The smallmouth in this region are short and fat, much like the smallmouth of the Great Lakes. The waters are crystal clear but the difference is a food source called Kokanee. Much like the big bass in California, the jumbo smallmouth of the NorthWest gorge on Kokanee Salmon. With that said, a Smallmouth is a Smallmouth, no matter where it is located. As you might expect, these bass are aggressive feeders and love to fight!
Matt and Jessie used a handful of techniques to target bass but the most successful method was the lipless crankbait. The guys found scattered bass on ledges in 25-40 feet of water that would readily attack a lipless crankbait fished slowly along bottom.
Matt flew in and wasn’t able to bring his typical gear with him. He came armed with 4 reels and a small box of tackle. He paired his equipment with some of Jessie’s rods and hit the water for a day to break down a lake, experiment with new tackle, and catch some big smallmouth bass. Below is a breakdown of the gear used.
Lipless- Lucky Craft LV-500: http://bit.ly/2aAUUbd
Swimbait- S-Waver 168: http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh
Jerkbait- Megabass Vision 110 +1: http://bit.ly/2iGYOCX
Jig- 1/2 oz Pitchin’ Jig: http://bit.ly/2amL3of
Matt’s 4 reels…
Aldebaran MGL: http://bit.ly/2uQ4oH8
Chronarch MGL: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB
Curado 200K: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Tranx 300: http://bit.ly/2kYsvRw
Rod- Duckett Terex 7′ Medium: http://bit.ly/2yMdIyX
Reel- Chronarch MGL 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB
Line- 50 lb MaxCuatro Braid: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
Rod- Phenix 7’6″ Heavy Recon Elite: http://bit.ly/2qhziq6
Reel- Curado 200 K 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Line- 65 lb MaxCuatro Braid: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 20 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
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