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Buzzbaits and Frogs! Summer Bass Fishing On Clearlake!

July 27, 2020 121 No Comments


After months on the road we’re finally back on Clearlake! Come along as we explore the lake, build patterns, and catch fish! Matt utilizes a buzzbait, frog, and toad to catch a fish in the grass on a hot Summer day. Many anglers avoid fishing in the heat but if you know where to look there are big fish to be caught!

Catching fish consistently in Summer requires an understanding of how and why they position. Shallow water bass love to be close to cover. A consistent food source is also key. In most lakes, if you can find baitfish and grass in the same area, you’re around bass. This morning Matt hit the water at first light. He already knew where to find grass but the baitfish remained a mystery. By getting out early he was able to quickly locate active birds searching for a meal. 

It took time to get the first bite but the bird activity confirmed the presence of baitfish and ultimately the presence of bass. Whenever you’re on the water pay close attention to nature, it’s clues can really shorten your search time. Once Matt located fish he used a combination of baits to get consistent bites from bass that were positioned to ambush prey as it passed by the grass beds. 

Below is a breakdown of the baits and equipment Matt used to catch his fish. We’ve included color recommendations for the various baits, the exact combos Matt was fishing with, and even a budget-minded alternative. The links go directly to Tackle Warehouse where you can see detailed photos and descriptions of each item.

The Baits… 

-Skirtless Buzzbait- Dirty Jigs Canterbury Pro Buzz 1/2 oz (Blue Glimmer):

Trailer- River2Sea D Walker Swimbait 120 (PB Red):

-4 Blade Buzzbait- D&M Easy Roller Buzz (Night Stalker):

-Frog- River2Sea Bully Wa 2:

Colors: Dirty White, Ghost, Little Allen, TW Gill

-Big Bite Baits Tour Toad:

Colors: Hematoma, Pearl Shine

Hook- Owner 6/0 Twist Lock Open Gap:

Matt’s Buzzbait Combo… 

Rod- Dobyns Xtasy 7’5″ 5 Power (Heavy):

Reel- Shimano Curado 150 DC XG:

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 65 lb Braid:

Matt’s Frog Combo…

Rod- Shimano Expride 7’3″ Extra Heavy:

Reel- Shimano Curado 200K HG:

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 65 lb Braid:

Budget Buzzbait Combo… 

Rod- Shimano Intenza 7’2″ Medium Heavy:

Reel- Shimano SLX DC XG:

Line- Power Pro 50 lb Braided Line:

Budget Frog Combo… 

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

Reel- Shimano SLX DC XG:

Line- Power Pro 65 lb Braided Line:

NEW Tactical Bassin Apparel… 

TacticalBassin Reaper Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Shadow Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Sun Shirt:

TacticalBassin Hooded Sun Shirt:

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