7 Best Bass Lures That Work Year Round | Bass Fishing

Hey folks, Glenn May here at BassResourcecom

And one of the problems I see all the time on our forums and people asking me questions is, what kind of lure should they get? Especially, if you're starting out, or if you're on a budget, or maybe you've been on hiatus for a while and you're just coming back into bass fishing There's so many choices and so many different ways to catch fish And everybody talks about how great they are, it's really confusing, it can be frustrating when you're at the tackle store trying to figure out what to buy So, I'm gonna give you the top seven lures that you should focus on And, really, the main theme here is focusing on versatility and lures that can be fished year round

The more you focus on that, then the more you can make your budget go a long way and you'll be able to catch fish no matter what condition that you're in, be it weeds, be it docks, be it rocks, be it deep water, clear water, muddy water, windy days, cloudy days, days that there's no wind at all, hot days, cold days, whatever Get that these seven lures that I'm about to outline for you are the most versatile lures that you can have in your tackle box, and you need to have them in order to catch fish All right, so the first one is actually the hands-down champion of all lures, and that's the jig I have tons of them, but here's a couple of them The thing about the jigs, you can fish them year-round in every sort of depth, every condition you can think of

You can fish around 40, 50 feet of water, even deeper, all the way up to a couple of feet of water during the summer time You can drag them You can hop them You can swim them You can do pretty much anything with them, with the different weights here

And in the summertime when there's thick weeds, you can get a heavy duty one, that's, you know, a three-quarter ounce or an ounce, punch it through the weeds There's finesse jigs like these, perfect for when the bite is slow or largemouth like these two There's so many different kinds of jigs out there, but the reason being is that they're so effective If you only have one lure in your boat, you've gotta have a jig Okay, next on our list is the crankbait

There's so many different crankbait styles out there, but that's for a good reason They catch fish Now, in the wintertime, you're gonna wanna go to something with a slim profile, with a narrow bill This type of bait right here, that's what you wanna go with It's got a tighter wiggle

That works really well in the winter time As the water warms up, then you can go to something with a little bit deeper dive There's a round bill with a little bit longer bill on it and go a little bit deeper And it has a wider wobble That's the main thing about this

It's wider than the crankbait I just showed you and it has more of a wobble, a wider side to side and this a real tight wiggle This works better when it's warmer, works better when it's colder, colder water temperature And then as the fish get deep in the summertime you want to go after them, get something like that Look at the bill on that That's gonna go nice and deep and go after them right where they're at

That's why these crankbaits work so well You can also have different types of bills for the different kind of cover you're fishing in For example, square bills, these are designed Oh, they're called square bills for a reason Look at that, it's a square bill These are designed to deflect off of wood and other types of cover and the hooks won't get hung up on them So you can fish it in some thicker stuff than you normally would not worry about the hooks getting snagged Then, they have hybrids of these things

You've got the round bill The round bill dives deeper, like I just mentioned And then in between is the coffin bill, and that's what this is, the coffin bill is kind of a good combination of the two You can still go deep with this, but it will also bounce and deflect off of cover woodies, covers especially without the hooks getting hung up So there's a lot of different types of crankbait styles you can fish for the variety conditions that you find yourself under, but that's the key thing, you can dig in and get those fish regardless of where they're hiding year round

That's why the crankbait's on this list All right, the next bait on the list is the jerk bait Absolutely killer throughout the entire year Now, I know some of you are gonna be really surprised about that because mostwell, not most, but a lot of guys think jerk baits are only used in colder water temps, usually in the early spring That's a mistake You should be fishing them year round I fish them all year round

I catch lots of fish on them every season I truly believe the reason why people aren't catching fish other than in the early spring with jerk baits is simply because they're not fishing them You can fish them very fast in the summertime The rule of thumb in the summertime is that you can't fish them too fast, just jerk, jerk, jerk, jerk, bring them back really quick across the surface You can let a pause for a long amount of time, you can stop it whenever you want to and bring it back even faster to vary your cadence, vary your speed

One way I like to fish it, is just throw it out there and then give it like three quick jerks and let it sit, let it come all the way back up to the surface and let it sit for a while then jerk, jerk, jerk Let it sit for a while Fish sometimes will annihilate it when it's just sitting on the surface and it's 95 degrees out and sunny It works great And in the wintertime, they make deeper diver once like this with a big bill and they suspend

That's perfect for when the water temperature's really cold for me about 50 degrees or below I'll throw it out there and it dives down 7, 10 feet and it just sits, and sits, and sits until a fish will come out and grab it They might move a little bit upwards, a little bit downwards depending on the model that you get, but it works really well for catching those lethargic fish in the wintertime So jerk baits, fish them year around and you'll catch a lot more fish Next on the list of must-have lures is the craw worm, craws

Gotta have these, they're gonna come in different colors, there's different styles and varieties Matter of fact, they even come in many sizes This is great year-round fish no matter where they are They feed on crawfish all the time In all but the coldest part of the year, that's when crawfish are active

They're protein-rich, great slow-moving snacks that the bass just love to eat So anytime you're in a warmerwell, except for like the dead of winter, you can fish them as jig trailers, that's perfect for that

You can fish them on just a Texas rig, put them through the weeds, and then the rocks Shaky head works really well during the winter time, but bringing down deep and drag it real slow I like to put on football head jigs and get it around rocks and such There's so many different ways to fish them, it's really limited to your imagination Works on split shot, works on Carolina rigs

There're so many different ways to do it, to get at the depth where the fish are at, where they're actively feeding That's really the key Figure out what depth they're in In the wintertime and the summertime they're gonna be deeper In the springtime and then the fall they're gonna be a little more shallow

Be buried up in those weeds for example And you gotta go and dig them out Craw's a great slim profile bait that's not gonna get hung up on those weeds It's a great way to go in and dig them out Get some craws in your tackle box, boys, and go out there and catch some fish

All right, next on the list of must-have lures, the spinnerbait, my favorite Spinnerbaits are so versatile year round This one's got a Willowleaf blade on This one's a Colorado blade on it You can fish them in any part of the water column

I always have one tied on and on my deck year round You can fish big three quarter-ounce ones like these real slow and drag them on the bottom, slow roll them when it's really cold out, the water temperature is 42 degrees and the fish just really lethargic you can drag this right behind them and get a reaction strike You can fish them as faster through weeds and not get hung up with a willowleaf blade like this This one is only a three quarter spinnebait In the summertime, it's great to burn a wreck near the top, bulge the surface

Even a big bait like this, you can bulge the surface on the summertimes It's almost like a buzz bait You can fish them around wood, weeds, rocks, docks, anything and not worry about getting hung up so much because this is like a big weed guard here The wire here works to prevent that hook from getting hung up It's a great lure to have tied on all the time, as long as it's white

Okay, that's my preference But white with a trailer, that's how I like to fish it Tie directly, by the way Don't use snap swivels or anything like that, just tie directly to it I use a uni knot, some folks like to use palomars

Either way is fine, whatever your preference is The point is, tie one on and use it throughout the whole year You're gonna catch a lot of fish All right, next on the list that you gotta have, finesse worms Right here, look at that

Finesse worms are killer year round You've got to use these things They're very, very versatile In the wintertime, you can fish them on a split shot or on a shaky head and just drag it on the bottom real slow In the summertime, say for example one like this, you can put it in a wacky rig, throw it out there around docks, twitch it back really fast

You can put this on a little jig head and throw it up in those docks and lilly pads In the summertime, put it on a drop shot, fish it deep, just nose hook it right here on the end and give a little bit of wiggle There's a lot you can do with finesse worms all year long to catch those finicky fish You've gotta have this especially when a cold front comes through and the fish really don't wanna feel like biting All those other lures I've shown you so far, not the best choice

But when it comes, when the bite's really tough you gotta have these in your tackle box Another must-have in your tackle box has to be the lipless crankbait These babiesthey work all the time The cool thing about these is, because of their shape, you can fish them at any depth and at any speed, which is great for matching the activity level of the bass and where they're located You can drag them really deep down the water column and just yoyo them off the bottom You can burn them really quick across the top in the summertime over weed beds and entice those fish to come up out of the weed bed and strike them You can fish them around docks

You can stop and go retrieve on them You can do all sorts of things where they're very, very versatile, which is why you wanna have these tied on They're different colors, so you can match the bait fish with the color of the forage that the fish are feeding on And they come in different weights and sizes, so you can adjust your speed and depth as well that way So such a versatile lure, you're limiting yourself if you don't have some of these in your tackle box

And there you have it, the top seven baits that you need to have in your tackle box in order to catch fish year round Notice they're all very versatile and you can fish them in variety of conditions, each and every one of them You can fish them in docks, you can fish them in weeds, you can fish them in rocks and deep water, shallow water, hot water, cold water, that's the point Get these lures in your tackle box, and you'll be a extremely versatile angler and you won't have to spend a fortune in order to fill out your tackle For more tips and tricks like these, visit BassResource

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Korda Underwater 7 FULL DVD Part 1 | Carp Fishing

If I'm looking a little bit dishevelled, it's because I really am I've just gone through the most amazing experience of my angling career

Mother Nature has thrown everything she possibly could at us We've had Siberian weather even though it's the beginning of spring We're at the Linear Complex in Oxford We're fishing St John's Lake but there are lakes spread all around here with big fish in But St John's in particular has got some real characters and some monsters as well

We want to see those on the underwater cameras and we want to catch a few as well, so sit back and enjoy the ride What we're doing at the moment is adjusting so that both cameras are looking at exactly the right place on the bottom where the rig's going to be lying So for the wide camera we want it in one position The close camera that's going to zoom right in on the hook, we want it in a different position So these adjustments are very small but they make a big difference when it gets out there in the water, and once it does go into the lake, because we've got no horizon to look at, it doesn't really matter if the rig's lying that way or that way, as long as it's in the middle of both shots now, it's going to be in the middle of both shots when it goes out there

So little adjustments at the moment but you've got to get it right because it's going to sit on the bottom for two weeks So the effort now makes all the difference We've been here about eight or ten hours and we're finally going to cast in but not with a hook on Just a boilie on the end of that, a pop-up, a bright one, and all I'm doing now is marking the distance so when the fish do come in and start feeding I'm already clipped up at the distance so hopefully we can walk round there, chuck a little bit of bait in, scare them away and get the cast in almost first time And that is key in this situation – is getting the rod out first time as many times as we can

We're only casting into an area that's probably three foot square Normally if you'd landed six foot from the float, you'd leave it, but in this situation that's too far away We've got about a three foot square we've got to cast into so getting it right now makes all the difference when the fish are in the swim Ali's obviously going to direct me to let me know where it is Okay, Al, it's going in now

I'm going to try and go past it and then draw it back in front of you The rod is in and it's well past the camera so I'm going to drag it back now Hopefully you should see it come through the shot Right, I'm going to clip this up and go and have a look Make sure it's where I want it

There's a bit of weed round it – Yeah, I see it – Beautiful – That will do, won't it? – Yeah We've got quite a lot of distance the other way as well

I'd guess at seven foot Maybe a tiny bit more Yeah, that seemed very close to the camera How far away do you reckon we are? Let's go down to the base plate That's the base plate, there

The clarity is amazing, isn't it? – Yeah, better than we expected – There's our pop-up Yeah, a lot better than we expected No carp in there, though, so if they come in and stir it up It will be fine – That will do, won't it? – Yeah Do you think I'll catch one on that? Yeah, you might need a hook on It depends how confident you're getting

Right, I'll clip it up I'm going to do a few more so it's dropping in that same position Really I want it out here But that's good for distance, near enough That tubing looks pretty good, doesn't it? Yeah, and the cog looks amazing

There is a bit of weed round it, though, isn't there? Yeah, I thought you'd picked that up on purpose – Good, okay – That's mega The camera's in so what we're doing now is preparing the bait for the spot Now after the last underwater DVD that was a success a few years back, people wanted to find out more about boilies

How do they react to just boilies on the spot? So that's exactly what we're going to do We're just going to be putting in boilies but we're going to vary it because there's more than one way to skin a cat So we've got whole baits that are going to go in here but the first thing I'm doing, I've got a mixture of 15mm cell and 15mm New Grange and I've just got them going through the cutter tool so I'm getting a few halved baits first And what that's doing is breaking the seal of the boilie so it's letting out more attraction, more leakage, so hopefully luring them fish down a lot quicker The first thing we want them to do is get confident around the camera because that's something totally different to the spot

They're not used to a camera rig on the bottom so we've got to get them coming in around it, feeding confidently and getting used to it So by making the baits a bit more attractive by cracking them open, that's going to have a better leakage rate and hopefully those fish are going to be enjoying it a lot quicker So I'm probably going to do maybe a kilo of halves It's so easy to do in this cutter – just push them out like that and you'll get a kilo done in no time Just keep them going through like that

Then I'm going to do some with the crusher as well because that's very important These are going to go down to a fine crumb So if fish come in throughout the night, it's going to keep them busy on the spot for a while They're going to be sieving away and 'shnuffling' on the spot, coming right along and that will keep them busy on that spot and hopefully keep them occupied long enough for us to hopefully get a visual of them feeding And even if they do clear out all the whole baits, again, you're going to have this sediment, it's going to sort of hold into the silt and the gravel on the bottom and it's going to keep them coming back for more and more

So even when they do clear you out, believe it or not, with a bit of crumb on the spot, it's amazing how long fish will stay there and it'll look like they're eating nothing but they are, the smell and everything that's in the swim will keep them coming back So that's an idea of what we're going to do I'm just going to add some whole baits You can see there, there's the New Grange and the cell, in they go Another big handful

And we're going to put this right around the camera but also up the tree line as well because I want it to be as natural as possible Where the fish are used to coming up and down, I want them grubbing around there If I give you a look at this now, there we go If I give you a handful now – halves, wholes, crumb, it's all in there All we've got to do now is introduce it to the spot and hopefully those carp won't be too far away and having a good old feed on this lot

So I'm just waiting for Mr Fairbrass to park himself in the seat inside the tent and radio to me when they're ready for me to start putting bait in This will be the first time that we're going to introduce some boilies, crumbed, chopped, halves and whole onto the spot at St John's and hopefully those fish won't be too far away But it's cooling down now and this is the shallow end so it could be through the night or by the morning, but I'm hoping in the next ten hours of darkness that they'll come and have a little mingle and party Right, here we go So there's the lovely chops that we've dampened down

So they should be leaking beautifully Right, it's going to go all over the base plate and where the camera is This is going to get them absolutely tearing it up, I hope Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful It's raining boilies

I love listening to him on the walkie-talkie when we're baiting up <i>That looks like loads already</i> <i>That looks like loads already</i> <i>I'd hang fire for a minute</i> I thought I was the new bait baron

I was going to load it up How much do you think you've put in now? Four handfuls, and you know my hands are pretty little <i>Yeah, we don't want</i> <i>any more than that in the swim</i> <i>You wouldn't believe how much bait</i> <i>that looks like on the bottom here</i> You just wouldn't believe it

It's totally carpeted So the rest of your bait wants to be spread, not the chops and stuff I'd just put the whole ones up and down the margin and off of camera Yeah, that's exactly what I'll do I'll spread the whole 15mlers along this tree line for about ten yards and down towards us for about ten yards so we've got a nice line of bait for them to come in on

<i>Bait the trail</i> <i>going out into the bay as well,</i> <i>just into the weeds and stuff</i> <i>so it spreads,</i> <i>say you were going to have two or</i> <i>three rods fishing out in that bay,</i> <i>bait up over all of those rods</i> Okay, yeah, I'll take a little line off the margin as well I'll throw it as far as I can get it but not a lot Okay, that's brilliant You wouldn't believe how much bait there is lying in the swim

The crumb is still just gently floating down <i>I reckon that crumb's going to be</i> <i>falling for the next ten minutes</i> It's properly smoked up from here You can really see it It's really coloured up the water

Come and have a look, mate Oh, yeah Does that look a lot of bait to you? That's looks like a mainline feast of boilie It looks a lot, doesn't it? For four handfuls, that's properly littered, isn't it? That crumb will keep them busy for a good time, as well Through the night they'll be coming back, hopefully, they'll be coming back time and time again

Yeah That's opened my eye straight away That's four handfuls Yeah, and that looks like too much to me I know it won't be because there's loads of fish in here but I reckon in the end we'll be putting half an handful in around the camera When I did the Thinking Tackle here, it was like the more bait you put in, the quicker the bite's got which is weird

It was almost like a small amount of bait they're not nervous of but they feed on and they disappear A load of bait, a load of them come in and just smash it to smithereens and you get a take We shall see Now it goes dark, that's the time They get used to the camera being there

It gets light tomorrow and hopefully we'll start seeing them Time for us to feed Yes It's the first full morning The camera's been in the water all night

We had some problems with the computers this morning but we finally solved them The weather is absolutely savage at the moment It's showing six degrees on the weather app that we're using This time last year it was 26 degrees on this very day So it shows you how much colder it is for the time of year

We're seeing odd fish just coming through and just having a look Some bait has been eaten, not very much at all, but we've thrown a little bit of extra bait in around the camera, just a few chops and stuff because the fish are definitely attracted by the sound as well as the smell Ali's put a few boilies up the margin either way just to draw fish back into the area but this is not the weather conditions for this swim at all We hoped it would be bright and sunny If it was flat clam and red hot, it would be full of fish

But the way it is now I'm guessing most of the fish are up the other end of the lake over the deeper water So we're going to carry on watching the cameras The weather's expected to break later on this afternoon With warmer temperatures hopefully there should be more carp in the area but we're going to watch intently for now You never know, they might start coming back in again

Treacherous down here And as you can tell, we didn't really want rain But that's exactly what we've been getting So, just to give you a little run down of why we're going to do what we're about to do, we've got the boilies down there and, to be fair, the carp should be coming in and eating them but we're only getting odd ones ghosting past So what we're going to do is just try to maybe accelerate the situation, just giving them something different

In fact, when we were testing the cameras at Kev Knight's house in his pond, we had pellets down there in front of the camera and then put some corn in and the fish started feeding As a result, they ended up mopping everything else that was around it So I've just emptied a tin of corn into here and then got some of that awesome Corn Twist Goo and just added that in And it gives that corn a little bit of extra substance Lovely taste, lovely aroma and a little bit of colour as well just to haze it up a little bit, not that we want to haze it up

But I think the odd fish that are going over the top, one might just tilt down and fancy the corn instead of the boilies and as a result hopefully they'll start churning it So I'm going to radio in to the gaffer, let him know that we're about to put the bait in Dan, we're just about to throw a few handfuls of this corn in, so are you ready? <i>Yes, mate, recording now</i> Great stuff Right, so not a lot

Again, it's a tin of corn but probably won't put all of that in Get it in my left hand, my favoured hand So here we go, have a look See there just a bit of fleck of the colour on my hand I'm going to throw this in

Hopefully the wind won't blow it into me Can you see the little bit of Goo coming off them – looks amazing in that clear water <i>Dan, I've put two handfuls</i> <i>on the spot</i> <i>I've just put one to the left</i> <i>Are you all right with the amount</i> <i>or would you like a bit more?</i> I think we'd all like a bit more <i>but I'm happy</i> <i>with the amount of corn

</i> Great So we're just going to put another handful just to the right Just over there And if you think that's a tin of corn, we've probably put half a tin of corn out All that Goo on it, loads of taste now in the water and if any carp come ghosting past, it might just be a new dimension that could get one feeding, so let's see what happens

We've been hampered by the weather massively It's poured down with rain all day long which is the complete opposite of what we wanted for this part of the lake But in spite of that we've seen fish in there regularly pretty much all day Just fleeting glances sometimes, other times two or three fish will come in together There was a very interesting bit earlier on where there were two or three fish in the area

Oh, there's one coming in right now so I'm going to record that Right on cue That is the small common, I think, that we've had coming through

There's two in there now That is literally two or three minutes after Ali's put some more bait in A couple of fish have come in to investigate We're seeing them showing out in the bay Earlier on we had two or three fish round the camera and a mallard dived down and started picking up baits and we've had problems with the ducks all day long on this shallow spot picking up baits

It completely spooked the carp away, they hated it And it took quite a while for them to come back in and right on cue there are two back in now No, there's three back in now It's amazing how the swim can go dead for an hour, you throw a bit more bait in and the fish come in to investigate We've not seen anything feeding yet but this is very encouraging behaviour from the fish

We never really expect to be casting on day one We'd like to see them feeding and I'm sure that will happen in time There's lots of fish showing out in the bay so we're going to keep watching and hopefully tomorrow we should get a rig out there The wind has changed, there's less rain A little bit of rain during the night but not too much

We saw loads of fish in front of the camera last night just before it got dark We even saw the big plated, we think But the camera was so slow at that point because it was so dark, we couldn't tell 100% but there were a lot of fish around So we put a lot of bait in before it got dark all around the camera and all around the area as well Just like you'd bait up if you were fishing

This morning we've turned the camera on, no bait in the swim whatsoever They have eaten everything So there's obviously been numbers of fish feeding there in the dark We put some more bait back in first thing this morning and a few carp came in and just sort of looked around but nothing's actually fed So Ali's just been round there again a minute ago and put some more bait in over the top of the camera and either side of it as well to hopefully draw fish in

The sun's out now and that's what we need For that bay we need the sun to heat the water up and the fish will start drifting back in here again in numbers The afternoon we're expecting to be the best time of the day, so from one o'clock perhaps until it gets dark, hopefully we'll start to see some fish feeding Once they've fed confidently then we're going to put a rig in But for now it's just a waiting game so I'm going to join Mr Hamidi back in the bivvy and just keep watching them fish and hopefully as time goes on they'll start to feed properly

Well, it's the afternoon of day two and after a pretty frustrating day the fish have started to come in It's now just before 6 o'clock We think we may have seen the big plated, we're not 100% certain There's a duck just eating some more bait He's very excited

I am 50 hours these cameras have been in and when the first one tipped down it was like in slow motion as it came in and the minute its angle changed you knew that was it It was a beautiful moment Since 2007 we've been waiting to see one feed again on an underwater camera so I can't quite explain the relief that we've had You start thinking all sorts, like is there something wrong with the cameras? Is it giving out a feed? But really it's just a matter of them getting comfortable, isn't it, Dan? It's putting the camera in the right spot on the right lake at the right time of the year

There's the old duck again Daffy's having it It's just a case of patience now

We're going to let them carry on eating this food They're coming in in greater numbers now which is really important and fish have started to feed in front of the camera with the camera turned on in the daylight which is really important So we're just going to let them have this food today, put some more grub in later on and, hopefully, tomorrow morning conditions will remain the same and the fish will come back in again It seems to be afternoons and evenings is best in here at the moment But you never know – it's all very encouraging

We're going to put more bait in tonight Absolutely Well, things are really hotting up out there now There are numbers of fish coming through and that's the important thing We've got groups of fish we haven't seen before

The bay is clearly filling up with fish As more anglers turn up around the lake, it's helping to push fish in here It's still not the most ideal conditions but the fish don't know that They're coming in now and they're taking more and more bait It was an absolute revelation to see them feeding in front of the camera for the first time

We were worried there was something wrong with the camera and it was stopping the fish feeding That's absolutely not the case Ali's trickled a little bit more bait in in the last hour or so and the fish have just kept coming back, kept coming back We're seeing new ones all the time Some real characters, some beautiful linears, some big long ones, some dark commons

There's loads of fish out there now feeding So we're going to carry on putting more bait in, loads is going to go on the spot and a lot all the way round it, just like we were fishing, and hopefully we're going to keep the fish there overnight because last night the fish completely cleaned us out, there was no bait there in the morning and there was no fish there either So a lot more is going to go in and then hopefully tomorrow morning we'll be able to put a rig in Well, many developments since last night We absolutely leathered the bait in last night all over the spot and all round it, they've eaten virtually all of it

There was still a little bit left which is what we wanted and then most importantly there were fish here this morning There's lots of fish drifting around We've seen one just dip down and have a little bit of a feed So we're going to get a rig out there but what we want to do first is actually scare them away before we cast a rig out So Ali's creeping round there now

He's going to show Tom who's just turned up where to put the bait in because we're going to have Ali in here watching the screen as I cast, Tom round there chucking the bait in to scare the fish away and then me hopefully getting one on the spot So I'm going to start recording on this so we can see that bait falling in And let's give Ali some instruction Al, are you ready to drop the bait in? <i>Yeah, mate I'm ready to put it in

</i> <i>Hang on one sec while I turn</i> <i>the volume down on this thing</i> Got to be as stealthy as possible out there so he's turning the volume down Loads of anglers turning up It's Friday morning so it's getting busier and busier <i>I'm ready if you want us</i> <i>to walk down to the water's edge

</i> Yes, please If you bait up now, we're recording now There's lots of anglers turning up and that's going to help us because we've got four swims that no-one can fish in this bay and the lack of lines is probably going to help push them in That's lovely That's going out just beyond the spot into the gloom, those first couple of bits

<i>This second lot should be good</i> <i>and I'll put another few</i> <i>just a bit closer if you want</i> The second lot were perfect If you spread it left and right now of shot, that same sort of range from the camera but left and right so it's not just a line directly in front of the camera It's well off to the left and well off to the right Actually not to the right because that's where the line's going to go, but off to the left, down the shallower bit there, a little bit on that, please

<i>Yeah, that's what I was going to do</i> <i>I won't put anything to the right</i> <i>Do you want me to do what I was doing</i> <i>and just scatter a few in a line</i> <i>up that margin as well?</i> <i>Give them a little trail</i> Absolutely, mate, a bit of a vapour trail Are you just putting chops in the swim or are you putting whole ones? <i>Just whole

Just whole baits at the</i> <i>moment, that's all I've taken round</i> Okay, just a few up the margin, that would be great What we're trying to do is create a bit of a trail into the spot but not from where the line's going to be From the other end of the bay so the fish come in and hopefully the first thing they encounter is the rig and not the line and that's really important in your own fishing to not bait over the top of a line because you've got fish feeding right on top of the line, they're touching the line, that's going to spook them, you start getting line bites, not ideal You want them coming in so the first thing they come in contact with is the hook bait, not the line and the rig system

So this is the rig that's going out there What I think is going to suit the spot first of all So we've got a size 6 Kaptor Kurv there in brown to match the gravel One of my all-time favourite banoffee hook baits fished on a D rig That's 15lb IQ2 fluorocarbon with a little tiny bit of putty wrapped around a small sinker just to hold it flat on the bottom

And then the all-important lead system I've got a 3oz flat pear cog lead So the fish is picking the lead up from the heaviest point, again, in brown, and then a brown lead clip as well And then the gravelly colour, Dark Matter rig tube and I've flecked that up with a brown marker pen just to break up the straight line And when we chucked that out there originally to mark the distance it blended in fairly well

You can see it but we've got to start somewhere so this is what I'm going to cast out first of all I'm going to wrap a little bit of foam round there When it drops into the spot, Ali's hopefully going to be able to see the foam and if I've overcast it a bit, I can drag it back to get it into position I think from the sound in the bivvy that might be bang on Is the foam still on? Right, perfect

Okay Right, I'm going to let the line sink under its own weight We're using 12lb Kontour fluorocarbon which is very heavy and very hard to see We've found if you just let it sink under its own weight and not actually tighten it up, it lays better on the bottom We can do that at the moment because there's no wind in this bay

If we had a big crosswind I'd have to be putting the tip of the rod under the water and letting it sink that way Yes, mate? Right, I'll come and have a look As bad luck would have it, the only stick in the swim and, look, they're coming in big style now, and we think the hook has gone round the stick It took me three goes to get it out there bang on, and we're not going to muck about with it because it is black with them out there at the moment They're all charging around getting all turned on so we're just going to see

If this gets picked up and it doesn't hook the fish, then it's one of them situations where you're sitting behind a rod thinking you should be catching and you're not and something like this has happened that you could never know So we're going to leave it for a little while and see what happens If it gets picked up and it won't hook a fish because of that stick then we will redo it

But that is fishing at the end of the day Right, let's just turn that down We've just seen what we think is the Box Common in the swim which is over 40lbs We've been discussing the lay of the rig and the fact that the hook looks like it's round the only twig out there So what we're going to try and do is something you couldn't do in your normal fishing but because we can see the rig we can do it

I'm going to try and tweak the rig back ever so slightly and just see if I can get it past that twig Because it looks like the hook's right over the top of it If it looks like it's snarled up on it we're going to wind it back in and cast it out again For now, the way to pull it back seems to be point the rod at it – Ali? – Yes, mate

I'm just tightening up now I've zoomed out as well on the tight Talk to me and tell me when it starts to move – Okay – Stop

– Are we safe? – We're safe, mate, yeah Come and have a look at it I'm just going to recheck the bobbin So just that tiny tweak has moved the lead, pulled the hook away from the twig, hopefully I'm just going to have a look in a minute but reset that first

Just in case it goes off Turn that back on so we hear it There we go Right, let's have a look in the bivvy Right, we're cooking on gas now, aren't we? That was worth doing

Well done, Tom Good suggestion We're seeing loads and loads of fish in front of the camera now Big groups of them coming through and the debate is on as to what we do next Personally I want to hang fire

You want to do what? Put some more boilies out Not in shot, just up and down the bank to get them feeding off of there That's what I'd do in a normal situation – Right How many would you put in? – A kilo

A kilo of boilies is quite a lot That's 500 baits at the size we're using He's turning Go for the banoffee, son Look at that big old black belly on him

Black Belly, that's what we'll call him They're properly circling now And it's edge of your seat stuff at the moment Hamidi? Just unbelievable, mate Yeah, but what are you going to do? What would you do now? Well, we've had a couple of heated debates about it because I think when you're on a longish session you're willing to wait

But I think if you're on a day session and you can see the spot like we can here I would be inclined to put a different type of bait in because when we first got them feeding we had the boilies in, we had some corn in, we had some pellet in and obviously some crumb When they came in yesterday evening, they started feeding The difference is now, from the morning we've got loads and loads of fish going at it and I don't believe they're still not ravenous enough for the amount of fish that are in the swim So it's a decision process that we all have to go through and that's why it's brilliant that we've got three different opinions I'm not opposed to putting more bait in

But I don't want to put pellet in, I don't want to put sweetcorn in I wouldn't do that in a session I would wean them off it But we're on a 14-day session, Ali We're on a 14-day session

We're not just fishing today If you wanted to get a bite off of that spot today, the best thing would have been to have not put any bait in and just have one hook bait sitting out there Then that's the only thing that can get taken I think they love the bait, though They love the sound of the bait

Would you put out pellet if No, in this situation if I was building it, what I'm talking about is Look, they're coming in all the time now and picking baits up I think an hour looking at this, as well, is a long hour It's brilliant, mate We're seeing everything that's going on

You'll look as old as me by the end of this I'm not talking about putting in a bucket of pellets I'm talking about putting in a handful of pellets, just something to put a different scent or taste in the swim, that's all

– But – Line up Did we see that move or not? – Did you see the line move? – No, I haven't

No Oh no, tench! Go away, Satan! Dean Macey, Dean Macey! Where are you? Where are you when we need you? Oh, leave it out It's got a really beady red eye You haven't caught a tench since the very first one, have you, Dan? The tench is like the scourge of the Underwater They love a banoffee as well

It is epic, though That is why I love it when you sit here and you've got three experienced anglers Well, two and one

Have a slap But it is interesting because I think we would all tweak it But I think the neutral one which we'd both probably agree with a bit, just at some point putting in more to maybe build that

With all these fish in the swim would you now spray bait all over the area when there's so many fish swimming around in the area? I would have been putting bait out constantly anyway so putting a bit more bait out What are you saying about Oh! He looked like he was going to go We've just had a fish very close to it and amazingly we had ducks diving in the swim and I just cast a spod out there with a little bit of water in it to give it some weight and put it too far and put it in the tree, flicked it back out and it landed almost on top of the camera, scared the ducks away but the sound of that happening has actually brought the fish back into the swim and there's another one going down

That's another one that we've had feeding before He's about six inches from the bait No less than that His head's there He was two inches away

Amazing how the sound of a cast or a spod or whatever has actually brought them back into the area Just that The dinner bell on top of the spod Unbelievable They've all just come back in

I think there's two things One, the ducks are scaring them away When they're diving they're spooking away And also the sound of the spod going in which you'd think would scare the carp, is actually scaring the ducks and bringing the carp in So we used that to good effect

But we're also considering putting some more bait into the swim just to try and turn the fish on because if we were fishing out here normally we wouldn't just have bait in a very small area, we'd be baiting all up and down the margins and out into the lake like we have been at night So we were going to put some more bait in the swim to try to turn them on a bit but it looks like the spod has turned them on They've just come back in the swim and fed There's more fish feeding now than there was an hour ago Absolutely

There's one coming in We're now getting a feeder like every couple of minutes They're properly feeding, they're hovering Some of them you've seen are not actually eating anything They go down and then they go off

But these now are stopping, aren't they? And I think it's That was the sound, a million percent that was the sound Yeah

That is typical of these day-ticket lakes It's the sort of thing where nothing's happening in your swim, one spodful back over the top or a few boilies back out there can be enough Even the ducks going in there might scare them off straight away but I think after, when they come back then it sort of Look, they're properly coming in now The rig's now been out in the water for a couple of hours There have been fish moving around all over the top of it We've managed to pull it away from that twig so the hook's all sitting perfect and fish have fed around the spot but nothing's really fed with any gusto and the general consensus is we need more bait out there So not necessarily on our spot but all up and down the margins

Ali and Tom have fished here for the Thinking Tackle show, they've had loads of fish by putting lots of bait in So what we're going to do now is wind the rig in I'm going to try and position it slightly further away from camera because we've noticed fish feeding on the edges of the spot rather than right in the middle of it So by dropping it a couple of feet further away the fish are clearly not scared of the cast going out there because when I'm scaring the ducks with the spod it's actually attracting the fish into the swim So I'm going to get it clipped up, get it repositioned and then spread some bait up and down and see if we can really get the fish feeding I've clipped up before I've done that so I can't cast too far

I'm going to check the point of the hook to make sure it's sharp before I put it back out So, rig all perfect What I'm going to do, just holding my thumb there, that's digging into my thumb instantly so the hook is still nice and sharp Another bit of foam's going to go on and we're going to get it back out there The general consensus is the rig is in the wrong position

It's a little bit too far away from the camera and although it looks really good for a bite we're not going to see a lot It's so clouded up out there at the moment plus a combination of things – the fish are feeding in the weed on the bait that we've chucked around the spot but not on it They're obviously feeding on the spot as well but there's a load of water pumping in from a pipe that's coming from the lake next door and that's obviously stirring it up so brilliant feeding conditions but very difficult viewing conditions So when they started to heavily feed yesterday at about 5 o'clock we figure it's better to reposition now, get it absolutely bang on the money and then we can just leave it for the evening and hopefully then it will generate a bite and we'll be able to really see it I'm going to get the rig out – it's no mean feat

I'm getting severely stressed out doing it but we'll have another go and see if we can get it bang on the money How's that? Close to the camera, mate Hang on Too close? It's landed in a right old a right old heap Hang on Yeah, it's a bit too close, Dan I'd say you're about a foot and a half away from the camera

Is it on the right line, though? It's a little bit to the right of the spot but it only took me one flick on the pan and tilt to get to it Right, okay It's so difficult doing this, getting it bang on the money We're trying to drop it in a two foot square to get it bang on the money All of the casts that I'm putting out there in a normal fishing situation would be right but because of the cameras, they're not

So I've just got to keep my cool and carry on doing it Dan, you couldn't have hand-placed it better I don't know if you can hear from the bivvy but that means I've got it bang on A bit of a jammy one but it's out there, that's the main thing Right, let's get the line sunk and go and see what it looks like

Dan, why didn't you place one right in the centre of the screen? Oh, you just did! What we're doing is Ali has gone round to the camera again and he's just chucking in a few chops all over the spot The witching hour is close by Probably an hour away before they really started feeding yesterday obviously without a line in the water How is that, Dan? Yeah, that's good, mate It's an incredible amount of flow pushing it to the right

I think you need to throw it even further left than that because every bit is coming down right-hand side of screen But it's a good spread That's quite a lot of chop that I've just put down so I think that's plenty Okay, we'll leave it at that There's fish coming in to investigate already so we'll leave it at that and see how we get on

It's the end of day three, the first proper day of angling and we're pretty stumped as to why it hasn't happened today It all looked so good this morning but the wind changed round halfway through the day today to a north-easterly and it's gone very cold Personally I think that's got more to do with the way the fish have been this afternoon than anything else Gentlemen? I'm inclined to agree that the conditions have changed through the day and that's put them off a little bit but I think we've stuck to our guns with the type of bait we've put in We've had loads of debates with that and I felt that maybe if we just introduce some different baits, maybe some corn, some pellets, even some hemp, just to give them something different, that's what I think

When they're not having it, there's always something that might just lure one down to start feeding and then others might follow And later in the day we've put some pellets in Didn't really make that much difference, did it? It did make a little difference but

I will admit I was against it and I think it did, in the long term, provoke more of a feeding response but because it's so gloomy out there you can't see if they're just eating the pellets or if they're eating the boilies Maybe the light was dropping and that caused them to feed It's the first day, we can't forget that

There's a million and one reasons We've never caught carp on the first day before either – We've come close-ish – We've come close-ish today So because the fish haven't picked the rig up we can't really say the rig's not working at all

So the same rig can go out tomorrow probably with a different type of hook bait on and then we'll have a talk in the morning as to what bait we're going to put in We're going to leather the boilie in again tonight all over this bay because there are definitely carp still in the bay and showing and everything More bait on the spot as well and then you can join us in the morning and we'll let you know how it's gone A frustrating day but there's always tomorrow As you can see from the bedraggled look of myself and Mr Hamidi here, we're well into day four – it's all sort of blending into one at the moment – but when we turned the cameras on this morning there was very little bait left in the swim and we had leathered it in last night in spite of the fact that it had gone cold

We wanted to keep the fish in the area if we could which obviously worked There were fish drifting around over the bait and having just a little bit of a feed this morning So we then decided to put some more crumb in the swim, which we did Only crumb, no whole boilies And it didn't really elicit any response at all, to be honest

Odd fish drifting around but no real feeding So then the middle of the morning we put some pellets in We've got some mixed pellets and they've got some of the Goo put over the top of them – Raspberry Plume over the top There's one just coming into the swim now actually And within a few minutes of that going in, we started to get a feeding response and the fish started to come back in and that built and built and built and in the end we had four or five fish in the gloom That's the most we've ever had There were five of them on the boundary of the spot coming in Just coming out of the gloom and you just see them on the edge of the spot and a couple were getting more and more confident and you were starting to see them much closer to the camera

But we've still not put a rig in because if the fish are not feeding in full view and we can really see what they're doing, there's no point having a rig there because if we have to have a rig right on the edge of the spot, you won't see anything, we won't see anything, and it's a bit pointless So we want the fish feeding confidently, really close to the camera So that feeding went on for probably an hour and a half, and it was going really well and then as usual the ducks turned up and started diving and that spooked the carp away and they never really came back So probably an hour after nothing happening we mixed up another mix of everything now So we've got hemp, corn, chopped boilie, more pellets, Goo into it as well, really mixed it up

So a real pungent thing that's going to form a cloud and everything Put that into the swim to try and create some more feeding and they've started to come back in and have a bit of a pick at it We got excited because one went over the top and went right across and then went straight down and we'd not seen one do that Almost put the brakes on and start feeding So you get excited but the last couple of days you just think you might have cracked it with them but then the conditions, I think, are what are killing us along with that camera

That's the thing we're forgetting is that it does take time for them to get confident in front of the camera and we've only had them in there feeding for an evening and a morning and then the rig was in In hindsight that was probably a mistake We should have let them feed all day yesterday and get confident in front of it but as soon as we saw them feeding we put a rig out which is probably what anybody would have done But now today we've had no line in the water whatsoever and the fish are still being very cagey around the spot They're building in confidence but then they're going

It's a north-easterly wind, it's like eight degrees, it's the end of April, it should be 20 degrees now nearly I'm sure that's what's having the effect on how the fish are feeding So we're going to leave the line out completely today, keep watching what's happening now and then play it by ear from there But until we get prolonged feeding close to the camera personally I think it's a mistake to put the rig in Yeah, I agree with you

I think that spot, like I said to you yesterday, if you fished exactly how you did without a camera in the number of fish that went past, you'd have caught five carp there yesterday I'll take your word for that because I've never fished down that side But the way you fish and those baits and everything you've done you would have caught five carp From your experiences on Thinking Tackle and everything else Yes, seeing that spot The number of fish that are coming in, but the camera is where your rig would normally be and it's right in the middle of that spot and that's an alien object that wasn't there a few days ago So it's about building them and getting them confident and that's the side we never see We deal with those frustrations but it'll be worth it in the end

There's a fish feeding just I can just see his tail on the right of the spot He's flanking

He's coming in to shot now He's eating, he's eating Dan, they're looking confident This weather has made such a difference It is like the switch has gone on

The water temperature must have gone up half a degree and they're now getting involved They're not feeding four or five at a time but it's just the numbers of fish coming to the spot and feeding has just gone through the roof Roof! Yeah Oh, here it comes, another biggie across the lens Bosh, bosh, bosh

About to feed on the kill zone Three feeding in the kill zone, Dan This is the best it has ever been in the middle of the day when it's supposed to be rubbish Quality Quality, quality, quality

This is what we were waiting for A bit of good weather and it's like a transformation in the lake You've got the biggest fish in the lake just off the side of the screen I keep seeing the back of it come back in, having a feed We've got four, five, six fish constantly feeding I think the Big Plated is about to enter the building Is that you? Is that your head? No, I don't think that's you

It's just another big fish It's unbelievable now The water temperature must have gone up now We've had, from about 8 o'clock this morning, it's now 1249, and the water temperature has had a chance to warm up with that sunshine coming through

The rain the previous few days has totally killed the spot We were only having one or two fish come in and feed And obviously it's getting better and better as the day progresses But now it's starting to be what we expected We're in the lap of the gods with the weather and we're doing all we can from a fishing perspective – putting the bait in, giving them what they want in and out of the day

I think, though, if we get a rig in we could have a very good chance It's there again in the back of the spot It's there again! It's there again The Big Plated is in the building and having it I just radioed through to Dan and he's said he's just pulled out the sharpest Kaptor in the packet ready to nail it

It is right in the centre of our screen What a difference a day makes Yesterday it looked like the world was going to end We took the water temperature, it had dropped by two degrees It was like mid-March water temperature

I've just got Mark Palmer, our runner, to check the temperature and it's gone up to 125 degrees And in a few hours you can really see the difference that's made That is like a switch has come on The carp are feeding, the water's coloured up and you've got the biggest fish in the lake, the one everyone wants us to catch, bang in the centre of frame

His head is right in front of me Look at that! That is unbelievable I think I've wet myself I have, actually I'm sorry

It's just absolutely legendary I've got his scales filling the screen This is TV gold And, I'll tell you what, you don't see the trials and tribulations Yesterday we wanted to hang ourselves laying in here because it was cold, we were stuck inside the tent the whole day, but now I wouldn't swap this position for anywhere

Loving it, loving it Absolutely loving it You've got the biggest fish in the lake You've got the Box Common floating around as well We need to get a rig in

Good times Talk about pressure There's about five or six people here all in the background watching Ali's got the two cameras underwater We've got three other cameras rolling on the bank and I'm supposed to be dropping this out there in a crosswind, first time, right next to the camera

They're having it big style out there The Big Plated's in there When you're tying a rig and it's going to be in front of everybody and you've got them big fish out there, I was shaking just tying a rig up But that is the fella that I'm casting out there So we've got an IQ2 in 20lb to 25lb Supernatural combi rig, a little bit of Dark Matter putty round the join in the two which is just coming out the end of that stick there

A size 6 Kaptor Kurv shank in the brown with one grain of the slow-sinking pink maize which is flavoured with squid, octopus and a few fruit flavours as well That's in the new plastics range Then moving down to the lead system, we've got a 3oz cog lead there, so you see I'm picking the lead up from the heaviest point first onto a lead clip that's hopefully going to dump that lead as the fish charges off and then some of the Dark Matter rig tube just to hold it all down I've just flecked that with a pen to try and break up the straight line on the gravel So that's what we're going to start with

We were going to fish boilies but the fish seen in the daytime are really preoccupied on the small items That's why I've got a bag on and one grain of plastic maize Hopefully we'll be able to use boilies at some point in the future but we're a week into it now and this is the best day we've had The wind's calmed down a little bit now, most importantly, it's not raining and the water's gone up by two degrees today So that's made a massive difference to how confidently the fish are feeding

So I'm going to get this one out there If it doesn't go right first time I've got a load of other sticks tied and I'm just going to keep doing it until it's bang on the money – I'm up here, Al – Yeah, do it now, Dan Oh, yeah! It's close

Slightly It's very good Come and have a look at it

It's your call He says it's close so I'm going to go and have a look and see what he thinks Mate, you won't believe what just happened – Your rig's landed – Oh, it's there! Your rig has landed, it's all perfect and within seconds the Big Plated has come in It came down, it had a shnuffle Look how many there are in the shot It had a shnuffle to the right of the rig as you look from here and then it's had a chew up off the deck and then he's gone left, and to come that close already It looks good, that bit of pink maize

It's small, a slightly different colour Yeah, not blatant Not yellow If we get one on that I think I'll be putting a little pink boilie out This is just too nerve-racking

Oh, Common really close Really close Feeding right on top of the rig Right on top of the rig – That was close, wasn't it? – Yeah

That was really close What will be interesting as well is now you've got something pink There's a shnuffler

That's Big Plated! Oh my God! Now you see why I've been wetting myself for the last Look at it, look at the size of it It's like a bus going through the swim

Words can't describe it That Common's obviously like his fall guy, isn't he? Plated is sending him in The Plated looked like the fall guy for a while earlier, the little ones were sending him in Sparky the Trojan was in there eating I'm starting to name all the carp because they've all got real characteristics Like one sits on the spot and chews and chews and chews and we named him after one of our mates Well, he's the Trojan, he's the party Trojan, he's the catalyst for everything to happen And he sat on the spot and he was like a fish magnet

He's the life and soul of the party, isn't he, Sparky? So they were in feeding and feeding around him So, let's see – Oh no – That is the Big Plated again He's coming in from the right angle, isn't he? He's just going over the top of the tubing now

That is a sight to behold that, isn't it? – He ain't even bothered – He's not bothered, no He's eating the boilies Can you believe it, he's eating the boilies Look at that

That is an impressive carp You can tell they're massive because they waddle, don't they? – He's eating the boilies now – Where's the cakes? Can you believe it? If I'd had a banoffee out there I might have caught him then I think for a bite, what you've got out is a very safe option at the moment Well, them two boilies in there were closer to us than the rig

But what I was going to say was it will be interesting with what you've got out whether it acts as a magnet for them to keep coming back to that same area Because that's what I've seen before Once you've got something, they're not put off by that pink It's not like a yellow that they might think is dangerous But they see a fish repeatedly coming to this area where they've been feeding all dotted around, and it might just be catching their eye

Big old A Team coming now Big old A Team Make a note of that, mate Dan, get ready, mate Get ready

Oh, he spat it out! Spat the rig out What happened? I was trying to get rid of the ducks Basically Tatty Tail has just come from The fully scaled? No, it was a bit of an old warrior I don't know if it was that old warrior, it came in that way and I was keeping an eye, and it went there, shnuffle, shnuffle, took the rig in, shook his head and it just came straight back out then it swam off Welcome to day-ticket carp fishing Welcome to underwater carp fishing Well, it's not unusual for your best thing to get totally rejected

– Here's a nice one – He's a big Common, mate I think that's the Box That's the Box Common, 40+ Common He likes a little bit of pink, I'm sure

Go on, the Box Common Everything happens for a reason Oh, mate, that's massive That is massive He's circling

We've just had the Box and Big Plated today, yeah? – Yeah, that'll do – Two bites That'll do to start off with The rig's been taken and rejected, let's repo the rig and get a boilie on This is a good day, isn't it? We may not have weather like this again for a while

Exactly You're dangling, mate, your call I'm open-minded with it You do what you think you want to do and then we'll suck it and see from there I'm going to put just a bottom bait on on that same rig and put it out there and I'll try and drop it a couple of foot closer and see what happens

Are you putting a single dingle on or are you putting a bag on again? I'll put a little stick on as well just for extra weight It seems to be easier to cast with a little stick on And at least it's masking the point of the hook as well at the start, and the leaves a little bit around it But exactly that same rig I'll just put a bottom bait cell on

Dan, don't wind it in Dan, get ready, mate Get ready! Oh, he spat it out again That was Sparky – What happened, mate? – Sparky has done us, hasn't he? Definitely in his mouth? Totally in his mouth

Totally, totally in his mouth Buried, and he just shook his head and it came straight back out The cog has stayed still, they're not hitting the weight of the lead which is just typical of particles down on the spot, isn't it? He had it in him, he was moving as well, but he's moved towards the lead rather than away from the lead But you'd still think with a lovely sharp hook on and everything, it just shows you how many times that happens before you catch one I've been here before and I've seen when I've put some particles to try to get them feeding, just how hard it can get

– On that very spot – Where your rig is now, mine was and I sat there for a whole day pulling my hair out while Tom was hauling on boilies but we had to put that bait in to get him confident around the cameras It's achieved that but all along we said we don't want to fish over them And you can see exactly why, mate – Look at him

He's lovely – He's a Trojan What a beautiful fish that is But the hook bait's working I've got a boilie with almost identical attractors in it and the identical colour which is obviously where that plastic has been derived from is our top, top boilies recipes

I'm feeling that I'll put the pink squid with a fruit boilie on on the IQ D rig and we'll see if our fortunes change I think the great thing about that D rig is it all drops and there's a lot of separation in the nation Worrying that you can have a very stiff hook link, 20lb IQ2, the exposed braid I reckon is about 3ml long, just so the hook can lift Your sharpest Kaptor with a cog lead as well

You've got your best clothes on, haven't you? I've got my best clothes on, I'm on the dance floor with my best kit on – And you can't pull – Can't pull Busting all my best moves out, lunges, the lot, everything

This is number two Pink boilie flavoured with squid and fruit A home-made one that I made for Gigantica for last year Then an IQ2 hook link, 15lb, same style of hook, a size 6 Kaptor Kurv shank, a little bit of putty on the hook link to hold it all flat We hope that having that D on and having IQ all the way down to the hook with that hook bait is going to help and is actually going to turn a pickup into a bite

So that is rig number two I'm going to put a stick on it as well just to mask the hook from the gravel when I cast in, give it a little bit more attraction And we'll see what happens when this one goes out there Hang on, mate We're right of shot, Dan, but I'll tell you what

That is it, isn't it? Hang on I'm going to pan right The tension is unbelievable

Yeah, Dan, that's shy of the edge of the spot but I like it there That's looking good He says it's looking good but I'm going to go and have a look Where is it, mate? Oh, yeah – Have you gone right a bit? – I have

Basically, before, you were there right in the centre of the shot but think of the previous frame where we were, you landed right of the shot and I've panned the camera right So you're on the edge of our baited area That looks good, though, doesn't it? – Absolutely perfect – That slow sinker is just nice, it's just slightly lighter than everything else Not blatant

That's a nice colour We'll take that I'm going to set the bobbin and everything Oh, here comes another one, here comes another one He's on the right line, definitely

He's on the right line Happy as Larry And here's the Ghostie, every inch a 34-pounder Has he eaten? I haven't seen him eat a single thing yet They've properly come back here now, though

There's one in the gloom now That is just perfect positioning, that rig Nice Common, that That's got a big patch on the end of its tail Oh, he's in the right position

He's in the right orientation Going through He's on the right line, definitely He's eating something Go on, go on! You're having a laugh

Do you know anyone who wants to buy any fishing gear? They're all over us now Look how many What's that one? That's the Big Plated

No, that's the Little Plated! – It's alive – It's 41lb It's not been out for two years This is just amazing, isn't it? Oh, man I can't believe you made me do this

– Is that the first time – That's the first time we've seen It hasn't been caught for 18 months Chris said it hasn't been seen at all or anything Well, it's still alive anyway – That is it

– Apparently it does disappear A million percent – He's going for it – Yes, he's got it – Oh no! – That's terrible

I'm just distraught – You've got to smile, though – That's my best two – Yeah, but your hook bait's good – That's my best two

I ain't got anything else in the locker, that's it Welcome to day-ticket fishing Cog lead, super duper sharp hook, nylon all the way through, D rig, slow-sinking bait with extra attractors in it, done Yeah, but they like the hook bait You can't mug the hook bait off, they like that

– The particles are killing us there – It's not, mate I think 99 times out of 100 when you go fishing, that is happening numerous times before you actually catch one That's the rig that's caught all those big carp out of Gigantica Pressured fish nailed like they were never going to come off

It was around for so long, it wasn't in and out – Three pickups – Here we go, here we go! Oh, it's the Big Plated He turned away Mate, pink is the colour

If you were just sitting here and we had that cast out, and you'd known Big Plated was that far away from taking your hook bait You wouldn't be able to go fishing Couldn't have fish every day

They're now really mixing it up and really feeding hard in there The colour's definitely right There's no doubt about that Three pickups in one hour 20 Really? Right, okay

Stato here giving you the correct stats for the situation So we're going to fish on through with this rig If it gets picked up a few more times I've got an idea of what I'm going to do next But I think this is what we're all encountering When we get it right and the spot is right and the baiting situation's right and the hook bait's right, this, I think, is what's happening to pretty much all of us

Because those hooks, I could not pick a sharper hook It's on a very short, very aggressive hook link that's going to turn and catch hold really quickly The one that's out there now before the lead's even really felt, that should be springing about in their mouth and yet still they've got away with it He's a nice scaly one That's the one that just missed your hook bait earlier

He's going to take it And his face fell there the last time as well That is a lovely, lovely carp

This is so exciting I hope you can get that from our commentary The fish in here, some of them are absolutely stunning and they're monstrously big carp as well Here we go – It's Big Plated

– Go on! – Go on! – He's taken it – Move, Dan! You've got him! – No way! No way! We know for a fact we're hooked into the king of the lake on our very first take Three pickups this morning, all blow-outs and then the biggest fish in the lake, the one we came for, the one we dreamt of hooking is on the end And as you can tell by the gaffer – It's rolling on the line – This is just a joke Well, it doesn't matter if his best rig got blown out by others because the best fish in the lake has picked it up and got nailed – Let's just pray it's out there

– Just pray Everybody, just pray Mama, pray for me Just to put into words what's going on here – the pinnacle to get an English 40-pounder on camera is pretty amazing, but to catch one underwater will just be the greatest icing on any cake There it is

Calm, boys Nice one, lads Oh, man, this is just a joke It's rolling on the line so much! Tommy, get me my shades – Oh, God! – Stay calm, bruv

It's just rolling on the line all the time – He's not ready yet – That's fine I'm just He's not ready yet There he is There he is Get in the net, get in the net! Yes! I can't believe it! Come on, son! Oh, my life! I can't believe it

It's the biggest one in the I just can't It's the biggest one in the lake You've been swimming round Mate, I just can't believe it I love you, Infinity Unbelievable, mate – Put one on there, bruv – High five! Yes! Don't ever make me do these again

That is the most amazing experience of my entire fishing life I was absolutely crapping myself that was going to come off It was meant to be, mate What did you say? This shoot is cursed? – Let's have another one – That's a good curse

Even though you saw the fish take the bait underneath the water you still say, 'Is it it? I don't think it is' Right, Dan's already zeroed the scales but before we get this marvellous creature out of the water it's important to just go through the key principles of actually getting them onto the bank Now the first thing, a lot of people try to unhook them in the net, in most instances that wouldn't be a bad thing but with such a big fish we're going to try to get this line into here and leave the hook in and try to transfer it that way So I'm going to leave loads of slack line so when we do lift it out, there's no tension on the hook point and there's no chance of tearing the mouth So once I've done that, I'm just going to fold this net and just roll it up

Just like that And you can see those beautiful big plated scales I'm just going to bring the sling under it making sure all the pecs are flat That's the most important thing, that the fins are flat against the body and I don't actually need to lift it, get your arms wet It's more important you look after the fish than keep yourself dry

Everything's in there Pecs are flat and I'm just going to drop this in there and I'm going to lift the fish up, checking everything's flat It's such an amazing creature, you've got to make sure it goes back in in as good a condition as it came out That's everything's good there Checking this side

And another important tip even when you're carrying them out in a sling, just try to support the body a little bit so it's not pushing right against the sling itself and that just takes a bit of that pressure against their sensitive lower That's all good Here we go That is a very big carp Look at that

We've been seeing him all morning Unfortunately he's lost a scale but I'm told they will grow back That's been like that since before we caught it That's one of the reasons we recognised it coming back in – Has it come out? – No, it's still there

Take that hook out Cheers, mate Right, just zip these up carefully Just make sure his tail's not anywhere near where the zip is It's a big old long fish, this one

Okay Cheers, bruv Right, you read it and I'll hoist it Just check his fin's flat underneath the fish – Yeah? – Yeah, good

Feels heavy – 4412 – 4412, get in! – Amazing, mate

– Amazing, yeah Right, can you take those? Don't be scared of them Just cradle them If they're off the ground like this, they can't do themselves any harm Too late now, fella

It's all happened And there he is, look at that Absolutely unbelievable There are just no words What an amazing, amazing carp

And I have to say thank you, I know it's a bit corny, to me old mate Hamidi because I really didn't want to do this Five or six times we've been to France, five or six times it's failed, and it was only his enthusiasm and persistence that made us come here He picked the spot and everything else so this one is dedicated to him It's the most amazing capture of my life Awesome

Okay, before we return this stunning creature, I'm just going to roll him over Where he's lost that scale or she's lost that scale, I'm just going to dab it dry for a second and then just apply a bit of the Carp Care just where that is It's just like an antiseptic that will help it to heal better That scale will eventually grow back It certainly won't look like that for very much longer

Then while I'm doing it, if I roll the fish back towards me again, there's just a bit of redness on his mouth there I'll just dab that, just apply a bit more Look at that How about that for a day-ticket carp that anybody can fish for? Wicked, absolutely wicked Off you go, my love

Am I clear to cast, Ali? Yeah, you're clear in a second, mate It's landed in the same spot as last time Hang on, I'm just going to pan over now Probably about a foot and a half away from the camera You'll get a bite there

That's a really nice scaly one behind him Big Common, that's the Box, isn't it? That's the Box How about that for two bites in a row? How about that for two bites in a row? Leave one for us, Dan That's not Gums, that's – That's the Warrior – He's going to get caught The Warrior's going to get caught by someone Did you put the bag on for attraction? I am actually finding it easier to cast with a bag on

That's a big fish, look That's long, isn't it? That is long, that one That's 47

05, Al We've had a big fish over the top of the hook bait three times now and three times it's pulled away or looked down and then pulled away from it and that hook bait is only millimetres from the bottom Looking at it now, there's two coming into shot Two real nice ones That's high up like that tester we put out yesterday, it's sitting slightly prouder

Yeah, there's probably a bit more buoyancy in the bait and it's just sitting, rather than the hook laying flat, and plus it's the way it's ended up resting on the bottom, rather than sitting totally flat it's just sitting up a little bit and they seem to be spooking off it and we all reckon – no-one ever does it – a bright bottom bait, no buoyancy to it whatsoever so it's just sitting with all the other ones but it's got that colour to it It doesn't have to be brighter, just different Different, yeah Like that pink is a good colour Cream, white, pink, that real dull yellow you were talking about, not the real fluoro colours but just enough different

Reds, pink, those less used colours that You like that That's the Box Common That is the Box Common, a million percent

Turn around It's this way Greed is good Forget stains, trust pink I'm surprised that is sitting up as far as that because it's quite a small bait and you've got a micro rig swivel up inside it plus the size 6 hook so it's almost like having two hooks attached to it for the amount of metal there and it's

It's sat on top of the bag If a fish takes that in, the hook's sat really proud, isn't it? It's going to really nail them, I think It's cocked I'll make a prediction that as the light drops I bet we get a bite on that

Right on the death of when we can't film any more I reckon that will go And if we left it out there tonight, 100% that would go It is a magnet, that colour They are investigating that area I'd much rather have a hook bait on that they keep going towards than one that's just a needle in a haystack

Absolutely, yeah When the Big Plated took it, he took just that, didn't he? He went straight for that It's like there's a couple of men there with rope just pulling the carp towards it They do favour going towards that And they did it with that pink bit of corn and they've done it with that

Oh, fish coming, Dan, fish coming It's going for it, Dan It's got it, Dan! You got a take, you got a take! That is epic Well, we've got a complete washing line of weed here Ali thinks it's a fish we've nicknamed Gummy

Did you hear me radio through to you? – No, I didn't hear that – You couldn't hear me? No, no, I did actually, I did That line's all properly I can't wind any more No, I can, I can It's all right Tom's there Talk about team effort

Don't lose that That's Big Plated hook bait Well done, lads Should be putting a few more of these pink ones on What an awesome colour

It's got to be good if Spooner's catching on them Only joking, Spooner We love you It's rucking, this one Nailed

Get in my net, get in my net Yes, come on! Two in a day Get in! Don't leave me hanging Right, same procedure as always This time we've taken the hook out in the water, smaller fish, little bit easier to control

It was actually nailed in the top lip but really nailed It wasn't ever coming off Dan would probably have played it for the rest of the week So, just rolling it up, checking the fins Everything's flat against the body, really, really important

That's what I hate seeing on day-ticket lakes, people not treating carp like they should be So I'm going to lift this out now and take it to its captor Just off the mat How big is he? 40 No Just hold it still – 2312, mate

– Nice How about that for a torpedo of a carp? Beautiful, beautiful colours Almost his winter colours still Lovely and dark A perfect end to a perfect day

Beautiful St John's Mirror Absolutely stunning Torpedo by name, torpedo by nature See you in the morning

7 Best Bass Lures That Work Year Round | Bass Fishing

Hey folks, Glenn May here at BassResourcecom

And one of the problems I see all the time on our forums and people asking me questions is, what kind of lure should they get? Especially, if you're starting out, or if you're on a budget, or maybe you've been on hiatus for a while and you're just coming back into bass fishing There's so many choices and so many different ways to catch fish And everybody talks about how great they are, it's really confusing, it can be frustrating when you're at the tackle store trying to figure out what to buy So, I'm gonna give you the top seven lures that you should focus on And, really, the main theme here is focusing on versatility and lures that can be fished year round

The more you focus on that, then the more you can make your budget go a long way and you'll be able to catch fish no matter what condition that you're in, be it weeds, be it docks, be it rocks, be it deep water, clear water, muddy water, windy days, cloudy days, days that there's no wind at all, hot days, cold days, whatever Get that these seven lures that I'm about to outline for you are the most versatile lures that you can have in your tackle box, and you need to have them in order to catch fish All right, so the first one is actually the hands-down champion of all lures, and that's the jig I have tons of them, but here's a couple of them The thing about the jigs, you can fish them year-round in every sort of depth, every condition you can think of

You can fish around 40, 50 feet of water, even deeper, all the way up to a couple of feet of water during the summer time You can drag them You can hop them You can swim them You can do pretty much anything with them, with the different weights here

And in the summertime when there's thick weeds, you can get a heavy duty one, that's, you know, a three-quarter ounce or an ounce, punch it through the weeds There's finesse jigs like these, perfect for when the bite is slow or largemouth like these two There's so many different kinds of jigs out there, but the reason being is that they're so effective If you only have one lure in your boat, you've gotta have a jig Okay, next on our list is the crankbait

There's so many different crankbait styles out there, but that's for a good reason They catch fish Now, in the wintertime, you're gonna wanna go to something with a slim profile, with a narrow bill This type of bait right here, that's what you wanna go with It's got a tighter wiggle

That works really well in the winter time As the water warms up, then you can go to something with a little bit deeper dive There's a round bill with a little bit longer bill on it and go a little bit deeper And it has a wider wobble That's the main thing about this

It's wider than the crankbait I just showed you and it has more of a wobble, a wider side to side and this a real tight wiggle This works better when it's warmer, works better when it's colder, colder water temperature And then as the fish get deep in the summertime you want to go after them, get something like that Look at the bill on that That's gonna go nice and deep and go after them right where they're at

That's why these crankbaits work so well You can also have different types of bills for the different kind of cover you're fishing in For example, square bills, these are designed Oh, they're called square bills for a reason Look at that, it's a square bill These are designed to deflect off of wood and other types of cover and the hooks won't get hung up on them So you can fish it in some thicker stuff than you normally would not worry about the hooks getting snagged Then, they have hybrids of these things

You've got the round bill The round bill dives deeper, like I just mentioned And then in between is the coffin bill, and that's what this is, the coffin bill is kind of a good combination of the two You can still go deep with this, but it will also bounce and deflect off of cover woodies, covers especially without the hooks getting hung up So there's a lot of different types of crankbait styles you can fish for the variety conditions that you find yourself under, but that's the key thing, you can dig in and get those fish regardless of where they're hiding year round

That's why the crankbait's on this list All right, the next bait on the list is the jerk bait Absolutely killer throughout the entire year Now, I know some of you are gonna be really surprised about that because mostwell, not most, but a lot of guys think jerk baits are only used in colder water temps, usually in the early spring That's a mistake You should be fishing them year round I fish them all year round

I catch lots of fish on them every season I truly believe the reason why people aren't catching fish other than in the early spring with jerk baits is simply because they're not fishing them You can fish them very fast in the summertime The rule of thumb in the summertime is that you can't fish them too fast, just jerk, jerk, jerk, jerk, bring them back really quick across the surface You can let a pause for a long amount of time, you can stop it whenever you want to and bring it back even faster to vary your cadence, vary your speed

One way I like to fish it, is just throw it out there and then give it like three quick jerks and let it sit, let it come all the way back up to the surface and let it sit for a while then jerk, jerk, jerk Let it sit for a while Fish sometimes will annihilate it when it's just sitting on the surface and it's 95 degrees out and sunny It works great And in the wintertime, they make deeper diver once like this with a big bill and they suspend

That's perfect for when the water temperature's really cold for me about 50 degrees or below I'll throw it out there and it dives down 7, 10 feet and it just sits, and sits, and sits until a fish will come out and grab it They might move a little bit upwards, a little bit downwards depending on the model that you get, but it works really well for catching those lethargic fish in the wintertime So jerk baits, fish them year around and you'll catch a lot more fish Next on the list of must-have lures is the craw worm, craws

Gotta have these, they're gonna come in different colors, there's different styles and varieties Matter of fact, they even come in many sizes This is great year-round fish no matter where they are They feed on crawfish all the time In all but the coldest part of the year, that's when crawfish are active

They're protein-rich, great slow-moving snacks that the bass just love to eat So anytime you're in a warmerwell, except for like the dead of winter, you can fish them as jig trailers, that's perfect for that

You can fish them on just a Texas rig, put them through the weeds, and then the rocks Shaky head works really well during the winter time, but bringing down deep and drag it real slow I like to put on football head jigs and get it around rocks and such There's so many different ways to fish them, it's really limited to your imagination Works on split shot, works on Carolina rigs

There're so many different ways to do it, to get at the depth where the fish are at, where they're actively feeding That's really the key Figure out what depth they're in In the wintertime and the summertime they're gonna be deeper In the springtime and then the fall they're gonna be a little more shallow

Be buried up in those weeds for example And you gotta go and dig them out Craw's a great slim profile bait that's not gonna get hung up on those weeds It's a great way to go in and dig them out Get some craws in your tackle box, boys, and go out there and catch some fish

All right, next on the list of must-have lures, the spinnerbait, my favorite Spinnerbaits are so versatile year round This one's got a Willowleaf blade on This one's a Colorado blade on it You can fish them in any part of the water column

I always have one tied on and on my deck year round You can fish big three quarter-ounce ones like these real slow and drag them on the bottom, slow roll them when it's really cold out, the water temperature is 42 degrees and the fish just really lethargic you can drag this right behind them and get a reaction strike You can fish them as faster through weeds and not get hung up with a willowleaf blade like this This one is only a three quarter spinnebait In the summertime, it's great to burn a wreck near the top, bulge the surface

Even a big bait like this, you can bulge the surface on the summertimes It's almost like a buzz bait You can fish them around wood, weeds, rocks, docks, anything and not worry about getting hung up so much because this is like a big weed guard here The wire here works to prevent that hook from getting hung up It's a great lure to have tied on all the time, as long as it's white

Okay, that's my preference But white with a trailer, that's how I like to fish it Tie directly, by the way Don't use snap swivels or anything like that, just tie directly to it I use a uni knot, some folks like to use palomars

Either way is fine, whatever your preference is The point is, tie one on and use it throughout the whole year You're gonna catch a lot of fish All right, next on the list that you gotta have, finesse worms Right here, look at that

Finesse worms are killer year round You've got to use these things They're very, very versatile In the wintertime, you can fish them on a split shot or on a shaky head and just drag it on the bottom real slow In the summertime, say for example one like this, you can put it in a wacky rig, throw it out there around docks, twitch it back really fast

You can put this on a little jig head and throw it up in those docks and lilly pads In the summertime, put it on a drop shot, fish it deep, just nose hook it right here on the end and give a little bit of wiggle There's a lot you can do with finesse worms all year long to catch those finicky fish You've gotta have this especially when a cold front comes through and the fish really don't wanna feel like biting All those other lures I've shown you so far, not the best choice

But when it comes, when the bite's really tough you gotta have these in your tackle box Another must-have in your tackle box has to be the lipless crankbait These babiesthey work all the time The cool thing about these is, because of their shape, you can fish them at any depth and at any speed, which is great for matching the activity level of the bass and where they're located You can drag them really deep down the water column and just yoyo them off the bottom You can burn them really quick across the top in the summertime over weed beds and entice those fish to come up out of the weed bed and strike them You can fish them around docks

You can stop and go retrieve on them You can do all sorts of things where they're very, very versatile, which is why you wanna have these tied on They're different colors, so you can match the bait fish with the color of the forage that the fish are feeding on And they come in different weights and sizes, so you can adjust your speed and depth as well that way So such a versatile lure, you're limiting yourself if you don't have some of these in your tackle box

And there you have it, the top seven baits that you need to have in your tackle box in order to catch fish year round Notice they're all very versatile and you can fish them in variety of conditions, each and every one of them You can fish them in docks, you can fish them in weeds, you can fish them in rocks and deep water, shallow water, hot water, cold water, that's the point Get these lures in your tackle box, and you'll be a extremely versatile angler and you won't have to spend a fortune in order to fill out your tackle For more tips and tricks like these, visit BassResource

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Fishing Alaska – A 7 Day Story

(music) It's 5 in the morning and we're headed to Alaska (music) (engine) (music) Day 1 we're going fishing, ready to do it morning i'm getting excited man that's a big whale, right there yeah never mind that one spit it out too okay don't don't rush if you can get the net over here yeah that's ok actually shut the boat off first there you go nice you know, you just go out and give it a 110% and what ever happens happens, oh yeah (music) (whistle) (music) okay crab pot coming in excelent crab i think we'll keep it i will win this battle little feller i will win that is the elusive dungeness crab one of the finest eating meats, my favorite meat of the world He's poking the heck out of me right now you can't get me oh George! i don't know if he's a legal size crab, but he's quite the vicious fighter he's trying to get me bad yeah i think he's legal put the tip, right there, that one right there, yeah, there you go that's alright over there you gotta go on the inside of that bad boy oh, there you go close enough (mumbling) this one only has about four hunks of that salmon belly in it alright, i can't see what you're doing but you can cut that out of the video yeah i don't know if this is videoing, explain what were doing there big feller we're pulling up our crab pots we got 7 crabs yesterday, and and only one so far, this could be the game changer crab pot, how heavy is it jake? not heavy enough there's some big crabs in there though, oh that aint bad that aint bad oh yeah explain, explain how this is a boy this is a boy because this little breast plate is really narrow the females will have a really wide breast plate and we just got to make sure that they're wide enough this one is not wide enough, okay unfortunately, it has to go overboard excelent that one wasn't wide enough, this one probably isn't either this one is wide enough, excelent that goes into a keeper too small want to test it? (laughing) fishing has been really slow but we're gonna change the pace today absolutely, we got them secret weapons secret weapons we're hoping for at least one limit (engine) nice (water noises) (engine) (music) we're gonna call in an eagle (whistle) (music) that's a fine specimin do we eat it or not? George She just walks outside, they know, and he just comes down and she throws it (music) we just got a king salmon haha king salmon woo baby remains of an old ship that came up into this cove here in Alaska and got himself plumb stuck it's an old GM Deisel engine We're heading home today it's the last day here in Ketchikan Alaska uh, fishing for a week we had a great time and the weather is beautiful today and we ended up with about one box of fish uh per person

so we came out right around a hundred pounds of fish which is great but not that great not the best fishing, it was pretty slow this week uh, but we'll take it, we had a great time it's beautiful weather all week and hope you enjoyed our fishing trip

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7 Best Bass Lures That Work Year Round | Bass Fishing

Hey folks, Glenn May here at BassResourcecom

And one of the problems I see all the time on our forums and people asking me questions is, what kind of lure should they get? Especially, if you're starting out, or if you're on a budget, or maybe you've been on hiatus for a while and you're just coming back into bass fishing There's so many choices and so many different ways to catch fish And everybody talks about how great they are, it's really confusing, it can be frustrating when you're at the tackle store trying to figure out what to buy So, I'm gonna give you the top seven lures that you should focus on And, really, the main theme here is focusing on versatility and lures that can be fished year round

The more you focus on that, then the more you can make your budget go a long way and you'll be able to catch fish no matter what condition that you're in, be it weeds, be it docks, be it rocks, be it deep water, clear water, muddy water, windy days, cloudy days, days that there's no wind at all, hot days, cold days, whatever Get that these seven lures that I'm about to outline for you are the most versatile lures that you can have in your tackle box, and you need to have them in order to catch fish All right, so the first one is actually the hands-down champion of all lures, and that's the jig I have tons of them, but here's a couple of them The thing about the jigs, you can fish them year-round in every sort of depth, every condition you can think of

You can fish around 40, 50 feet of water, even deeper, all the way up to a couple of feet of water during the summer time You can drag them You can hop them You can swim them You can do pretty much anything with them, with the different weights here

And in the summertime when there's thick weeds, you can get a heavy duty one, that's, you know, a three-quarter ounce or an ounce, punch it through the weeds There's finesse jigs like these, perfect for when the bite is slow or largemouth like these two There's so many different kinds of jigs out there, but the reason being is that they're so effective If you only have one lure in your boat, you've gotta have a jig Okay, next on our list is the crankbait

There's so many different crankbait styles out there, but that's for a good reason They catch fish Now, in the wintertime, you're gonna wanna go to something with a slim profile, with a narrow bill This type of bait right here, that's what you wanna go with It's got a tighter wiggle

That works really well in the winter time As the water warms up, then you can go to something with a little bit deeper dive There's a round bill with a little bit longer bill on it and go a little bit deeper And it has a wider wobble That's the main thing about this

It's wider than the crankbait I just showed you and it has more of a wobble, a wider side to side and this a real tight wiggle This works better when it's warmer, works better when it's colder, colder water temperature And then as the fish get deep in the summertime you want to go after them, get something like that Look at the bill on that That's gonna go nice and deep and go after them right where they're at

That's why these crankbaits work so well You can also have different types of bills for the different kind of cover you're fishing in For example, square bills, these are designed Oh, they're called square bills for a reason Look at that, it's a square bill These are designed to deflect off of wood and other types of cover and the hooks won't get hung up on them So you can fish it in some thicker stuff than you normally would not worry about the hooks getting snagged Then, they have hybrids of these things

You've got the round bill The round bill dives deeper, like I just mentioned And then in between is the coffin bill, and that's what this is, the coffin bill is kind of a good combination of the two You can still go deep with this, but it will also bounce and deflect off of cover woodies, covers especially without the hooks getting hung up So there's a lot of different types of crankbait styles you can fish for the variety conditions that you find yourself under, but that's the key thing, you can dig in and get those fish regardless of where they're hiding year round

That's why the crankbait's on this list All right, the next bait on the list is the jerk bait Absolutely killer throughout the entire year Now, I know some of you are gonna be really surprised about that because mostwell, not most, but a lot of guys think jerk baits are only used in colder water temps, usually in the early spring That's a mistake You should be fishing them year round I fish them all year round

I catch lots of fish on them every season I truly believe the reason why people aren't catching fish other than in the early spring with jerk baits is simply because they're not fishing them You can fish them very fast in the summertime The rule of thumb in the summertime is that you can't fish them too fast, just jerk, jerk, jerk, jerk, bring them back really quick across the surface You can let a pause for a long amount of time, you can stop it whenever you want to and bring it back even faster to vary your cadence, vary your speed

One way I like to fish it, is just throw it out there and then give it like three quick jerks and let it sit, let it come all the way back up to the surface and let it sit for a while then jerk, jerk, jerk Let it sit for a while Fish sometimes will annihilate it when it's just sitting on the surface and it's 95 degrees out and sunny It works great And in the wintertime, they make deeper diver once like this with a big bill and they suspend

That's perfect for when the water temperature's really cold for me about 50 degrees or below I'll throw it out there and it dives down 7, 10 feet and it just sits, and sits, and sits until a fish will come out and grab it They might move a little bit upwards, a little bit downwards depending on the model that you get, but it works really well for catching those lethargic fish in the wintertime So jerk baits, fish them year around and you'll catch a lot more fish Next on the list of must-have lures is the craw worm, craws

Gotta have these, they're gonna come in different colors, there's different styles and varieties Matter of fact, they even come in many sizes This is great year-round fish no matter where they are They feed on crawfish all the time In all but the coldest part of the year, that's when crawfish are active

They're protein-rich, great slow-moving snacks that the bass just love to eat So anytime you're in a warmerwell, except for like the dead of winter, you can fish them as jig trailers, that's perfect for that

You can fish them on just a Texas rig, put them through the weeds, and then the rocks Shaky head works really well during the winter time, but bringing down deep and drag it real slow I like to put on football head jigs and get it around rocks and such There's so many different ways to fish them, it's really limited to your imagination Works on split shot, works on Carolina rigs

There're so many different ways to do it, to get at the depth where the fish are at, where they're actively feeding That's really the key Figure out what depth they're in In the wintertime and the summertime they're gonna be deeper In the springtime and then the fall they're gonna be a little more shallow

Be buried up in those weeds for example And you gotta go and dig them out Craw's a great slim profile bait that's not gonna get hung up on those weeds It's a great way to go in and dig them out Get some craws in your tackle box, boys, and go out there and catch some fish

All right, next on the list of must-have lures, the spinnerbait, my favorite Spinnerbaits are so versatile year round This one's got a Willowleaf blade on This one's a Colorado blade on it You can fish them in any part of the water column

I always have one tied on and on my deck year round You can fish big three quarter-ounce ones like these real slow and drag them on the bottom, slow roll them when it's really cold out, the water temperature is 42 degrees and the fish just really lethargic you can drag this right behind them and get a reaction strike You can fish them as faster through weeds and not get hung up with a willowleaf blade like this This one is only a three quarter spinnebait In the summertime, it's great to burn a wreck near the top, bulge the surface

Even a big bait like this, you can bulge the surface on the summertimes It's almost like a buzz bait You can fish them around wood, weeds, rocks, docks, anything and not worry about getting hung up so much because this is like a big weed guard here The wire here works to prevent that hook from getting hung up It's a great lure to have tied on all the time, as long as it's white

Okay, that's my preference But white with a trailer, that's how I like to fish it Tie directly, by the way Don't use snap swivels or anything like that, just tie directly to it I use a uni knot, some folks like to use palomars

Either way is fine, whatever your preference is The point is, tie one on and use it throughout the whole year You're gonna catch a lot of fish All right, next on the list that you gotta have, finesse worms Right here, look at that

Finesse worms are killer year round You've got to use these things They're very, very versatile In the wintertime, you can fish them on a split shot or on a shaky head and just drag it on the bottom real slow In the summertime, say for example one like this, you can put it in a wacky rig, throw it out there around docks, twitch it back really fast

You can put this on a little jig head and throw it up in those docks and lilly pads In the summertime, put it on a drop shot, fish it deep, just nose hook it right here on the end and give a little bit of wiggle There's a lot you can do with finesse worms all year long to catch those finicky fish You've gotta have this especially when a cold front comes through and the fish really don't wanna feel like biting All those other lures I've shown you so far, not the best choice

But when it comes, when the bite's really tough you gotta have these in your tackle box Another must-have in your tackle box has to be the lipless crankbait These babiesthey work all the time The cool thing about these is, because of their shape, you can fish them at any depth and at any speed, which is great for matching the activity level of the bass and where they're located You can drag them really deep down the water column and just yoyo them off the bottom You can burn them really quick across the top in the summertime over weed beds and entice those fish to come up out of the weed bed and strike them You can fish them around docks

You can stop and go retrieve on them You can do all sorts of things where they're very, very versatile, which is why you wanna have these tied on They're different colors, so you can match the bait fish with the color of the forage that the fish are feeding on And they come in different weights and sizes, so you can adjust your speed and depth as well that way So such a versatile lure, you're limiting yourself if you don't have some of these in your tackle box

And there you have it, the top seven baits that you need to have in your tackle box in order to catch fish year round Notice they're all very versatile and you can fish them in variety of conditions, each and every one of them You can fish them in docks, you can fish them in weeds, you can fish them in rocks and deep water, shallow water, hot water, cold water, that's the point Get these lures in your tackle box, and you'll be a extremely versatile angler and you won't have to spend a fortune in order to fill out your tackle For more tips and tricks like these, visit BassResource

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