Big bass love deep water, don’t be afraid to catch them! In late Fall bass congregate offshore, forming schools that are much larger than anything found in the shallows. Most anglers ignore these fish because they’re not used to fishing deeper structure with electronics, or don’t have confidence targeting suspended fish. Come along with Matt and CC to find out just how easy it is to catch quality bass in deep, open water. 

At the start of the day Matt and CC planned to locate feeding fish around offshore schools of baitfish. Upon arriving at the lake they were greeted by heavy winds and cold air temperatures. While this required some adaptation, they stuck to their plan and successfully located schooling bass. This style of fishing is a commitment and often requires time spent on your electronics searching for fish. Matt used his Humminbird Solix units to scan flats and located an old house foundation in the process. While it didn’t produce today, a few waypoints were dropped around the foundation’s perimeter for future trips. This goes to show once again that time spent on your electronics is never wasted time. 

After a few stops the bass were located around baitfish in 35-40 feet of water. Matt and CC made short work of them using a jigging spoon, finesse swimbait, and a tail spin. This 3-part approach allowed them to cover water by fan casting but also provided an option for dropping down in an instant on fish that appeared below the boat. The key to schooling fish is speed. Once the bass are fired up you must get the bait to them as quickly as possible or the school will calm down and the feeding frenzy will end. The combination of spooning for a quick reaction and casting to relocate the school as it moved around the area was a deadly combination. 

Below is a breakdown of the gear and equipment that was used in today’s video. 

The baits… 

-TacticalBassin Finesse Swimbait Head (1/2 oz):

(Blue Shad, Tennessee Shad)

-ZXone Lures 4” Swammer Swimbait:

(309, Bream, Tennessee Shad)

-Keitech 4.3” Fat Swing Impact Swimbait:

(Electric Shad, Ghost Rainbow)

-Damiki Axe Blade 1 oz Underspin:

(Holo Real Shad, Black Holo)

-Blade Runner 1 3/4 oz Spoon:

(Morning Dawn UV, UV Fried Chicken)

Matt’s Spoon Combo… 

Rod- Shimano Zodias 7’2” MH:

Reel- Daiwa Tatula CT 7:1 Reel:

Line- 20 lb Sunline Assassin:

CC’s Swimbait Combo… 

Rod- Shimano Zodias 6’10” MH:

Reel- Shimano Curado 200K:

Line- 20 lb Sunline Assassin Fluorocarbon:

Budget Spooning Combo… 

Rod- Shimano SLX 7’ MH:

Reel- Shimano SLX HG Casting:

Line- 20 lb Seaguar Red Label:

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