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These are some of my favorite offshore fishing baits that catch big bass for me! Give them a try!

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  1. Eventually I will be off the shore and in a Yak learning the offshore bite. What would you recommend to start with for rod/reel line for the chatterbait and jigs?

  2. Great information Matt! Iโ€™m going to try heavy chatter baits deep this winter. I would add a Carolina Rig with a tungsten weight and a lizard or baby brush hog. Thanks again.

  3. I'm such a lure junkie! 8" Strike King Bullworm on a shakey head & 1 oz big spinnerbait with either big double willows or a single big colorado blade slow rolled on the bottom, occasional twitches…give them a shot! ๐Ÿ‘

  4. Hi Matt, I really enjoy your videos on lures and techniques, but I have a request and I think it would be something fresh and different for your channel. I know you build most of your own rods. I make a lot of my own lures, but have never built a rod. I would love to give it a try, but really wouldn't know where to start. Ever thought doing a 2 or 3 part detailed, step by step tutorial?

  5. Your buddy Randy said today keep a football jig moving on the bottom with erratic movement. I was wondering why he or you would not want to use a stop and go retrieve with a football jig ?

  6. You made an interesting comment I'll paraphrase: there are a ton of options but I'll always have these 6 tied on if fishing deep. Perhaps you can incorporate that mind set in more of your seasonal or conditions deep dives? Thanks for sharing.

  7. The Slideinn channel is the real deal in fly fishing for trout. Bass University or whatever that is called is literally the best in bassing. It's hard to find people who know what they're doing on the Tube.

  8. Fish lake james nc Around the linvile dam and Islands. Had most of my luck of a blade bait/ flat side Ed crank! Also 1/8 or 1/16 oz tube has pulled quite a few pbโ€™s for me.

  9. Swing head / zoom x craw is definitely one of my favorite off shore methods โ€ฆโ€ฆ. 10inch Texas rig worm pretty high on the list also

  10. That blooper squirrel got me to thinking – about 18 months ago I was in the pet section. What I saw was a chipmunk size squirrel "cat toy" I think I should have picked up. I think I could have made a one of a kind top water out of it.
    You fish the football the same way as I do. I do like a blade bait too as they drop like a rock like a hair jig. Your list is on the money, just shorter than mine.

  11. This is more great juice from MS. I often get paralysis-by-analysis in trying to select the best bait for the situation, and how to fish it. It's really helpful to hear the at-a-glance details like retrieve speed and etc that he covered.

  12. I always disliked the big lips on deep diving crankbaits. I favor using a Carolina rig or your reverse drop shot rig with a line with a snap tied on instead of a hook to get a shallow running crank to run deep.

  13. I just want to let you know that on this video when you were talking about heritage I just made myself one a homemade hair jig for the bottom of the river and it came out actually but I haven't used it yet but this summer when it gets back here again I will be trying it and then I will let you know how it works

  14. Matt on that 3/4 oz football jig, for those who maybe newer throwing that. Pay attention to how long it takes for your football jig to reach bottom.
    If your jig doesnโ€™t hit bottom when it should, set the hook!
    Many wouldnโ€™t think a bass would catch a 3/4 hunk of lead falling thru the water column, but they do.

  15. Matt, Can you please do a video for winter fishing for bank anglers (on shore)? Ponds and lakes would be appreciated. Unfortunately, as a bank anglers we don't have cheat sheets (electronics & scopes). You can make a series targeting location. For example winter bank fishing for the Northwest, Northeast Midwest, South etc. I live in the NYC area and the water temperature gets around 30-45 degrees and we don't have shad. Bluegill, perch, crappie and the occasional silver minnow are the bait fish.. Thanks

  16. Our waters never really get super deep, but when I am offshore, I really like a lipless. I can fish it in different parts of the water column and use different retrieves to trigger bites, from cranking it to stroking it.

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