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BIG Bass on Chickamauga! Fall Bass Fishing Has Begun!!

Tim is on a mission to catch a big bass! He’s on the water early, armed with topwater and a chatterbait. Come along for the fun! Watch as he adapts to changing conditions, fine tunes the pattern, and catches some really nice Chickamauga bass! Fall is prime time to catch quality fish as they feed up before Winter so make the time, head to the lake, and catch a big one of your own.

When Tim set out he was searching for an early morning topwater bite. He had a plan but he stayed open minded, paying attention to his surroundings. It didn’t take him long to realize there was no surface activity this morning. Taking the cue from nature he dropped down to the bottom with a chatterbait and got the bite he was looking for! When you’re on the water its important to pay close attention to your surroundings at all times. Every time you hit the water you’re surrounded by clues that will help you dial in the pattern. Keep your eyes open, don’t be afraid to adapt, and you’ll start catching fish more consistently.

Once Tim ran in to surface activity he switched back to topwater and was able to capitalize on some really nice bass with the popper. As the activity died off, the dropshot was clutch to finish out the day. Below is a breakdown of the baits and equipment Tim used throughout the day. We’ve even included an all-around budget combo that you could use for the chatterbait and light flipping. All of the links go directly to Tackle Warehouse where you can see detailed photos and descriptions of each item.

Bait- Evergreen JackHammer 1/2 oz (Clearwater Shad):
Trailer- Yamamoto Zako (Electric Shad):

Whopper Plopper…
Bait- River2Sea Whopper Plopper 110 (Abalone Shad):

Bait- River2Sea Bully Wa 2 65 (Dirty White):

Bait- Megabass Pop Max (Mat Shad):

Bait- Roboworm 6” Fat Worm (Pro Blue Blue Neon):
Hook- Owner CoverShot Worm Hook (Size 2/0):
Weight- Swagger Tungsten Pencil Weight (3/8 oz):

Chatterbait Combo…
Rod- Shimano Expride 7’2” MH Glass:
Reel- Shimano Metanium MGL B:
Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 50 lb Braid:
Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 15 lb Mono:

Tim’s Popper Combo…
Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro Med Topwater (802 TWR):
Reel- Daiwa Tatula Elite 7:1 Ratio:
Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 30 lb Braid:

Dropshot (Power Shot) Combo…
Rod- Shimano Zodias 7’2” Medium:
Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL HG:
Line- Sunline Sniper 12 lb Fluorocarbon:

Budget Power Shot/Chatterbait Combo…
Rod- Dobyns Fury 7’ Medium Heavy:
Reel- Shimano SLX 150 HG:
Line- Sunline Assassin 12 lb Fluorocarbon:

NEW Tactical Bassin Apparel…
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TacticalBassin Sun Shirt:
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What we wear…

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Sun Shirt w/ Hood:
Light Fishing Pants:

Equipment We Recommend…

Minn Kota Ultrex Trolling Motor:
Humminbird Solix 15 Electronics:
Minn Kota Talons:
Hot Foot Throttle Control:
Loc-R-Bar Boat Security:

Favorite Storage Box:
Favorite Split Ring Pliers:
Favorite Wire Cutters:
Favorite life jacket:
Favorite sunglasses:
Hero8 Camera:
ElectroSamson Scale:
Frabill Net:
Lure Retriever:

If you plan to do any shopping, using our links before doing your shopping at Tackle Warehouse is the single greatest way to support us! You won’t be able to even see a difference but they’ll know you’re one of us!

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  1. I don’t remember how long ago it was maybe 3yrs. I offered up my boat and house for you guys to come chicamauga and now you live here so awesome. Would either of you be interested in fishing a homeless veteran tourney out of chester frost nov 14. The company I work for is the #1 sponsor and It would be great to have you guys show?

  2. Awesome fish to start the day! They’ve definitely been chasing bait at the back of the coves down here in NC. I’ve done well with swimbaits, but I’ll be giving the popper a try next time!

  3. Been watching these guys for a few years now and I have to say they are knowledgeable and thorough. I love learning about baits and gear. Also, great to learn when to use particular tactics and how to to target fish on different types of water. You guys do a great job. keep up the good work!

  4. I hate watching your show… every time I watch I end up on Tackle Warehouse buying more rods, reels, lures, etc. I need help. The sad thing is, I suck at fishing but I got some really nice gear. 😊

  5. Wow !! Absolutely breath taking out there. Nothing like being out early , so quiet you can here a pin drop. Birds in the background singing water like glass, and pulling in a nice 3lb phatty to cap off your morning. Lucky !!

  6. Oh man just caught a new PB 8 lb 7 oz Bass just wanted to say thanks yalls channel is awesome and a lot of us appreciate the tips I probably wouldn't have caught my new PB without you guys wooohooo lol

  7. Mat and Tim, you guys make phenomenal videos!! I caught a largie with a square bill tossing up the bank into the shade in the middle of day!!! Seen bass there but could not get them to bite till now. REACTION BITE! BURN PAUSE, BURN BURN BURN PAUSE. THEY CAME UNGLUED FOR IT!!!!I literally learn everything from. You guys! So much info out there but what I learn from TACTICALBASSIN WORKS!! THANKS GUYS!!! That crank bait video definitely helped as well!!

  8. I love this channel….has taught me so much…in my first year of lake fishing with my own boat…Matt and Tim have shown me a whole new world of fishing…keep it up guys…

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