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Sight Casting For GIANT Smallmouth Bass In The Clearest Water You've Ever Seen!

July 17, 2020 71 No Comments


We’ve found water so clear you can see giant bass swimming 50 yards away! We’re sight casting to them like they’re snook on a saltwater flat and its working!!! Come along as Matt and CC stalk big fish with ultralight tackle in the Great Lakes and catch a monster bag the first day! Don’t let clear water and big fish intimidate you, Matt is about to show you everything you need to know to consistently catch these fish!

If you’ve ever been faced with fish in crystal clear water you know they can be very finicky. Knowing how to adapt your gear and lead the fish so they don’t spook is critical. Once you’ve established how much lead you need to put your bait in their line of sight without spooking them, its clock work. Today we did our best work with a tube and a dark sleeper. The fish ambushing around rocks would crush the dark sleeper but fish on the open flats would only eat a tube worked with tiny pops of the rod tip. 

The next time you’re faced with clear water conditions, don’t be afraid to try and catch those bass! Use long leaders, make long casts, and don’t be afraid to search for fish where no one else is willing to go. Below is a breakdown of the baits (including exact colors, weights, etc) and the gear we were using to throw them. The links go directly to Tackle Warehouse where you can see detailed photos and descriptions of each item. 

The Tube… 

Matt’s Tube- Big Bite Baits 3.5″ Salt Tube:

Matt’s Color: Green Pumpkin Black Orange

CC’s Tube- Big Bite Baits 3.5″ Tour Tube:

CC’s Color: Green Pumpkin Blue Flake

Tube Head- Blade Runner Inhaler 1/4 oz 2/0:

The Swimbait… 

Swimbait- Megabass Dark Sleeper 1/2 oz 3″:

Color: Wakasagi

The Hair Jig…

Jig- Feider Fly 1/16 oz:

Color: Black

Matt’s Tube Combo… 

Rod- G Loomis NRX 872S JWR:

Reel- Shimano Twin Power FD 3000:

Line- Power Pro Braided Line 10 lb:

Leader- Sunline Sniper 6 lb Fluorocarbon:

Budget Tube Combo… 

Rod- Dobyns Fury 7′ Medium:

Reel- Shimano Sahara FI 2500:

Line- Power Pro Braided Line 15 lb:

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen Monofilament 8 lb:

Matt’s Dark Sleeper Combo… 

Rod- Shimano Expride 7’2″ Medium Light +:

Reel- Shimano Aldebaran MGL 50 HG:

Line- Sunline Assassin 12 lb Fluorocarbon:

NEW Tactical Bassin Apparel… 

TacticalBassin Reaper Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Shadow Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Sun Shirt:

TacticalBassin Hooded Sun Shirt:

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