Watch underwater as big bass ambush swimbaits and glide baits! Its amazing how aggressive these fish get when a big meal swims by. With Spring fast approaching Matt shares a few tricks about how big bass behave that will help you catch the fish of a lifetime during the prespawn. If you haven’t added a swimbait to your arsenal, you’re about to get an underwater view of what you’ve been missing!
New swimbait fishermen are full of misconceptions. The most dangerous to your success is an assumption that big bass will hit a swimbait really hard. While this MIGHT happen, it is far more likely that the bite will be a subtle but clear “tick”. If you’re waiting for a bone-jarring strike you will miss the biggest bites of your life. Pay close attention to this underwater footage and you’ll notice that the biggest fish seem to calculate their strikes while smaller fish lash out aggressively.
Its also important to note that bass are far more likely to completely engulf soft baits while hardballs almost always end up on the outside of the fish’s mouth. With this in mind, its extremely important to control hard bait fish as their aggressive head shakes are very likely to rip the hooks out during the fight. You have time to make a few more changes to your gear as well as to your mindset before Spring arrives. Take the steps to prepare and this will be the year you catch a giant bass!
Below is a breakdown of the baits in the video as well as some of our most consistent swimbaits for big, prespawn fish. We also included links to our favorite swimbait equipment along with some “budget” options.
Favorite Spring Hard Baits…
-S Waver 200 and 168 (Light Trout): http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh
-Baitsanity Explorer Glide (Trout, Shad): http://bit.ly/33bQyxY
-Storm Arashi Glide (Bluegill, Oikawa Mesu): http://bit.ly/2nHdrL1
-Jackall Gantarel (HL Bluegill, RT Spawn Gill): http://bit.ly/2adZI3R
Favorite Spring Soft Baits…
-Savage Gear Pulse Tail Trout (Trout, Hitch): http://bit.ly/399bx97
-Huddleston 8″ (Trout, Hitch): http://bit.ly/2UVHiuQ
-Little Creeper 8″ Trash Fish (Shad, Hitch): http://bit.ly/2hmXtg1
-Osprey Tournament Talon 6″ (Chart Shad, Bluegill): http://bit.ly/2bqsLS0
Hook/Split Ring Upgrades…
-Owner Hyperwire Split Rings (Size 5 and 6): http://bit.ly/2aTH3f1
-Owner ST-36 Trebles (1X strength, sizes 1/0 and 2/0): http://bit.ly/2cWpeyw
-Owner ST-56 Trebles (3X Strength, Size 2 and 1/0): http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW
Favorite Rod/Reel Combo…
Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 966: http://bit.ly/2x9kxuS
Reel- Shimano Tranx 300 HG: http://bit.ly/2kYsvRw
Line- 80 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 35 lb Sunline FC-100: http://bit.ly/2O4UElB
Budget Rod/Reel Combo…
Rod- Dobyns Fury 806H: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV
Reel- Shimano Cardiff 300: http://bit.ly/2cvhtMO
Line- 80 lb Power Pro Braid: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b
Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 30 lb: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
NEW Tactical Bassin Apparel…
TacticalBassin Reaper Hoodie: http://bit.ly/2TwBWs7
TacticalBassin Shadow Hoodie: http://bit.ly/2FVD9Rs
TacticalBassin Sun Shirt: http://bit.ly/2TvFMBD
TacticalBassin Hooded Sun Shirt: http://bit.ly/38cVi9G