Bass are exploding inches from the rod tip! Its a feeding frenzy!! When Matt woke up he knew he had perfect topwater fishing conditions so he jumped in the kayak and headed out on Clearlake with 3 topwater rods in hand. His hunch was right as bass were exploding through the grass beds ambushing baitfish. Come along and see how Matt adjusts to catch as many bass as possible before the wind and waves get a chance to ruin it all.
Matt started the day with 3 baits tied on. He’d selected a Gavacho (popping frog), Teckel Honker (straight retrieve frog), and a Rage Shad (straight retrieve solid body) for their unique actions. Each bait would meet a different set of possible circumstances and at least one was going to produce. Before day’s end Matt also added a Fluke to the arsenal to help convert leery bass.
Fishing weed beds can be overwhelming but it doesn’t need to be. The bass treat this cover like any other. They focus on points, funnels, overhead cover, and small protected pockets. Once you learn to look through the expanse of weeds and see the subtle differences between one clump and the next, the bass become very predictable. Once Matt identified prime spots he was able to use the topwater and fluke combination to successfully lure out the bass.
Below is a breakdown of the gear and equipment Matt used today…
Teckel Honker Frog (Grey Camo): http://bit.ly/2Xj7Ye4
Strike King Rage Shad (Blue Glimmer, Smokey Shad): http://bit.ly/2dqEf8E
Jackall Gavacho (Chart Strike Gill): http://bit.ly/2L7KsWS
Zoom Super Fluke (Smokin Shad): http://bit.ly/2aqys0H
Fluke Hook- Gamakatsu EWG Superline 4/0: http://bit.ly/2ac92XG
Plano V-Crate: http://bit.ly/2BLjK4f
Plano Hydroflow 3700: http://bit.ly/2PR1kU0
Old Town Predator PDL: http://bit.ly/2WyVQka
Matt’s Fluke Combo…
Rod- Shimano Expride 7’2″ Heavy: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL
Reel- Shimano Curado DC HG: http://bit.ly/2yHtsp4
Line- 50 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Matt’s Rage Shad Combo…
Rod- Dobyns Champion Extreme 746: http://bit.ly/2ab2kRX
Reel- Shimano Curado 200K HG: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Line- 65 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Budget Friendly Frog/Shad Combo…
Rod- Shimano SLX 7’2″ Heavy: http://bit.ly/2L3wppO
Reel- Shimano SLX HG: http://bit.ly/2NfdOnk
Line- 50 lb Power Pro: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b