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How to Fish Bluegill-Imitating Swimbaits for Grass Bass‼️



No matter where the prespawn lies on your calendar, one thing is commonplace across the country; bass feed heavily on bluegill and shad in preparation to spawn. Wired2fish’s McKeon Roberts shares his process for targeting big bass in shallow water using realistic swimbaits that mimic shad or bluegill.

TACKLE USED:
• SWIMBAIT – 13 Fishing – Coalition Bait Co, The Gill: https://wired2.fish/3sZTAFA
• SWIMBAIT – 13 Fishing – Coalition Bait Co, BAMF Shad, 5.25-Inch: https://wired2.fish/3wOdhkO
• HOOK – Lazer TroKar Magnum Weighted Swimbait Hook, 7/0 – 3/8oz & 5/0 – 1/4oz: https://wired2.fish/3gd0ijo
• ROD – 13 Fishing Omen Black 3 Casting Rod, 7’11” Heavy: https://wired2.fish/3gVOm78
• REEL – 13 Fishing Concept A2 Casting Reel, 7.5:1: https://wired2.fish/2BeP3HG
• LINE (main) – Sufix ProMix Braid, 50-pound: https://wired2.fish/3wMVMm7
• LINE (leader) – Sufix Advance Fluorocarbon, 20-pound: https://wired2.fish/3wJ5eXA

Bass and bluegills often co-mingle in shallow water, especially in wind-blown pockets where the whole food chain from plankton to predator exists. The bass use cover or structure such as bulrush, rootballs, or wood to hide in ambush. You can effectively fish weedless-rigged swimbaits around cover such as grass and wood, and Roberts prefers a slow, steady retrieve.

A casting reel in the 7.5:1 range is ideal as speed can be easily managed while still having the ability to pull fish from cover. Other important factors for a larger swimbait setup are a longer rod, which aids in long casts and driving the heavy gauge hooks in. Roberts uses a braided line for hook setting power coupled with a strong 20-pound fluorocarbon leader for invisibility. As the water is shallow, the big bait can often spook fish upon entry. Try to land your bait calmly or bank it off cover to keep it quiet.

BOAT AND MOTOR
• BOAT – Lund 1650 Rebel XL Tiller, Gunmetal Grey: https://wired2.fish/1650RebelXL
• ENGINE – Mercury FourStroke 60hp Command Thrust Tiller: https://wired2.fish/MercuryFourStroke30-60hp
• PROP – Mercury Elite Series SpitFire X7 Propeller: https://wired2.fish/Merc-SpitFireX7
• TILLER HANDLE – Mercury Tiller Handle 40-115hp: https://wired2.fish/MercuryTillerHandle40-115hp

BOAT CONTROL (TROLLING MOTORS AND SHALLOW WATER ANCHOR)
• BOW MOUNT TROLLING MOTOR – Minn Kota Ultrex 80/MSI/IP Trolling Motor w/i-Pilot Link Bluetooth – 24v-80lb: https://wired2.fish/3F6bfA2
• SHALLOW WATER ANCHOR – Minn Kota Talon, 8-foot: https://wired2.fish/37683rC

FISH FINDERS
• ELECTRONICS – Humminbird HELIX 10 MEGA SI+ CHIRP GPS G4N: https://wired2.fish/3y8uuHF
• MAPPING – LakeMaster Plus: https://wired2.fish/LakeMaster-JO
• MOUNT – T-H Marine KVD Kong Electronics Mount: https://wired2.fish/TH-KongMount

BATTERIES AND CHARGER
• BATTERIES – Dakota Lithium 12v-54Ah Deep Cycle: https://wired2.fish/Dakota12v54AhDeepCycle
• ONBOARD CHARGER – Minn Kota MK-345PC Precision On-Board Charger 3 Bank 15 Amps: https://wired2.fish/3MMXKYH

OTHER GEAR:
• SUNGLASSES – Costa Del Mar – Fantail Pro: https://wired2.fish/3gCj7gP
• SHOES – HUK Performance Brewster: https://wired2.fish/3OS0JAR

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14 Comments

  1. "The bass are just sitting thick in those cat-tails waiting to ambush." while the video showing the bass just chillin with other fish. LoL!

  2. I was wondering if you guys could do a video on leaders when it comes to baitcasters. I've been trying a 40lb-50lb braid to 18lb-22lb fluorocarbon for bed fishing/ flipping and pitching. Been having bad times with the knot breaking at the hooksets. I use the FG knot and I know I'm tying it right because all my spinning combos have FG knots and they hold up and only break off at the knot where the hook is.

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