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    9 Lures for Tough Winter Bass Fishing | Bass Fishing

    December 10, 2019


    Glenn: All right. Got one. There you go. Keri: Hey, little guy. Little largemouth. Little guy had to eat it. Had to eat it. Had to eat it. Just had to have that split shot. Glenn: Give it to me. Keri: You’re fattening up, little guy. There you go. Glenn: Decent fish. Keri: That’s a pretty decent little guy. Glenn: That’ll work. Hey, folks. Glenn May here at BassResource.com. Today, I wanna talk about winter fishing. Primarily nine lures you need for winter bass
    fishing. This is not the only nine lures you can use,
    this is not the nine lures that are best for all the time of all time, the greatest nine
    lures, so don’t get upset if I don’t mention your lure. These are the nine, what I consider the nine
    most productive lures during the wintertime. Yes, there are other lures that work. I just wanna throw that disclaimer out right
    away. The thing you got to keep in mind during the
    wintertime is bass are…they’re not lethargic, they’re not slow-moving, they’re not hibernating,
    sleeping, whatever, what a lot of people think about bass, the bait is, the forage that they’re
    going after often is. Baitfish are struggling to stay alive. As the water temperatures get lower, they
    slow down, they’re not moving as much. Some of them are struggling to actually survive,
    so they’re dying off. A lot of them are dying off and falling, struggling
    to stay upright. Crawdads, their metabolism slows down, their
    movement slows down, they’re not skittering across the bottom as fast. Gobies, sculpin, same sort of thing. Everything slows down. All of the baitfish around that the bass are
    feeding on and the forage is slowing down. So, keep that in mind. The bite also will slow down because of that,
    but also bass are cold-blooded creatures. So, their metabolism is dictated and controlled
    by the water temperature. The higher the water temperature, the higher
    their metabolism is. Meaning they’ll feed more often. So, a bass may feed seven times a day during
    the peak of the summer, but in the wintertime, it’s more like once every seven days. So, there’s far fewer bass during the wintertime
    that are in feeding mode. So, just by that nature alone, the bite is
    going to be slower. It doesn’t mean the bass are slower and lethargic,
    there’s just less bass that are feeding and what they’re feeding on is moving slower. So, that’s really important when I go through
    these lures. Keep in mind you’re trying to imitate lethargic
    and slow-moving baitfish and forage, not, “Oh, I’ve got to go real slow and lethargic
    because the bass are lethargic.” It’s a different mindset, but it’s a way to
    keep focus on the way that you’re gonna move these lure I’m gonna talk about. So, let’s get down to it. In no specific order, the first lure I wanna
    talk about is deep suspending jerkbaits. What I mean by that is jerkbaits that dive
    down to 10 feet or more and actually just hover in place and don’t even move. Let it get down there and let it sit. And how you work it is just slight twitches,
    not real hard jerks. Again, you’re imitating something slow and
    lethargic, so slight twitches, little small jerks, and let it pause for a long amount
    of time. Minutes, not even moving. This is why you need a suspending jerkbait
    because you don’t want it to float up to the top while it’s paused. You can, sometimes I’ll take a little bit
    of solder wire and put it around the hook shanks to give it a little bit of weight so
    it sinks very slowly so it looks like a baitfish that’s dying and then I give a little jerk
    and I might pop up a little bit. That might help with the action a bit. But those are the types of baits that work
    really well. They imitate those dying baitfish and they
    can be very productive in the wintertime. The next winter bait I like to use is a blade
    bait. These seem pretty basic. They’re small, but they imitate a small minnow,
    a small baitfish. They have that vibrating characteristics of
    a lipless crankbait, but you can get them down deep. They cast a mile in the wind because there’s
    a good breeze right now. You’re often fishing in the wind in the wintertime. You just can’t get away from it and these
    baits are great and easy to cast through that and then work it at a variety of different
    depths. What I like to do is there’s two different
    ways to fish it. One is yo-yo it off the bottom, just rip it
    up off the bottom and let it flutter it back down. A lot of times the bites occur as you’re pulling
    it up off the bottom, you get that sudden movement, especially if you just let it sit
    on the bottom and long pause for a little bit and then pull it up off the bottom. That action can often trigger a strike. And a lot of times also I like to drag it
    across structure in deeper water. Just let it bounce and move and vibrate across
    that. It’s either I take the boat and just drift
    it over the top of structure, points, humps, that sort of thing, or I’ll reel it, I’ll
    cast over it and I’ll just reel it in nice and slow and then it can occasionally hit
    the bottom. And that works really well during the wintertime. Another type of bait that I like to use are
    jigging spoons, metal jigging spoons. Jigging spoons mimic a dying baitfish. So, this is a vertical presentation. You drop it down to the fish, let it hit the
    bottom and then pull it up off the bottom and let it flutter and fall on loose line
    and slackline. It looks like a dying baitfish. If you’ve ever watched them, they kind of
    zigzag down, they flutter, they twirl, it’s erratic. That, even though the spoon doesn’t look like
    anything in nature, that action mimics exactly a dying baitfish and that’s what the bass
    are triggering. So, you can fish a spoon over all kinds of
    different structure and different depths and use that action to trigger a lot of bites. Another metal bait that I like to use is the
    tail spinner. This is sort of a hybrid between the jigging
    spoon and the blade bait because you can fish it like a blade bait or like a jigging spoon. The two different methods that I just mentioned,
    the two different blades and different baits and how you fish them, that’s how you can
    fish a tail spinner both ways. So, it’s really a versatile bait and sometimes
    that little extra flash with that tailspin, a little bit of vibration is all you need
    to trigger bites. When they, say for example, won’t hit a spoon,
    but you fish a tail spinner the exact same way, sometimes you can get more bites out
    of that school of fish. You might catch a bunch with jigging spoons,
    say for example, and then the bite dies off, throw in a tail spinner and you might catch
    a few more. Another bait that I like to fish a lot during
    the wintertime is the underspin. This has been a bait that’s been around for
    a long, long time, but it’s really gained popularity in the last few years because it’s
    won several tournaments in the early, early spring. Actually, late winter when the water is almost
    at it’s coldest, underspins do really well. You just put on a little shad type plastic
    on the back of it, maybe a shad tail, just thread it on there and it imitates a little
    minnow, something like a tail spinner, but now you’re using a soft plastic. So, it has a little bit different action,
    maybe a little boot tail on there and it can really shine really well, fish it the same
    way you would a tail spinner. One of the things that I do is I’ll use some
    super glue to keep that soft plastic bait on that tail spinner. It keeps it from being tore up a lot. So, it might last several fish versus one
    or two sometimes because that soft plastic can tear so easily. So, use a bit super glue to put it on your
    tail spinner, might make it last a little bit longer. Another bait that really works well for me
    in the wintertime is your basic grub. I think this is a real underutilized bait,
    particularly around most of the United States, especially in the Southern areas. For some reason, grubs just have lost the
    popularity, but not with me. I got a lot of them. I’ve been fishing them for decades. It works year-round, but especially in the
    wintertime. What I’ll do is I’ll take just a bare football
    head jig, quarter ounce, sometimes up to a half-ounce football head jig, thread on a
    three-inch white grub, and this is what I fish in, deep, I’m talking 25 feet deep or
    deeper. So, the light penetration isn’t as much. This is why I use a white grub just to give
    some contrast on the bottom. The color isn’t…if I use a darker colored
    grub, it’s gonna blend in too much. Use a white grub. Throw it out over these deep structure. I’m looking at humps, ridges, submerged islands,
    long points and I’ll just drag it. Don’t lift and hop and make a lot of motion,
    but just put the trolling motor on slow, hang that rod out to the side and just drag that
    bait over that structure real slowly and you get a lot of bites that way. It can be very productive. So, don’t overlook a grub in the wintertime. Now, another bait that’s really productive
    during the wintertime is a jig. There’s really two different types of jigs
    that I use. One is your rubber skirted jig and I use that. You know, football head jig, again, because
    I’m fishing structure, but here I’ve got…the trailer I use on it, I won’t use one that’s
    got a lot of action and movement like a Rage Tail. I use something like a V&M Cherry Bug or something
    like that that doesn’t have a lot of movement or a Zoom Chunk. Those things just have less, a lot less movement,
    they look more natural during the wintertime. And I’ll fish those the same way I did with
    that grub that I just mentioned. Just drag it over that structure nice and
    slowly. Another type of jig I’ll use as a hair jig. So, on the bottom, you can crawl it again
    just like you did with the grubs and you’re mimicking, in this case, either a goby or
    say a sculpin and they stay on the bottom. Sculpins don’t have air bladders, so they
    don’t lift up off the bottom. So, keep that on the bottom, they’ll look
    natural. Or you can use a hair jig. If you find those baitfish and you can see
    where they intersect with the structure. Say baitfish are holding 20 feet of water,
    you can find a nice tapering point and that’s where they’re at. Bass will sit up underneath them and wait
    for those dying and dead baitfish falling through and they’ll engulf them. So, take your hair jig and drop it down through
    that school and sometimes you can catch a lot of fish. Works really well with balls of perch. Happens in the wintertime. They really bunch up in tight schools and
    you can just drop it down through that school of perch if you do it fast enough. I use a little bit heavier jig because the
    perch like to eat these things too. Punch it down through that school and when
    you reach those bass, it won’t reach the bottom. So, a hair jig can be really good. The next type of baits I like to use are finesse
    baits. Primarily, drop shot and split shot rigs. I’m using four-inch hand-poured finesse worms,
    that can be deadly during the wintertime. They don’t have a lot of movement, they’re
    very subtle. You can move them real slowly, crawl them
    on the bottom with a split shot or just barely off the bottom, I use a shorter leader during
    the wintertime than I do in the summertime. So, whereas in the summer, I’m using 18 to
    24-inch leader between the hook and the weight, I’ll use maybe 10-inch, 8-inch because the
    fish, a lot of times the bass are hanging out right on the bottom. So, I wanna get that bait right near them. So, a little finesse worm works really well
    for that little minnow imitation, three-inch minnow imitation. Again, moving it lethargically and slowly
    so it looks like a baitfish that’s just struggling to stay alive can really be appealing to the
    bass. And finally, the last lure that I like to
    use, and certainly not the least, one that’s very productive for me year-round, but especially
    productive in the wintertime is a three and a half-inch tube. I like to fish that again, on a split shot
    rig, drag that behind on a split shot, but I find it to be really productive if I just
    thread it on a jig head, little ball jig head with a wire guard on it. Quarter-ounce is all I need, maybe a 3/8-ounce,
    but nothing heavier than that. Sometimes I’ll even go lighter to an eighth-ounce
    because what you wanna do is you want it to spiral downwards, look like a dying baitfish,
    get that action in. And so it’s really the fall that you’re aiming
    for, especially early part of the winter when a lot of the baitfish are dying, that’s what
    you wanna key on. So, a lighter jig head, rig it a little cockeyed
    on the jig head so that it spirals downward, a death spiral can be really, really productive. Later on in the winter when there’s not as
    many baitfish that are dying, a lot of them have died off by now, then I’ll put it on
    a heavier jig head and just crawl it on the bottom and drag it like I showed you with
    the jigs and with the grubs. Those things, same thing with a tube can be
    extremely productive. Make sure you make long pauses every now and
    then. Don’t just constantly drag it, just move it
    along, give it a pause, wait a while, and then move it again real slowly. Just crawl along the bottom. Just make it look like a crawdad that’s slowly
    lumbering along that can’t get away or isn’t gonna move very quickly if a bass attacks
    it. It looks dynamite, it’s a great presentation. I love fishing tubes in the wintertime. So, those are the top baits that I find very
    productive during the wintertime. Again, it’s not the only baits you can use. I’ve caught bass on crankbaits and on spinnerbaits
    and topwaters and other lures during the wintertime, so don’t get all upset if I didn’t name your
    bait. Also, again, keep in mind these aren’t the
    best baits of all time, so I’m not giving that a list, this is just for wintertime only. If you have at least these nine baits in your
    tacklebox during the wintertime, you’re bound to catch some fish. For more tips and tricks like this, visit
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    Bass Fishing Questions Answered! Vol 1 | Bass Fishing
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    Bass Fishing Questions Answered! Vol 1 | Bass Fishing

    December 4, 2019


    Glenn: There we go. Good fish. Here we go. Stay down. Come here. Here we go, baby. Come on aboard. Look at that. How do you like that, guys? Wow. Again, just right in the roof of the mouth. That’s where you want him. That’s a good fish right there. All right. Nice four-pounder right here. All right. Ready? Hey, folks, Glenn May here at BassResource.com. And today I’m going to answer a bunch of questions
    that we received over the past couple of months via our Facebook page and also via email and
    I hope that it answers your questions as well. And we got a lot of really good ones. So listen up. This is going to be an education dump today. Starting with this first question. “Hey Glenn, when I’m fishing heavy cover,
    what rod and reel is best suited for making a long cast with light lures?” All right, so this is a tricky one because
    typically when you’re fishing heavy cover, you want to use a stout rod and reel to wrench
    those fish out of the cover. But here you’re asking, “How do I get longer
    casts with light lure? How do I do that and still fish heavy cover?” So for the rod, I would fish a seven-foot,
    medium-heavy rod with a moderate action tip. Okay? Medium-heavy power rod, moderate action. That moderate piece is really what you want. You can go with fast action as well but not
    extra fast. What that does is the tip of the rod is a
    lot more flexible, so it’s going to allow you to use that tip of the rod to throw that
    light lure longer. But the rest of the rod is, you know, medium-heavy
    has got that stout action that you’re going to need for wrenching fish out of that heavy
    cover and being able to control them. So you’ve got kind of a balance of both. The reel would be a baitcasting reel but really
    what’s important on that is a couple of things. First of all, you have the ability to control
    the brakes on it, so at least that has both the mechanical and magnetic brakes on it. I prefer to have reels that have mechanical,
    magnetic and pin breaks, all three of them. That really helps me fine-tune the action
    on it and the castability on it. Especially when fishing light lures, you need
    to have those little fine-tune adjustments to be able to avoid getting lots of backlashes. The other component is to use braided line
    but lighter braided line. So in heavy cover, typically you’re fishing
    40-50 pound braid or more even 65-pound braid. But that’s going to limit your casting distance
    due to its heavyweight and it doesn’t peel off the reel as fast as easily. So I would go down to about a 20-pound test
    braided line, that comes off the spool a lot easier, a lot smoother, and it’s gonna allow
    you to make those longer casts. I hope that helps. So this question is about jig fishing. Other than using a heavier jig, what suggestions
    do you have to help me detect strikes while jig fishing? Well, honestly, I wouldn’t use a heavier jig,
    to begin with, because the lighter the jig you can get away with the more strikes you’re
    going to get. Because most of the bites occur on the fall. So the slower it’s falling, the more it’s
    in that strike zone, the more apt it is to get bit. So to detect those strikes there’s really
    two main things that I do. One of them is as it’s falling I pay super
    close attention to the line, whether I’m using braid or fluorocarbon, I really focus on where
    that line is entering the water and pay close attention. If it jumps, twitches, moves to one side or
    maybe even it accelerates faster as it’s falling, that’s usually something on the other end
    of the line messing with it, usually a bass. So just visually seeing that change can help
    you detect strikes. I also do a countdown method, by the way. If I’m, you know, throwing a jig and I count
    one, two, three, okay, hit the bottom. And I can make another cast, one, two, three,
    almost four and it hits the bottom. So I’ve got an idea between three and four-count
    hits the bottom and I make a cast one, two. Okay. Well sometimes bass come up and grab it and
    they just hold onto it. And so when it just suddenly stops for no
    reason, set the hook, that might be a bass. So again, really paying close attention to
    that jig while it’s falling. The other thing I do is once that jig is on
    the bottom, I like to hold the rod tip up at an angle above the nine o’clock position. So I have a better connection between the
    rod and the line and the jig that’s down there. That helps me feel any kind of movement, a
    slight subtle pick up, a light strike. With a line being tight like that, it’ll transmit
    that down the line onto the rod and down into my hands. And I have a better feel so I can feel those
    bites that I may not see on a tight line. So with those two things combined, I think
    I’m going to catch a lot more fish. Hope that helps. There you go. Nice. They’re in here. Keri: Come here you. Glenn is getting a 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: He’s all right. There you go. He’s very resilient. All right. Here’s a good question about budget and baitcasting
    reels. “If I can afford to buy only one quality baitcasting
    reel, what gear ratio would you recommend?” All right, so you need a baitcasting reel
    that’s going to do a variety of things. So that kind of wipes out the bookends of
    the big casting world. So like a 4.7:1 gear ratio that’s really low
    or maybe even a 3 something that’s a real low gear ratio. It has a lot of power, great for fishing,
    you know, heavy cover but that’s not going to help you when you’re fishing say buzzbaits,
    spinnerbaits and crankbaits. On the other end of the spectrum you have
    you know, 8:1, 9:1, even I think there’s some reels over 10. Those are high-speed reels, great for fishing
    those faster moving lures but they don’t have a lot of power for when you’re fishing, say,
    flipping and pitching into heavy cover. So you need something in the middle. For me, I like reels… Most of my reels are between 6.8:1 and to
    7.5:1. That’s the majority of my reels because those
    are pretty much all-purpose, multi-purpose. You can use them for a variety of applications
    and you’re not really sacrificing anything. So that’s the main thing I would look for
    from a gear ratio. But if, again, I had a tight budget and I’m
    looking for a reel, I don’t think gear ratio would be the primary thing I’m looking for
    primarily because there’s a lot of great reels out there that come in those gear ratios. So I would look at other things. For example, the drag. How powerful is the drag? I don’t like any reels that are less than
    14-pound drag. I like something that’s got a real good strong
    stout drag. Typically that also means a smoother drag
    because it’s a better drag system. Also the ability to control your casting. So different casts control, the more it has,
    the better. Yeah, great if it has a mechanical cast control
    but if it has that paired with magnetic, that helps me fine-tune, say, in windy conditions. And if it also comes with pin cast control
    on it, that helps me fine-tune it even further for the different types of lures, weights
    and different styles and types of fishing that I’m doing. So those are the type of things I’d really
    focus on first before I look at gear ratio. I hope that helps and I hope you get yourself
    a great reel. Here’s a question about crankbait fishing. “What would you say are the two most important
    elements in crankbait fishing?” Well, it’s funny, all of us bass anglers we
    tend to focus on color. But the reality is, you know, color, size
    of the lure, those types of things actually are very important. But what I look at first is how deep that
    lure is going to run and how fast or slow can I retrieve it? Because that’s about the presentation. First of all, getting it down to the right
    depth. You need to get the lure where the fish is,
    otherwise, it doesn’t matter. All the other elements mean nothing because
    you’re not going to get bit. So that’s like the primary one. How deep does it run? If the fish are shallow, fishing a deep diving
    crankbait isn’t going to get bit and vice versa. So number one, how deep does this crankbait
    go for where the fish are that day? The other thing I really look for is how fast
    of a retrieve or slow of a retrieve does it need? Some days fish want to attack fast-moving
    lures, so I want to lure that can get down to that depth and I can retrieve it at a fast
    speed. Other times they want something that’s barely
    moving, so that requires a deeper diving crankbait, for example, that can stay down and still
    move slow. So those are the two primary things that are
    really important for me and crankbaits. Then, you know, not to say there’s other elements
    that aren’t important because after those two pieces, then I look at things, for example,
    like the size of the bait or the color. I hope that helps. Hope you catch a lot more crankbait fish. Here’s a great question for bank fishermen. “Glenn, what are the most important things
    you look for when you’re fishing from the shoreline?” Well, there’s really two main things that
    I look for when I’m fishing a shoreline. One, I want to find deeper cuts and deeper
    water near the shoreline. Those types of things. Like, for example, a creek channel and a little
    bend comes in close to the water or maybe there’s a small little flat but right near
    it there’s a drop. Those depth changes are the things that really
    attract bass. It doesn’t have to be super deep, it just
    has to be a change in bottom contour to attract bass. So that’s number one. And the other thing is cover. Bass need some kind of cover to relate to. It might be weeds, it might be rocks, it could
    be laydowns or maybe a log is on the water or stumps but you have a contour change that
    is combined with some sort of cover and those are the things I’m going to target when I’m
    shoreline fishing. Here’s a great question that all of us can
    relate to. “Hey, besides telling me you’re as frustrated
    with the wind as I am, really are there any advantages to fishing in the wind or should
    you just stay at home?” That’s really a good question because, man,
    I could fish in rain, I could fish in cold, I could fish in heat. But man, when it is windy out, that wears
    you out sometimes for a lot of reasons. It’s hard to control the boat. It’s hard to cast. It’s hard to control your presentation. Really other than having an extreme windy
    condition where it’s not safe out, there is adage to, a saying, “The wind is a fisherman’s
    friend.” It actually can be a good thing for several
    reasons and I’m just going to hit a few of them. One of them is that it breaks up the light
    penetration and when that happens bass tend to roam more freely. They tend to be more aggressive and it conceals
    and kind of camouflages your lure a little bit more. So, for example, if you’re fishing the spinnerbait,
    it makes it look a little more lively, more realistic and the bass are more apt to hit
    it. So that’s number one. And another reason is, the water can be oxygenated
    more with wind. Especially if you’re fishing, say, in the
    summertime when the water temperatures are really high and the water has less of capability
    of holding dissolved oxygen, you get a lot of wind and it’ll churn up that surface and
    it’ll get some oxygen going and that will get the whole food chain going. Bass will move up shallower and they’ll feed
    on those baitfish that are moving up shallow feeding upon all the plankton in all the algae
    that’s been worked free from the waves and the wind. Wind also, if it’s been blowing a consistent
    direction for quite a while, at least several hours, it can produce some amount of current,
    not a ton but a little bit of current is better than none and bass will set up on those breakpoints. If you’ve got, say, for example, bridge pilings
    or you’ve got a point and the winds going across the point or those chokepoints where
    there’s narrow areas that the water can get through with the winds blowing right down
    through it, bass will set up on those areas and will ambush whatever lure you bring by. Also, wind can turn on areas where typically
    they’re not productive. I have a spot on a lake that I fish, it’s
    a stretch of rip rap. The water’s really clear and typically when
    you go through there with crankbaits, jigs or drop shots, what have you, you pick up
    a couple of fish here and there but it’s not all that productive. However, I’ve learned when the wind picks
    up and it’s anything over say 12,13 miles an hour, the stronger the better and is blowing
    right up against that rip rap, man, I run to that spot because I’ve had days where I’m
    catching literally every cast, every single cast with crankbaits. It’s a bonanza. I’ll catch 25, 30 fish in a matter of 45 minutes. So wind can really turn on an area that way. Wind also can create mud lines. If it’s hitting the shoreline, you’ve probably
    noticed this with a lot of wind in areas that have this loose topsoil, you’ll find this
    mud that comes out five, six feet, maybe more off the shoreline. Well, the fish will use that mud line just
    like it would a weed line. They’ll conceal themselves right inside that
    muddy water and then they’ll jump out and hit any baitfish that happen by. So if you fish that mud line, you can get
    really productive results. So wind can be really productive. It can really help you fish areas that otherwise
    are not productive or can turn a non-productive day into a fishing bonanza. Just be safe out there. If you don’t feel comfortable out there, you
    feel like you’re in danger, get off that water. Fishing is supposed to be fun guys, so don’t
    risk your life just to catch a few fish. All right. That’s it for today’s questions. If I didn’t get to yours, don’t worry, we’re
    going to do a lot more in the weeks to come. And if you have any questions that you’ve
    thought about while watching this, hey, feel free to hit me up at this email down below
    or come to our Facebook page and leave us a message and hopefully, we’ll get to your
    question soon. For more tips and tricks like this, visit
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    7 Winter Bass Fishing Tips to Catch Stubborn Bass | Bass Fishing
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    7 Winter Bass Fishing Tips to Catch Stubborn Bass | Bass Fishing

    December 3, 2019


    Hey, folks. Glenn May here with BassResource.com. Today I want to talk about seven winter bass
    fishing tips that can help you catch more bass this wintertime. You know, it’s funny I do get people that
    ask me, “Hey, can you catch fish during the winter?” Absolutely. You sure can. There’s a misconception that the bass just
    kind of hibernate, hang out, don’t really eat much, and it’s hard to catch them. They’re really lethargic and slow and all
    these other things I hear about. And the reality is, bass are cold blooded
    creatures and the water temperature is what dictates their metabolism. Meaning, they’ll eat a lot more and their
    metabolism, they’ll churn through those calories a lot faster when the water is warm versus
    when it’s cold. So in the summertime, they may eat seven times
    a day, whereas in the wintertime, they might eat once every seven days. So the bite is going to be a lot slower. Imagine if your lake that you love to fish
    in had 75% less fish all of the sudden. You’re presenting your lure to less fish that
    are more apt to bite your lure because there’s less fish that are in the feeding mode in
    the wintertime. So just have that mindset going in. It’s going to take a little bit more work
    to get bites. But it can be worthwhile because this time
    of the year is when the bass are real fat, they’re big, they’re almost at the biggest
    they’re going to be all year round. So when you do catch a fish, it’s going to
    be a good one. So let’s get into the seven tips. Starting out with number one, bait choice. Bait choice is actually easier during the
    wintertime because as a general rule, the bass aren’t aggressively hitting topwater
    baits and fast moving lures. So that kind of eliminates topwater, spinnerbaits,
    crankbaits, those type of things. And instead, you’re looking for bottom hugging
    baits or baits that stay near the bottom, or baits that represent dying baitfish. Because this time of year, the baitfish and
    the forage the bass are feeding on are far more affected by the cold temperatures than
    the bass. And actually as it gets colder down into the
    mid-40s and lower, these fish are struggling to stay alive. You know, especially if you have like threadfin
    shad, that sort of thing, they’re dying off. So lures that imitate that action can really
    pay off for you in the wintertime. So for example, using metal baits, blade baits
    and spoons are really good baits to use because they mimic dying fish, that action, the falling,
    fluttering, dart and diving action that baitfish look like when they’re dying. It triggers that instinctual behavior in bass
    and you can get bit that way. Using jigs crawled on the bottom, they look
    like slow moving gobies or slow moving sculpin or even crawdads that are moving along in
    the bottom. You know, they’re not going to hop and jump
    and bounce around. Sculpin for example, don’t have air bladders. So they can’t jump. So keep it on the bottom, crawl it nice and
    slow to mimic the prey that the bass are keying on. Another type of baits to use are jerkbaits. Deep diving suspended jerkbaits can be really
    productive this time of year, those that get down to 10 feet or more and just sit there
    and suspend. It’s a great bait to use. You don’t pull on it as hard as you normally
    do during the warmer months. So it’s more subtle jerks, don’t move the
    bait as far, and the pauses are a lot longer, three to five minutes. I mean, long, long pauses, barely move it. This is why it needs suspending because you
    don’t want it to float back up to the top. Sometimes what I’ll do is I’ll take like some
    golfer’s tape or something like that or take some solder wire, wrap it around the hook
    shanks to give it a little bit more weight, not a ton, but just enough to make it slowly
    barely sink. Because again, there’s long pauses in between
    so you don’t need it to fall rapidly. But that’ll give it that kind of dying fish
    action again, and you give it those little twitches and it looks just like a dying baitfish. So those jerkbaits can be really, really productive. And then finally, I like to use finesse tactics
    using drop shot and split shot rigs. I’ll throw things like three-inch tubes, maybe
    three-inch minnow type baits, or four-inch finesse worms, those hand poured finesse worms
    on these rigs. And again, crawl on them nice and slow on
    the bottom, trying to imitate those baitfish or this forage that’s moving real slow can
    really trigger a lot of bites. So that’s number one, lures. The second tip I can give you, like I mentioned
    earlier, is moving it really slow, if you haven’t got a theme yet. It’s because the baitfish are really lethargic. And the forage is really lethargic. And so they’re moving slow. It’s not because the bass are lethargic and
    that they can’t chase down a fast-moving bait. They can and will. They’re still able to do that. But it will look out of place if you’re moving
    a bait really fast because all the forage that the bass are keying on right now are
    struggling to stay alive at times. And so they’re moving slow, they’re moving
    lethargic, and they’re moving irradically. So you want to mimic that behavior. That’s what they’re really triggering on right
    now. So if you just move your bait really fast
    across the water, well, it looks out of place. So slow down your bait movement, focus on
    those slow, methodical moves. You really have to focus hard on that bite
    because it’s gonna be real subtle, but that’s the key to catch them during the wintertime. Tip number three, if you’re fishing current,
    fishing rivers, that sort of thing, look for eddies, look for little shallow areas that
    are off the main current area, the main river, places where the water can get stagnant for,
    you know, lack of a better word. Those are areas that will warm up. If you get a quick little warming trend, it
    gets sunny out, those areas will warm up and the bass will go in there because baitfish,
    again, they’re trying to survive the winter. So just a couple degrees difference is all
    they need. You know, so they’ll move up in those areas,
    little back pockets out of the current to help survive the winter and those bass will
    follow right in. So look for those areas, those little back
    pockets and back current areas. Those things can be really productive for
    rivers. The next tip, for lakes, you want to look
    as a general rule, deeper water. You want to find areas that for example, if
    you knew an area that was really productive during the pre-spawn on this lake last spring,
    back up a little bit, go a little bit deeper near there and start there looking for fish. You want to start…I usually look around
    15, 20 feet and go all the way down to 55 feet deep. And you’re looking for structure, you’re looking
    for long lake points, humps, ridges. Deeper water typically is more stable during
    the wintertime so the water temperatures don’t fluctuate as much and it’s a little bit warmer,
    because that surface temperature changes more rapidly as it gets colder during the wintertime. So those deeper temperatures are where the
    baitfish are going to be, and that’s where the bass hang out chasing them. Tip number five, use your electronics to find
    those deep water areas. You have to understand what you’re seeing
    on your depth finder to be able to find these great areas that can hold a lot of fish, and
    to find the baitfish. Typically, what I like to do is find balls
    of baitfish and figure out what depth they’re hanging out at and look at the structure,
    look at the map of the lake and find those points, those ridges, those humps that intersect
    at that depth level. That’s where I’ll begin fishing. And the depth finder is really important in
    locating those areas. It’s more than just finding out how deep it
    is, it’s looking at, are you looking at boulders versus chunk rock versus gravel? Can you find something that’s hanging out
    on that point? Say if it’s a stump, or maybe big boulders
    on the point. Those type of things is where the bass are
    going to be holding. You’re not looking specifically for bass,
    but baitfish and then the structure and hopefully something on that structure that’s going to
    locate them. Understanding what you’re seeing and interpreting
    your graph is going to be super important during the wintertime and to help you succeed
    better. The next tip, number six, dress for success. I can’t emphasize enough the need to wear
    warm clothing. I dress in layers. I have, you know, thermals on, and then I
    have a layer of clothing over that, and then I have a nice warm jacket over that, it’s
    a wind-proof, rain-proof jacket. If you don’t have rain-proof jacket, then
    make sure you got your rain gear nearby, both your bibs and your jacket in case the weather
    turns bad. You don’t have to fall in the water to have
    effects of hypothermia. Cold weather, especially wet cold weather,
    you can get hypothermia during the wintertime, trust me. Been there, done that, I have a t-shirt, don’t
    want another one. It’s not fun. Dressing warmly is critical to your success. Not only is it safer in the wintertime but
    also, being comfortable, being dry, will enable you to focus more on fishing and what you
    need to do and concentrate. If you’re uncomfortable and cold, you’re not
    gonna be able to focus as much on fishing. So dress for success. And finally, tip number seven is be patient
    and keep your focus. As I mentioned earlier, in the wintertime,
    the bass, there’s just not as many that are biting. So the bites are going to be few and far between. So understand that going in, it’s not going
    to be fast and furious like you would have normally during the summertime. There are exceptions. I have caught bass on New Year’s Day on buzzbaits. But that doesn’t happen very often in the
    wintertime. For the most part, it’s slow fishing. So know that going in, be patient. And the other thing you need to do is absolutely
    maintain your focus. This is difficult to do when the bite is really
    slow. You’ve gone an hour or so and you haven’t
    had a bite and your buddy wants to talk or you listen to the radio or you’re looking
    at the shoreline and what’s going on, whatever it is, you’re distracted. Those bites because you’re moving so slow
    with your baits, they’re very subtle. The bass don’t have to run down and annihilate
    and hit and attack your bait. So the bites aren’t going to be real strong
    bites. For the most part, they’re going to be real
    subtle. I’ve seen it where I’ve had my bait in 35
    feet of water and the rod tip just moves, you know, a 16th of an inch, not even an 8th. You can’t even see my finger moving, I bet. It barely moves. And I’m looking at that rod tip going, “You
    know, I didn’t do that.” So either I just pulled across a weed or a
    rock or something as the boat moved a little bit or maybe something on the other end bit
    it. And there’s been times I’ve just set the hook
    just to see what’s there and it’s a fish. The bite is that subtle. If you’re not focused and paying attention
    all the time, you’re going to miss that. And you could miss out on the trophy of a
    lifetime because a lot of these fish are really big this time of year. So pay close attention, be patient and follow
    these seven different tips I just gave you, and it’s going to up your chances of catching
    some really nice fish this winter. Good luck. And for more tips and tricks like this, visit
    BassResource.com.

    Evergreen Flat Force Crankbaits | Bass Fishing
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    Evergreen Flat Force Crankbaits | Bass Fishing

    December 3, 2019


    Glenn: Hey, folks, Glenn May here with BassResource.com
    and I am here today with my buddy, Justin Kerr, FLW Pro. Also WON Bass and B-A-S-S and all…he’s up
    and down the West Coast. He’s a crazy phenom. You guys have got to – if you don’t know him
    – look him up. But we’ve been fishing here at Lake Havasu
    here in November and we’ve been slaying them on this new bait I haven’t seen before. Justin has been privy to be able to use these
    when they first came out. So, Justin, tell me a little bit about these
    baits here and how we are using them. What kind of rod and reel and the line that
    we’ve been doing here. Justin: Yeah, this is an Evergreen International,
    new Flat Force Crankbait. It is a flat-sided crankbait and it has a
    computer chip bill which is very popular when, you know, when you’re using a flat-sided bait. And it is an extremely good bait. Like you said today, we’ve been catching them
    and it wiggles a lot. When you wind it super fast, it’s one of those
    baits that you can fish in different areas, different water columns, strike zones, different,
    you know, like, for example, like, a couple months ago, they were schooling in 25 feet
    of water and I’m out there throwing this thing in 25 feet of water. So, you know, I am running it between 10 and
    14 pound line, fluorocarbon. So, obviously, it varies on the depth. Today, we’re using a 10 pound line. Glenn: Right. I noticed it was getting down a little bit
    deeper than that. Justin: Yeah, it will hit about six to eight
    foot on 10 pound line and I’m using a Combat Stick 71M – it’s a medium rod. And it actually says Topwater Jerkbait on
    the rod but we use it for cranking a lot for a shallow crankbait. I find it working really good for a crankbait
    but it also does work for jerkbait and topwater and then Daiwa’s seven to three reel. And it’s, I think, it’s important at fall
    this time of year to keep your bait moving as fast as you can. So that’s just kind of how we fish it and
    it’s been an unbelievable bait. And, just, you know, couple different colors
    I’ve been using. I don’t know if the camera can see them but
    this is a Ghost, Wakasagi Flash, Cold Shad in chartreuse blue, but today, obviously,
    this color, I mean, it’s a staple everywhere. So it’s a fish-catching machine and we’ve
    been catching them. Glenn: Yeah, fishing it really fast and giving
    it some hard jerks. It’s not pausing it, it’s actually ripping
    it really hard. And they clobber it when you give it that
    quick change. That’s what triggers the bite. So sometimes, guys, it’s great. You can cast straight out and just reel it
    back in. You’ll get bites that way. But if the fish aren’t biting, you can force
    them or trick them into biting by giving it erratic action. In this case, we’re just giving it a good
    hard yank every once in a while, randomly, and that’s usually when you get the bite. Justin: Yeah, we have some grass right now
    so that’s the big key. And, like I said, we are using a little lighter
    line for the grass situation. We are using that 10 pound test. A lot of places, we can get away with 20 pound
    in the grass, but Lake Havasu is such a finesse fishery that we’re using a little bit lighter
    line – that 10 pound – and we’re still keeping it moving and ripping it out of that grass. And a lot of times, like you said, the fish
    aren’t really feeding. They’re just sitting up in the grass and this
    bait comes by them and it gets them. Glenn: And we’ve been hitting them. Of course, it’s the fall feeding frenzy. But I can see this working really well in
    the spring and even in the summertime when they are in the grass. Justin: Yeah, there’s really no limit to the
    bait, obviously. And any bait in any situation, you got to
    keep an open mind to fishing. So there’s not really – I’d say for any type
    of baiting situation where this is the only bait to throw – but, you know, year-round,
    I’ve seen this bait. I’ve been using it for about a little over
    a year now. Glenn: You have? Okay. Justin: Yeah. And we, you know, used some prototypes and
    stuff. So this bait, like I said, I mean, I’ve used
    it. This summer was one of the best years I’ve
    had with it so it’s just a versatile bait. Glenn: Now where can guys get this? Justin: Tackle Warehouse, I’d say, is the
    number one. Anglers Marine, Tackle Warehouse usually carries
    most of our stuff or pretty much everything. Glenn: All right. Check it out guys, you’re going to like it.

    Fall Fishing, The Grind on Loughborough Lake – Fishing Pike, Catch a Bass
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    Fall Fishing, The Grind on Loughborough Lake – Fishing Pike, Catch a Bass

    December 2, 2019


    Looughborough boat ramp. That’s where we are todayand we’re gonna try casting for some Pike. It’s a little sketchy out but it’s
    calming down so. Yeah we just got some winds to deal with so 30 kilometer per hour gusts yeah
    oh look at that, that’s beautiful Wow That’ll help us catch a pike I’m sure of it. Kay, I’m gonna switch it up to the five
    of diamonds classic, classic pike lure. Len Thompson number zero yo. I said all
    about them Bay’s. All about them bays. You on? I don’t know if I’m on weeds or
    if I’m actually on the fish. You’re on weeds
    No I’m on a fish. Are ya? Yep. I’m fowl hook no I got a bass. You got a
    bass? Got a bass. Hey man Not a bad bass either yeah it’s all little
    bit of a fighter. You good? Now he knows he’s hooked he’s like oh geez oh no no here we go not
    again these guys again hey yeah we saw you earlier this year didn’t we. It’s an
    all right bass. On the spoon. Not what I would expect on the five diamonds. Yeah
    that’s crazy Len Thompson catches fish, what can we
    say? Oh no he’s bleeding a bit. He’ll be good, he’ll be good. whoa I’m on yeah oh we just got off dude that was a decent bass.Was it? Yeah. Oh alright, I’m on.
    Nice. Alright we got the target speices.
    A little one- Oh no we spoke too soon again.
    Yeah, let’s push out and fish this spot more. Just about threw myself out of the boat Oh I had to follow. Did you? Yeah. A
    pike? yep. You saw a follow? Yeah man for sure, like I definite – that was a pike and I saw him turn and everything Okay well we didn’t get into any pike, but I got a bass. We did we just didn’t land them yeah spoke too soon that seems to be an
    ongoing trend with our channel I think and it is darn cold and it’s getting
    dark. So I had that one pike follow as well but oh well. Nice short little episode, hope you liked what you saw Hit that like button if you did and be sure to subscribe if you want to see more. Anyways we’ll catch you later.

    Fishing with Johnny Johnson – Head2Head – Charlie -v- Niko , Lake Pleasant, AZ
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    Fishing with Johnny Johnson – Head2Head – Charlie -v- Niko , Lake Pleasant, AZ

    December 1, 2019


    Alright, we’ve got
    father-son team here. We’re at Lake Pleasant. Charlie and Niko. Who’s gonna
    call this thing? -I’m gonna call it. -I’m gonna let you
    call it.. Alright. Call it heads or
    tails in the air. -Heads. -Tails. It’s Niko’s call. -Alright, I’ll
    take Johnny. [Johnny cackling] -Alright, we’re
    gonna hit the water. Good luck.
    -Good luck to you guys. -You got the man.
    -Good luck, kid. -I’m excited about getting
    on the water and uh, hopefully, Lake Pleasant
    will show us some bass today. Let’s see what happens. [laid-back rock music] -No stripers? No striper pot? -No. -(Johnny) Well, here we
    once again.. Huh? -(Matt) Stay off my spots. -Hey- Oh.. Let me put
    it back on the trailer. [all laughing] Geez. [engines revving]. -And there’s a bite. Ohhh.. It’s a fish! It’s a fish! It’s not very big, but
    look at him pull, man. Hard as it is to catch them,
    we better get this one in. I’m gonna take
    my time a second. I’m telling you,
    he’s giving it to me. Nice! -There we go! Good job! -That only took
    a ‘long time’. [both laughing] How many cast do
    you think that took? -Holy moly, my arm’s wore
    out for that little.. one pounder. -We earned it. We earned it. First fish of the day. Kinda hard to
    come by today. We talked to a couple of
    people on the boat ramp that, you know, said it’s
    been real tough out here. Even the striper
    bite’s uh, been tough. And I was just saying
    it’s time to slow down and throw that dropshot. And that fish ate it. I mean it’s kinda like,
    ‘let’s go’ and then, there’s a fish, so.
    -There you go. -Not a big one- not a
    big one, but it counts. -Hey, it’s a fish. -Hey guys, I’m here
    with Charlie Ponder. We’re out here fishing
    against your son, Niko. -Absolutely. -‘That kid, Niko’and
    Johnny Johnson. Um, we have some
    mixed feelings on it. He’s- I think he’s rooting
    for his son a little bit.. Niko. But.. Let me tell you
    something: Niko’s- Niko’s been talking a little
    trash these last few days. I gotta say that. -You know what? You don’t know what
    it’s like at home. And let me tell you: if
    he beats us, we’re never going to hear
    the end of it. -I know. Well deserved. Nah, he’s a good
    kid, good fisherman. And we’re here today,
    uh, because of Sun Valley Fiberglass.
    -Sun Valley Fiberglass. -So we’re all fishing for
    Sun Valley Fiberglass. I know you’ve uh, you’ve
    had your boat worked on there from John Turner. And I go way back to,
    shoot, my first uh, bass boat- real bass boat. It was a Skeeter, and I
    had it worked on by Dan Turner, John’s dad,
    years ago, you know, so. -John does
    phenomenal work. He did some work- some
    fiberglass work on our boat this year. And uh, he really
    does top-notch work. Uh, the one thing about
    Sun Valley Fiberglass, is those guys take pride
    in what they do. Um, they did some
    work on my top-cap. And when he was done,
    I got the boat back, it looked like it just came
    off the showroom floor. Got it turned around
    in a good time. -Yep. -Um, wasn’t waiting; happy
    with everything he did; and uh, he does
    phenomenal work. Phenomenal work. -And I’ll tell you: yeah,
    that- that metal flake, when there’s fading and,
    you know, if you’ve hit the dock or hit a rock..
    And that metal flake’s really tough. And he- John Turner’s
    a master at it. -He is. -So we appreciate him.
    -Absolutely. -So that’s a Sun
    Valley Fiberglass fish. Thanks John, for uh,
    sponsoring the show today. And what we’re doing:
    we’re- we’ve probably covered a couple of miles
    already- and that’s just fishing, sometimes- but
    we’re taking advantage of the low light. We have a bank where
    there’s still some shade on it. We got an early start, and
    I’ve just been throwing a small swim bait. Uh, just a little
    paddle-tail; 3/0 hook; and you’re backing me up
    with a spinnerbait. -With a spinnerbait. And it’s got some
    chartreuse, blue, white in it- some black and white. -Kind of a bluegill
    pattern, right? -Kind of a bluegill, yeah. Little bluegill
    pattern, so. I’ve done well with
    this spinnerbait here at Pleasant before,
    so.. Worth a shot. -Uh, I’m waking this
    just under the surface. So, to have your partner
    or fishing partner you’re fishing with, while you’re
    in a tournament or fun fishing, throw something
    a little different. This is going to be a
    little subsurface uh, to try to trigger some
    extra bites, so. I think it’s a
    good combination. That looks like what,
    a 3/4 ounce, almost? -Well, that’s
    a half ounce. -Half ounce? So it’s heavy enough that
    you can crank it pretty quick, and not give the
    fish a real good look at it. -Exactly. -So that’s our
    combination for today. We finally got one fish in
    the boat, let’s get it on! -Good job.
    -Alright, brother. (Johnny) You know what? This is about how far down
    the lake was when I won that that
    tournament at uh.. -Wild West. -Wild West, yeah. And if the fishing’s as
    tough as they say it is, we’ll go hit that
    little bluffy area. Actually, it’s lower. Holy moly. If you want- I don’t know
    if you’ve got a top water bait.. whatever you want
    to throw- but I’m starting out with a drop… Because if it’s as tough
    as it is, I want to put some fish in the boat. -Yeah. -So I’m gonna start
    with my droppy. Because that’s what
    I’ve got confidence in. I got him! [cackling] Come on Niko! Get that net, son! She’s a good fish! -It’s all Velcro-ed up. -Oh, don’t you dare jump
    on me like that, son. We’ll take him. He’s giving it to me. Oh.. he ain’t that big! Why’s he giving it
    to me like that? Come on! Look at that.. He
    ain’t even that big. -But we got him! -Alright! That’s what I’m
    talking about son! Not a giant Lake Pleasant
    bass, but it’s a bass. Little dropshot bass! Folks.. We finally got bit! Didn’t take that long. He lost one. Probably had to be
    what.. 9 pounds? -Ahh.. At least. -I’m guessing,
    right in that tree. So, you know, we’re
    fishing for these now, after losing a
    nine pounder. [cackling] Niko! -I’m trying to re-tie
    Johnny, come on! -I know.. Hey.. You gotta-
    you gotta tell us uh… You’re fishing against
    your dad today. How does it feel, son? You ready- you ready
    to get it done? -Oh I have- I got- we
    gotta whoop up on them. Because if not, I gotta
    hear about it the whole way home. -We’re on the board with a
    one point.. 10 ounce bass. Red- well it’s
    1.10, actually. That’s 100ths
    of a pound, so. Yeah, that’s uh… -I wish it was 10 ounces. -Yeah.. No kidding. Hey.. ‘Little
    dropshot bass’. Oh.. There he
    is, get the net! Get the net! [cackling] That’s a good sign! That is a good sign. That’s bigger than
    the other one. Or about the same size,
    but we’ll take him. That was a Little
    Dipper fish. Little swim bait
    fish, right there. -Pound and a quarter.
    -We’ll take him. -Bigger than the
    other one.. He’s fat. -Grab that trolling motor,
    son, and we’ll- we’ll go. Niko! Another Sun Valley
    Fiberglass fish. It’s not a big fish,
    but we’ll take it, man. I’m telling
    you, it’s uh… I haven’t been on the lake
    in a long time here, and it’s lower than I’ve
    seen it in many years. For me.. When I come
    fish it, anyway. So we’re just kind of
    hitting and missing some areas that- that are good
    for this time of year. Out here fishing some
    of these deep points. I want to be out in as
    clear of water as I can, if I’m throwing this
    particular technique, for sure. One- one five. -He’s got a little
    bit more of a belly. -Yeah.. But he bit. That’s.. Hey…
    -That’s right. -We need one more fish. I’ll go down and throw
    it for a while, for that. Heck yeah. There you go, bud. Okay, we’ve got two fish
    on two different types of baits. Techniques. And uh, like I said, this
    time of year we’re just going down the bank. Niko, when’s the last time
    you were on this lake? A month ago? Month, month and
    a quarter ago. -Tell the folks at home
    what the uh, water level was then, compared to now. -It was about 20
    foot, 25 foot higher. The water level has
    dropped a ton, a lot, since that tournament. I- I’m seeing spots where
    me and my partner caught fish last weekend, that
    probably 8, 10 foot out of water. -Well, like I said, we’re
    throwing this little swim bait. I’m just throwing it
    on a 7’10” Taipan rod. I’m throwing a 20 pound
    Smackdown braid line with a 10 pound test leader,
    is all I’m doing. A fluorocarbon leader. And uh, the difference
    is, with this little bait, that I love: it’s a little
    2 or- 2/0 hook, 3/0 hook and uh.. This bait just
    glides across there pretty nice. You know.. You can
    slow-roll it and do things like that, but I like to
    just throw it out there and burn it in. Hopefully, they’ll
    come out and grab it. It almost acts like that
    little lone shad that got away from the pack. And the fish just
    go right after it. Their instincts say, “Hey,
    it’s by itself, I gotta go after it”. -(Niko) Looks like there’s
    a couple of fish in it. Maybe one or two. -Got him! -No way! -Yeah.. He’s not big. There’s no size
    limit, right? ‘There’s no size
    limit’.. Look at that! Come on in here, Moby! Are you serious? I can’t keep that fish. -Yes you can. -Look what he’s eating on. You see what he
    just threw out? What are you doing? -I got it! -Alright, throw him
    in the live well. -What’s he eating on? -Shad. Look.. Right there. -That’s a baby bass, dude! -What? It is. -Yeah.. It’s… -There’s a fish! Oh it’s a rat! I got this one but.. We didn’t have a
    size limit, did we? -No. It said no size. -It’s a keeper! -Oh my good..
    woo-hoo-hee-hee-hee! -‘Not a big one,
    but a fun one’! [both laughing] That’s for you, Johnny. Alright, this is
    our second fish. And I hope we… -That thing is a monster! -Yeah, you gotta
    lip them, though. The little ones,
    you gotta lip them. -Hold it waaay out. -Yeah, they know
    the routine. Alright. That’s not what we’re
    looking for, but I’m not letting him go. -Hey.. It’s a fish! -I’ve lost by less
    weight than this. Only problem is:
    hopefully, he doesn’t slip out my drains. Oh.. What we got?
    What’ve you got? -I got a fish. Ohhh, lookee there! -He come off? -Nah. -Is he a monster? -He’s a monster! -You need a net? You good? You think you
    can swing him in? -I don’t know if I
    can swing him in. -What pound line
    do you have? -Oh my God! -Take your time,
    take your time! Keep him down,
    keep him down! [imitating Johnny’s cackling] -Yeah! Dropshot bass, son! -That’s our limit. Nice job! [both chuckling] Oh well. -You know what? It’s bigger than
    your second one. -It counts. Well, don’t be bragging. -I know. All right. -Now, we’ve got our
    three fish limit now. So it’s all- all
    uphill from there. -Sun Valley Fiberglass
    fish, right there. -Sun Valley Fiberglass. -Hey, your other one went
    through the crack.. No! [both laughing] Alright! -So you’re throwing a
    little bit different color there. -A little different color. -It’s a little
    bit lighter. I’m throwing uh… So we were- we were
    covering water, trying to take advantage of that
    low light, got couple of.. What.. A little keeper
    and then one about 10.. inches. -Yeah. -And you just
    caught that one. We slowed down. Uh, just not seeing the
    activity, not seeing any action, it’s just
    tough fishing, so. We’re gonna slow down. Lake Pleasant’s a
    great dropshot Lake. Uh, it really
    works, you know? When the fishing’s
    tough and slowing down. And I’m throwing a
    quarter ounce weight. It looks like you’re
    throwing a little bit lighter weight? -No, it’s quarter. -It is? -Yeah, it’s quarter. -Okay, and we’re
    just using uh.. -Little bit
    different color. You’re using- little
    shorter, aren’t you? Or are you using
    the same length? -Yeah, I like a little bit
    longer leader because I like to give that line
    slack and let that worm sink down to the bottom. So I’m- I usually use a
    longer leader but, you know, it’s good to
    try different lengths. -Absolutely. -Seems like some days they
    might want it real tight. I know a lot of guys will
    use a 6 inch leader just to keep it tight
    to the bottom. -Absolutely. Yeah. -So it’s 6 pound line? What pound line
    are you using? -No, it’s actually
    8 pound line. -8 pound? -8 pound and uh, got
    uh, 15 pound braid. -There you go. -Got him! -Alright! You got him? Oh that’s a good one, son! Oh yeah! That’s what
    I’m talking about! Swing him in the boat! I can’t even get
    the net fast enough. You’re faster than I am. Alright! Niko got one! That’s what I’m
    talking about! Come on! -That’s not a bad one. -Show them what
    you caught it on. Show them what
    you caught it on. -Caught it on a- a little
    Gary Yamamoto double-tail Hula grub with a little
    3/8 ounce football head. -Sun Valley
    Fiberglass bass. That’s what I’m
    talking about! Well, if you want to fish
    that little one out of the live well, I’ll
    weigh this one. -Ah.. You’re going to
    give me the hard job. -Well, you
    caught the fish. That’s part of the gig. That’s part of the gig! -Oh, he’s sitting on
    the surface for me. Come here. Man, how- have you ever
    seen a little fish come out of the live
    well that easy? -He’s culling.. Look
    what he- look what we’re culling with. Of course, we’re just- -That’s a good cull. -We still ain’t got
    a big fish, but. We gotta find those
    two-pounders man, or we’re gonna get- we’re
    gonna get hurt. We gotta find them. -There’s a fish! There’s a fish! Oh, that’s a decent
    one too, I think. Ohhh.. Stay down! I think that will help us. Golly, they’re
    strong here. Look at him pull. He’s 13 inches long
    and he’s pulling. [both chuckle] Here he comes. Think that will help us. -Yeah, I think it will. -He’s not done. Not done. -There he comes. That’ll help us. -There you go. Good job. -That’ll work. -Another Sun Valley
    Fiberglass fish. -That’s for you, Sun
    Valley Fiberglass. And I’ll tell you, they
    are really- they are really slow. Look at the belly on
    that thing, though. It’s a chunk. -Yeah it is. -Nice, healthy fish, but
    man, I am dead-sticking. I am holding- just holding
    the rod tight, not moving the weight, and just
    letting that worm suspend. And then just- I drag a
    little bit and then just dead-stick, give
    it slack line. And I picked up and
    just barely felt it. No bite, no nothing. But he did eat it good. (Johnny) Are you having fun? Have you been ribbing
    Niko the whole time? He’s been ribbing on you. -Every chance that I get,
    I’ve been ribbing him. With all the trash talk? -You still got the
    same bet going on? -Oh yeah. -I told him- we got a bet-
    if he loses, he has to post on social media that
    Matt and I beat him, and he has to say Matt
    Shura’s his daddy. [all laughing] -Do you have a good shot
    of his- his life jacket? -What’s wrong with
    my life jacket? -Making sure you have the
    proper size life jacket folks, if the Game
    and Fish checks you… -It is! Watch! It’s an extra large. [all laughing] -Good ‘talk’, Matt! -No, but honestly, having
    a- having a proper fitting life jacket if you happen
    to fall out or something, is really something
    that you should… -Here’s the deal: remember something: I want you to remember this: that if I happen to
    fall out, as big as I am, I’m
    floating anyway. -I float, too. -I’m a big- I’m a
    big ball of flubber! And I’ve got to float! -Got him! -Got him? Good one? -I don’t know.. Wait. No, it’s a fish. -You sure? -Yeah. -Are you sure? -Yes, 100%. -Good one? -Yeah. -Oh! That’s a culler, son! Oh! Oh my goodness! That’s a two-pounder. It’s a pound and
    a half, anyway. That’s a culler. Get it out! Hurry!-Before they notice.-Yeah, before they notice!Well, we’ve got 4
    pounds now, son.
    -Yeah.-Good job.[laid-back guitar music] (Matt) It’s- it’s… -No! Let me see it! Four seventy one now! -Five seventy nine! -No, let me see it! four seventy.. Four
    six.. Wait a minute.. -Four.. Four eighty? -No.. Nope. -4.79. Okay. [all agree]
    -I’m good with that. Alright, there
    you go, Matt. [all laughing] -What is this? -What?! What are you doing? [everyone laughing] -Are you guys seeing this? -What are you gonna do? Are you gonna
    [inaudible]… -Whoops! [everyone laughing] [Johnny cackling] (Matt) No. -No.. (Niko) Four eighty two. (Matt) Four sventy seven. (Niko) Four seventy nine. -No, it’s four
    seventy nine! -We’re tied. -Weigh it… Wait a minute, let
    me see that again! (Matt) 479. (Charlie) 479. (Matt) I saw it. Yeah. -It’s 479. -It’s a tie!
    -It’s a tie! -Nobody loses! -Alright, we’ll
    call it a tie. I’ll take it.. I’ll take it! But the one thing we
    decided a long time ago, which is going to shake
    the cameras a little bit, was that if we ever ended
    up in a tie, the camera men would have
    to buy us lunch. [all agree] Yeah. I want to thank Cody
    Simpson and Darin Perkins. Great job. I’ve had a great time
    on Lake Pleasant. It’s the middle of summer. It’s tough, man. It’s gonna get better
    though here in the next month, isn’t it? -Oh, I think as soon as it
    cools off those shad will start moving up, the fish
    will start moving up, and the top water, buzz baits,
    Rico’s.. Just gonna be a blast. But it’s- they’re, you
    know, we caught some fish in that 30 foot of water. And we had fish that
    we could see that would follow the bait down,
    that just wouldn’t eat it. -Well I never thought I’d
    say this, but I’m pretty happy I didn’t lose. -I’m- I’m happy
    with a tie. -I just feel like I went
    to the blackjack table and pushed. ‘Is that really a win’? What is this? I’m not going back
    out there.. I refuse! We’re done, let’s
    go have some lunch! Thanks guys. Thanks for
    watching the show. -Thanks, Sun
    Valley Fiberglass. -Thank you, Sun
    Valley Fiberglass. Father and son team,
    they had a good time. So I guess the trash
    talking’s over. Now.. Now, I guess Niko
    gets to ride in the front seat all the way home
    because you both tied, right? So now you can ride in
    the front seat, son. There you go. -Thank you. I don’t have to ride
    on the tailgate. -I’m gonna make him by all
    the tackle we’re getting ready to go get here
    in a moment, though. -Thank you folks, so much. Thanks for
    watching the show. We’ll see you next week on
    Fishing with Johnny Johnson.