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Topwater Fishing with the DOG-X DIAMANTE

We were able to dig into our archives to find elite series pro, Chris Zaldain sharing how the DOG-X DIAMANTE excels even in wind-blown conditions thanks to its high buoyancy and face-up posture. Covered in the video: – Why the DIAMANTE excels in choppy water – Correct rod length/taper for optimal efficiency – Picking the …

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Neko Rigging for Pressured Bass

When challenged with calm, sunny conditions, Elite Series pro Chris Zaldain’s first choice is to pick up a Neko Rigged soft plastic. Neko rigging for pressured bass is one of the most natural ways to present a soft plastic. His “go-to” Neko rig bait is the 4in bottle shrimp thanks to its subtle action and …

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How to Improve Your Frog Fishing with The Megabass Big Gabot Frog

Chris Zaldain takes to the topwater game with tips and tricks on how to improve your frog fishing with the Megabass Big Gabot. Whether you pop it or walk it, the Big Gabot’s Catamaran Mouth shatters expectations and attracts even the biggest predators.

Magdraft Swimbait

How to catch Big Bass on a MAGDRAFT Swimbait

With frontal conditions on the forecast, the rain will be falling, the boats will be running, and the bass will be hungry! Step onto the boat to fish with Megabass pro, Chris Zaldain, as he breaks down strategies for catching big bass on the Magdraft swimbait! Big fish hunting can make for some of the …

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Zaldain’s Soft Spybait Secrets

The Japanese technique known as “spybaiting” has gained widespread acclaim for its ability to draw strikes from clear-water bass, particularly suspended smallmouths. However, according to veteran pro Chris Zaldain, “it’s a well-known fact that you’re going to lose a lot of fish on it. No matter what hooks you use, 30 to 40 percent of …

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Flipping & Pitching Isolated Mats

  Chris Zaldain always has a 1oz + flipping/pitching rig ready to go when working shorelines.  – Target isolated mats and windblown grass patches– Don’t “texpose” your hook point– Make extra flips to the key points of each cover area– Hold your line for extra finesse, sensitivity, and old-school flipping! Bait: Bottle Shrimp 4″ Rod: Orochi …

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Megabass I-Wing 135 | Chris Zaldain

Trophy bass anglers rely on plus-sized lures to attract and trigger the biggest bass in any given system — this mentality extends beyond the swimbait category and into the topwater arena as well. Chris Zaldain demonstrates how to fish big and aggressive topwater baits to trigger pressured bass on a popular Texas fishery. Product featured …

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3 Ways Spinning Gear Excels for Jerkbait Fishing

3 Ways Spinning Gear Excels for Jerkbait Fishing

While most enthusiast bass anglers prefer casting gear over spinning, the latter has some definite advantages when fishing jerkbaits. Megabass Product Manager, Kenichi Iida, shares 3 practical reasons a spinning combo enhances jerkbait fishing under certain circumstances. He expands on the importance of casting distance, flexibility with cadence and the angle the rod can be …

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Target Fall Bass with the Spark Shad Swimbait

Professional bass angler Chris Zaldain nails it when he says new school grubbing is a finesse swimbait rigged on a ball head jig. Unlike grubs, anatomically accurate baits like the Megabass Spark Shad closely mirror baitfish in appearance and motion while allowing anglers to cover the water column with speed and efficiency. Although they work …

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The Right Equipment for Throwing Big Swimbaits

Heavy baits need to be fished on rods rated for heavy lure weights, but with a taper that allows for imparting fish-triggering moves. The rod needs to be mated with a reel up to the tasks of quick line pickup and robust gearing for maximum winching torque. Line choice can vary between heavy monofilament, fluorocarbon, …

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How to Fish Swimbaits on the Bottom

A good portion of bass feeding activity takes place on or near the bottom; crawfish and all sorts of baitfish make use of the lower water column for cover, shade, cool water and feeding opportunities. A jig and swimbait are two lure categories that produce big-time results in this zone. California native Chris Zaldain has …

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Casting Big Baits with Oliver Ngy

With more and more anglers casting big swimbaits, mechanics can be key to success. Come along as Oliver Ngy breaks down his casting mechanics when throwing big swimbaits. He covers the overhead “bomb” cast, the “roll” cast and also touches on skipping these big swimbaits under docks and structure. Suggested Setups: F10-711X ONAGER Baits: MAGDRAFT …

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How to Fish the Magdraft Swimbait

Professional angler Chris Zaldain has turned to the Magdraft swimbait in 6″ and even 8″ sizes to bring some serious weight to the scales throughout his tournament career. Find out why–and how–Chris fishes this unique swimbait for key bites in various situations, including the areas and cast angles he targets to elicit bites in community …

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Dark-Sleeper

Targeting Transitions with the Dark Sleeper

The compact profile and boot-tail design of the Dark Sleeper swimbait make it ideal for bottom contact applications. But unlike many swimbaits, the Dark Sleeper’s unique dorsal-fin shields the hook-point, making this presentation virtually weedless–perfect for targeting transitions where bass hide! Megabass Pro Edwin Evers shares a few of his favorite ways to fish the …

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3-Retrieves for Trophy Bass

Sure, we all see on instagram that big baits catch big fish…but how do they do it? Trophy Bass Hunter Oliver Ngy shares the three primary retrieve styles he employs on the way to double-digit monsters, utilizing the Megabass I-Slide 262T. When do you use a straight retrieve? When do you employ reel action (sharp …

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Drop-Swimming: Use Swimbaits to Elevate Your Drop Shot Game!

If all else fails, you’ve always got the drop-shot…but sometimes they just don’t want that traditional vertical presentation. In those cases, the Hazedong Shad in 3″ and 4.2″ is a limit-saver. Not only can you work the spot with a traditional vertical line-shake, you can also employ a slow, dragging approach to swim through the …

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GARUDA – ACTION VIDEO

Wide, powerful lip stiff-arms gnarly timber and submerged structure, allowing GARUDA to be deployed where other big baits so often foul. With rod tip held high and a slow retrieve, GARUDA is a monster wake bait ready to challenge the biggest fish in your waters. Drop your tip and speed up your retrieve, and GARUDA …

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VATALION – UNDERWATER ACTION

The Vatalion is a combination big vibration bait and glide bait. Slow retrieves will show off its rolling, snaking action. Pause the retrieve, and Vatalion harnesses its 1-3/8oz weight to power a sudden slide out to the left or right, triggering key follow-bites. Speed up the retrieve, and Vatalion’s action tightens up, behaving more like a traditional …

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Top Hook Swimbait Modification for Big Bass

When your big bass targets are holding in shallow weeds, vegetation, or relating to bottom structure, sometimes you need to get rid of that belly treble in order to reduce snags and hangups. Follow along as Oliver Ngy shares his top-hook modifications for the Magslowl 9″ and Magdraft 8″, turning these deadly open-water swimbaits into versatile …

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Targeting Grass Flats & Points with Swimbaits

Chris Zaldain shares a few key tips to maximize your productivity with the Magdraft swimbait! Head-thumping action (in addition to tail kick) is key 15lb Fluorocarbon line Realism is key, especially in clearer waters Target windblown banks and points Pair with F7-72XX Perfect Pitch or Levante F7-72C To see how Zaldain used the Magdraft 6″ to …

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A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO GLIDEBAIT FISHING

Bassmaster Elite Pro Chris Zaldain shares his approach to glide bait fishing. From his background in California to bodies of water across the country, Chris shares a few key tips to help you get the most out of your glide bait setup. Good luck and good fishing, and be sure to tag @megabassamerica in your fish catches …

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Four Seasons of Jerkbait Fishing

While it’s true that jerkbaits are the dominant prespawn lure throughout much of the country, subtle and not so subtle variations in design make them consistent year-round producers for all species of bass. Elite Series pro Chris Zaldain has a Megabass jerkbait tied on at every event across the country, and attributes the lure category …

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KANATA: ACTION VIDEO

The Kanata is a large, slim-profiled jerkbait, perfect for those predators targeting larger forage. With a Triple Tungsten Moving-Balancer System (PAT.), the Kanata is capable of tremendous casting distance and exhibits the industry-leading action anglers have come to expect of Megabass jerkbaits.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcDlfOhmXVY