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Early Summer Fishing- 3 Tricks To Catch A Giant Bass Right Now!

You only have a few days! There is a short window during the full moon in June that you can specifically target MONSTER bass with swimbaits. Once this window closes you’re in to Summer patterns and typically have to wait until Fall for your next shot with the giant baits. Don’t miss your chance, get the info and head to the lake now!

You only have a few days before the full moon arrives. Its time to head to the lake! Our primary bait for this window is a wake bait. If the fish won’t come all the way to the surface with switch our attention to a glide bait. If the glide doesn’t seem to fool them, we head a little deeper with paddle tail swimbaits. All 3 options have a shot at putting a truly GIANT bass in the boat for you this weekend.

Below is a breakdown of the lures and equipment we use for this big bait approach to Summer bass fishing. Remember, its a short window so get out there and catch them while you can!

-Spro BBZ 8″:
-Evergreen Noisy Dachs:
-Megabass Garuda:

Glide Baits…
-S-Waver 168 and 200:
-Baitsanity Explorer Glide:

Boot-Tail Softbaits…
-Osprey 6″ and 7″ Tournament Talon (Top Hook):
-Osprey 6″ Winged Talon (Belly Hook):
-Keitech 6.8″ Swimbait:
-Matt Allen Swimbait Head 1 oz:
-8/0 Owner Beast Hook:

Bonus Swimbaits…
-Mattlures Shad:
-Scottsboro Tackle Swimbait:
-Jackall Gantarel:

Matt’s All Around Swimbait Combo…
Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 966:
Reel- Shimano Tranx 300 HG:
Line- 80 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:
Leader- 35 lb FC100 Sunline:

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  1. Up in the NE you can catch on blue gill styles a large part of the year. If theres open water Wakes kill all year too

  2. Hey Matt I will be on lake Shasta during the week of the full moon in June coming up soon. Would you recommend a glidebait and wakebaits over long tapering points ??secondary points in the back of coves ??? Any help at all!? I typically don’t have a hard time catching fish at Shasta I can catch 50 spotted bass all day long on drop shot and jigs but nothing of size. I am looking to try and go for those bigger fish this time that I will be up there which will be in June during the full moon. For some reason It’s just harder for me to find those bigger fish at Shasta. Thanks !!!! And love your guys videos

  3. Dude I have a hard time getting followers on a 168 waver let alone getting them to strike. On top of that, I barely get any feedback from fish when I go swimbaiting and I throw some form of big swimbait every time I go fishing

  4. Notice how they never show you cast to catch? If they don't stop talking about baits and not showing how they fish them I'm gonna unsub.

    Junior (MATT)
    I watched this video and got to thinking, so, I started looking thru my fishing log and writing down when caught big bass over thirty years of fishing. I discovered I caught a lot of big bass from June to after July 4th and figured Junior might be right. So, I took a stab at your idea. The first day I threw a big 8-inch China Hudd knock off, I boiled and made the tail real floppy. Copies a Perch pretty good and I threw a big jig and real jumbo pork frog most of the day. I caught bass but nothing to write about; didn’t get nibble on that big swimbait. So the next day I decided to use what caught big fish for me in the past. I caught seven bass most were nice fish. About 11:00 am, I pull up to a waypoint in 12-feet of water. It is a big rock with brush on it. Cast a 3/8oz. Rebel crankbait and catch 4.11, then 5.1, and then a 4 pounder in 30 minutes off that bush. I looked at those fish in my live well and thought I better thank Junior. Today I try again with the Dobyns swimbait 806 and 795 rods tied up with the big perch and the other with Myagi Dream Shad I fished two long deep points. Caught two nice fish with a gold willow blade shad spinnerbait. So, I give Mr. Myagi a go and a 6.4-pound largemouth gobbled his ass up. God must love my old ass. I just quit and sat down in the glory of the day. I looked at that bass in the live well for a while and we talked. I weighed her we kissed goodbye and sent her home. I Put all my rods up ready to go home and start down the main lake. I look over and see this main lake point and decide to throw the 8-inch perch a while. I turn off the motor and sneak in. I caught a big 46-inch Musky off this point so maybe there is another. I cast all around the point from shallow to deep nothing. I move up on the top of the point so I can cast to both sides throwing deep and dragging and popping it up off the bottom. It got stuck on something close to the boat, I was jerking pretty hard, and it came loose. I thought I broke off. Then the line started moving. I reel up and give it a double whammy hook set. It feels like a big cat and then this big green fish blows up with the big rubber fish hanging on the corner of its mouth. Six Pounds two in one day and the first bass I ever caught on a big rubber perch. 6.2-pounds. Thank you for proving old dogs can learn new tricks.

  6. I know the window you're talking about. My B-Day happens to be at the end of May and that's when we know to look for that week when the big fish seem to appear out of nowhere.
    I've witnessed bluegill use teamwork to gang up on spawning bass to eat the eggs, till the point where the bass finally abandons the nest. I theorized that the big females still have their maternal instinct going on and they go looking for some bluegill payback in the shallows. Perhaps before the moon signals the end of the spawn and the window is over.
    Here's a photo of one of the five jumbos I caught in one night on a Live Target Pumpkinseed wake bait during this time. I did not cross paths with them this year. I did get a jumbo before my b-day so perhaps they were early, IDK? ><>~

  7. Help! I am starting to throw swavers and other glides. I usually tie a loop knot with my cranks and jerkbait, should I use the loop knot on the swaver to help it dart and give it a hair better action??

  8. Everyone's bragging on their monster bass, but I made a point of getting my four year old out on the weekend, and he caught his PB bluegill (bigger than my hand) and on the next cast, got a 3 lbs. largemouth on an ultralight, four-foot, spinning rig on two pound test. Not sure if he was more scared or excited when we finally got it landed. Is there anything better than seeing your kid get hooked on something you love and can share? Thanks so much for your hard work and these amazing videos.

  9. there are a lot of guys that are great fishermen but not all can convey the knowledge. I love hearing Neil DeGrasse Tyson speak. You Matt are up there with Neil. You're not only a great fisherman but a great teacher and speaker keep up the great work

  10. Man, was out this weekend and didn’t watch this video… I did score a 3lb+ in a fishery known for 1lb bass though. I’m on the tail end of it, but I guess I need to go out tonight with some big baits and try!

  11. Just got back from the lake after watching Matt. Holy Crap, caught a bunch of big post spawn bass. And I am not that good. Matt is probably right about the full moon.

  12. Man I wish I would have watched this before we were out yesterday. Not a bad day by any means, but weather and lake conditions were such that we fished all over the lake trying to put a pattern together in the morning. There was a club tournament on the lake that we weren't involved with, and it seemed like everyone was struggling. Then, about when all the tournament boats pulled off to weigh in, the sun came out and the bite changed. Around moonrise (almost full moon) bluegills started boiling at the surface (primary bluegill forage small reservoir in IL). Marked a ton of fish under the schools of 'gills and started catching 1-3lb bass on dropshot under them almost every cast. Turned into a really fun day (and brought home a nice ~3lb saugeye that I had for lunch today), but having seen this video I would have tried some bigger baits in that situation to try to trigger a giant.

  13. Thanks Matt I got my personal best before full moon. I caught a 25 inches long but skinny weigh 4.4 pounds my hugest bass I has ever see that big. I didn’t take to much picture for not to hurt it and I needed to throw it back how I learn from you guys thanks. For teaching me!

  14. Typical Tactical Bassin Video. ACTION PACKED with Knowledge!!! Can't wait for some Tactical NY Fishing Vids!! If and when Matt comes to Ny where will he go?? So many GREAT choices! Ontario, Oneida, Champlain, St Lawrence? 🤔

  15. Caught a few bass on a husky jerk this evening I never used hard jerkbaits til Matt's detailed jerkbait retrieve video which I watched ~1 year or 1.5years ago. I must admit though an $8 jerkbait vs. A __$glidebait I have yet to procure a Glidebait.

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