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Frog Fishing And Topwater On Lake Chickamauga – Big Bass Caught!

Come along on Lake Chickamauga as we explore a new lake and catch fish! Pay close attention as we refine a pattern and put it into action with no outside information. Chickamauga has almost 800 miles of shoreline but we’re able to build a pattern in minutes and start catching really nice bass! You can too!

Any time you’re on a new body of water (Matt has been to the lake once but never this end and Tim has not been here at all) it can be overwhelming. We’re thousands of miles from home with hundreds of miles of water to choose from where do you start? Matt and Tim chose to start with reaction. They focused on a spinnerbait, chatterbait, and lipless crankbait to cover water quickly. When that didn’t work they turned their attention to the back of a cove that looked promising on the map.

Once in the cove our attention again turned to covering water. Matt focused on a frog so he could quickly work around vegetation and Tim chose a senko to reach deep in the pockets under flooded trees. A pattern quickly emerged and we were able to dial in a combination of topwater, stick baits, and sight fishing. You can use this method of breaking down water on any lake in the nation. Cover water, get bit, and adapt until a pattern emerges.

Below is a breakdown of the equipment the we were using to find success. The links go directly to Tackle Warehouse where you can see detailed photos and descriptions of each item. We’ve also included links to the rods and reels we were using to consistently catch these fish.

Frog- Jackall Kaera (White):
Popper- Damiki D Pop 70 (Phantom):

Soft Baits…
Stick Bait- Yamamoto 5″ Senko (Crushed Goby):
Senko Hook- Owner Jungle Wide Gap 3/0:
Creature- Big Bite Baits Flying Squirrel (Tilapia):
Creature Hook- Gamakatsu EWG Superline 2/0:
Dropshot Weight- Swagger 1/4 oz Tungsten Tear Drop:

Spinnerbait- Megabass V-9 1/2 oz (Kohoku Reaction):
Spinnerbait Trailer- Keitech 4.3″ Fat Swing Impact (Pro Blue Red Pearl):
Lipless Crank- Jackall TN-70 Crankbait (RT Scale Minnow):
Chatterbait- Z Man JackHammer 1/2 oz (BHite Delight):
Chatterbait Trailer- HogFarmer Spunk Shad (Ghost Minnow 4.5):

Matt’s Senko/ Heavy Dropshot Combo…
Rod- Shimano Zodias 7’2″ Medium Heavy:
Reel- Shimano Curado 200K HG:
Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 40 lb Braid:
Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 15 lb Mono:

Tim’s Popper Combo…
Rod- Shimano Zodias 6’10” Medium Heavy:
Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL HG:
Braid- Power Pro Maxcuatro 30 lb Braid:

Budget Frog Combo…
Rod- Dobyns Fury 7’3″ Mag Heavy (736):
Reel- Shimano SLX 150 HG:
Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 65 lb Braid:

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What we wear…

Sun Mask:
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 Pliers:
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 would LOVE to see your review of Lake Chickamauga now that you've been down there for a couple of years and have fished it significantly.
    I'd also LOVE to see a video of Tennessee fishing vs California fishing in your opinions.
    Food for thought.

  2. Love you're vid guy's keep up the sick work….. by the way guy's I left you photo of walk bait in Instagram that I can't locate in the website I gave it to my uncle in Mexico I can cant find it….. thanks 🤜🤛

  3. I want to fish with y'all so bad. Now that you're here I hope we can make that happen that would make me so happy. If you fist on the bank with me that would be cool, but I've never fished on a boat. I'd pay you if I had to. But my question is, do you even know about TVA dropping the water levels every year 4 winter and not raising them until April?

  4. I've recently gotten back into bass fishing used to do it lot back in the late 90s got out of it for a while but now I'm back practiced for 3 or 4 months and entered a tournament with my dad in his Bass Club I've been watching your videos and paying attention and practicing recently purchased a Jon Boat anyway I placed 5th and won big fish .4.6 lb. thanks for your tips and videos thank you

  5. What's up guys, that's one of a video ! great job . Can somebody tell me if Tactical Bassin did a video with some informations about how much Drag tension it takes for a bait caster? I'm listening each videos each weeks but never heard about it.. Maby I've missed one, there so much videos on the channel haha.. Thank you

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