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Swim Jigs and Senkos – Summer Fishing The MidWest

July 12, 2019 65 No Comments


We’re fishing in a new state! Today we’re breaking down Patoka Lake in Indiana. The lake is flooded with high water deep in the trees, the bass could be anywhere! With only a few hours to fish, we have to move quickly to locate the bass and develop a productive pattern to catch them. We begin by fishing offshore but quickly realize that’s a big mistake.

Upon realizing the offshore bite was non-existent Matt headed shallow. He picked up a swim jig and began searching the backs of creeks. After getting his first bite and several additional followers he turned to the senko to complete his pattern. While Patoka Lake may not have an abundance of fish, the quality is excellent. Matt was able to catch a handful of really nice bass and is confident he could have caught quite a few more given another day or two on the lake.

Next Stop: Wisconsin! Matt, CC and Sierra are headed North to meet up with Tim’s family as well as a few friends in search of giant smallmouth. Keep your eye out for our next video, its going to be fun! Below is a breakdown of the baits and equipment Matt used on Patoka Lake.


Humminbird Solix 12:

Humminbird Solix 15:

Lakemaster Plus Digital Map Card:


-California Swim Jig 3/8 oz (Crappie):

-Keitech 3.8″ Fat Swimbait (Electric Shad):

-Yamamoto 5″ Senko (Green Pumpkin Black Flake):

-Gamakatsu Wide Gap Superline Hook 2/0:

Swim Jig Combo…

Rod- Megabass Orochi XX Braillist:

Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL HG:

Line- 50 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- 17 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Senko Combo…

Rod- Shimano Expride has 6’10” Medium:

Reel- Shimano Aldebaran MGL 50 HG:

Line- 12 lb Assassin Fluorocarbon:

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