Went fishing for bass in Central Florida on a beautiful winter day and had an epic session on the water catching GIANT fish with my buddy Joey Berg of Dream Big Guided Tours. Ended up just over 30lbs with 5 fish caught on Alabama Rigs, Crankbaits, Drop Shotting, Neko Rigs – the whole gamut of fishing baits and soft plastic fishing lures. We also took some time to break down some fishing tips and techniques in the video to highlight some ways to catch more fish and be more efficient when you’re out on the lake.

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There are still secrets when it comes to fishing for big bass during the hot summer months. It starts with nuanced bait and lure presentations and adjusting them for how the fish set up in cover and on structure when water temps start to push to the boiling point. In the vid I caught over 26lbs of largemouth bass in Florida using some of these less known techniques and using them in a different way than what your average fisherman would. Baits that really stood out today were big swimbaits, hair jigs, Texas-Rigged soft plastics, a Neko Rig, and a Scrounger Jerky J rig. It was an EPIC day and it all came down to analyzing where the fish were at different points in the day, how they were located on structure like shell bars, as well as how the bass transitioned to suspending over heavy cover like brushpiles and offshore fish attractors.

Weather was standard Florida summer – high humidity, temps in the 90’s, partly to mostly sunny skies, and generally very minimal wind.

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Powell Max 3D 775 Casting Rod http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Powell_Max_3D_Crankbait_Casting_Rods/descpage-3DCC.html?from=mkfish

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Becoming more and more in sync with using longlining – letting out a bunch of line then reeling in a crankbait from up to 125 yards away in order to hit depths over 20+ feet. Baits used in this video are the Strike King 6xd and 10xd on either 10 or 12 pound Sunline FC Sniper Flourocarbon.

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