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Catching BIG BASS On Clearlake! + Frog Fishing Tips For Beginners!

Matt returns to Clearlake! Its been a year but you wouldn’t know it because the BIG Bass start biting right away!! He’s fishing with his dad and brother, targeting fish with a frog, chatterbait, and assorted topwater lures. You’re not going to want to miss this slugfest!

In the midst of hammering quality fish Matt stops and shares a few frog fishing tricks to help you become a successful frog fisherman overnight. If you’ve struggled to hook your fish, keep them pinned, or just plain haven’t got the “feel” of frog fishing, he’s talking to you. You can quit struggling right now if you pay attention to how he adapts the frogs and the equipment to the specific needs of each angler.

Below you’ll find links to all the baits the guys were using in today’s video. We’ll also include links to some of Matt’s travel rods, the frog rods he recommended, as well as specific sizes and colors you’ll need to help choose the right from for your next fishing trip. All the links go directly to Tackle Warehouse where you can see detailed photos and descriptions of each item.


Bait- Z Man JackHammer 1/2 oz:
Color: Green Pumpkin Shad
Trailer- Hog Farmer Spunk Shad 5.5:
Color: Crystal Shad

Bait- Gambler Little EZ Swimbait:
Color: Ghost Shad
Hook- Owner Flashy Swimmer 3/0:

-River2Sea Bully Wa 65:
Color: Ghost

-SnagProof Bobby’s Perfect Frog:
Colors: Pine Frogs, Grey Ghost

-Jackall Kaera Frog:
Color: Glitter Hasu

Rod- Shimano Expride 7’3″ XH:
Reel- Shimano Metanium MGL 150 B (XG):
Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 65 lb Braid:

Rod- Shimano Expride 7’2″ Heavy:
Reel- Shimano Curado 200 K (XG):
Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 65 lb Braid:

Rod- Shimano SLX 7’2″ Heavy:
Reel- Shimano SLX DC (HG):
Line- Power Pro Braid 65 lb:


Chatterbait/Topwater Combo…
Rod- Megabass Triza – Stym Palides:
Reel- Shimano Metanium MGL 150 B (XG):
Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 50 lb Braid:

Jig/Swimbait Combo…
Rod- Megabass Triza – Dragoon:
Reel- Shimano Curado 150 MGL (HG):
Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 65 lb Braid:

Matt and Ross England Fish Clearlake:

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

TacticalBassin Apparel and Lure Designs:

Major Equipment We Use Daily…

Trolling Motor- Minn Kota Ultrex 112:
Electronics- Humminbird Solix 15:
Anchors- Minn Kota Talons:
Net- Frabill Conservation PLD 2612:
Camera- GoPro Hero 9:

Favorite Tools and Gear…

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

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!

#Clearlake #bassfishing #topwater


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  1. Hey,, love your channel and I've learned a lot from watching you guys.. so, thanks..
    I'm new to bass fishing and boating..
    Bought a boat for fishing and family
    Targra V19 combo w/ 255 Mercury Pro XS on it… this is my 1st boat too..
    Anyway, if you could only have 3 set up's what would it be and why..
    I'm also now a YouTube 'er producer, lol.. it's not much but a beginning…
    Anyway would love your input on the 3 setups..
    Hare is a link to my channel and boat I bought.. would love some input on it.. also there is a video while out on my friends boat and we're I accidentally caught my personal best ,,, I believe Sm Mouth from
    Hardey Dam in Michigan were I live..
    Anyway,, thanks guys….

    Tracking for Bass..

  2. Need some help. Just purchased a Gavacho Popper frog and it seems hard and when I grab it and slide the frog through my hand the hooks just slide by. I'm affraid this is not going to have a high hookup ratio. What do you suggest?

  3. Great video! Question: Have you guys ever fished with the "Snake Lure" from Savage Gear? I'm thinking of sinking some money into it. What would be your opinion?

  4. Snapped a TFO 7'4 XH Pacemaker through the handle on a hook set a short while ago while frogging and have never felt so hardcore. I knew my frog hookset was strong.. but setting a hook 50ft out and pulling through to have just the reel left in my hand was a rollercoaster of emotions inside of 3 seconds. Hand bombed the fish in. Was expecting bigger than 3lb on a rod snap – but either way I still feel like iron man.

  5. I've just seen one of your old video from 2017 "where do bass go in summer and fall" uploaded in Agust if I'm right. I hope to see more video with that format again, a mix with electronic tips and fishing in real time!

  6. Hey Matt and I'm a big fan of your YouTube channel… I was just wondering that if Bass are the only fish you guys catch only?

  7. i love frogging and do well but i just wish i could set a hook like Matt , if i'm losing fish with a heavy rod should i drop to i stiff med heavy ? great video

  8. So I have tried using my 7’2” heavy fast jig rod for fishing frogs and I can’t get them to walk no matter what frog I use. I’m thinking I need a rod that is a heavy but has more tip to it. Idk if that’s right.

  9. That last fishing spot is a good one, I beat up that whole stretch and super close to the red bud launch. Some big fish in that cove by the rock wall also.

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