In 3 days we never struggled to get a bite and we caught fish on every lure that we threw. From senkos up shallow to deep cranks offshore, there we bass everywhere! The trick was figuring out how to catch the big ones but after a few days we got it dialed in and had an amazing time catching quality fish all over the lake The key for the bigger bites was shad. There was a shad spawn in the morning and the big bass were keying in on the opportunity.

Below is a breakdown of the baits and equipment we used during our time on the lake. Baits are listed in order of appearance as we caught fish on a variety of lures. If you ever get the chance, take a day to fish Chickamauga, its an awesome fishery!

The Baits…

-California Swim Jig (3/8 oz Tactical Shad):

-Keitech 3.8″ Fat Swing Impact (Electric Shad):

-Jackall TN-70 lipless Crankbait (Ghost Minnow):

-River2Sea Bling Spinnerbait (I Know It):

-Keitech 4.3″ Fat Swing Impact (Pro Blue Red Pearl):

-Matt Allen Swimbait Head 1/2 oz:

-Keitech 4.8″ Fat Swing Impact (Electric Shad):

-Jackall TN- 70 Lipless Crankbait (RT Scale Minnow):

-Azuma Z Boss 22 (Grand Shad):

-Blade Runner Underspin 1/2 oz:

-Strike King 6XD (Powder Blue Chartreuse):

-Yamamoto 5″ Senko (Green Pumpkin/Watermelon Laminate):

-Yamamoto 6″ Senko (Green Pumpkin):

Matt found an All-Around Rod This Trip that was unbelievably universal. From senko to spinnerbait, swim jig to Keitech, he was able to use a single rod. That’s extremely rare but the combination of soft tip and solid back bone made the MBR amazingly versatile.

Matt’s Versatile Combo…

Rod- G Loomis GLX 844C MBR:

Reel- Chronarch MGL HG:

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 50 lb:

Crankbait Combo…

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR:

Reel- Curado 200K HG:

Line- 20 lb Power Pro:

Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

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