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Bait Finesse! Have you tried it yet? Nothing will turn a tough day on the water around faster than a BFS setup and some micro baits. A day full of tiny fish that would normally be a “tough day” is suddenly a blast! Its hard to explain just how fun this method of finesse fishing is until you try it for yourself, but if you’re ready to change your fishing for the better, its time to try Bait Finesse!

Bait finesse isn’t new. Its been around in Japan for decades and has slowly trickled into the US over the past 10 years. However, the arrival of the Curado BFS reel last year kicked the Bait Finesse movement into high gear. If you primarily catch smaller bass, fish small bodies of water, or your fish are heavily pressured, turning to BFS can completely change your fishing for the better!

While there are very few “BFS Baits” there are a lot of awesome finesse baits that work well for Bait Finesse Fishing. Below you’ll find links to our favorite rods and reels for the technique, along with many of our favorite baits by category. All the links go directly to Tackle Warehouse where you can see detailed photos and descriptions of each item.

•Shimano Curado BFS:
•Kast King Zephyr:

Micro Flipping– Shimano Expride 7’2″ Medium Light:
Micro Topwater/Spy Bait– Megabass P5 Z Crank Elseil:
Small Crankbaits– G Loomis IMX Pro 7’2″ MH Deep Flex:
Micro Crankbaits– Shimano Curado 6’10” Light Glass:
Micro Swimbaits– Dobyns Sierra 7′ 0 Power (700):
Ultra Sensitivity– G Loomis Conquest 782C MBR:
Micro Finesse– Daiwa Steen AGS 6’8″ Light:

Fluorocarbon– Sunline Super FC (7 lb):
Braid– Power Pro Spectra (8 lb):
Braid– Sufix 131 (6 lb):

•Rapala Ultralight Crank:
Colors: Chrome, Shad

•Shimano Macbeth 39 Tiny:
Colors: Clear Green Craw, Ghost Shad, Sleeper Shad

•Megabass Z-1 Crank:
Colors: Kasumi Ito, Wild Craw, Mat Craw 2

•Owner Cultiva Zip N Ziggy:
Colors: Natural Minnow, Shiner, Brown Trout

•Whopper Plopper 60:
Colors: Phantom Shad, Monkey Butt, Bone

•Rapala Ultralight Popper:
Colors: Chrome, Clown, Yellow Perch

•Zman Micro Finesse TRD:
Colors: Coppertreuse, Green Pumpkin, The Deal

•Zman Micro Finesse TicklerZ:
Colors: Green Pumpkin, Hot Snakes

Micro– Z Man Micro Finesse Shroomz (1/15th):
Lead– Z Man OG (1/32 – 1/16th):

•Savage Gear Ned Salamander:
Colors: Green Pumpkin Purple Copper, Mojito

•Zman TRD BugZ:
Colors: Sprayed Grass, Green Pumpkin, Canada Craw

Weight– Swagger Tungsten Vader 1/16 oz:
Heavy Wire Hook– Owner Rig-N-Hook Size 1/0:
Light Wire Hook– Owner J-Light Size 1/0:

•Keitech 2.8″ Fat Swing Impact:
Colors: Pro Blue Red Pearl, Electric Shad

•Megabass 3″ Spark Shad:
Color: Real, Albino

Head– Dirty Jigs Guppy (1/8 with 1/0):

We have a variety of custom lure designs and apparel available! Everything from Swimbaits and crankbaits, to hats and hoodies! Its all available direct through Tackle Warehouse with fast shipping. See it here…

TacticalBassin Lure Designs:


Trolling Motor– Minn Kota Ultrex 112:
Electronics– Humminbird Solix 15:
Anchors– Minn Kota Talons:
Camera– GoPro Hero 9:


Favorite sunglasses:
Favorite Pliers:
Favorite life jacket:
Favorite Scale:
Favorite Lure Retriever:
Favorite Braid Cutters:
Favorite Split Ring Pliers:
Favorite Storage Box:
Favorite Net:

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. BFS is a blast, I've been doing it about a year. KastKing Zephyr on an 8' Goture ultralight rod. (It's stupid hard to find ultralight casting rods that aren't crazy expensive, this is the best I found after a long time of looking for cheaper options.)

    I'll say that I don't much care for braid on it. It does cast great, but I found that on those shallow spools, such thin braid likes to cut in on itself. Then you go to cast, the lure isn't heavy enough to pull the line out of that catch, and bad things happen. I went back to mono, I use Trout Magnet S.O.S. 6lb, and no more problems.

  2. I have a 8-15 lbs medium casting rod sitting in the closet because it didn't know what reel to pair it with. and i never thought of using a baitcaster for small z-man trd crawlz or a 2.75 paddle tail swim bait. This video has shown me the light! Thank you!

  3. I dove into BFS about 3 years ago and having an incredible time fishing on my pressured lakes in Cali. I must be doing something wrong because I can't outcast my spinning gear with high-end BFS reels, but I love that BFS allows me to power fish with faster reel gear ratios, faster casting to cover more water, and no sacrifices for fun.

  4. Well its all about the reel. Shimano and Daiwa have reels in the 100 serie, they are not cheap but they are made for finesse fishing. A shimano curado 150 and a 13 fishing ML with thin braid on cast like an demon:)

  5. Definitely a ton of fun, but I can still cast a little paddle tail further on my NRX 901 or Megabass Flyssa using 8lb braid and a Daiwa Certate. Mainly because I keep spoiling myself on my casts with my Scorpion BFS.

  6. Hey Matt and Tim, I recently replaced almost all of my hooks/ split rings on my vision 110s and the 110 jrs with the hooks and split rings that you have recommended in your videos, and after fishing with them I have noticed that they now sink, I was wondering if you have any tips to help them suspend better
    Thank you guys,

  7. Went to the East Tn Fishing Show on the last day they are in town and bought a 7’2”concept MH Expride B rod to pair w my Curado 201xg. Totally got it bc you you guys recommend it. $214 out the door. Totally stoked.

  8. Hey Tim – Great content and very informative. Question: Which reel do you recommend for mico-cranking? Looks like the Curado is only available in the 8.2:1.

  9. Getting into the BFS has been the best thing I’ve done in a long time! I have a place on Lake Martin in Alabama, and those 1-3 lb spotted bass make up the majority of our catches. There is nothing like hooking up with a 2lb Spot on 6lb test will make your day! Until people try it, it’s hard to convey the feeling to them accurately.

  10. I’ve noticed anyone that’s not sponsored by googan doesn’t recommend any of their products. But they do have a small selection of micro cranks, are they worth adding to my bfs collection?

  11. Just got my first BFS set up and got the dobyns 701 i think and kast king reel. Used it for crappie fishing on KY lake and had a blast smiling ear to ear. It felt like bass fishing using the bait casting reel but catching crappie! I was using 7lbs sniper and a 3/32 oz jig head with crappie 2" plastic baits. So much fun!! Can't wait to catch a big bass on the set up.

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