This tournament was setting up to be a tough one. Fish weren’t biting reaction baits the way I wanted but managed to slow down during the tournament and weigh a decent bag! Finished 42nd out of 200 boats. Not a bad start to the season but 2nd week in a row I missed a check by only 3 spots.
Matt hooks up on this GIANT Bass almost a year to the day after Tim’s MONSTER catch! We traveled several thousand miles, drove for hours on the water, and risked an INSANE lightning storm, just for a shot at a fish like this!
Smallmouth are AMAZING predators. If you’ve never had a chance to target them, put it on your bucket list! Smallmouth bass have traditionally been targeted with finesse tackle but that is changing. These fish are aggressive feeders and have no issue eating crankbaits, swimbaits, topwater, and a variety of other reaction baits.
Crankbait- Deep X 300 (PM Kisyu Ayu):
Crankbait- Deep Six (Biwako See Through Chart):
Upgraded Hooks- Owner ST-56:
(Size 4 for Deep X 300 and Size 2 for Deep Six)
Upgraded Split Rings – Hyperwire Size 3:
Matt’s Crankbait Setup…
Rod- G Loomis 845 CBR IMX Pro:
Reel- Shimano Aldebaran 50 in 7:1 Ratio:
Line- Sunline Assassin 12 lb Fluorocarbon:
Scale – (Highly Recommended) Salter Brecknell:
This bass weighed 6.54 lbs on the certified Salter Brecknell Scale. She was sitting in a school of fish on a current break. If you catch closely you’ll see how quickly the water was moving past the boat while we used the Ultrex Trolling Motor (link below) on Spot Lock to stay in place and make receptive casts to the same spot. While we don’t show the entire clip, we had caught approximately 15 fish in the same exact spot BEFORE the big one bit! This is classing schooling behavior and something we’ve covered at length in other videos.
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