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Frog Fishing And Topwater On Lake Chickamauga – Big Bass Caught!

June 1, 2020 49 No Comments


Come along on Lake Chickamauga as we explore a new lake and catch fish! Pay close attention as we refine a pattern and put it into action with no outside information. Chickamauga has almost 800 feet of shoreline but we’re able to build a pattern in minutes and start catching really nice bass! You can too! 

Any time you’re on a new body of water (Matt has been to the lake once but never this end and Tim has not been here at all) it can be overwhelming. We’re thousands of miles from home with hundreds of miles of water to choose from where do you start? Matt and Tim chose to start with reaction. They focused on a spinnerbait, chatterbait, and lipless crankbait to cover water quickly. When that didn’t work they turned their attention to the back of a cove that looked promising on the map. 

Once in the cove our attention again turned to covering water. Matt focused on a frog so he could quickly work around vegetation and Tim chose a senko to reach deep in the pockets under flooded trees. A pattern quickly emerged and we were able to dial in a combination of topwater, stick baits, and sight fishing. You can use this method of breaking down water on any lake in the nation. Cover water, get bit, and adapt until a pattern emerges. 

Below is a breakdown of the equipment the we were using to find success. The links go directly to Tackle Warehouse where you can see detailed photos and descriptions of each item. We’ve also included links to the rods and reels we were using to consistently catch these fish. 


Frog- Jackall Kaera (White):

Popper- Damiki D Pop 70 (Phantom):

Soft Baits… 

Stick Bait- Yamamoto 5″ Senko (Crushed Goby):

Senko Hook- Owner Jungle Wide Gap 3/0:

Creature- Big Bite Baits Flying Squirrel (Tilapia):

Creature Hook- Gamakatsu EWG Superline 2/0:

Dropshot Weight- Swagger 1/4 oz Tungsten Tear Drop:


Spinnerbait- Megabass V-9 1/2 oz (Kohoku Reaction):

Spinnerbait Trailer- Keitech 4.3″ Fat Swing Impact (Pro Blue Red Pearl):

Lipless Crank- Jackall TN-70 Crankbait (RT Scale Minnow):

Chatterbait- Z Man JackHammer 1/2 oz (BHite Delight):

Chatterbait Trailer- HogFarmer Spunk Shad (Ghost Minnow 4.5):

Matt’s Senko/ Heavy Dropshot Combo… 

Rod- Shimano Zodias 7’2″ Medium Heavy:

Reel- Shimano Curado 200K HG:

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 40 lb Braid:

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 15 lb Mono:

Tim’s Popper Combo… 

Rod- Shimano Zodias 6’10” Medium Heavy:

Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL HG:

Braid- Power Pro Maxcuatro 30 lb Braid:

Budget Frog Combo… 

Rod- Dobyns Fury 7’3″ Mag Heavy (736):

Reel- Shimano SLX 150 HG:

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 65 lb Braid:

NEW Tactical Bassin Apparel… 

TacticalBassin Reaper Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Shadow Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Sun Shirt:

TacticalBassin Hooded Sun Shirt:

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