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Senko and Underspin Tips For Big Bass! Kayak Bass Fishing on Clearlake

I only brought 3 rods! A senko, an underspin, and a swimbait are all tied on. Which will get the biggest bite? Can we build a pattern? Come along for a really fun day of fishing on Clearlake! We’re going to put the kayak to work and stick some big bass along the way!

Today really highlighted the value of fishing from a kayak or other small boat. Often times anglers in smaller craft feel like they’re at a disadvantage but the big bites today absolutely would not have come if I was on my bass boat. These are highly pressured fish that are very leery of boats but they had no concerns about the kayak!

The underspin proved to be the hero of the day. Both of the big fish (a 5 and 6 lber) both annihilated the underspin along the edges of submerged trees. The senko also proved to be invaluable. After making a pass through our small area with the underspin we slowly and methodically worked back through the fish with the senko and were able to pick up a few more key bites to finish out the day. These two baits proved to be an awesome pairing as one got the majority of bites while the other got the kicker bites we were hoping for.

Below is a breakdown of the baits we had tied on and the gear we were using to throw it. All the bait links go directly to Tackle Warehouse where you can see up close photos of each bait and a detailed description.

-Owner 1/4 oz Flashy Swimmer 5/0 Hook:
-Keitech 4.8″ Fat Swing Impact (Electric Shad):

-Gamakatsu Superline EWG 4/0 Hook:
-Yamamoto 6″ Senko (Green Pumpkin):

Glide Baits…
-R2S S-Waver 200 (Phantom Trout):
-Gratt Sneaky Pete 7’5″ (Hitch):

Underspin Combo…
Rod- Shimano Expride 7’2″ Heavy:
Reel- Shimano Metanium MGL (Current Model):
Line- 65 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro Braid:
Leader- 20 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Senko Combo…
Rod- Shimano Zodias 7’2″ Medium Heavy:
Reel- Curado 150 DC HG:
Line- 40 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro Braid:
Leader- 15 lb Sunline Assassin Fluorocarbon:

Life Jacket- Mustang Elite Inflatable:
Camera- GoPro Hero 8:
Kayak- Old Town Predator PDL:
**Kayak Link Goes To Manufacturer’s Website**

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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. It just doesn't make sense to me that a 300-400+ dollar rod like the expride doesn't have a open reel seat and or open area for your fingers to make contact with the rod blank? Anytime you cover the blank with that plastic grip you take away felt sensitivity and light bites could go unfelt.

  2. Hey, wondering if you guys could do a video on a craw style bait vs. creature bait. It seems like you guys don't use many craw style baits like the Krackin craw or rage craw but instead use creature baits. Wondering why that is?

  3. I am interested in buying a kayak to fish in some less pressured areas. I have never owned a kayak and really don't know anything about them. I have looked online, but lots contradicting reviews. I would buy new or used. Would like to stay below $500 so I can make sure fishing from kayak is something I enjoy. Any advice/recommendations about best angler kayak for the price would be appreciated.

  4. Tacticalbassin hey have y'all ever use a daiwa tatula 200 hs reel I got one it's my frist high end reel I put in a Favorite absolute rod 7.0 med/heavy haven't used on the water I just casted in my yard a bit seems to cast great and is smooth.

  5. Hey Matt, or anyone else who might have ideas. I live in a town that only has one body of water with bass, it is a small man made lake that is all rock, no brush piles no trees nothing really natural at all just rocks all along the bank and then out towards the middle some Hydrilla but thatโ€™s it. What are some tips too fish water like that? And how to find the bass? Thanks for any help!

  6. This man is the most informative well versed bass video content creator that you can possibly find I donโ€™t understand how he is not making huge money touring tournaments

  7. Hello Matt how are you today. I just want to say I love what you doing. It's awesome to learn some things from you that I didn't know. You have a great Channel. I love kayaking. I like your kayak you got , I like how you had to set up , and I agree with you kayaking it's just awesome. You can take a kayak places that you can't do with a boat. I love boats to. I also like the reef flip flops you are wearing. I am a huge fan up and flip flops. Question man? In the description box where is says what you wearing. You put sun mask , Sun shirt , fishing pants , you didn't put the flip flops in. Come on man you know flip flops is part of boating & kayaking too. "LOL" I am enjoying your Channel. Keep up the good work man.

  8. Guys Iโ€™d just like to say thank you for helping my buy fishing gear and not waste money yโ€™all really helped me kick start my fishing career keep it up!!

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