My first ever Michigan smallmouth fishing ULTRA CLEAR natural lakes on my fishing road trip to the north!!! Big thanks to YouTuber Benjamin Nowak for making this happen – it was a grind but that’s what makes fishing for bass such a passionate and emotional sport! Keys for the day were fishing hard baits rip baits however my first ever ULTRA CLEAR lake bass was caught on a Ned Rig right at the end of the day. It’s finally spring in Michigan and these fish are a pre spawn and staging to spawn mode.

Stay tuned for some advanced Lipless Crankbait tips from YouTuber Bass Quest and then day 2 of the #SeekingBronze tour which will turn out INSANE!

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Baits and Gear in the vid:

Ned Rig Jig https://goo.gl/x1tCAA

Megabass Jerkbait https://goo.gl/bRCVZj

Powell Spinning Rod 7 3 ML https://goo.gl/zVPmrk

Gambler Fat Ace https://goo.gl/vpK425

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I have goosebumps from a totally unscheduled fishing stop on my road trip north at Kentucky Lake. Bank fishing for bass I managed to catch my PB spotted bass fishing a drop shot rig in a small bay right next to the dam. Headed on a road trip to my brother’s wedding and some epic smallmouth bass fishing in Michigan I just randomly stopped and got a hotel for the night down the road from Kentucky Lake, grabbed a fishing liscense, and went out OG style trying to catch my first Kentucky Lake bass – I would’ve never known it would be my PB!!! This is just the beginning of a road trip series chronicling my trip to search for my PB smallmouth bass with my buddy Benjamin Nowak. So stay tuned!

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Want the gear and the cameras in the video? You can find it all at Tackle Warehouse:

Powerll Endurance Spinning Rod 7’3″ ML http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Powell_Endurance_Spinning_Rods/descpage-PESR.html?from=mkfish

Roboworm Rebarb Hook 2/0 Medium Wire http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Roboworm_Rebarb_Hooks/descpage-RWRBH.html?from=mkfish

QuickDrops Drop Shot Weight 1/4oz http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/West_Coast_Tackle_QuickDrops_Drop_Shot_Weight/descpage-WCQD.html?from=mkfish

Gambler Sweebo Worm Green Pumpkin http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Gambler_Sweebo_Worm_65_12pk/descpage-GSW.html?from=mkfish

Sunline FC Sniper http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Sunline_Super_FC_Sniper_Fluorocarbon/descpage-SLFCS.html?from=mkfish

My Costas http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Costa_Del_Mar_Blackfin_Sunglasses/descpage-CDMBF.html?from=mkfish

All the camera stuff, the drone, floral hats everything you need to shoot vids! https://www.amazon.com/shop/mikeybalzzfishing?ref=ac_inf_hm_vp

Finnaly fishing for bass and popping the cherry on the new bass boat rig! Such a huge day and the fishing cooperated. This time of year fishing can be a little spotty but swing head jigs, stick baits, jigs and a little bit of neko rigging did the trick getting bites. Florida fishing is about to get super good – epic good – as these fish settle in to pre summer patterns. So stoked and thankful to have this rig and pop the cherry on one of my favorite lakes with some solid bass!

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Want the gear in the vids, click the links below:

Reel Shimano Curado http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Shimano_Reels_Casting/catpage-RLCSHIMANO.html?from=mkfish

 

Strike King 10xd http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Strike_King_10XD_Crankbait/descpage-SK10XD.html?from=mkfish

Sunline FC Sniper http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Sunline_Super_FC_Sniper_Fluorocarbon/descpage-SLFCS.html?from=mkfish

Gambler Fat Ace Stick Bait http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Gambler_Fat_Ace_5pk/descpage-GFA.html?from=mkfish

My Costas http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Costa_Del_Mar_Blackfin_Sunglasses/descpage-CDMBF.html?from=mkfish

Hookless Wrecking Ball http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Gambler_Wrecking_Ball_Hookless/descpage-GWBNH.html?from=mkfish

You need this graph – Lowrance HDS 12 Carbon:http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Lowrance_HDS-12_Carbon_Fishfinder_Chartplotters/descpage-CAR2X.html?from=mkfish

All the camera stuff, the drone, floral hats everything you need to shoot vids! https://www.amazon.com/shop/mikeybalzzfishing?ref=ac_inf_hm_vp

Took an awesome SUBSCRIBER out fishing for bass and we crushed it. Caught my 2nd biggest PB fish EVER! The crazy part is how I caught her – I seem to have a reputation for catching giant fish on accicdent, you have to see it to believe it!

A little about the SUBSCRIBER: Brent is a family man from the west coast of Florida and Tampa Bay Lightning fan (double thumbs up there!!!!). Wanted to learn some fishing tips and techniques for searching for bass and catching them outside your traditional Florida fishing patterns…..and maybe bet a shot at a PB bass! He got super close to breaking his PB in this vid but you’ll have to tune in for part 2 to see if we shatter his PB with a giant Florida largemouth!

Little collab credit on some b-roll to my buddy Robert Matsuura https://www.instagram.com/robmatsuura/

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Wondering about the gear in the videos – links to it are all right here at Tackle Warehouse:

Strike King 10xd http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Strike_King_10XD_Crankbait/descpage-SK10XD.html?from=mkfish

Sunline FC Sniper http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Sunline_Super_FC_Sniper_Fluorocarbon/descpage-SLFCS.html?from=mkfish

Mustad Triple Grips (Change your hooks!!!!!) http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Mustad_KVD_1x_Strong_2x_Short_Triple_Grip_Treble_Hook/descpage-MKVDEST.html?from=mkfish

You need this graph – Lowrance HDS 12 Carbon:http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Lowrance_HDS-12_Carbon_Fishfinder_Chartplotters/descpage-CAR2X.html?from=mkfish

Powell Cranking Rod 7’11” http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Powell_Endurance_Crankbait_Casting_Rods/descpage-CRED.html?from=mkfish

My Costas http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Costa_Del_Mar_Blackfin_Sunglasses/descpage-CDMBF.html?from=mkfish

9″ Bull Shad Swimbait http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Triton_Mike_Bucca_Bull_Shad_Slow_Sinking_Swimbait/descpage-TMBBS.html?from=mkfish

Dobyns Swimbait Rod 795 http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Dobyns_Fury_Casting_Rods/descpage-DFC.html?from=mkfish

All the camera stuff, the drone, floral hats everything you need to shoot vids!
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Had my first time fishing the Ned Rig for bass – and the fish eat it! It’s a finesse fishing technique that I had heard about but never tried. Took it out to the lake fishing for fish schooling in deeper water but that were in a very negative mood due to heavy fishing pressure and one of the biggest winter cold fronts of the year in Florida. The bass loved it! My first fish was over 5lbs and I can’t tell you how many bites I got where as throwing a drop shot rig, swimbait, Neko Rig and other finesse style fishing lures would not get bit. Learning a new fishing technique is a blast but when the results are like this, it’s something to note. Stay tuned as I play with some variations on the standard Ned Rig for bass and spruce it up a little bit Florida style for huge finicky fish!

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Want the Ned Rig and gear in the vids? It’s all below:

Berkley Half Head Ned Rig Jigs http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Berkley_Half_Head_Jigs/descpage-BHHS.html?from=mkfish

Mustad Grip-Pin Ned Jig Head http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Mustad_Grip-Pin_Ned_Jig_Head/descpage-MGPN.html?from=mkfish

Gambler Fat Ace (cut this one down and just use about half of it with the tail) http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Gambler_Fat_Ace_5pk/descpage-GFA.html?from=mkfish

Damiki Stinger 4″ http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Damiki_Stinger_Worm/descpage-DS.html?from=mkfish

Sunline FC Sniper http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Sunline_Super_FC_Sniper_Fluorocarbon/descpage-SLFCS.html?from=mkfish

You need this graph – Lowrance HDS 12 Carbon:http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Lowrance_HDS-12_Carbon_Fishfinder_Chartplotters/descpage-CAR2X.html?from=mkfish

Berkley Fireline Crystal (white braid for finesse fishing – 14lbs) http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Berkley_Fireline_Ultra_8_Superline_Crystal/descpage-BEF.html?from=mkfish

Shimano Sedona 2500 http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Shimano_Sedona_FI_Spinning_Reel/descpage-SED.html?from=mkfish

Powell Endurance 7’3″ http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Powell_Endurance_Spinning_Rods/descpage-PESR.html?from=mkfish

My Costas http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Costa_Del_Mar_Blackfin_Sunglasses/descpage-CDMBF.html?from=mkfish

All the camera stuff, the drone, floral hats everything you need to shoot vids! https://www.amazon.com/shop/mikeybalzzfishing?ref=ac_inf_hm_vp