Fall Bass Fishing with Underspins and Swimbaits

This time of year is all about schooling bass. If you can find the schools, you can catch a ton of fish in a hurry! In this video Matt and Tim head to Lake Berryessa, a fishery they haven’t visited in months. They start out working scattered fish but it doesn’t take long to locate the schools of offshore, deep water Bass and that’s when the fun starts!

The guys use a combination of topwater, finesse swimbaits, and good electronics to initially locate the bass. Once they find the school they begin using a combination of spoons, underspins, swimbaits, and tail spinners to keep the fish fired up.

Offshore bass fishing, especially for suspended fish, is one of the most technical ways to fish. But don’t let that scare you, as you can see in this video its not that difficult to get these fish biting.

The lures in order of appearance…

Evergreen Shower Blows 125: http://bit.ly/2zIkqUH

Keitech 2.8 Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Guppy Head 3/16 oz: http://bit.ly/2nyUJRS

Flutter Spoon: http://bit.ly/2ICAGKL

4.8 Keitech Fat Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

BladeRunner Underspin 1/2 oz (Anchovy): http://bit.ly/29UVegz

Damiki Axe Blade Tail Spinner: http://bit.ly/2w2uB9t

Baitsanity Trout Glide Bait: http://bit.ly/2DcI1yM

Matt’s Finesse Spinning Combo…

Rod- GLX Spinning 852S JWR: http://bit.ly/2A6HH3O

Reel- Shimano Exsence 3000: http://bit.ly/2iMtscV

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 20 lb: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 8 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

We played with 2 new combos throughout this video. Tim was throwing his Tail Spinner on a 13 Fishing combo, Matt was throwing his Underspin on an Edge Rod and his spooning reel was a Daiwa.

Rod- Edge Rod 7′ Mag Heavy: http://bit.ly/2Q9wZjY

Reel- Daiwa SV TWS: http://bit.ly/2xALqpz

Rod- 13 Fishing Muse 7′ Medium: http://bit.ly/2xVM80V

Reel- 13 Origin TX: http://bit.ly/2NUHiej

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How To Skip Under Docks & Trees

These are the tricks you need to know to skip your jig wayyyy back under cover. If you’re the guy fishing the edges of docks and fronts of trees, your fishing is about to change! Tim goes in depth with the methods he uses to consistently reach deep into the dark corners of overhead cover.

Skipping is an amazing way to catch bass that no one else is even fishing for. Once mastered, you can reach fish so far back in the shadows that they’re rarely approached. The method is best learned with a spinning rod but ultimately can be done with virtually any tackle.

Below is a breakdown of the rods, reels, and lures that Tim is using to skip in this video:

Swimbait Combo…

Rod- Dobyns Fury 795 Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV

Reel- Curado 200K: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh

Line- 65 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro Braid: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Lure- 6″ Osprey Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2bqsLS0

Jig Combo…

Rod- Shimano Zodias 6’10 Medium: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe

Reel- Curado 70 Casting Reel: http://bit.ly/2apmDJt

Line- 50 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Lure- Clausen Compact Pitching Jig: http://bit.ly/2hAIyCV

Spinning Combo…

Rod- Cashion 7’2″ medium Heavy Spinning: http://bit.ly/2xJGGPt

Reel- Daiwa Tatula LT Spinning: http://bit.ly/2zrq4id

Line- 15 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Lure- 5″ Yamamoto Senko: http://bit.ly/2axAmNS

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How To Skip Under Docks & Trees

These are the tricks you need to know to skip your jig wayyyy back under cover. If you’re the guy fishing the edges of docks and fronts of trees, your fishing is about to change! Tim goes in depth with the methods he uses to consistently reach deep into the dark corners of overhead cover.

Skipping is an amazing way to catch bass that no one else is even fishing for. Once mastered, you can reach fish so far back in the shadows that they’re rarely approached. The method is best learned with a spinning rod but ultimately can be done with virtually any tackle.

Below is a breakdown of the rods, reels, and lures that Tim is using to skip in this video:

Swimbait Combo…

Rod- Dobyns Fury 795 Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV

Reel- Curado 200K: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh

Line- 65 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro Braid: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Lure- 6″ Osprey Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2bqsLS0

Jig Combo…

Rod- Shimano Zodias 6’10 Medium: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe

Reel- Curado 70 Casting Reel: http://bit.ly/2apmDJt

Line- 50 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Lure- Clausen Compact Pitching Jig: http://bit.ly/2hAIyCV

Spinning Combo…

Rod- Cashion 7’2″ medium Heavy Spinning: http://bit.ly/2xJGGPt

Reel- Daiwa Tatula LT Spinning: http://bit.ly/2zrq4id

Line- 15 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Lure- 5″ Yamamoto Senko: http://bit.ly/2axAmNS

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The Umbrella Rig

The Umbrella Rig thumbnail
Mike Iaconelli

If you’re even half-serious about bass fishing you should learn to fish the umbrella rig. It’s somewhat controversial but in the end it’s a real fish catcher, controversy or not.

However, let me give you a warning before we go any further. Some tournaments allow it, some don’t. And, the number of hooks that you’re allowed to have on one rig or rod varies widely from one state to the next. Make sure you know the rules before you start throwing it.

Another thing: Right now, on Going Ike! I’m fishing one with Britt Myers. Check it out if you want to see some real action.

Shane's Rig
Shane’s Rig

With that out of the way let’s get started.

The umbrella rig is at its best in the early spring and in the late fall. That’s when bass are seriously relating to baitfish, and no lure or rig on the planet mimics a ball of baitfish better than an umbrella rig. It’s a crazy looking thing with its mass of wire and turning blades but it absolutely mesmerizes bass when it’s rigged properly.

Proper rigging means starting with the right harness. My choice is a Shane’s Rig.   (I’m not sponsored by them. Nevertheless, it’s the best one I’ve ever used.) I like the ones that can be rigged with anywhere between five and 10 lures.

VMC Darter Head Jig
VMC Darter Head Jig

My favorite head is a VMC Darter Head, and I don’t worry much about the color. I’m partial to the 1/8-ounce weight but at times I will go up to 1/4 ounce. I rig everything except the one in the center with a small Berkley HAVOC Beat Shad. I always pick one that looks like the local shad — white, gray, smoke, ghost or whatever.

Berkley HAVOC Beat Shad
Berkley HAVOC Beat Shad

On the center head I use a Berkley PowerBait Hollow Body usually in a Hitch color. I use this bigger bait, and in a different color, because I want to create a target for the bass. If they’re moving in on the center lure, they’re more likely to grab an outside lure during an attack, a feeding frenzy or just out of desperation

Berkley Powerbait Hollow Belly
Berkley Powerbait Hollow Belly

Note: My tackle does not include a heavy saltwater rod and reel and I’m not using rope for my fishing line. That is totally unnecessary. Don’t overdo your tackle. Use medium-heavy bass tackle and you’ll do just fine with an umbrella rig.

Abu Garcia Ike Power Series Casting Rods
Abu Garcia Ike Power Series Casting Rods

The only thing you do when you fish an umbrella rig is throw it out and wind it back. Vary your depth in the water column until you find them. I suggest you hang on after that.

Nothing else need be said.
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Mike Iaconnelli
Mike Iaconnelli

 

 

 

 

Umbrella Rig Fishing with Britt Myers Recap Bass Fishing Video

 

 

Mike Iaconelli, Gerald Swindle, Adrian Avena
Mike Iaconelli, Gerald Swindle, Adrian Avena

 

Ike, Swindle, Avena Talk about A-rig or Umbrella Rig Bass Fishing Video

 

 

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Trolling Motor Installation: Minn Kota Ultrex

Step one in our bass boat retrofit is a new trolling motor. We’re upgrading from the Maxxum Pro to an Ultrex 112. Matt explains each step of the process as he shows just how quickly and painlessly these motors can be installed. Start to finish the installation takes less than an hour.

If you’ve considered the Ultrex for your next trolling motor its definitely worth the investment! Once you’ve experienced spot lock, heading, and a few of the other features there really is no going back. It adds an incredible level of convenience to your day on the water.

Ultrex Trolling Motor w/ I-Pilot Link: http://bit.ly/2vFQypW

Ultrex Trolling Motor (Non-Link): http://bit.ly/2NPTY6c

Cleaner- Safe & Easy Hull Cleaner: http://bit.ly/2xAJNID

We use the 112 lb with 52″ Shaft. If you are combining with Humminbird Electronics be sure to use the “Link” version of the motor so you gain all of the available features.

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Bass Fishing With Finesse Swimbaits – Fall Transition

Small swimbaits are great for catching numbers of bass! In early Fall the big bass school up with smaller fish and the finesse swimbait is a great way to get big bites from giant bass that wouldn’t normally eat such a small meal. If you’ve got baitfish in your lake, you’re probably missing out on a fantastic finesse swimbait bite right now!

Unlike their larger cousins, finesse swimbaits can be fished on standard tackle. Depending on the size of the head you choose they can be fishing on anything from a light spinning rod to a heavy jig rod. The concept is the same as throwing big swimbaits but you’re much more likely to get steady action throughout the day.

The key to small swimbaits is to match the size of baitfish in your lake. If you’re seeing the bass chase tiny minnows, don’t be afraid to drop down to a little 2.8 keitech. If big baitfish are present, upsize your offering to match. Below is a breakdown of some of our favorite heads for different size swimbaits.

Weedless Heads…

Owner Beast Hook 4/0: http://bit.ly/2ancP66

Owner Flashy Swimmer 5/0: http://bit.ly/2e8O4Y7

Underspins…

Blade Runner: http://bit.ly/29UVegz

Cool Baits: http://bit.ly/2boS7QA

War Pig: http://bit.ly/2pcQnRP

Swimbait Heads…

Matt Allen Head: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN

The swimbaits…

Keitech Fat Swing Impact (2.8, 3.8, 4.8): http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Basstrix 6″ Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2aiy7SR

Strike King Rage Swimmer: http://bit.ly/2evZF8j

Reaction Innovations Little Dipper: http://bit.ly/2brnU5I

Finesse Swimbait Rod…

Rod- G Loomis GLX 843C MBR: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT

Reel- Chronarch MGL 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB

Line- 30 lb MaxCuatro Braid: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Budget Friendly Combo…

Rod- Dobyns Fury 7′ Med Heavy: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV

Reel- Shimano SLX 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2NfdOnk

Line- 15 lb Assassin Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

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How To Buy A Used Boat

Boat buying doesn’t have to be a gamble! With these quick tips you’ll know exactly what to look for the next time you’re shopping for a used boat. From motor issues to water leaks, transom cracks to hidden damage, we cover all the issues that might arise.

The two most important factors when shopping for a used boat are the compression numbers on the motor and the experience you have while test driving. There are a lot of other factors that we’ll cover in this video but those are the two keys that you never want to skip. There are a lot of flaws that a seller can hide but if you get the diagnostic report and drive the boat virtually all of the hidden concerns will make themselves known.

Matt intends to fully restore this boat in the coming months, very similarly to Tim’s Champion 210. By purchasing on the used market, both anglers were able to put additional funds toward updating and restoring the boats. Below is the extended list of components that will be added to the boat in the coming months.

Electronics…

Graphs- Humminbird Solix 15’s: http://bit.ly/2pAkXr2

Trolling Motor- Minn Kota Ultrex 112: http://bit.ly/2vFQypW

Battery Charger- Minn Kota Digital 4 bank: http://bit.ly/2vcrbjA

Anchors- Talon 12′ Shallow Water Anchors: http://bit.ly/2F0QBSP

Imaging- Humminbird 360 Imaging: http://bit.ly/2K8jPl4

Batteries- (4) Odyssey 31M PC2150: Source Online

Stimulator- Hydrowave Feeding Stimulator: http://bit.ly/2BCrdVx

Mounts and Accessories…

Front Graph Mount- Kong Wave Tamer: http://bit.ly/2wsJVbA

Console Graph Mount- KVD Kong Electronics Mount: http://bit.ly/2MohNwS

Hot Foot Adjustable Slide: http://bit.ly/2NauvVD

Jack Plate- Atlas Hydraulic: http://bit.ly/2QpkCkS

Loc-R-Bar: http://bit.ly/2CMF1NP

Keel Guard- Megaware 8 foot: http://bit.ly/2N5p36m

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How To Catch Bass During The Summer To Fall Transition

Wondering how to catch bass? Did your fish disappear? This is a great time of year if you know where to look! Bass are incredibly predictable in the Late Summer and Early Fall so use these tips to your advantage. In this video we break down where the bass position, the best time of day to target them, as well as a few confidence baits to make your life easier. 

By focusing your efforts during peak times you maximize your time and avoid a great deal of frustration. Intentionally focus on reaction baits early and late with your biggest push at finesse between 9 and 11 AM. The early afternoons are typically a bit slower this time of year so don’t let the lull in action discourage you from continuing into the evening. 

We have a few key confidence baits that we lean on through the transition. Those baits are outlined below… 

Crankbaits…
Berkeley Dredger 17.5 & 20.5: http://bit.ly/2I8xOcA
Strike King 5XD: http://bit.ly/29Xk9Tr
Norman DD22 (Silent): http://bit.ly/2aMn5V5

Slow Moving Baits…
Netbait T-Mac Worm (Texas Craw): http://bit.ly/2jndwj9
Canterbury Shaky Head: http://bit.ly/2aFOs0V
Dirty Jigs Finesse Jig (Supermat Brown): http://bit.ly/2eJinXo
Strike King Menace Trailer: http://bit.ly/2HmX7D0

Crankbait Combo…
Rod- Zodias 7’6″ Glass: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe
Reel- Curado 200 K 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Jig Combo… 
Rod- G Loomis GLX 853C JWR: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT
Reel- Metanium MGL 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2ezIBfB
Line- 50 lb MaxCuatro Braid: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
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How To Buy A Used Boat

Boat buying doesn’t have to be a gamble! With these quick tips you’ll know exactly what to look for the next time you’re shopping for a used boat. From motor issues to water leaks, transom cracks to hidden damage, we cover all the issues that might arise.

The two most important factors when shopping for a used boat are the compression numbers on the motor and the experience you have while test driving. There are a lot of other factors that we’ll cover in this video but those are the two keys that you never want to skip. There are a lot of flaws that a seller can hide but if you get the diagnostic report and drive the boat virtually all of the hidden concerns will make themselves known.

Matt intends to fully restore this boat in the coming months, very similarly to Tim’s Champion 210. By purchasing on the used market, both anglers were able to put additional funds toward updating and restoring the boats. Below is the extended list of components that will be added to the boat in the coming months.

Electronics…

Graphs- Humminbird Solix 15’s: http://bit.ly/2pAkXr2

Trolling Motor- Minn Kota Ultrex 112: http://bit.ly/2vFQypW

Battery Charger- Minn Kota Digital 4 bank: http://bit.ly/2vcrbjA

Anchors- Talon 12′ Shallow Water Anchors: http://bit.ly/2F0QBSP

Imaging- Humminbird 360 Imaging: http://bit.ly/2K8jPl4

Batteries- (4) Odyssey 31M PC2150: Source Online

Stimulator- Hydrowave Feeding Stimulator: http://bit.ly/2BCrdVx

Mounts and Accessories…

Front Graph Mount- Kong Wave Tamer: http://bit.ly/2wsJVbA

Console Graph Mount- KVD Kong Electronics Mount: http://bit.ly/2MohNwS

Hot Foot Adjustable Slide: http://bit.ly/2NauvVD

Jack Plate- Atlas Hydraulic: http://bit.ly/2QpkCkS

Loc-R-Bar: http://bit.ly/2CMF1NP

Keel Guard- Megaware 8 foot: http://bit.ly/2N5p36m

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