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5 “MUST HAVE” Baits For Spring Bass Fishing!

Spring is right around the corner and its time to get your fishing tackle ready! We all know Spring is a great time to be on the water but what should you be fishing with? These are the “must have” lures for any serious angler who wants to catch bass this Spring!

Like every “Top 5” video we do, this one is going to have a little wiggle room. We couldn’t narrow it all the way down so we’ve included our top 5 reaction baits, as well as our top 5 slow moving/finesse baits. Depending on your fishing style you can take either set of 5 lures and be set for every situation you’ll face this Spring.

Below you’ll find links to each of the baits discussed in the video. We’ve included our favorite colors and sizes for each, as well as a couple budget friendly rod and reel combos. All the links go directly to Tackle Warehouse where you can see detailed photos and descriptions of each item.

•Spro Little John 50:
Color: Blood Craw, Fire Craw

•River2Sea Biggie Poppa:
Color: Cold Blooded, I Know It

•Rapala OG Rocco:
Color: Chartreuse Black, Red Crawdad

Bait– Zman 1/2 oz JackHammer:
Color: Black/Blue, Green Pumpkin Shad
Trailer– Missile Baits 5.5 Spunk Shad:
Color: Bruiser Flash, Goby Bite

Bait– Zman 1/2 oz Mini Max:
Color: Gizzard Shad, Bluegill
Trailer– Big Bite Baits Kamikaze Swimon:
Color: Smoky Gold, Green Pumpkin Chartreuse

•Megabass Vision 110:
Color: HT ITO Tennessee Shad, Mat Shad

•Shimano World Minnow:
Color: Ghost Ayu, Clown

•Jackall TN 70:
Color: SG Threadfin, SS Shad, RT Escape Craw

•Jackall TN 60:
Color: SG Threadfin, RT Scale Minnow

•Hog Farmer Tactical Flex Bladed Rig:
Heads– Matt Allen Swimbait Head (1/8 oz):
Baits– Xzone 4″ Swammer:
Color: Electric Shad, Sexy Shad
Dummy Baits– Netbait Little Spanky:
Color: Albino

Bait– Yamamoto 5″ Senko:
Color: Green Pumpkin Black Flake
Hook– Gamakatsu 3/0 Superline:

Bait– Netbait T Mac Worm:
Color: Tilapia Magic
Head– Canterbury Shaky:
Size: 3/16 oz

Bait– Netbait Lollipop:
Color: LON Goby, Dark Shad
Hook– Owner Mosquito Light:
Size: 2
Weight– Swagger Tungsten Pencil:
Size: 1/4 oz

Bait– ZMan Finesse TRD:
Color: Green Pumpkin
Head– Zman Ned Lockz:
Size: 1/10 oz

Jig– Dirty Jigs 1/2 oz Pitchin:
Color: The Go To, Magic Craw
Trailer– Missile Baits D Bomb:
Color: Copper Chopper, Green Pumpkin Blue

Rod– Shimano SLX 7’2″ Medium Heavy:
Reel– Shimano SLX 150 (HG):
Line– Sunline FC (15 lb):

Rod– Shimano Intenza 7′ medium Light:
Reel– Shimano Miravel 2500:
Line– Sunline Super FC 7 lb:

Rod– St. Croix Mojo Glass 7’2″ Medium:
Reel– Shimano SLX 150 (HG):
Line– Sunline FC (12 lb):

We have a variety of custom lure designs and apparel available! Everything from Swimbaits and crankbaits, to hats and hoodies! Its all available direct through Tackle Warehouse with fast shipping. See it here…

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Trolling Motor– Minn Kota Ultrex 112:
Electronics– Humminbird Solix 15:
Anchors– Minn Kota Talons:
Camera– GoPro Hero 9:


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Favorite Pliers:
Favorite life jacket:
Favorite Scale:
Favorite Lure Retriever:
Favorite Braid Cutters:
Favorite Split Ring Pliers:
Favorite Storage Box:
Favorite Net:

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  1. I like your videos, but I no access to a boat for lakes so I river fish you never have any information on river fishing. Could ou please some river videos. Thank you

  2. Great information and content! Thanks Matt. Have you guys considered making more videos around 15 minutes long? This may be a new sweet spot. Thanks for considering. Tight lines!

  3. Matt, you have no idea how much I appreciate, as a guy that’s severely color blind, that you not only name the industry name of a bait(go-to) but also describe the colors in it and which colors are key! The industry has definitely screwed the color blind with their idiotic names of colors of baits. If a bait is called Margarita Mutilater, Tilapia Magic, Aaron’s Magic, Sexy whatever, there is no indication of the true color of a bait. Thanks again for always explaining the key colors. Helps more than you know.

  4. Hey guys thank you so much for the teaching you do, we know that you must put in incredible hours helping us. Well i need help! Want to buy my first dedicated glide bait rod, want to go first class,,,,please help me,want to trust my purchase. Going to be fishing the rod alot… thanks guys : Nor Cal hogs!

  5. Tried the OG Rocco and hands down, it has to be the best tight wobbling shallow crankbait by far. It hunts, starts swimming quickly, and flat out works.

    Even caught my first one speed cranking with it (I'm a bank angler). I've caught plenty of coldwater bass cranking slowly, but never speed cranking. Tried it a little bit and yesterday it was too fun in the 30 mph wind and rain. Burn burn pause burn burn burn pause. Burn burn, holy shit it actually worked as a bass just inhaled it right at my feet.

  6. I know you guy don’t really talk much a bout Googan baits but their rattling chunk / craws. but I was on the hunt for something that had the same thump that floats and now I have it Yamamoto craw is great . Thanks guys but I hat the price lol

  7. I live in North Texas and I like to switch between a weightless Texas rig senko and a weightless Texas rig trick worm. i did a lot of my damage last year in the spring with the trick worm just Texas rigged weightless. it's crazy when you think about casting it but actually does cast

  8. Shaky head has been catching me fish since November. Even when they have been busting on shad the pass two months in the shallows , I just cast in the middle of them and hop it back. I get good bites! SMH shaky head and SMH shaky head worm.

  9. Everyone fishes ned rigs on exposed hooks these days. Whatever happened to the old faithful 3” grub on an exposed hook? Can’t tell you how many bass, and big bass, I have caught on a 3” grub. Great video as usual. Great tips.

  10. Nobody makes better fishing vids than TB. Thanks Matt, for all of the knowledge that you and Tim share so generously, and so often! I wouldn’t be half the fisherman I am if not for the lessons I’ve learned thru watching you guys over the years.

  11. I was curious if you ever leave best spinning rods and reels for some of these powerfishing techniques. I have used spinning gear for over 40 years fishing highland reservoir areas and would have a difficult time making the transition to casting gear. I understand that some of the techniques are suboptimal for spinning gear but I love using reaction type baits and would like to see if you would have any recommendations. I tend to use the smaller versions of reaction baits (110 jr., squarebills, chatterbaits, etc). I appreciate the info as always.

  12. These two guys litterally get me through winter. Love em. And if I could only have one of Matt’s “ if I could only have one of these lures” , oh wait I do. Your welcome TW. Keep up the great videos guys.

  13. … If you don't know how TacticalBassin posts videos and descriptions … YOU should be ashamed! As punishment go back and like, and watch, all the past episodes. :}

  14. Chatterbait MiniMax with a SpunkShad has been money for me in south Florida. LMB, Peacocks, Snakehead, Mayan cichlids…not even including brackish water species. All of em love that minimax

  15. Another great video Matt. I think I have now watched too many of your videos now as I have all these lures (or a version ot them). Went out a couple times but couldn’t get the fish, which are now mostly on beds here, to hit anything so I took out my green pumpkin senko and it did the trick 😉

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