5 Bass Fishing Tips You Need To Know!

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  1. Matt, that was excellent. I could not agree more with you on those 5 tips. On the last one, short story : Lately I been fishing with a friend who decided to use fly fishing instead of standard equipment, we were in the same boat and he always out fish me with those tiny flies catching big LMB bass and Peacock bass. Its amazing.

  2. Matt
    This is EXCELLENT!!!!!
    I have taken notes on some of your videos. I wrote every tip in this video. I feel like I am back in grad school – Professor Matt speaks and I’m taking notes.

    Thank you for these tips and lessons

  3. I too love the info. Please share some more. You helped me nail down the post front bite question I've wondered about. That happened to us this past spring, crankbaits were king until the storm passed. It took me more than a half day to finally start with jigs in 18-20 feet of water. They were biting again!

  4. Yes, I would continue to do these Matt. The rule to fish isolated cover is a really good one because it is a little counterintuitive…I will remember to do that more now. The others are great reminders so it even helps to repeat these from time to time!

  5. Love the series!!!!👊🏻 Keep them coming!!!👍🏻 Always looking for ways to make myself a better angler and I learned a lot from these types of videos from you. Stay Safe & God Bless!!!

  6. Fantastic video. I like the fact that you don't over complicate. There is such a thing as information overload. Looking forward to more of these videos.

  7. Another great video. I haven't commented in a while but I watch everything. You're obviously doing something right your subscriber base is growing. I'm going to buy the lake breakdown for candlewood. Have you actually spent time on the lake or did you just break it down?

  8. I definitely like this and all your videos, I also like they aren’t too long between my attention span and the amount of time I have to watch them.

  9. Hi Matt, could you please discuss tips or rules relating to boat positioning from,

    • how far you are from your target zone when you coming of the plane

    • points to note while approaching your target zone while on the trolling motor

    o like speed of approach

    o direction (sun behind you etc)

    o wind direction in relation to the target zone (how far do you start fishing before the zone)

    o how do you manage your boat in the drift caused by the wing or current

    o where do you start fishing (deep to shallow or shallow to deep)

    o does the water lapping against the boat compromise your stealth

    o noise from the boat, music, sounds caused while moving on the boat etc

    o do you switch off your fish finder to not alert your presence

    • Boat positioning ledgers

    • Boat positioning points

    • Boat positioning coves, creeks

    • Boat positioning sea walls, rock face cliffs in the water(vertical drop-offs from above the water into the water)

    • Whatever more you can think of please

    I think I blow my chances before I have wet the line.

  10. I truly agree about a particular target when I fish a shoal there is always a particular part of the shoal where fish are stacked up because of a couple of particular boulders just a couple larger sized rocks compared to others that make up the shoals.

  11. Great stuff! I noticed on FTM lake breakdowns you did some northern Lakes! I was excited to see Lake Winnipesaukee and Lake Champlain.

    Have you ever fished Lake Winnipesaukee? Which leads to my request for a video on how you breakdown a lake you never fished before. What type of research do you do?

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