fish? -We want big ones. -We don’t need
    to catch 50 fish. We’ve got our limit. Let’s catch a bigger fish. Let’s throw some baits
    that’ll catch as a bigger fish.(Johnny) Yeah, tell them we
    got about three two pounders!
    There’s one there! -Good job! -There’s one there! By golly, we got that one! I don’t know if
    he’s a culler. I don’t think he is. Oh well. They all feel
    ‘big and nice’. Oh.. He is a culler! -Good job! [Johnny cackling] -Persuader bait bass! Right there. Patty? -Yeah? -We are gonna cull. And there you have it. -Good job! -Airtime Cooling
    and Heating bass! Folks, what I’m throwing
    here: 17 pound test line with a white uh, 1 ounce
    Persuader spinner bait. And I’ve got that little
    chartreuse grub on there. And I paralleled the
    bank on that one. [laid-back guitar music] Well, there’s part one for
    the Airtime Cooling and Heating head-to-head
    contest. I’ll tell you what, we got
    a lot more action coming to you next week here
    on Fishing with Johnny Johnson. Don’t miss it; there’s
    a lot more fish catches coming your way.

    Catching Big Bass in Spring | Bass Fishing
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    Catching Big Bass in Spring | Bass Fishing

    March 9, 2020


    There we go. Ooh. Strong fish. That’s a real strong fish. Here we go. Give me your face. You’ve been eating. Man, hooked him right at the roof of the mouth,
    too. Do you think he wanted that? You’ve been eating. Took that worm. Here we go. Just saw it swimming off, never felt the bite. Ooh. All right, kid. Let’s not fall over. All right. Let you go. Hey, folks. Glenn May here with BassResource.com. And today, I want to talk about how to catch
    big fish or bigger fish during the spring. Big bass is what we’re talking about. You know, it’s funny every season… You know this. There’s several guys that you know that seem
    to go out, they’re always able to catch bigger fish during the spring. I’m like, “How do they do that? What, they got a secret bait that they use,
    a secret lure? They know these secret hot spots on the lake.” I mean, what is it? Well, I wish it was that easy because it would
    make things easy to explain, and you can be able to catch larger fish. But the reality is, it’s the methodology and
    approach they use to find and catch larger fish. And that’s what I wanna talk about today is
    using that to go out and get larger fish during the spring. So, let’s talk about really the big fish,
    and what they do in the spring. Now, everything around the spring focuses
    around “the spawn”. And a lot of times when we talk about the
    spawn, it’s when all these fish are up shallow. You see beds all over the place. They’re about, you know, 1 to 5 feet of water. There’s a bunch of bucks out there, and there’s
    beds everywhere, and that’s when the spawn is. But the reality is fish spawn several times
    throughout the spring, you kinda have a wave before that main spawn. You have the main spawn and then another wave
    after that, as a general rule. Well, the bigger fish are the ones that tend
    to spawn earlier. They’re actually out there spawning when these
    other fish are just starting to get up on the flats and feeding, and it’s active. So, you know, and they also spawn deeper than
    “the spawn”. So, a lot of times when the water temperature
    gets in the early to mid-50s, the low to mid-50s, and the fishing is just starting to pick up,
    you’re out there getting up on the flats. The fish will get in shallow. You know, they’re crashing your spinnerbaits
    and your crankbaits. A lot of times, you can be sitting right on
    top of the bigger fish that are just about spawning or getting ready to spawn or maybe
    are spawning. Yeah, they spawn mid-50s. I’ve seen them in low-50s spawning, in 10
    feet of water. It’s really an odd thing because you’re used
    to seeing low-60s, that’s when “the spawn” occurs, but these bigger ones are out there
    doing their thing earlier. So it’s really hard to do this because we’ve
    been… You know, all winter long, we’re not catching
    a lot of fish. The bite is slow. It finally starts to pick up, we’re starting
    to catch fish. And now, I’m telling you, you know what you
    need to do, is back off away from those and fish deeper to go after the bigger fish, which
    is slower, more methodical, a little more difficult because you can’t see the fish. You’re not fishing in structure that you can
    readily see or cover that you can readily see, but that’s where the bigger girls are
    and the bigger males are. It’s hard to do that. But, this is why there’s not that many guys
    out there catching a lot of big fish. But the ones that do on a consistent basis,
    that’s exactly what they’re doing. So mid-50s, pull off and you’re looking at… Here’s a flat that deeper drops along those
    flats where it drops from 5 to 15 feet of water. That’s the areas you wanna be looking for. Sometimes there’s a secondary flat. What I like to call secondary flat. You got your main flat. It drops down, and then there’s another little
    flat. That lower flat, that’s the stuff I wanna
    look for. The clearer the water, the deeper those fish
    are going to spawn. I’ve seen them spawn as deep as 15 to 20 feet
    of water in super clear water. But, as a general, 5 to 10 feet instead of
    in the normal “the spawn,” where they’re 1 to 5 feet, they may be 5 to 10, 5 to 15
    feet deep. Fish those drops, look for available cover
    nearby, be it bushes, shrubs, logs, chunk rock, weeds, weed lines, those are the things
    you wanna target during this time of year. Glenn: There we go. Keri: Got one already Glenn: Ooh, oh boy! Keri: Got a big one already. Glenn: Oh! He came all the way out of the water. Don’t go in the weeds. C’mon baby. Come on out. Don’t go into the weeds. Keri: Using finesse worms today. Finesse worms Glenn: Finesse worms Keri: You got him hooked weird. Glenn: I got him hooked, but boy. If I could get your face it would be helpful. Ooh! Came right out of my hands. Come here. He’s got a lot of fight in him. Keri: He’s a little angry Glenn: Boy. Got that finesse worm just hanging right there. That works. Keri: There ya go. Glenn: Alright, let you go. As for baits, what I like to do, as a general
    rule, the bigger the fish, they like to bite slower-moving lures. So I like to use a little bit bigger baits
    and fish them slower. So, I’ll use things like a big swim jig with
    a 6-inch paddle tail on it or some kind of large trailer such as a Rage Tail Space Monkey
    or something like that to give it some bulk and just, kind of, bounce that real slowly
    on the bottom. Sometimes I’ll just crawl it on the bottom,
    not give it…not a whole lot of big lifts but crawl it along the bottom, along that
    cover and structure I mentioned. I take bigger spinnerbaits. I’ll throw 3/4-ounce spinnerbaits, white or
    white and chartreuse with Colorado blades on it, and throw it out there, let it get
    down to the bottom, and then just barely…just start to crank it just to get it up off the
    bottom, and let it slowly crawl along the bottom. Sometimes with those blades, they wanna lift
    that spinnerbait up, so you may have to kill it every now and then to get it back down
    to the bottom and then resume your retrieve. Do that a few times to understand how far
    off the bottom that it gets. Some spinnerbaits will stay on the bottom,
    others will lift up. So you just have to experiment with the one
    you have to see which one will stay down there. But that’s a bigger bait, that 3/4-ounce bait,
    and that’s what’s going to, a lot of times, get a lot of bites from those bigger fish. I also like to use Texas rigged bites, the
    bigger creatures baits. Like I mentioned before, a Space Monkey is
    a really good one to use. A Rooster Tail, those are the bigger type
    of, you know, the big Rage Hawgs. You know, those 7-inch Rage Hawgs. They’re just bigger baits that you can crawl
    along the bottom to make it look like a lizard or some kind of creature making its way along
    the bottom nice and slow. You got to be alert for the bite because it’s
    very subtle. A lot of times, they just come up behind it,
    and they just suck it up, and they don’t move. And you may see a little twitch in your line,
    and that’s it. You won’t feel anything at all. So you got to be really alert and watch for
    that kind of stuff. But that’s how you catch these bigger bass
    during the spring. I hope those tips help. For more tips and tricks like this, visit
    BassResource.com.

    10 Biggest  Fish Catches Ever Caught!
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    10 Biggest Fish Catches Ever Caught!

    March 7, 2020


    From sharks, to prized bass, and a few surprises
    in between, join me as we discover some of the biggest catches of all time! 10. Blue Marlin (Unofficial)
    When it comes to “big catches”, just about every fisherman worth his salt has a “it was
    this big!” story, and that’s perfectly fine. Allow them to have those stories! But, when an actual true story comes along,
    and then gets ignored because of minor issue? That is sad, and it’s not to be ignored. For this is a case of technicalities getting
    in the way of the facts and clear evidence in regards to catching a massive Blue Marlin. To understand the story we must go back in
    time to 1984, where a man named Gary Merriman was in Hawaii. He was there as a guest of former Atlanta
    Hawks owner (the NFL team) Rankin Smith. Wanting to enjoy his time, Merriman went out
    and did some fishing, and caught a massive 1649 pound Blue Marlin. This is impressive, and was a catch truly
    highlighted his skill with a rod and reel. He even had a fishing shop in Atlanta at the
    time. In terms of pure size and weight, this Blue
    Marlin wass the world record holder, beating out the previous owner by a couple hundred
    pounds. Which you would think would be celebrated. But…apparently Merriman didn’t use an “approved”
    line and leader (via the IGFA who carefully monitors and checks all world record claims
    when it comes to fish), and because he didn’t follow those exactly rules, he was not allowed
    the title of biggest Blue Marlin ever caught. Which again, is honestly really sad. Despite this, Merriman kept the fish, and
    put it up at his shop, as he should when you think about it. And though he may not have had the record,
    he knew that he caught a Blue Marlin that no one had caught before. 9. Swordfish
    There are sometimes creature that we don’t know what to make of, and Swordfish are definitely
    one of those creatures of nature where don’t know why it was created to look like that. Regardless of the how and whys, it exists
    in the oceans. And fisherman have tried to catch the biggest
    and best ones, and to many fishermen, Swordfish are some of the best fish “trophies” you can
    catch. But the honor of biggest catch goes to a legendary
    man named Louis Marron. In 1959, Marron battled a mighty Swordfish
    for two hours to reel in a Swordfish that was a 1182 pound beauty that was not only
    a record at the time, by a good margin, but it’s a record that lives to this day. And recall, that’s basically 60 years of fishing,
    and no one has broken it. So this should prove to you that regardless
    of what kind of fish is out there in the oceans, if it’s desirable in any way, then there will
    be fishermen willing to go all out to get it. Even if it means fighting that fish for hours
    on end. 8. Tiger Sharks
    People often forget that sharks are a fish, they’re just a fish that is massive, and aggressive
    at times, and aren’t afraid to eat just about anything in sight should the opportunity arise. So though they are feared, they’re also seen
    as a prize, especially to fisherman who are brave enough to go after them. Because catching a shark means you have some
    serious strength and guile. A great example of this came in 1964, when
    a man named Walter Maxwell caught a massive Tiger Shark. Tiger Sharks are known to be very aggressive,
    and dangerous, and are considered one of the most dangerous sharks in the world. Making this catch very impressive in numerous
    ways. This record stood for 40 years, then, a fisherman
    named Kevin Clapson came around, and he caught a 1785 pound Tiger Shark. So a new king was born so to speak. But regardless, both of these catches are
    to be appreciated, as it couldn’t have been easy to reel in. What’s more, Clapson may have the world record
    on lock for the rest of time. And it has nothing to do with size or weight
    of the shark. You see, sharks are starting to be protected,
    and Tiger Sharks are included in that list. In 2004, it was legal to fish for sharks. But now, you can’t, with very few exceptions. So unless that law changes in the near future,
    Kevin Clapson will have the infinite record of biggest Tiger Shark caught. 7. Bluefish Tuna
    Caught In Nova Scotia on October 26th, 1979, Ken Fraser caught a Bluefish Tuna that weighed
    in at an incredible 1496 pounds. That’s right, this singular tuna almost weighed
    a ton and a half! But what a catch it was, and it’s a world
    record in terms of the biggest Bluefish Tuna ever caught. But just as important, this fish was caught
    LEGALLY. You see, Canada has very strict fishing policies,
    especially when it comes to Nova Scotia. You actually have to have a permit when it
    comes to fishing for them, and you can only do it in certain waters. To that end, the fish and game committee in
    Canada work hard to make sure that not too many Bluefish Tuna are caught so that the
    ecosystem isn’t disrupted. With all that in mind, it makes it all the
    more impressive that Ken Fraser was able to catch this massive Tuna. 6. Alligator Gar
    No, not an alligator, an Alligator Gar. Yes, this is a real kind of fish, and it’s
    one that can get quite big as one Bill Valverde found out back in 1951. He was actually fishing out on the Rio Grande
    river in Texas when he got a bite from a 279 pound beat of an Alligator Gar. But the funny part about this story is that
    this catch honestly almost didn’t happen because of human error. You see, Valverde and his buddies actually
    hiked over to the Rio Grande in order to fish. But when they reached the place, they had
    a problem…they didn’t have any bait! Yep, they forgot it back at home. Not wanting to go all the way back, they dug
    in the Earth and found some earthworms, and thus went fishing. Not for the Gar, they actually went fishing
    for Mullets, and THAT fish was the bait that they used to catch the Alligator Gar. Not that they had much issue bringing in the
    fish apparently… “The gar wasn’t hooked at all,” Valverde told
    Boys’ Life in 1972. “I was able to bring him in because he was
    holding on to the bait with those big teeth.” If only all catches could be that easy, am
    I right? 5. Black Marlin
    One of the most popular fisheries out there by far is Marlin fishing. These massive creatures aren’t just big, they’re
    heavy, and fisherman actually created special chairs for their boats so that they could
    sit in them as they fought the Marlins for sometimes hours on end just in the hopes of
    catching one. Then, when they do, they typically like to
    mount them on their walls as trophies. Plus, they KNOW that if they catch one, they
    made an effort. But as for the biggest catch in regards to
    the Black Marlin species, that would go to Alfred Glassell, Jr., who is not only the
    world record holder to this day, he held that record multiple times for different Marlins
    that he caught. Proving just how legendary a fisherman he
    was back in the day. The first time he got a world record was in
    1952 when he caught the Black Marlin, a fish that hadn’t been caught before. Which makes it all the more impressive that
    he got it before anyone else. Glassell would lose the record for a brief
    time, then he would get it back, and then he would to himself when he caught a 1560
    pound Black Marlin. Just looking at the size of this Marlin you
    can’t help but wonder how he caught, but no matter the exact method, he did indeed get
    it. And in fact, the footage that he took of the
    catch was actually put into a film called The Old Man and the Sea. You could argue that because of the records
    he set, that Glassell Jr is one of the greatest fishermen who ever lived. 4. Largemouth Bass
    The Largemouth Bass is one of the “revered species” of fish in the world. It’s one that many fishing competitions are
    held for. So if you’re watching a fishing competition
    on TV, many times you’ll see it’s for Largemouth Bass. Now, in a competition setting, the biggest
    Largemouth Bass ever caught was by a fisherman named Preston Clark back in 2006 during the
    Bassmaster Classic. It was an 11-pound 10-ounce bass. However, it’s not the biggest in the world. For just 3 years after Clark’s epic tournament,
    a man from Japan named Manabu Kurita shocked the world with the reveal of a 22 pound, 4
    ounce Largemouth Bass. So if you’re doing the math, that means Kurita
    caught a bass in the wild that was double that of Clark’s from the tournament. What’s more, it was caught in Japan, not in
    the US where a bunch of diehard fisherman are trying to break the record. Either way you look at it though, these Largemouth
    Bass catches were each legendary in their own right. 3. Striped Bass
    When it comes to hunting “big game”, or even game of any kind that requires serious effort,
    there are certain species that hold a certain place in the hearts of those who go after
    them. When it comes to the world of fish, the Striped
    Bass is just that. It’s basically the holy grail, or at least,
    the record of being catch of a Striped Bass is. The fish has actually gotten a cult around
    it more or less, as the group is the most passionate about not just catching the Striped
    Bass, but breaking the world for it. Why is that? Well, let’s just say the person who owns the
    worlds’ biggest Striped Bass record is rewarded heavily. Which makes the tale of Greg Myerson all the
    more epic, for he did catch the worlds’ biggest Striped Bass, a massive catch of 81.88 pounds,
    and he has proof that he caught it. Believe it or not, he caught the fish in the
    waters of Long Island Sound, which was close to his house in Connecticut. So he didn’t have to go far to get the record
    fish, he just had to wait for his time! But the best part about this catch was that
    there wasn’t any controversy over the catch. A previous world record holder didn’t follow
    proper procedure, and so many weren’t happy with the record going to him. But Greg Myerson did, and so he gets to hold
    the true title of having caught the biggest Striped Bass. 2. Catfish
    Catfish are a very interesting breed of fish, and they’re ones that fishermen really enjoy
    catching for one reason or another. And yeah, they can get really, REALLY, big. For proof of this, you need only look at the
    giant “Grizzly” of a Catfish that was caught in Thailand in 2005. This Catfish was so huge that it actually
    took multiple fishermen to bring it in. Why is that? Well, it’s because this particular Catfish
    was over 9 feet long, and weighed nearly 650 pounds! That’s a lot of girth for a Catfish. The locals of the Thailand area where this
    fish was caught had known that Catfish loved this area, and that they were able to get
    big, but NONE of them suspected that they could get THAT big. The only sad part about the catch was that
    the fishermen were going to throw it back into the waters, but it was so big and heavy
    that they actually couldn’t! So the fish actually died. If you’re still curious about why this Catfish
    stands out from the rest. The average weight of a Catfish in a large
    size is just under 100 pounds. So depending on how you look at it, this particular
    Catfish is about 8-10 times larger than an average large Catfish that you can catch in
    regular waters. So yeah, that’s a thing. And not surprisingly, after this Catfish was
    caught and taken a picture of, a lot of fishermen went to Thailand to see if they could catch
    their own monster Catfish. As of yet, it hasn’t happened, but it may
    only be a matter of time. 1. Great White Sharks
    As noted, many shark species nowadays are actually protected under fish and game laws. But, that doesn’t mean that before the laws
    many fisherman didn’t try and catch them. And that includes the legendary Great White
    Shark. Despite their aggressive nature and incredible
    power, there have been many fisherman who have caught one over the years. However, many of them fall under the “it was
    THIS BIG” category. That being said, on April 21st, 1959, a man
    by the name of Alfred Dean broke the bank if you will and caught a massive Great White
    Shark. How massive exactly? This massive shark weighed 2,664 pounds! Which beat the previous record for a Great
    White Shark catch by an astound 1500+ pounds! To this day it’s the heaviest fish ever caught
    and recorded by the IGFA, and given the rules against shark fishing now, it’s likely to
    stay that way as the top catch. Oh, and in case you were curious what kind
    of bait would be used to catch a mammoth shark like this…it was a porpoise. And despite its weight, it only took about
    an hour to reel it in. Thanks for watching everyone! What did you think about these amazing stories
    of fish being caught? Which story was your personal favorite? What kinds of fish have you caught before,
    and how big were they? Do you dream about catching fish as big as
    some of these? Let me know in the comments below, be sure
    to subscribe, and I’ll see you next time on the channel!

    The Ned Rig: Proven Tactics You Need To Know | KastKing | Bass Fishing
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    The Ned Rig: Proven Tactics You Need To Know | KastKing | Bass Fishing

    March 6, 2020


    What is happening, fisherman friends? My name
    is Devon, coming to you today on behalf of KastKing and BassResource. Welcome to another
    episode. What in the world do we have here today? Yeah,
    you guessed it. Hey, diddly-ho, neighbor. It’s the Ned Rig. That’s right. Fall is here.
    Winter is around the corner. This is a deadly bait this time of year. So what is it, what
    is the Ned Rig? I’m gonna take you through that. I’m gonna take you through some modifications
    that I’ve learned fishing it the past few years that have made me more successful with
    it. What you partnered up with, the rod reel line, how you approach presenting this, and
    the where you’re gonna present it, how to fish it, and what happens when you get a bite. So the Ned Rig simply explained, it’s two
    pieces, the jig head and a soft plastic. Now, the jig head, there are a few different ones
    you can use. They’re all gonna have the same qualities though, or the qualities that you
    should look for when you’re selecting a jig head. They’re gonna be a moon shape or a rounded
    shape, and those shapes lend themselves very well to standing up. Now, probably the most popular soft plastic
    to put on these is the Z-Man ElaZtech Ned Rig, the Ned TRD. This bait is awesome because
    it floats and it will present your Ned Rig like that. Now, I’ll get into it later, but
    you can also use a Senko style bait, but just be aware that a lot of those are not gonna
    float. So, you want the rounded head, so on the bottom
    it lands itself to floating up, rocking on that head really well. There are also gonna
    be small light wire hooks. We’ll get into that, but you don’t wanna a big, huge, fat
    five-aught hook. You want a lightweight hook to go with your lightweight line and set up.
    Okay, so those are the jig heads you’ll be looking for. Now, the soft plastic, because I said I usually
    go with the Z-Man Finesse TRD. This is the two-and-a-half-inch but it also comes in a
    four-inch, the larger bait. Now, most people believe the bigger the bait you fish, the
    bigger the bites you’re gonna get. I’ve had success both ways. I’ve fished the small one
    and caught, you know, three pounders. I’ve fished the big one and caught little, tiny
    fish that were just barely bigger than this bait. So, it really goes both ways. Really,
    it’s gonna depend on what you have confidence in, your lake, your fishery, what works for
    you. So those are the jig heads. Those are the
    plastics. So, what are some modifications I do to these? Let’s take a look. All right,
    so modifications. There are two main modifications that I’ve been using that have helped me a
    lot when fishing the Ned Rig. So the first one isn’t as much of a modification as it
    is a money and plastic saver. So this is the back end of a Senko, five-inch Senko. You
    know, normally, my four-aught hook would be up here and this is where the hook point normally
    would be coming in on my Senko and that part gets, you know, tore up, the top half of it
    where my hook has been tore from catching fish. So I just take that back part of it, cut it
    off, and if you look, it’s the perfect imitation for a Senko. Now, notice that these are made
    of completely different materials. The Ned TRD is extremely stretchy. The Senko is not.
    If you pull that, it’s got so much salt in there, it’s gonna rip apart. Now, this does
    have its place. When I get to ways to fish it, the Senko style bait works just as well,
    if not better, than this in some ways of fishing it, and I’ll go over that. So that’s the first
    little modification or hack that I use. Save your old Senkos and use them for Ned Rigs
    later in the year. So, that’s number one. Number two. This was something I learned from
    Brian Latimer. I wish I could take the credit, but I cannot. I saw it on one of his videos
    and it is awesome. So, the Ned Rig, when you fish it around trees or rocks, sometimes it
    can get hung up. So the way to fix that is to rig this weedless. Now, this only works
    with the Z-Man Finesse TRD, or you know, any of their TRDs with the ElaZtech because of
    how strong the plastic is. So, I’m gonna run my hook up through, just like that. Now, this
    is only to get the line threaded on. So I’ve got some eight-pound line here, I’m gonna
    put the line just under the barb of that hook. I’m gonna bring my plastic up over it, like
    that. I will do some movie magic and get a knot
    tied on this. Just like that, we got a knot, thank you for some movie magic there. Okay,
    so the reason I’ve done this is because you will slide your Ned Rig down onto the top
    of that hook on your jig head, and you’re gonna take the back part and rig it just like
    you would a Texas Rig, like so. What that gives you is a weedless Ned Rig. Now, this
    is awesome for rocks because when you’re going along, it’s not as apt to get stuck in the
    rocks when that soft part hits. The soft part hits and it just kinda rolls and pulls through. Now, as far as sitting on the bottom, it’s
    still gonna sit up like this, straight up, as long as you’re using this ElaZtech. And
    as far as the bite, I’ve got that so it’s just barely sticking out there. This is awesome
    for rocks. That head bounces off. It’s a very cool little modification that will help save
    you some baits. Okay, so you’ve seen the two modifications that I use. Let’s go ahead and
    move on to, well, what’s my approach? First, let’s talk about trees and brush. The
    Ned Rig is a great bait to fish this stuff. You just have to be careful and remember your
    approach, “Vs for trees.” I’m not gonna be throwing over real deep into, you know, the
    midst, the real thick stuff, because I’m only fishing if I can get away with it in open
    water, four-pound line, six-pound line is a go to, or eight, when I’m fishing around
    brush like this. But I’m gonna attack the Vs, so spots like this where I can throw between
    and get out. Especially if you’re a bank fisherman, you don’t wanna be throwing all the way over
    the top of this, you know, let’s say it’s just above the water here, you don’t wanna
    throw all the way over top of this, have a fish catch it here and swim down. You’re over
    this branch, he’s probably got you under branches over here, so you wanna fish Vs. A V here,
    throw your little one here, a V, anywhere where you lure is gonna come straight back
    up to you. A V here. You might have to now move around the cover,
    but trust me, it will make fishing brush and sticks a whole lot easier if you remember
    to fish “the Vs on the trees.” The next big thing you wanna think about with this little
    bait is accuracy and presentation. So, on the brush, accuracy and presentation is gonna
    be big, you know, fishing in those Vs. But on grass lines, drop-offs, isolated rocks,
    that’s where this is gonna shine, especially in the fall to winter transition, or late
    fall, fish love to be sitting on the drop-offs. That’s a place where they can go out deep
    where the water is gonna be warmer and they can come back up shallow to feed. Ned Rig, in my opinion, honestly, really shines
    in clear to just sort of stained water. Once you start getting into, you know, the dingier
    or muddy water, the Ned Rig just doesn’t do as well. It doesn’t displace a lot of water,
    it doesn’t have any movement to displace water, it’s just a stick. Stay in the zone, okay?
    I’m talking about the strike zone. So, for example, let’s say this is a rock pile. I’m
    throwing it all around the rock pile. I’m gonna let it fall in slack line here, pop
    it a couple of times, then I’m reeling it back in. If I throw that out and that’s 10
    yards from the boat or 10 yards off land, I’m not gonna fish it the whole way back.
    That’s not gonna be an area where I’m gonna catch a lot of fish. Focus on the strike zone,
    next to the grass lines, especially those drop-offs and around the wood. Stay accurate
    with it and I guarantee you will catch more fish on this. So, how do you fish these? Well, there are
    a few ways that work excellent to fish the Ned Rig. The one thing that stays in common
    with all those is the fall. So, on your cast, you wanna make sure that you let the Ned Rig
    fall on slack line. That is important. When it falls down, it’s gonna kinda give a spirally
    spin motion down, it’s gonna look completely lifelike as it’s spiraling down, as opposed
    to if you threw it over here and I’m trying to get it to fall straight down over here.
    If I throw it and right away engage my bail or don’t let it fall on slack line, it’s gonna
    swim like this and glide down. I don’t want that. I want it to fall on slack line. So
    from there, you can do small hops after it gets on the bottom and work a little bit.
    Pop, pop. Let it sit. Remember, it’s gonna stand straight
    up. Pop, pop, pop. Okay, so you’ve got the pop. You’ve got the drag. After it hits, you’re
    just gonna slowly drag it along and leave it alone. Slowly drag it along, leave it alone.
    And that’s why earlier, I said that when you use the stick baits, this is a technique that
    works great for those because I’m not letting it sit and wanting it to stand straight up.
    I’m dragging along and it kinda falls. So it looks like a fish or a bait, you know,
    just barely holding on with just a little bit of life to it. So, with that rig, I like
    to have the rounded head and the stick bait, and it works awesome. As opposed to the actual
    Z-Man head, if I can find it here, the actual Z-Man head, when you drag it, it’s at a 90-degree
    angle. So when I drag that in the rocks and such,
    I’ve got a really high chance of having my knot get caught up in something, get some
    nicks on it and break when I’m just dragging it along. When you hop it, you don’t notice
    that as much because you’re bringing it off the bottom. But lift and drop. If you notice
    that you’re really getting bit right on that initial drop, you can try lifting your rod
    tip up a couple feet and letting it fall on spiral down again on slack line. Very important,
    not taught line. Pull it up, let it fall on that slack point before you reel anything.
    As soon as you see it, you know, either do something weird or change motion, then you
    can reel into it and see if you have a fish, but you have to let it fall on slack lines. When you get a bite, the Ned Rig, you don’t
    wanna be setting a hook on these. All right? So, you throw it out, you feel a bite, all
    you’re going to do is reel down on it. I lift it up over my right shoulder at a 45-degree
    angle and just start reeling into it. There’s no popping, there’s no hooks sitting, no jarring.
    I’m just gonna reel into that fish. These light wire hooks, notice I’m just barely touching
    my finger and it’s biting into it. That’s what’s so awesome about these little tiny
    light wire hooks. You can imagine as a needle, a needle versus a big thick nail. If you’re
    gonna get a shot, do you wanna get a shot with a needle or do you wanna get a shot with
    a big, huge, thick nail? Heck no, you want the little needle. Because
    it goes in easier, there’s less resistance, less friction. It’s a tiny, tiny, little diameter
    piece of wire that’s going in that fish’s mouth. Once you’ve done that, you wanna make
    sure that you keep a bend in your rod. That’s the big reason for fishing a medium or medium-light
    action rod with a light line is, I’m gonna use my line, my rod, and my drag to play that
    fish. So, you wanna have your drag to where if that fish starts to pull a little bit,
    it’s gonna take out your drag. I’m keeping the bend in my rod the whole time. Very important. What setups do I recommend? Well, generally,
    I’m always going to throw these on a medium-light or a medium action spinning rod. It’s gonna
    have a good parabolic bend. It’s gonna stay bent and allow me to fight that fish, as opposed
    to a heavy action rod that is very stiff. With the line, I’m gonna be using a light
    line. If starts to bend that rod, it’s just gonna be too powerful and it’s gonna break
    your line. That’s why you want a medium-light to a medium action spinning rod. I always,
    on my spinning reels, run for a Finesse application like this, 15-pound braid to my leader. The
    leader is the most important. If I am in real clear water, without any sort of obstruction,
    no big rocks, no brush, I usually go down to a four-pound line. If I’m fishing around any sort of vegetation
    or anything where I’m, you know, gonna possibly get a little bit of stuff on my line, I go
    up to a six. I go up all the way to an 8 or 10, if I’m fishing around brush. Now, it’s
    not gonna be as much of a Finesse application then. When I start getting up to that heavier
    line, the fish can see it. It does make a difference. You fish 4-pound all day and switch
    up to 10-pound and you will notice a difference in getting bites. So, don’t be afraid of the
    light line. One thing that does matter with your reel
    is it has to have very good drag. Smooth drag is not herky-jerky, smooth drag that pulls
    out. Now, with the medium-light or medium rod, you’re not gonna bend this hook out.
    You can see, this is just me grabbing it with two little fingers, I can bending that hook
    out almost. All right? These are not strong hooks, but they will hold and they will not
    bend if you’re not using a powerful rod. As well as coupling that with a reel that has
    really good drag, so if that fish does turn its head and going to make a move and try
    to pull that out, your line’s not gonna break, it’s just gonna start letting drag off your
    reel. Very important in fighting a fish in the Finesse application. Can’t stress that enough. Don’t horse the
    fish in. Tire the fish out. So he’s gonna make a run, reel up your slack, bring him
    in the boat. If he makes a run again, reel up your slack. Not horsing him. You can’t
    fish this like a frog, throw it out there and as soon as you get a bite, set it hard
    and start cranking him in. You’re either going to straighten the hook or break the line.
    Remember those modifications, the weedless modification and your stick bait. They work
    really well, and it will save you some money in the long run too. Make sure that your approach is accurate.
    You hit those high percentage areas, grass lines, wood, and especially the drop-offs
    this time of year, as well as any sort of isolated rocks. Those are gonna be awesome,
    especially if you’re up North fishing smallmouth once you get onto the main lake or out onto
    some of those flats. Oftentimes those flats are just big, huge flats of land and the only
    thing that’s down there is gonna be a little clump of rocks. If you can find those isolated
    rock piles, this is killer. You will get lots of fish on it. Use it as a follow-up bait,
    you know, if you’re running a moving bait through there and catch a few. Don’t be afraid
    to go back over that exact same area with a Finesse Ned Rig because you can get some
    of those cleanout fish that you wouldn’t have caught before. So, how to fish it. Remember there’s always
    gonna be a slack line presentation no matter what way you’re fishing it. Throw it out there
    and let it fall on slack line so it kind of corkscrews down. Very important. You can hop
    it. You can drag it. Just gotta find out what works for you. Sometimes you can even reel
    it real slow over the rocks so it kinda pops and hits those things. You just gotta listen
    to the fish. Listening to the fish means you have to try different, new things for them
    to tell you what they want. Once you get that bite, remember just reel into it. Don’t set
    the hook. Reel into it, lift the rod up, keep the rod bent. Make sure you’ve got your drag
    set so if the fish does make a run for it, he peels drag and doesn’t break your line. So that’s everything in a nutshell, guys.
    I hope this helped. Drop a comment below if you find these helpful. I really appreciate
    it. And leave any sort of comments for new videos down there. I love getting comments
    from people and hearing what they have to say. Drop that down there. Remember, no matter
    what keep casting, guys. You can’t catch the fish if you’re not casting. Until next time,
    take care.

    5 Best Lures For Spring Bass Fishing | Bass Fishing
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    5 Best Lures For Spring Bass Fishing | Bass Fishing

    March 3, 2020


    Glenn: Boy, he came out and smacked it hard. Come here, you. Got you on a jig, buddy. This is a good one. Got a face full of jig right there. It’s a good fish. He wanted it. Boy, he wanted it. That works. We’ll let you go, little buddy. Here we go. Hey, folks, Glenn May here with BassResource.com. And today, I wanna talk about the top five
    baits that I use throughout the springtime to catch fish. Now, understand, there’s a lot more other
    baits out there that work throughout the spring, so if I don’t mention your favorite bait,
    don’t get upset. But I’m talking about the top five baits that
    are effective from early spring, all the way through to post-spawn, that you can use effectively
    the entire time. So, let’s start with the jig. The jig is probably the most versatile lure
    you can have in your arsenal. It works year-round, but especially works
    well in the spring because the bass during this whole wintertime…crawdads have been
    buried up in the mud, they’ve been essentially hibernating, and haven’t been available to
    the bass. And those are protein-rich, slow-moving snacks
    that they love to feed on, especially as they’re getting ready for the spawn. And so, in the early spring, a jig is perfect
    for those conditions because it resembles a crawdad. But even throughout the spring, these fish
    will continue to feed on them, so it’s effective lure to use all the way through to the post-spawn. So, I’ll use a jig, starting out at the beginning
    of the season out on those deeper main lake points and secondary points, fishing it very
    slowly. And I’ll use a larger-sized jig with a bulky
    trailer on it because I want it to look like a nice, big meal for them. That’s an easy target because it’s moving
    super slow. It’s hard for them to resist that in this
    time of year. So, I’ll fish that way early in the season,
    and then as I move shallower, as the season progresses, I’ll start targeting every kind
    of cover that I can see, usually, with a 3/8-ounce jig with a Rage Craw trailer on it. I’m targeting stumps, laydowns, pockets of
    weeds, points in weeds, docks, and I’m also looking at the creek channels. If the creek bend swings up right next to
    the shoreline you got that steeper drop, that’s a great area to fish jigs, or on the inside
    bends of creeks back in the coves when it’s kind of a flat…if it’s got cover on it,
    especially, like stump field, or chunk rock, or maybe some weeds on it, that’s a great
    place to target jigs during the spring. And then, even during the spawn, you can throw
    jigs on top of beds and get bit that way. And even during the post-spawn, I like to
    throw jigs right up into balls of fry, and a lot of times, there’s bass that are guarding
    those fry, and they’ll come up and smack me, and you can catch them that way. I only ask if you’re catching fish during
    the spawn or post-spawn and they’re guarding fry, please release immediately so they can
    finish doing their thing to ensure a successful spawn. Now, the next bait that I like to use throughout
    the spring is a crankbait. During the early part of the season, I’m using
    a deeper-dive crankbait to target those deeper structure areas that I mentioned earlier. Great effective way to fish. And that’s when, you know, water temps are
    in the mid to upper 40s, I’ll start using a crankbait then. Yeah, fish will bite them, absolutely. So, that’s a great way to fish those deeper
    areas, and I crisscross those points and crisscross those ledges and drop-offs with those deeper-diving
    crankbaits. As the fish gets shallower and they get more
    active, I’ll switch over to a lipless crankbait like a chrome with blackback or a chrome with
    blueback, lipless crankbait, and I like to fish the outside weed lines or just the emerging
    weeds, like, big flats where the milfoil and the hydrilla are just starting to grow. It’s a great area to just burn a lipless crankbait
    across the top of it, particularly if there’s something…another piece of structure there. Say, for example, some boulders are scattered
    around, or logs, or maybe some stumps, something like that. I’ll bring that Rat-L-Trap right over the
    top of them or right next to them, and sometimes I’ll just kill it right next to it, and the
    bass will just crush it. Another great bait to use during the springtime
    is a spinnerbait, and I like to use it throughout the spring. Starting when the water temperature gets in
    the upper 40s, I’ll start using a 3/4-ounce spinnerbait, and I’m throwing that in deeper
    water, again, those same points, ledges and humps that I was targeting earlier in, you
    know, 20 feet of water, 15 to 30 feet of water, targeting with a spinnerbait, slow-roling
    it very slowly, and crisscrossing those areas. A lot of times, what I’ll do is I’ll graph
    over the tops of those areas first to see if there’s any cover that might hold those
    fish, like chunk rock, boulders, maybe some irregularities in the point, and I’ll bring
    the spinnerbait right across those areas. And a lot of times, you get bit. You don’t see the bass on your graph, but
    there’ll be hiding…they’ll be so tight to that cover that they’ll just appear as that
    piece of cover. That’s okay, just target that cover and a
    lot of times you’ll get bit. As the spring progresses, I’ll start moving
    up shallower, I’ll target those secondary points, those deeper weed lines. I’m looking for deeper, submerged structure
    or cover such as flooded bushes, flooded timber, that sort of thing. And then, as we get even further into the
    spring where it gets really shallow, now I’m going across the flats. I like to bring it across the flats two different
    ways. One is a medium retrieve. If there’s weeds that are submerged or any
    kinda cover, I’ll bring it nice and slow across that. Or if the fish are really aggressive, I’ll
    bring it back really fast. I’ll burn that spinnerbait back so quickly
    that it’s just under the surface where it’s kinda bulging the surface, but not breaking
    it. It’s a great way to fish it. They react to it. They’ll be sitting in those weeds and just
    suddenly, boom, it just comes flying over their head, and they’ll just react to it and
    crush it. So, it’s a real fun way to catch a lot of
    fish quickly and cover a lot of water effectively, just bulging the surface and covering a lot
    of water. But a spinnerbait to me is one of the more
    effective ways to catch bass throughout the entire spring because you can slow-roll it
    on the outside weed lines. When a front has come through, and those fish
    are pulled off, and they’re a little bit deeper, and they’re buried up in those weeds, and
    they don’t wanna attack baits that much, you can drop it down at 10 to 15-foot zone on
    the outside weed line and slow-roll it past those bass that are sitting buried in those
    weeds. Or if maybe there’s some submerged bushes,
    or flooded bushes, maybe some timber or something that’s deeper, just bring it right by that
    nice and slow with a slow-rolled spinnerbait during a cold front condition. And I don’t know what it is, but even though
    those fish seem to be lethargic and unwilling to chase baits, they’ll come up and crush
    those spinnerbaits even under cold front conditions. So, it’s a very effective way to catch fish
    during those tough conditions. But then, even during the spawn, I’ll bring
    those spinnerbaits right over the top of the beds like I did with the lipless crankbait,
    and I’ll bring them through balls of fry during the post-spawn to catch those males that are
    guarding fry. Again, please release them right away so they
    can finish their spawn. There you go. Nice. They’re in here. Keri: Come here, you. Glenn’s getting’ in the net. Come here, baby. Come here, come here. Oh, come on, Glenn. Come on, Glenn. There we go. There we go. He’s got a sore on his tongue. Yeah, he does. Glenn: The next bait, the fourth one on my
    list that I use throughout the spring is a Senko, you know, or a YUM Dinger, soft plastic
    jerkbait or stickbait, depending on what you wanna call them. I’ll start using them even in the early spring
    when it’s, you know, mid to upper 40s to low 50s. I like to put them on a split shot on a smaller
    size, like a 3-inch, maybe 4-inch, but a 3-inch Senko on a split shot or a drop shot, and
    to target those deeper structure areas, like I mentioned earlier, in the early spring,
    those main lake points, secondary points, drop-offs, humps, those things. I can work those areas very slowly, methodically. When those fish are still a little lethargic,
    kinda just waking up out of their winter slumber, this is a great way to attack those areas
    and catch a lot of fish. It also is a very effective way to fish when
    a cold front has come through and those fish aren’t as willing to bite faster-moving lures
    or bigger lures. I downsize and using those finesse tactics
    to target throughout the spring is a great way to…because they don’t have a lot of
    action to them, a lot of movement, which is what you’re matching, the environment and
    environmental conditions during the post-front conditions. So, it’s a real effective way to catch them. But if I’m not fishing those post-front conditions
    and the water temperature’s now has got in to the low to mid 50s, now I start using
    a 4 and 5-inch size stickbait, Texas-rigged with a 2/0 hook, weightless. And I’ll throw it around all those areas of
    cover that I mentioned previously, all that stuff you can see that I mentioned before,
    those rocks, those stumps, laydowns, targeting from the cove entrances, all the way into
    the back of the bays as the spring progresses into the…the temperatures would go up into
    the upper 50s and the low 60s and the fish are really shallow. It’s really hard to beat these baits during
    that time of year because they’re so effective, they have such a natural, easy fall to them. Just throw it out there on a slackline and
    let it fall by itself. Don’t do a whole lot of work, jerking it and
    doing all kinds of stuff, let it fall on slackline, and it falls horizontally just on its own. The key with that is watching your line. A lot of people gut-hook fish on these baits
    because they’re not paying so close attention to their line. Watch your line, you’re gonna see it just
    suddenly give a little twitch or it’ll start speeding off all of a sudden it’ll just start
    moving away from you quickly. Just any kind of movement like that…well,
    you didn’t impart on it with your rod, so something on the other end did, and it’s probably
    a fish. So, when you see that, reel up all that slack
    and set the hook as quick as you can before they swallow it. And you can catch a lot of fish that way without
    getting them gut-hooked. That’s the number one problem with these baits,
    but they’re very, very effective. You know, again, this is why fish like them
    so much, because they really do think it’s something natural, they eat it right away,
    they just suck it right down. So, great bait to use throughout the entire
    spring. There we go. There we go. Okay. Come on in. Got a little belly on him, he has been eating. That worked. Nice bright bluebird day, why not throw a
    buzzbait? Clear water. And then, finally, during the spring, another
    type of bait that I like to use is topwater, and very specific kinda topwater. There’s two specific kinds. One is buzzbait. I’ll start throwing a buzzbait when the water
    temperature is in the upper 40s, believe it or not. But yeah, I’ve caught fish on buzzbaits when
    it’s 49, 50-degree water temp over those main lake structures. It’s not uncommon for a bass when they’re
    active this time of year to come up 15 feet deep to smash a buzzbait. The key is, is that you wanna use larger blades
    so you can fish it slower and put on a bulkier, more buoyant plastic trailer on it, something
    like a Rage Tail Space Monkey or using a 6-inch Paddle Tail, you know, swimbait on it, something
    big, it enables you to fish it real slow and keep it on the surface, and it offers a larger
    profile for the bass to find them, and locate, and crush them. As the spring progresses, I’ll downsize, I’ll
    move a little bit smaller-sized buzzbait, and I’ll go to just, like, a twin-tail trailer
    on it, something smaller that can move it a lot faster across the water. This is when you’re in the upper 50s and the
    low 60s, when the fish are holding tight to shallow cover are up on those flats, actively
    feeding and chasing baitfish. This is a real effective way to catch them
    with buzzbaits, just covering a lot of water very quickly, and throwing it to all that
    available cover that you see. A lot of times, the fish will come out crushing
    and they’ll scare the bejeebies out of you because they’re hiding on something that you
    didn’t see, it was underwater. Could be a rock, could be a little indentation,
    maybe a ditch or something. But it’s a great way to fish when the fish
    are actively feeding. The other type of topwaters that I like to
    use is a toad and a hollow body frog. So, going on the other end of the spectrum,
    think of it this way, a buzzbait moves very fast across the surface. On the other end of it, you can use a hollow
    body frog because it sits, and floats on the surface, and doesn’t move at all. So, this is a great, effective way to fish
    those isolated pieces of cover that the fish are holding on when they’re a little more
    reluctant, they don’t wanna chase down a bait. You can bring that frog right to it, and let
    it sit, and just give it little twitches with your rod tip, and make it look alive without
    moving it away from that cover. And you’re gonna sit for 30 seconds, or a
    minute, or more, just let it sit, sit, sit, and then you give it a little twitch, and
    suddenly, bam, the fish will hit it. Surprises you because you would think they’d
    hit it right away, but sometimes you have to entice them or irritate them, depending
    on your point of view, until they finally come up and crush that frog. But you can fish that topwater really slow
    and get a lot of bites that way. The in-between range between a hollow body
    frog and a buzzbait is a toad, like a Rage Toad. It’s a real subtle movement, you can fish
    them slower. I fish it on a four-rod, keel-weighted hook,
    like a 1/4-ounce weight that’s got a screw lock on it, and I can fish it nice and slow
    across the surface, gurgling, very subtle movements, and I can drop it into those holes
    and those pockets in the weeds, on those big flats, or next to a stump, or a rock, or any
    kinda cover, fishing along a dock and drop it right alongside the dock. A lot of times, those fish will track it under
    the surface, and then when you kill it, that’s when they crush it. They just can’t stand it, they just can’t. Just changes the action that they’ve been
    seeing, and that change of action is what triggers that bite. You know, and it’s effective at the very beginning
    of the spring, all the way through to where there’s balls of fry in the post-spawn. A toad, a frog, and a buzzbait are my favorite
    topwater baits to use throughout the whole spring. So, those are my top five baits overall for
    spring fishing, top five types of baits to use throughout the spring. I hope those tips help. For more tips and tricks like this, visit
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    Spring Jig Fishing: What You Need To Know | Bass Fishing
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    Spring Jig Fishing: What You Need To Know | Bass Fishing

    February 28, 2020


    Glenn: Here we go. Keri: Whoa, hello. Doorbell. Good fish. Glenn: Come here, you. Come here, come here, come here, baby. Come here, baby, come here, baby, come here,
    baby. Keri: That’s a nice fish. Glenn: Come here. There we go. Keri: Big fatty. Glenn: Got some grass on his face. Beautiful fish. Gonna let you go over on this side. There we go. Hey folks, Glenn May here with BassResource.com,
    and today, I wanna talk to you about fishing jigs in the springtime and how to be successful
    with jigs. Now, jigs, they are so universal, they are
    extremely flexible, and they’re versatile. You can use them in a variety of conditions,
    in a variety of depths, under, basically, any kind of lake or river system anywhere
    in the United States. And they work year-round. So, they’re one of the best lures to use during
    the spring, especially during the spring, because during the wintertime, crawdads typically
    hibernate or they burry into the mud and they’re not very active. When the weather warms up and the water begins
    to warm up, that’s when they start to come out and get active. And these are just little protein snacks and
    it’s a main staple of the bass’s diet. So, in the springtime, they’re finally available
    and the bass just start to gorge on them. So, it’s a great time to fish a jig, because
    a jig resembles a crawdad. So, I wanna talk to you a little bit about
    how I fish a jig throughout the spring, starting in the early spring. What I mean by that is when the water temperatures
    have just peaked into the mid to upper 40s. So, real early…late winter, early spring,
    the bass are beginning to just begin the migration to the shallow areas where they’re gonna spawn. So, in this time of year, I’m looking at still
    main lake or deeper water. Places I like to look at main lake points,
    some of them secondary points, ledges, drop-offs, humps, water that’s around the 25, 20-foot
    zone on average. Now, my neck of the woods where the fish sit
    and they set up camp in the wintertime is around 45 to 55 feet deep. So, it’s relative, get an idea of what I’m
    looking at, it’s in the 20-foot zone area during this time of year. Maybe a little bit shallower in your lake. What I’ll do is I’d like to find points that
    have steep drops, or humps, or ridges that have steep drops on them. And I find those by looking at a lake map
    at home, break out a paper map, and I’m looking for those contour lines when they’re really
    close together. That’s what indicates a real sharp drop, those
    are the areas I want. I mark those and I find out what the GPS coordinates
    are on those and I put those into my GPS unit on my boat. Then what I’ll do is, when I’m on the lake,
    I go to those spots and I graph over the top of them, and I’m looking for any kind of cover
    that might hold fish. In this instance, it’s usually, you know,
    rocks, like, chunk rock or boulders, looking for maybe some stumps down deep, some kind
    of woody structure, maybe some logs that are laying on the bottom or perhaps some deep
    weeds, something that the fish can relate to on that structure. If I don’t find any of that cover then I usually
    move on till I find a point or a hump or something that has that on it. That’s a good starting point. Then what I do is fish the jig starting out
    deep and work shallow. So, I’ll throw it out there, let it fall all
    the way to the bottom. Typically, what I’m doing is I’m using a heavier
    jig this time of year like a 3/4-ounce jig, not because of…you know, I’m not gonna be…I
    don’t want fast action on it, not because I want a fast drop, but I’m gonna get it on
    the bottom, I want it to stay on the bottom. I wanna work these jigs just crawling it on
    the bottom, maybe a little bit down the incline, give it a little it of a hop here and there,
    small movements, mostly on the bottom. So, I’ll use a heavier jig to get it down
    there and let it stay down there. A football-head jig is typically what I use,
    because it’s not…usually too weedy down that deep. Also, in the early part of the season, I’m
    using larger profile jigs. Yeah, it’s a 3/4-ounce jig, but I want larger…maybe
    a 60-strand jig skirt, something that’s got some bulk to it. The reason behind that is, a lot of the baitfish
    in the available forage is from last year’s spawn, last year, last summer’s growth and
    they’ve been growing this entire season. There hasn’t been any recent spawns in the
    early part of the spring. So, all the forage that’s available to the
    bass right now is at the largest they’re gonna be all year long. So, I wanna match that size, so I size up
    and I’m using for something big, plus the bass are looking for a protein-rich meal. Instead of using a Rage Craw trailer on it,
    I’ll size up to something a little bit bigger like a Space Monkey, something to give it
    a larger profile. That’s what I want, and I want it moving slowly
    on the bottom so it looks like an easy target for those bass to snack on as they’re feeding
    up, getting ready for that spawn. But I’ll throw it down there, let it sit,
    and crisscross that point in different angles and cover different water depths. And I’ll gradually work myself shallower until
    I finally connect with the fish. When I do, I make note of where that is. Say, for example, the fish bit at 20 feet,
    then I know, “Okay, that’s probably about the depth that the fish are holding at.” So, I’ll narrow my focus now plus or minus
    5 feet, 15 to 25 feet in this instance. And I’ll work that area and probably pick
    up a few more fish. Then I look at that paper graph that I brought
    with me now that I marked at home, and I look for those areas. Look for those points that have that 15 to
    25-foot band on them, points, humps, ridges, whatever kind of structure I can find, and
    go find those. And again, cross over with the graph, I look
    for that cover in that zone, if it’s there, then I fish it. That can be productive, I can hit point, boom,
    boom, boom, boom, boom. Throughout the whole lake, I can hit all these
    areas that I’ve marked and I can be really productive that day rather than spending my
    time just going along the shoreline hoping I get bit. So, it’s a lot quicker and easier way, especially,
    when it’s colder out, you wanna catch fish. Keri: There we go. Glenn: Nice. All right. Get them, Keri, get them. Keri: There’s one particular spot out there
    and you have to be spot on it to do it. One spot. Glenn: That’s how you use deeper jigs for
    deeper fishing. That’s a good healthy fish. Keri: That’s a healthy fish. Oh, wait, I had you that time, you weren’t
    going nowhere. Look at that. Glenn: Nicely done. Keri: Jig fishing. Woo-hoo. Glenn: So, that’s how I approach it with early
    spring. Now, as spring progresses and the water temperature
    gets in the low to mid-50s, then I start moving out shallower. Now, I’m moving towards the 5 to 15-foot range,
    and I’m moving back closer towards those spawning areas where the fish are gonna end up later
    on the spring. They’re gonna start migrating up there and
    I find those areas by looking at places where the bass are…basically what I call bus stops,
    structure, places where the bass are gonna stop on their way as they progress shallower
    to the spawning flats. So here, I’m looking for creek channels and
    river channels, especially, where it swings up close to the bank as it works its way back
    into the back of coves and bays. I’m looking for secondary points, drop-offs,
    I’m looking for weeds that are in deeper water, looking for those outside weed lines. That’s the kind of stuff you wanna hit and,
    basically, hit all of it as you’re moving up back into the coves. They usually don’t go super shallow, because
    the water temperature, again, isn’t really above 55. I don’t catch too many fish that are less
    than 10 feet deep during that time. Every once in a while, well, you know, there’s
    exceptions, but as a general rule, they’re in that, you know, 10 to 15, 10 to 20-foot
    range, somewhere in there. And I’m looking for anything…any kind of
    cover that they can relate to. Sometimes, here you’re looking at submerged
    bushes and submerged trees. And the jig I’ll work a little bit faster. I’ll cast it out there. Now, I’m using, like, a 1/2-ounce to a 3/8-ounce
    jig, want a little bit slower fall. I’ll put on a Rage Craw trailer on it that’s
    got some more action to it that slows down the fall, because it has those ridges on it
    on the craws, so it falls a bit slower, has more action. Let it drop next to the cover, and let it
    sit for a couple of seconds, I lift it up about a foot and let it drop back down again. And work it a couple times then I reel back
    in and I throw again. Typically, if you’ve had stable weather or
    a general warming pattern, you’re gonna get bit on that initial fall or that secondary
    fall when you lifted and dropped it again. Glenn: Ahh, a little bit better. That’s right. Here we go. Come here. There we go. Look at that. Do you think he wanted it? Look at that. He wanted it. Glenn: Now, as we get to the spawn, and, really,
    you know, pre-spawn, spawn area, 55 degrees to low 60s. Now, the fish are up shallow, they’re up on
    the flats, and they’re…any kind of cover, you know, docks, skipping a jig under a dock,
    throwing it on, you know, bridge pilings, throwing it anywhere you can find weeds, little
    pockets of weeds, something that you submerge in weeds, lily pad fields, I’m looking for
    maybe a rock pile in the middle of cover. Like, you got a big flat with weeds on it
    and hydrilla or milfoil and then there’s a rock pile in the middle of it or a stump,
    those are the target areas that I really focus with the jig. And, now, I’m flipping and pitching. And I’m hitting all the targets with flipping
    and pitching. I’m using a 3/8-ounce jig and, again, with
    that Rage Craw, and throwing it out there and just letting it fall. And almost always it’s on the first drop. Occasionally, I’ll pick it up again and try
    to get a secondary drop, but it’s pretty fast fishing. Just flipping and pitching to every cover…you
    know, target I can find and it’s a heck of a lot of fun to catch fish. The key thing here is, during that fall, a
    lot of the time, that’s when you get bit and it’s on slack line, so you’re not gonna feel
    it. So, this is not the time to be looking around,
    talking to your buddy, or looking on the shoreline, you got to be watching that line and seeing
    if it jumps, twitches, does any kind of movement, because that usually indicates if there’s
    a fish on the other end. So, pay close attention to that line as it’s
    dropping on slack line. A lot of times, you’ll see that bump and just
    reel up and set the hook. And you’ve got yourself a good fish. Then, during the spawn, what I do, I tend
    to downsize, oftentimes I’ll use a finesse jig. I’m using a round head jig, finesse, and I’ll
    take the trailer off and I cut the skirt, so it’s right even with the back of the hook. Bass have an uncanny ability, when you put
    something on their bed, that they’ll pick it up by the tail, and not get the hook in
    their mouth. And they’ll carry it off the nest and drop
    it. It’s maddening, because you can set the hook
    and you just pull it away from them, they don’t actually have it. So, that’s why I cut it so short, in the hopes
    that they will…and it’s a small compact bait, so it’s a lot more difficult for them
    to do that. But they still manage to do it sometimes,
    but often, I will do it that way and catch a lot of fish. I just drag it across…I cast on the other
    side of the…opposite side of the bed from me and I just slowly drag it across there. And let it sit and get that fish’s attention
    and when he looks down on it then I just give it a little twitch and sometimes I just pick
    it up just like that. A lot of times you have to make multiple casts
    in order to catch them, but that’s an effective way to catch fish on beds. Then, during the post-spawn, what I’ll do
    is I’ll go back to that 3/8-ounce jig with a Rage Claw trailer on it, and what I’m looking
    now, is for balls of fry. Because, often, there’s a male guarding them. Sometimes you can’t see him, a lot of times
    you can’t see him. They’re down in the depths or in a bush somewhere
    or under a dock, but you can see the fry. And so, I like to cast right into the fry
    or right next to them and a lot of times, that bass comes out from hiding and whacks
    it. It’s a real fun and exciting way to catch
    fish that way. And it works for about the next, you know,
    couple three weeks after the spawn. It’s a great way to go out there and you can
    find fish by finding those fry and casting out to them and watching those bass just dive
    bomb the jig. The only thing I ask is, if you’re fishing
    beds or if you’re fishing fry, when you catch the fish, please, let them go right after
    you catch him so he can finish doing his job in ensuring a successful spawn for that year. Boy, he came out and smacked it hard. Come here, you. Got you on a jig, buddy, that’s a good one. Got a face full of jig right there. A good fish. You wanted it. Boy, you wanted it. That works. Well, let’s go, little buddy. Here we go. One other important thing to use a jig for
    during the spring is when those dreaded cold fronts come through. It always happens in the spring, there’s lots
    of fronts and what that tends to do is slow the bite down. And that’s when the jig really shines. What will happen, the bass…if you’ve had,
    you know, a warming trend or stable weather for a while, the fish will be up shallow,
    actively chasing baitfish, and feeding up on the flats. And when that front comes through…most fronts,
    now, I’m not talking severe fronts, but, typically, when a front comes through, what the bass
    do is one of two things. They’ll either bury up in available cover
    right on that flat. If there’s bushes, and weeds, and that sort
    of thing, they’ll just bury right down into it, and, kind of, wait till conditions improve
    before they start feeding again, or they’ll ease off a little bit to the next…you know,
    a little bit deeper right next to the flats to the next available piece of cover, whatever
    that may be. But they’re not gonna go far, they’ve been
    feeding, guys, they have been eating really well, they’re successful, their food source
    is right there, they’re not gonna abandon it. So, don’t think they have suddenly disappeared
    and gone way down deep. They’re right nearby, probably within 40,
    50 yards from where you were catching them before. But you got to slow down and let the jig do
    its job. And here’s when I’m using a rubber skirted
    jig. And I use that because if…do this, find
    a jig that you’ve got with a rubber skirt, put it in a sink or your bathtub, don’t let
    your wife know. And let it sit on the bottom and what you’ll
    see is that skirt just slowly open like that, all by itself. And that’s perfect, that’s what you want. During this time, the fish are kind of reluctant
    to bite, they’re not gonna move far, so what I do, is I throw it out there, let it fall
    right next to that cover that they may be in, like a deeper weed line and let it sit
    on a tight line. And just stand there and not move, and what
    will happen is that jig slowly opens up, and in the meantime, if you’re in a boat, your
    boat’s moving a little bit because of the breeze. Even if you’re on the shoreline, you’ve got
    a little bit of waves on the water, it’s lapping up and hitting your line. And you’re holding the rod in your hand and
    you can try to hold it as still as possible, but you’re not gonna be able to be…you’re
    not a mannequin. So, there’s little bit of movements that are
    being transmitted down the line. All that just, kind of, makes it quiver in
    place while it’s opening up. It’s something that looks alive and it’s not
    moving and it looks…it’s a beefy because, usually, the rubber skirts make the jig look
    a larger profile. So, it’s a big protein snack that’s not moving
    very fast, it’s really hard for the bass to resist even during cold front conditions. So, I just let it sit there and then move
    it a couple of inches and then rinse, lather, repeat, wait again. It’s a real slow, sometimes boring way to
    fish, but it’s very effective. You can catch a lot of fish even during tough
    cold front conditions. As for colors, I keep it pretty simple. If it’s dark outside, cloudy, or if the water
    is dingy to really muddy, I use black and blue straight up, or black and purple. I might put a little chartreuse dye on my
    trailer, but other than that, that’s about all I use when it’s dark. And then when the water’s clear, that stained
    to real clear, and if it’s sunny out, then I’ll use natural colors like greens and browns
    and stick to that, those hues, green pumpkin and that kind of thing. Very simple, I don’t get, like, all colors
    of the rainbow on my jig box. If you look at it, it’s basically all browns
    and greens with a little bit of black and blue, because the lakes I fish in are mostly
    clear. But that’s essentially it, and that’s a great
    way to use a jig during the springtime. I hope those tips help. For more tips and tricks like that, visit
    BassResource.com.

    Jared Lintner and Cody Meyer Fishing Lipless Cranks at Clearlake During Winter – TW VLOG #496
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    Jared Lintner and Cody Meyer Fishing Lipless Cranks at Clearlake During Winter – TW VLOG #496

    February 27, 2020


    (electric guitar music and drum beat) – Hi guys, Jared Lintner here with my buddy Cody Meyer. You know, this year was
    the first time ever. I’ve known this guys for
    years, and years, and years – Yeah Fishing, major league fishing. It sucks competing against this guy. This guy catches them!
    – So do you, man. So do you. – Oh I get lucky every now and then. But we’re here at Clear Lake. First time ever in the boat with you. – [Cody] Yeah. – [Jared] I’m kind of
    excited to learn all of the secret tricks, and I don’t know if he’ll share them with you guys but I’m going to learn something. What do you think?
    – You know, I’m excited too. I mean honestly, I can remember the first time ever seeing you. It was here at Clear Lake, Lake Port. I see this tall guy,
    rolling down the bank, throwing a big old buzz bait, catching big fish. It was actually, a Bassmaster Open. A long time ago, you won. So you are the GOAT here on Clear Lake. – Nope, no, no. – I’m excited about today. I’m excited to kind of just
    go through the whole day, and fish and just have some fun. And let’s do it man. – [Jared] It’s getting cold. I mean they should be biting. – [Cody] Perfect. – [Jared] We’re going to talk
    about the new Garmin stuff. – [Cody] Yeah. – [Jared] We got the Force Trolling Motor, we got the Ultras. So we’ll share with you guys about that. And, I recently made a
    partnership with Daiwa So, I just got these reels. You’re going to teach me about them. – [Cody] Awesome. – We’re going to go catch a fish. – Let’s do it. (Bass guitar and drums) – There was a bird there a second ago. Oh! Smoked it right on the wall, dude. Right on the wall.
    – Did you get them all? – Oh they’re blowing up in there. – Yeah! Get in there. This little guy. Dude he ate it so hard. – That sucker is mean man. – Oh you’re going to get
    a two minute penalty. – Two minute penalty. – I’m out, two minutes. – Scoreable Bass. – This is typical man, this time of year, water temps dropping. That’s a nice fish but, they get bigger in Clear Like, I promise ya. Look at how weird that fish is shaped. But Aurora, Aurora Black. I love that color this time of year. We got to get them, as soon
    as we started seeing the bait, you see the bait flickering right there, and that was just on a straight retrieve. Let him go. There he is. – Cody, score tracker update? Oh my gosh dude, same cast huh? – Dude, same cast. – Red Eye Shad, man. Dude, these things are so thick. Clear Lake. That’s a good start, huh? (Base guitar music and drum beat). (laughing). – Oh! Good one. Dude – [Jared] Oh no! (base guitar and drum music) (burbling water) – All right, so here’s the plan here. We’re both major league fishing pros. And we fished all year
    with this new adjustment. If a fish hits the carpet,
    you get a two minute penalty. So, hey. – Whoa. – Why not? – Well here’s the deal,
    because you know that I was leading the penalty. – (laughing). – Yeah actually. So you’re like “Oh yeah,
    this guy is a penalty.,” – Hey, hey, you know what. – Okay, so two minutes
    for hitting the carpet? Or to buy a release violation? Are you in that too? – (Sigh) I guess so. – Yup, release violation. – You know what, I think, I think to. – Maybe we should do some
    multiple match fishing. If you throw over my line, you’re out. (laughing).
    – No, no, no, no, no. I think too, if you get extra grumpy… – Oh no. – …to a TW member here, it’s a, 5 minute penalty here man. No, but this is fun. – But who’s the judge of that? – Me. Duh. – Wait a minute, you’re
    the boat official and… – Yeah. – Official? – Yeah. You just call me Gary Klein. (laughing). (rock music starts). – Big one? Dude, I think this is a
    big one. I think…oh! – Oh dude. – Dude, that was a big one. – Oh my God, oh my gosh. – (Jared) You see the
    screen? On the live scope. Look at him, right here. Agh! Little. – Little? – Little. He ate it though. He ate it. No two minute penalty. – Dude, nice one. – What a chunker man. (rock music). – I think you just lost Moby Dick, bro. – Dude. I did. I don’t
    want to talk about it. Chunker. chunker. – Oh! there he is. – Big one? – Nice one for sure. – Let me get out of your. – [Cody] Yeah. – Fun man. – This I so fun. Come on. – [Jared] Dude, that’s a nice one. – Yeah, it is. – Dude, he choked it. – And this is, this is
    why you come to Clear Lake with the Clear Lake GOAT. (laughing) – No. – Right on. These things are so healthy here. – [Jared] That’s what a lot of people don’t understand about this north end. Well, you understand but “It’s all flat dude and
    there’s nothing to fish”. They get on 4 and 6 inch contours. – Yeah. – I mean that’s what they live on and then obviously the grass but it doesn’t, you don’t have to have a five foot drop, up here. (rock music). – Anchor down. – Look at that thing. Barely bit it, – A big one? – Uh, it’s a nice one. – Oh yeah. – Nice one – Yeah man, we’re back and
    spending our whole time fishing. Back there, come out. It’s funny they’re out here huh, and not back in the dock. – Yeah, I don’t know why, I mean, I think at different times
    of the day though dude, they move in and out. – Got him. Dude, look how healthy this one is. – [Jared] Football. – Football season. Yeah, the baits definitely. Seems like it’s out right
    now and there it is. We are seeing all these
    fish on the Garmin Livescope There’s a lot of them out here so, I don’t know man, let’s keep
    catching them like that, beautiful Clear Lake fish. (rock music) – There’s one. – What do you got there man?
    – Dude. Not the biggest one but it’s still cool. – And you switched up baits? – Dude, yeah switch up a bait. It’s on that little
    Jackall blade bait dude. Oh! – Penalty! – Penalty. Dude, so check this thing out. Just tied it up because
    Cody and I are like, why aren’t they bitting, we can
    see them on the Panoptics. Obviously that’s just a blade bait. I just got them, I think Tackle Warehouse just started carrying them the other day. I don’t even know the name of it. You see it right there
    Keyburn, Keyburn, half ounce. So it’s a silent bait, so
    we’ll see if that was a fluke, or if it’s that the deal. Might have a new Clear Lake secret, maybe. – Oh. – Big one, giant. – Not a giant, it’s a good one though. I think. – Big one. – No. – Nice one. – Nice one. Oh, saved the penalty. Why is Lintner fishing
    right now, in a penalty? Keep adding them up boys. Keep adding them, those penalties. Nice, you know what this is? Clear Lake football. Hey, it’s football season. Last night, I just happen to
    be, fellow Tackle Warehouse pro staffer, Jess and Lucas, he went down in flames, you know what? We’re friends but all’s
    fair in love and war. Oh Lucas. – (Jared) Dude, he’s going to hate that. – I want to see if Lintner
    actually takes a penalty. (laughing) Not gonna happen. – Ah dude, I just got freaking “tung.” – You did? – Yeah. Oh! (rod brakes) (laughing) – I broke my rod. – Oh! You broke your rod. Oh nice! (laughing) – Okay, (laughing) – Dude that was awesome. – Ah, broke a rod. – You did all kind of stuff. That was one of the better fish captures I’ve seen in a while. – Dude, so there’s this
    swim bait that I got that I’m not allowed to show but obviously that was the first cast that I ever made it at Clear Lake. You can barely see the nose of
    it sticking out right there. Baby. That’s a nice one, huh Cody? – Dude, that’s a beauty. – Nice fish. (Hard rock) – Oh! – What was that on? The under spin? – Yeah. – Isn’t that weird, so we’ve
    been sitting here for a while and we just made the comment. Every time we change a
    bait, we get bit right away. – Yeah, like one or two casts into a new bait. While striking Rage
    Swimmer on the under spin. We catch one. And then they get used to it. We got to switch it up again. – All right man, this
    was a fun little spot but you know how it is
    this time of year dude, you got to find fresh groups. This is a well known
    kind of community spot, so I’m sure they got
    pounded this past weekend. – Yeah man, for sure. – So it’s not the only
    spot we’ve got though. We’re gonna, anchor locked down. We get our stuff together
    head over to another spot, but real quick, you know, before we get too many
    things going on here. We’ve already caught ’em
    on a variety of baits. – Yeah. – So this morning we
    started off across the lake, and I was throwing a TN
    70, an Aurora Balck color seven foot seven Ritual
    Angling, medium heavy rod. It’s a reaction bay rod, so you know, you got
    the parabolic bend, and I’m still learning about these reels So that’s the Tatula Elite, correct? – (Cody) Yes, this is the
    brand new Tatula Elite Reel from Daiwa, just came out recently. This Reel right now,
    I mean you can see it, for one, it’s very, very smooth. Aluminum frame, aluminum side plate. Very strong reel. This reel was meant for distance casting. So you know, when you
    are throwing that TN 70, strike from Red Eye Shadow. Whatever you’re throwing, you’re going to get a lot
    of distance out of there. Have a lot of power behind there. Also, there’s an A 70 75
    aircraft gray aluminum spool, which is going to be a lot lighter. So, again you’re going to
    get the extra distance. Has a T-wing system in there, which we’ll talk about as well but also the MAG Force
    Z, so really like for me, you can pickup any bait,
    light bait, a heavier bait, you know, vibrating jig, whatever, and you can adjust on the fly. You know, when you were throwing that, I was throwing that Strike King Red Eye
    Shadow on that first spot. And, the reason why, those
    fish are really shallow, they’re really in two
    feet of water or less. That kind of seemed like
    it was the deal for me. As far as the rod and the reel goes, I was throwing one of my
    favorite rods for throwing that. This is a Daiwa Tatula Elite, this is a seven foot four rod. Brent Ehrler design. You know, it’s for cranking, and a bladed jig, but it’s
    a really parabolic rod, really good for, you
    know, lipless crank bait, stuff like that. As far as a reel, I was
    throwing a Daiwa Steez, with a T-Wing in there. This is a Steez A, the
    line was a Daiwa J-Fluoro. This is a 16 pound test,
    really, really good line, but you know this whole
    set up for me is crucial when you are fishing some of these treble hook baits, you know. This is the Owner STX-38 Treble Hooks, and just because you
    don’t loose a lot of fish. – (Jared) Right, right. Well why don’t I have a Steez?
    – You don’t have a Steez, – Are you going to give me a Steez? – Because you just signed on… you know what, when we moved to this spot, here’s the deal, you lost Moby Dick. – Yeah, I lost it.
    – You lost a big one. If you wouldn’t of lost that
    one I would of gave you that. – Well, I didn’t change my hooks, normally I would change the hooks out, the stock hooks that come on
    the Jackalls to my Trokar, EWG style trebles, and
    I got a little lazy. I was cooking dinner for you last night, – Yeah, thank you. – I didn’t have time to do this. – You know so we made that move over here. This is the spot you
    really love to fish and, – Yeah. – (Cody) Right when we got here, What happened?
    (Jared) Is game on. – (Cody) Is game on. – I bomb my trap out there,
    actually I was throwing the Ghost Minnow there. I bombed it out there, and I think, it hit the bottom I lift it up and it was a big one. You’re like, “Are you snagged,” and then the rod just, ugh, (laughing) pulled off. Again, I didn’t change my hook, my fault, my bad. But you know both the traps, I was throwing 16 pound,
    Crank FC, which I really like, it’s got a little bit of stretch real abrasive resistant. And then you picked up something. I don’t even know what you
    got going on right there. – You know, I made the move,
    of course, not a sponsor bait, but it’s a Lucky Craft LV 500, and you know, I threw the Red Eye in the real shallow water, I picked this bait up. This is a bait that a lot of
    people throw at Clear Lake but the same setup, you know, you got the 16 pound Daiwa J-Fluoro, you got the Daiwa Tatula
    Elite, same setup, picked this up and the reason why we’re fishing a little bit deeper. You know, this is out
    in that 10 foot range. This is a little bit heavier
    of a bait than Red Eye Shadow, which is only a half ounce, and we slowed down our retrieve. – Yup. – You know, we were kind of
    steady retrieve in the bay over on the other spot, we slowed down, and we really started catching some fish. It’s Clear Lake, they’re biting like crazy right when you pull up. Definitely slow down – (Jared) Well we can
    see them on the Panoptics – [Cody] Yeah. – [Jared] It was driving us crazy. So when we were on the inside, kind of out of the wind protected, we changed around some
    baits and it was weird, soon as I do, I tied on this new bait, I just got it the other day. Jackall sent it to me. I don’t actually, I don’t even know how to
    pronounce the name of it, but it’s a little bladed white jig, or whatever you want to call it. Keyburn I think it’s what it’s
    called, little half ounce. First cast, there he is. (laughing) I was like what the heck? And I was just throwing a seven foot five, medium heavy Ritual Angling casting rod, and what real, that’s another. – Tatula Elite. – Tatula Elite. – Yes. – Yep, yep, that 14 pound
    Sunline shooter on there. And again, I need the,
    you’re going to cook tonight, I’m going to change all my hooks. – All right. I’ll put
    some owner hooks on there. – No, he’s going to put Trokar on there. – Eh, Trokar? – Trokar, trebles. – Huh? – Yeah.
    – Yeah, okay. You know they, you know
    really, I made the move. We saw a lot of fish down here. They were kind of scattering
    though as we were capturing some of these fish. You
    know I ended up picking up a little Strike King Rage Swimmer on this little under spin
    head and caught a fish. That was a huge fish for me at the time because it tied up Lintner. You know, he was just starting
    to run away with this thing. But, you know, that was again, that was on Daiwa Tatula Elite
    Reel six three gear ratio. But the rod, this is a rod I love. It’s again a Daiwa Tatula
    Elite seven foot three Brent Ehrler rod, multipurpose rod. You know, perfect for this. This is a, again, a 16
    pound Daiwa J-Fluoro line. This is a phenomenal line. Lot of a power sensitivity
    behind this line. Lot of confidence in it. Caught that fish there… – (Jared) And then nothing – (Cody) Nothing, they’re
    not really biting so. – Yeah, and we kept rotating. You know, the traps, and you’re throwing your
    jig a few times, a Senko. I’m trying different things. I pickup this prototype swim bait, right? (laughing). And I’m not allowed to
    say anything about it, but I’m like man, let’s just see. – Yeah. I bomb it out there, and
    like 10 cranks in, pouh! And I swung, and I think I damaged the rod actually last night when I was putting the rods in my boat, and I think I closed it on half of my rod, so that might happen again. (laughing) But, brake the rod in half
    and, landed the fish though. It was a nice one. Choked it. Seven foot 11 Ritual Angling Swimbait Rod. Actually, on that set up,
    I have just have a regular Tatula 200, and when I got
    it in the mail the other day, I was like man it feels,
    you know it’s a bigger reel. It has bigger padals, bigger handle. So what’s the difference
    between the Tatula and the Tatula Elite, because I’m just learning? – Okay, so the Tatula Elite
    is a more lower profile aluminum frame. The Tatula Elite also
    has these zero adjusts. So, when you pick this
    reel out of the package, there’s no adjusting the tension spool. It’s a zero adjust. You’re only going to use the Mag Force Z, – On the side – On the side, to adjust for bait. So, the Tatula that
    you are throwing there, it’s got a deeper spool, it’s
    going to be meant for more heavy cover combat fish, in
    punching, big swim baits. You can put more line on
    that spool, bigger handle. It’s made for what you
    were throwing right there. Big crank baits, swim
    baits, again flip in. That’s the main difference. – And they make that Tatula in
    what, A 200, a 150 and a 100? – Yeah, 100, 150, 200. The 100 is low profile,
    150 is going to be bigger, 200 is going to be even bigger. The same size reel on the 150 and 200, but just a bigger spool. But you’re going to
    have that bigger handle, little bit more power behind that, and I’ll tell you what,
    for me to watch you that was awesome, that was
    the biggest fish of the day so far and the fish catch. – I’m not sure you didn’t
    sabotage me though. – I’m,
    – You just braking my stuff. – I wouldn’t do that to you, I promise. – [Jared] Hey make sure to check out this Waz gear giveaway and like,
    share and tag a friend. – [Cody] Let’s go. – [Jared] Let’s get out of here. – [Cody] I want to go catch a bar. – [Jared] Dude we’re going
    to find some drinks somewhere and smash it. – [Cody] Let’s do it. Stay tuned guys. (electric guitar and drums).

    Fishing with Johnny Johnson – Flipping at Lake Havasu, AZ
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    Fishing with Johnny Johnson – Flipping at Lake Havasu, AZ

    February 25, 2020


    Got him! Got that one! Had to flip him out of
    that tree right there- or out of that brush pile. Come on buddy. Oh my goodness! Look at that fish, folks! Little ‘flipping’ bass! Look at that..
    Not a bad one. Little one, for-
    for uh, Lake Havasu. But not a bad fish. Um, we just got to
    Lake Havasu, folks. And today, I decided
    we’ll push up the river; do a little flipping; and
    figure out what these fishare doing.Now I’m gonna tell you
    something: we’ve had a
    weather pattern come
    through that’s muddied up
    the water. And uh, they had a lot of
    rain uh, a few days back, and uh, you can
    definitely tell it. And uh, the water’s
    really- really dirty in here. It’s hard to see more than
    a foot, foot and 1/2 down. And uh, normally,
    it’s clear as a bell. But uh, we’re gonna take
    through and- I decided: “well, I tried some
    reaction a little bit when we first got here
    this morning.” But I’ll- I’ll do
    a little flipping. See if we can’t
    uh- you know, flipping these reeds
    are a lot of fun. And uh, flip it with a
    small bait or something like that and get up into
    some of this stuff- I’m using my flipping stick-
    and see if we can’t get a fish to bite and uh, catch
    some fish up here in the river. The cool thing about being
    up here in the river, is it’s not
    deepwater at all. I don’t have to worry
    about fishing 30,40 foot of water.These fish are used to
    being in this shallow
    water.But they do shut off.They turn on and shut off
    just like any other fish
    out on the main lake, so. What we’re gonna do is
    try to go through here. Maybe they’re a little
    bit more tighter to cover because of the front
    that just went through, So if they’re tight to
    cover, no problem. We’ll flip them
    out of this stuff. Uh, caught that fish in a
    foot and 1/2 a water right there, so. You have to be careful
    when you come up in here. You know? Because it’s uh- you got
    shallow bays and things like that- for your
    motors- you have to becareful, but um.Other than that, the
    lake’s- the lake’s up.
    So I mean: we’re able to
    get into some areas that I
    don’t normally get to
    fish very often, so. We’ll come back here and
    see what we can’t do. 17 pound test line, man. You bring out
    the big stuff. You know: 17, 20
    pound test line. I got my flipping stick. I’m throwing a 1/2 ounce
    weight so I can get it in there quick. And uh, just throwing
    a little Arizona Custom Baits uh, creature bait. And I’ll tell you what:
    that little dude really gets it. It’s brand-new. Um, Jonathan just started
    making those and uh, we’re gonna try it. It really looks
    good in the water. Flaps good in the water;
    everything looks good. So we’re gonna throw it. It’s small and compact,
    where we can get into the reeds and let it
    fall in one spot.Now: I do have
    my weight pegged.
    Which is one of the most
    important things you can
    do when you’re flipping. Now: I didn’t put a bead. A lot of times when I just
    throw a regular Texas rig, I’ll put a bead
    underneath, or something like that. But we went
    direct with this. I’ve got a bobber-stop
    underneath where the knots at, so the tungsten
    doesn’t hurt the knot. And then right on top I’ve
    pegged my sinker down, just like so, to the bait. That way, when the bait
    falls over some of these reeds, your weight doesn’t
    fall down and your bait’s way up here. It all stays compact;
    it all goes together. And that’s very important
    when you’re flipping. You know: you hear a lot
    of fishermen tell you that, “I’m flipping.” “I’m flipping.” And I get just as bad. I’ll tell you
    I’m ‘flipping’, and I’m actually
    ‘pitching’. There’s a difference:
    the difference is, is when you’re- when
    you’re actually flipping, you’re actually putting
    line out on your reel and you’re taking your line
    by your hand like this, and you’re just kinda
    flipping it in pockets. In pockets of the
    weeds, just like so. You let it fall
    down to the bottom; you shake it a little bit;
    you can pull it back up. And your real in close
    quarters with what you’re doing. Hitting pockets
    of the weeds, whatever you’re doing. Now: ‘pitching’is more
    putting it in your hand like this, and kinda
    pitching it out there a little bit and letting
    it fall down in. And a lot of guys,
    that’s what they do here. And you’ll see them
    go down the banks, and they’re actually- we
    call it- a lot of guys just say “we’re flipping,”
    but you’re actually pitching into the reeds. And so, if you ever want
    to know the difference between pitching and
    flipping: because I’ve had a lot of guys ask me,
    “well what’s the pitching thing, if that’s
    flipping?” And I’m like,
    nah, actually, flipping’s when you-
    when you pull it out; engage the reel; you know,
    pull the line out like so; and you just pop it in
    there; pop it in pockets. And I like to do that
    when I’m in marshy uh, you know, real
    weedy areas. But when we’re here
    around reeds like this, I do more of a ‘pitch’. And I like to just pitch
    it out there and poke it in holes like that. And that’s-
    that’s ‘pitching’. That might help you out
    a little bit when you get out there. But you’ll have a lot
    of guys tell you they’re flipping, and a lot of
    times they’re probably pitching. And- but they call
    it ‘flipping’. And I’m just as
    bad at doing it. But it happens. Got him! Boy. Come on buddy. You thought you were
    going to get away from me, didn’t you? Come on. You thought you was going
    to get away from me. Not a big one, but. We came out into the
    current to see if we might be able to get something
    going in little bit clearer water. And a lot of times, you
    get out in this current- these fish are moving
    around a lot- you can get up and flip some
    fish in these reeds. And uh, catch
    some fish on it. Now I’ll tell you: it’s not easy today
    for some reason. That front’s got them
    kind of shut down, but. If you find little- little
    deep pockets like this in the reeds..behind the water
    movement, there,
    you can catch some
    of these fish.
    We have flipped a lot.You’re going to do
    a lot of flipping.
    You’ll catch
    fish doing it.
    Sometimes some big
    ones, too, but.
    I mean, the thing is: is
    we came out on this river channel and just started
    working our way down, now. I wanted to get out here
    in just a little bit of current where I can find
    some spots I can really get into and uh, find
    those little areas where the water’s pushing
    and has little- little stoppage behind the
    reeds or something. And that’s usually where
    they’re sitting: behind that little eddy thing. So I’m gonna go down and
    flip through there and see if we can’t get
    them the bite. It’s very slow today, but. And it’s a little
    bit clearer, too, out here than it was back
    in a pocket or something. But we’re going to
    try both, still, but. I’ll tell you what:
    one thing that’s really important about doing
    this flipping stuff, too, is you gotta be aware
    of the sun and uh, your shadow. You don’t want your
    shadow on top of the fish, up in the front where
    you’re flipping. So you have to position
    your boat a lot of times to be able to make sure
    your shadow- the way thesun is- is not in the area
    where you’re flipping.
    It helps you a
    lot that way.
    You’re not pre-warning
    the fish you’re there.
    Still trying to figure
    them out a little bit.
    I like to get back there
    right behind where the- where the water’s
    not pushing so hard. And that’s usually
    about where they’re at. A lot of times when you
    throw that bait out in this real- in this
    current like this, it will just start
    drifting down. And uh, it’ll drift right
    in front of something, and those fish
    will get it. I’m even gonna flip to
    some rock and things like that to see if I can get
    them to- these little rocky points,
    and behind them, and things like that. See if we can get
    some fish to hit. But I’ll tell you… [grunt] Man, that felt
    like a bite. You think? [chuckling] ‘Man, that felt
    like a bite’. Well, I guess I better put
    another one of these dog- these things on. Maybe we’re gonna
    do something, because- I stayed back
    in the pockets where it’s real muddy, and kinda
    nothing going on.We didn’t see a
    whole lot of action.
    I caught the one
    fish back there.
    But now I’ve decided
    to come out towards the
    current just to see
    if I can catch them
    out here.These fish are
    constantly moving,
    and they’re strong.You’ll catch a pound
    and 1/2, two pound fish, it’ll feel like a three
    or four on a regular day anywhere else. Because these fish
    are pretty strong, having to move through
    this current all the time. Let me put another one on. You know something to
    think about when you’re dealing with frontal
    conditions: it’s not like all the fish will just
    shut off and quit biting. What ends up happening
    a lot of times when this kind of weather
    front comes through like this, is the fish-
    their strike zone, instead of when the
    fishing’s really good- you know, their strike zone’s
    really big- and so uh, when the weather
    front comes in, a lot of times that strike
    zone gets really small. You almost have to hit
    them on top of the head. Which means you have
    to be a better caster, or a better flipper,
    or a better pitcher. And you gotta make sure
    that you hit the areas that you’re hitting
    in the cover, a little tighter to cover.Fish will move a little
    tighter to cover when this
    happens.When they do that, you
    can’t be missing by a foot
    a lot of times.You gotta be within
    6 inches of the fish.
    And so, you know, your
    casting is very important; your pitching is
    very important. Where you place that
    bait is going to make the difference of whether
    you catch a fish or not throughout the day. Just remember that when
    that- when a front comes through and the fishing
    does get tough- and you’ll notice. You’ll be out fishing;
    catching fish; it’s all good; and then
    the front comes through; the wind and all that;
    and all of a sudden,it just shuts
    the fishing down.
    It does shut the
    fishing down,
    but what ends up
    happening, really,
    is the fish’s strike
    zone gets a lot smaller.
    So they’re not going
    to chase baits a lot.
    They’re gonna, you know-
    unless it blows right by them and they can reach
    out and grab it- you have to be close to the fish. So in saying that: when
    we’re doing all this flipping and pitching and
    stuff around the reeds, you want to make sure that
    if there’s a little pocket there, that you
    hit that pocket. If you don’t
    hit that pocket,and you miss it by a
    foot, that can mean the
    difference between
    catching a fish and not
    catching a fish.So that’s one thing to
    keep in mind when you’re
    out here fishing
    frontal conditions.
    It’s not that you
    can’t catch fish,
    but it’s gonna be
    a little tougher. But it means you gotta be
    a little tougher and be a little bit more precise. And that’ll help you
    catch a lot more fish. [secret agent music] Got him! That’s a good one! Trying to get in
    the trees on me! [cackling] Oh yeah! That’s nice one, folks! Come on! Come on, just
    let me touch you. It’s all good,
    it’s all good. Yeah! Pitched that thing
    right up in there. Right in that little
    spot right there, and there he was. Now that’s what
    we’re looking for. Some fish like that! I’ll tell you.. [chuckling] Come on buddy. Get that big old
    hook out of you. There we go. Look at that fish. And they’re fat! You better start
    eating, you guys! I’ll tell you what. You know- right in that
    little crevice right there. Between the reeds
    and the rock. Places like that can be
    really good to catch fish in, for sure. Those uh- those places
    are a lot of fun to throw into. Fish like to get in there
    where it’s a little bit protected. Get where they have the
    reeds and the rock right there, to hit
    the crawdads. And ambush prey. I’ll tell you: that’s the
    place for it, right there. There again, caught that
    one on that same bait that I’ve been throwing: that
    Arizona Custom Bait. Creature bait. That little dude right
    there is a lot of fun to- to uh, pitch.. And flip.. Right there. It’s just a little-
    and it’s real compact. And I’ll tell you
    something else: when these fish shut down like
    they’re doing because of the front, a lot of times
    if you go to more of a smaller, compact bait,
    you can get them to bite. And uh, that fish right
    there, like I said, hit it right
    off the bat, so. That was a good one. Probably hit him
    right on the head, but I’ll take it. But uh, that half ounce
    really works good, especially working
    in this current. And uh, so, that way, when
    you toss out there- it’ll still drift a
    little bit, but man, it goes right down
    there to the bottom. This bait’s a
    little bit bulky, but it’s still thin enough
    to where it drops straight down. Works really good. Love that- love
    that outfit. I’m gonna have to tie on
    another bait here in a second. But that worked
    out pretty good. [up-tempo guitar music] You know, one thing really
    important to remember when you’re doing this kind of
    pitching like this: is to make sure that when
    you pitch out there, that you lower your rod
    tip as the bait falls where you threw it. Until it falls
    to the bottom, and then pick it back up. A lot of people take and
    they throw out there; and they leave their
    rod high all the time. And what ends
    up happening, is where you tossed, the
    bait comes back to you a little bit. You missed the spot where
    you were trying to hit. So it’s very important
    that when you’re doing this kind of fishing, that
    you bring your rod tip down with the bait. And I’ll tell you what:
    when you’re fishing a little bit deeper stuff
    like 4 or 5 foot, 6 foot, it allows the bait to
    actually drop right where you threw it. And you have that whole
    rod- that 7 foot rod- coming down with it. So you’re able to drop it
    right there where it fell. If you don’t do that, a
    lot of times if you leave your rod tip high, you’re
    not in position to set the hook. And your bait’s coming
    right back to you. So unless the fish
    is real active, you know- a lot of times
    if you want it to drop right where you threw it,
    you have to lower your rod tip after you.. After the lure
    hits the water; let it fall till it
    hits bottom; boom; now you can start working
    your bait back up. Okay? That’ll help you a bunch. [laid-back rock music] Something else really
    important to remember, is when you’re fishing
    shallow water: first of all, anytime the water
    dirties up really bad from the wind; and it gets
    like chocolate milk, a lot of times, that’ll
    push fish shallower. One other thing to
    think about, too, is if you have a good set
    of Power-Poles on your boat; and you are in
    that shallow water; and it’s a little breezy;
    in order to hit the areas and be- you can fan-cast
    this little area- I put myPower-Poles down.And that’s another
    reason to use them.
    A lot of people
    think, “ah,
    it’s just for
    sight fishing.”
    Believe it or not, there’s
    a lot of stuff we can hit right here, but if the
    wind’s blowing us so fast we can’t really hit
    it like we need to, we need to slow down. And slowing down
    means, a lot of times, dropping those Power-Poles
    in that shallow water where you can actually
    stop and pop some of these areas. [laid-back rock music] Oop.. He’s got it! Got him! Got him. [chuckle] It’s a smallmouth! Hitting my Senko. Hey.. Maybe we’ll-
    something just jumped right there. Maybe we’ll find
    something with the Senko. You know, we’ve been
    flipping and pitching these bushes and these
    reeds to no avail, with just a
    couple of fish. I thought I’d pick the old
    wacky rig up here and toss on some of this
    rock, you know? If they’re not
    in the reeds, they might be in the rock. That’s my theory, anyway. So I thought, well,
    let’s give it a try. The water’s dingy; the big front
    came through; and uh, it’s been tough. [laid-back guitar music] Well, we came back
    out to the main lake. I thought I’d maybe throw
    on a couple of cages out here. The habitat that
    they have here. They’ve done a tremendous
    job here at Lake Havasuuh, to put a lot
    of habitat in here.
    It’s actually made
    the fishing, really, much better than
    it ever was before. And uh, tons of habitat
    throughout the whole lake. Coming out of the river-
    flip bite wasn’t quite where we wanted
    it to be today. But uh, with this
    front blowing through? Hey, we caught some
    fish; had a good time. I hope you learned a
    little something off that- off doing the uh,
    pitching and flipping. And uh, we’ll try to uh,
    get them again next week. Thanks for joining
    us on the water. We’ll see you, I’m
    Johnny Johnson.