May is an awesome time to fish large bodies of water. If there is deep water access you’ll almost always find bass in all 3 stages of the spawn. In this case we found a secondary point leading out to main lake structure that had a large school of fish. Some of the bass were heading in to spawn, others were already done and headed back out, but all of them were making a stop to ambush Threadfin and Gizzard Shad as they spawned along the wind blown point.

We’ve explained in recent videos that the shad spawn is an amazing time to catch big fish that are aggressively feeding in shallow water. Today we put that video to work and caught them on squarebill crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and paddle tail swimbaits. Below is a breakdown of the gear we used to catch these fish.

The baits…

-Biggie Squarebill:

(Gizzard Shad, Abalone Shad, Horizon Shad all have the necessary flash)

-Bling Spinnerbait 1/2 oz:

(I Know It, Abalone Shad)

-4.8″ Keitech Swimbait:

-Owner Flashy Swimmer 5/0 Hook:

Upgraded Treble Hooks…

-Owner ST-36 Size 2:

-Hyperwire Split Rings Size 3:

Matt’s Crankbait Combo…

Rod- Zodias 7’2″ Medium Heavy Glass:

Reel- Shimano Bantam MGL XG:

Line- 20 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

CC’s Crankbait Combo…

Rod- Dobyns Champion 805CB:

Reel- Shimano Curado HG:

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin:


Humminbird Solix 15:

Humminbird Solix 12:

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