Great Rigging Tips for the Lunkerhunt Takeover Box

Great Rigging Tips for the Lunkerhunt Takeover Box


We're kicking the new year off with a brand takeover courtesy of our good friends at Lunkerhunt! Jeff and Paul from Burly Fishing break the box down and give tips and tricks on how to rig and fish each bait in their Lunkerhunt box. Whether you're targeting fish in deeper water or fishing shallow, this box has everything you need to catch the bigs.

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Video transcript:

What's going on you guys? Welcome back through the MONSTERBASS channel. I'm Jeff, this is Paul, and we're here with Burly Fishing to talk to you about how to rig and fish everything in this month's box. We're going to go bait by bait and talk to you about the setup we're going to use it in and then where we're going to fish. It should be a blast. If you guys like the content, be sure to subscribe to MONSTERBASS, and if you have an extra 1.7 seconds, hop on over to Burly Fishing's channel as well, and throw us a subscribe. Plus, we go live right after MONSTERBASS does, right here on YouTube. So check us both out, go on the MB live, hop over with us, and just make it an amazing Thursday night. All right, let's get into these baits, shall we?

Paul:
All right. We're going to start with the top of the water column with the old prop turtle. There's a whole series of prop baits from Lunkerhunt, the prop series, if you will. There's all different kinds of creatures. They all like to go on top of the water. Now, if you know bass, and even if you don't know bass, one thing you may know about them is they will pretty much eat anything.

Jeff:
Everything.

Paul:
Now does that mean they'll eat every single bait-

Jeff:
Birds, ducks.

Paul:
... every single time?

Jeff:
Turtles.

Paul:
No, but they have been known to eat every single thing that comes within bass lip reach of the water. That would include turtles. So in this case-

Jeff:
Especially, I would say further down south, out west. Out here in Michigan, I haven't had an insane amount of luck on turtles, but I've posted about turtles on our page before, and some of you guys say they kill it.

Paul:
... Everybody says that they absolutely smash or can-

Jeff:
Stinger hook.

Paul:
... so is going to be an impossible... Holy stinger hook.

Jeff:
Cute.

Paul:
So you've got a big old, soft body turtle here. Think frog, right? Just think top water frog. Now the difference is, is this thing is a little bit on the larger side, so, and it's also-

Jeff:
And it's got duck feet.

Paul:
... And it's got duck feet that... So as you can see each one of these act as scoops and they kick up the water. So what I will say is this. Is this meant for heavy cover? With this stinger hook, hecking no, it is not.

Jeff:
You're going to get hung up a lot.

Paul:
So what I'm going to try and do is think about, maybe I'm going to try and find a backwater pocket that's got some still water, maybe a lily pad line or a grass line, and I'm going to run this along that grass line. What I'm trying to do is create a whole bunch of commotion that a bass just cannot ignore. So that's going to be my first number one.

Paul:
My number two might actually be like right at dusk, right before or at nightfall, because what this is going to do, it doesn't matter that this is a turtle. That's not important. The bass is not like, "Ooh, look a turtle." they're like, "Oh, look insane commotion," Something trying to get away from something else. That is going to ignite that "I'm hungry" sensation and that fish is going to go chase whatever it is. That's when that stinger hook comes into play. So they don't even have to actually eat the whole bait. They might just be ticked off at whatever it is that's causing a disturbance, but they might, when they take a slap at it or a swipe at it, might get caught by that stinger hook. Then you've got, obviously, two of your more traditional hooks like you would see in a soft body frog as well. So no matter what happens, you have a good chance of catching a fish if you can entice a strike.

Paul:
So my recommendation, heavy braid, heavy rod, because you're going to want to... You got to jam those hook through that fish's mouth.

Jeff:
Their snout.

Paul:
When you set the hook, you're going to have to get after it. And then think about places where you can either incite a little bit of a riot and get a fish to come in and be the bouncer and at least swipe at it.

Jeff:
[Bulby 00:03:06] bass.

Paul:
Yeah. So weed edges, trims, still water, and then potentially, again, anywhere a fish is just hanging out, but definitely not heavy cover.

Jeff:
All right. Next up, we have the Bully Blade. Now this is an interesting shutter bait, essentially.

Paul:
It's like a take on a Chatterbait.

Jeff:
In this case though, we have a fixed blade. So rather than this blade being able to move like you would see on a Chatterbait, this one stays in place. Now, when I say shutter bait, what I mean is that this head is kind of doing this thing, right? So rather than the blade doing that movement, this entire jig head is actually moving to give you that action. And with this free swing and hook off the back, that's going to give this natural fish swimming action to it. You've also got like this sexy shad looking color so it's going to be bright pop and colors here, and a 4/O hook with molded in bait keepers right back there.

Jeff:
All right. With something like this with a shutter bait, I want it to look more natural so I'm going to throw generally a smaller paddle tail on here or a fluke, and that's going to give it a really nice natural moving action. Now, depending on what kind of water you're fishing, if you're up north or down south, you can go with a shorter versus a longer paddle tail or fluke with that, just to incite the fish and maybe get bigger fish.

Paul:
I like bigger fish.

Jeff:
I like big fish. All right. Something like this, I'm going to be fishing, anywhere, I'm fishing really, Chatterbaits. I'm just going to fish it a little bit differently, and maybe they're looking for a different kind of action, different kind of bait. And with that, I'm running along weed lines. I'm doing drop offs, ledges, any sort of depth changes in your water, in the structure there. I'm going to run this across that. If I can find structure like wood and rock, I'm going to throw it around there too.

Jeff:
I throw Chatterbaits pretty much everywhere, but my favorite would be just taller weed lines. Generally, I'm getting some nice pike and some nice bass off of that. By the way, with something like this and my Chatterbaits, I throw them all on the same setup and spinner baits too. And that is generally like 6'11" to a 7'3" medium heavy rod, which is fast action, and then I'll throw it on a faster gear ratio reel. Right now I have mine on my Lew's Tournament MP, so that's like an 8'3" to one. It's just a higher gear ratio. I generally pick the fastest I can and then I can always slow down if I need to. But if you want to get that blade moving or give some added action to it, the speed helps.

Jeff:
Cool bait. Give it a shot. If you haven't noticed these are all Lunkerhunt baits. It's because this is the takeover month and the January 2022 box. What's the next one?

Paul:
Now, what do we love about takeover boxes? Right? You're getting awesome brand, but you're usually getting a little bit extra. So you get, yes, everything in the box is going to be Lunkerhunt, but they're giving you that little bit of extra. So you're going to get a little more value in each one of these boxes. If you remember some of the boxes we've seen in the past, the last Lunkerhunt box...

Jeff:
The last Lunkerhunt was amazing.

Paul:
Banger. And then like the Strike King box that we've seen in the past, you just get a little bit more bang for your buck when you get these takeover boxes, so-

Jeff:
You do it up, man.

Paul:
... It's hecking awesome, so-

Jeff:
It's kind of like running over to like your local sporting goods store to the Lunkerhunt section and just doing this. Clear the wall into your shopping cart.

Paul:
... Which we love to see. So up next, you've got the Lunkerhunt... This is the impact series, so this is a very aggressive series of baits.

Jeff:
Very loud.

Paul:
So this is their-

Jeff:
Impactful.

Paul:
... This is the most aggressive jerk bait that you're probably going to find. This is the... Oh, come on, get over here. So this is the Distress. It's called the 6F. Now if you can't figure out what that means or if you haven't understood what that means-

Jeff:
Six feet.

Paul:
... it's a six foot diving jerk bait, but it is aggressive. Check out the paint scheme. That's a lot for a fish to take in. It's also very-

Jeff:
[Crosstalk 00:06:35] tiger.

Paul:
... It's a very, very loud. [crosstalk 00:06:38] So there's at least one ball bearing. I haven't actually figured out how many are in there.

Jeff:
75, probably.

Paul:
Everything about this bait is aggressive. The black and green with the red paint on the throat. What I do like on here is they did paint right here. What kind of depth you can expect? It's a zero to six foot. So this is a floating jerk bait, which means it's actually going to either suspend at a minimum or rise a little bit as you fish it. If you've never fished jerk bait before, there's some things that you really should need to know as far as gear goes.

Paul:
I'm going to want to use a, at least minimum, six and a half, preferably seven to seven and a half foot medium action rod. One that is a little bit on stiff side, but a medium action rod. The reason being is, as you can see, there are two treble hooks on this bait. With treble hook baits, you want a softer rod tip so that you can let the treble hooks fight all the fish and do all of the work for you. If you have too stiff of a rod, they're actually going to be able to shake those hooks quite a bit easier.

Paul:
The other thing too here is, you're going to want to run a spinning setup. Now you can run these on baitcaster. I prefer a spinning setup though. It gives you the most amount of sensitivity and really good control of the bait. You're going to be doing this quick jerking of the rod tip in order to give this really erratic motion to the bait. The most important thing with a jerk bait is make sure that you include a lot of pauses. So twitch, twitch, and then-

Jeff:
Money move.

Paul:
... a long pause. These are best fish to me in cold water situations, so you're going to see these fish be a little bit more lethargic in that cold water. And the pause is when that fish is going to come in, check it out and then you just have to wait a little bit longer than you normally would, and that's when you're going to get a fish to strike.

Jeff:
And it's a blast to fish.

Paul:
Hecking fun. So that is your Distress 6F.

Jeff:
Lots of distress. Next up, we got the bait shifter. Very interesting paddle tail bait that comes with a jig to help you rig it. Now I'm going to show you this thing real quick. We did this over on our channel and learned some stuff. So you basically take the jig that it comes with, that's that right there, very-

Paul:
Salt water jig.

Jeff:
... interesting.

Paul:
4/O.

Jeff:
Yeah, it's super heavy duty. You take your bait. There's like this little hole back here, right behind the fin and you take the line tie section, poke it in there and just work her on in. Just don't get stabbed. Okay. You just basically work her on up there, and then you'll see there's actually a hole right between the eyes above the head there as well and that's where your line tie pops out. This is what you end up with.

Jeff:
It's also got this interesting connected paddle tail section, which could give it an added action, could add more durability because as you can see right behind that tail there, that's a super skinny tail section. I have a feeling this is going to help bait hold up a bit more.

Jeff:
Paddle tail baits, I mean, you can't really go wrong. We can throw this around bait schools, we can throw it around structure, we can throw it around grass lines and I'm generally throwing it... This is a bit heavier so I'd probably go to my medium heavy spinning setup or I'm going to go to a medium, medium, heavy baitcaster. And you can't go wrong with a 7'3" to one gear ratio on that either.

Jeff:
So just pretty much a do all rig is what I'd be throwing this on and everywhere. It's hard to really pinpoint a section for this, but this is a phenomenal looking bait, loving the glitter all over this thing. Look at that flash. It's insane.

Paul:
It's definitely a clear water bait, right? It's a light water bait.

Jeff:
Yeah. It's a clear body, silver flake in it, so yeah, if you got clearer water, I'm not throwing this in muddy water per se, but yeah, I think you do really well.

Paul:
This is probably the most creative name I've ever seen for a beta. It's called the Big Eye Tail Spin. I'm just joshing, but it's very obvious. It's got a big eye and it's got a spinny tail, so there you go.

Jeff:
I don't get it.

Paul:
This one comes in half ounce. Jeff and I were talking about this earlier. I've seen this one before and wanted to fish, but haven't had a chance to. Now, this is like a new and improved version of some older versions of this bait that I have seen from Lunkerhunt in the past.

Jeff:
I love this bait. Funny thing is, before we got this box, I had this in a shopping cart. I was ready to buy it. And then I saw that it was coming in the box.

Paul:
Now what I love about this bait is everything about it's pretty unique. This is an underspin meets a body bait meets almost a very long casting, deep, dredge the bottom type of bait. But it's got a single treble hook with this Colorado blade attached to the back. There's-

Jeff:
Huge blade.

Paul:
.... There's not a bad time of run this bait. There just is not. At a half ounce, you can run very deep water. And by very deep, I mean, as deep as 10, 15 feet, if you just give it time. But at a half ounce, I'm probably targeting anywhere from like 6 to 10 feet of water. If I'm trying to get somewhere just off the bottom, but with that Colorado blade, it's actually going to slow down your retreat, even provide a lot of tension for you to hit some of that shallow anywhere maybe between like 4 and 6 feet of water pretty easily.

Paul:
The nice thing about half ounce as well, you can cast it a country mile. This thing is going to sail, full send every single time.

Jeff:
Up over them there mountains.

Paul:
I love the paint job with that reflective eye, quality paint job, and then the silver blade. I think this is going to do its best work in clearer water. Not murky, but clearer water and really anything other than really dark stained or murky water, it's going to do very, very well.

Paul:
The reason I say this, you want to take advantage of all the light you can with the silver blade. Typically for me-

Jeff:
And the natural color blade.

Paul:
... And the natural color, for sure. You got basically this bluegilly perch pattern right here. But when I see a silver blade, I mostly think clearer water, because there's more light in the water to reflect off of that blade, but really any situation's going to be a solid situation.

Paul:
I would recommend not going straight braid though. You are dealing with a treble hook, so I would put some sort of leader on there. I think flouro's okay, but you'd be okay with mono too. Especially with some of those long casts though. I wouldn't go for a very long leader. I'd say 2 feet, probably 2 foot leader would be what I would choose. Hecking cool bait. I have not fished it. I'm really excited to try though.

Jeff:
I've fished baits like that before. Definitely a big fan. I think they're super fun to fish with. You know what else is fun to fish with? Can you stop breaking my stuff?

Paul:
No.

Jeff:
This guy's worse. Another thing that's super fun to fish with. Do you have the shirt? You want to show them your shirt? Do [crosstalk 00:12:42]-

Paul:
What shirt are you talking about? This one?

Jeff:
... We hate Ned rigs. They're for nerds like us. All right. Another fun bait for us to fish with would be the Ned rig. I love the Lunkerhunt finesse series. They have little paddle tails, they have craws, and then they have this little worm, which is kind of like a cut down Lunker Stick, which we'll show you in a second.

Jeff:
But it's unique because it has this flat side to it. Check this out. One side is flat with those ridges on it, giving it a ton of added action. And one of them comes pre-rigged. You get three in a pack. You get this wire weed guard with it, which is nice. You got a unique shape to the head of the jig for this Ned rig and a unique line tie section as well, so gives it an interesting different way to throw this thing. It's a green pumpkin head with a green pumpkin worm, which you cannot go wrong with in just about any water. These are money. Love throwing them. We love the Ned Rig here on Burly Fishing. You guys know that.

Jeff:
Rigging-wise for this thing, it's a quarter ounce, we're going to throw this on a medium light. So I've got a Okuma Cerros medium light that I love throwing this on at seven foot, and then I'm going to rig it up with whatever spinning reel I got. It doesn't matter too much. Generally, I'm going with a smaller size reel on my lighter setups though, so it could be a 1000, 1500 size.

Jeff:
Where I'm going to fish this thing though, we're looking for lightly stained water to clear water. This is not an amazing technique when you have super dirty water. I never really do produce much when I'm fishing dirty water with a Ned rig so I don't do it. Unless you throw a big Ned rig, then you might have some luck. But in general, some like this size, I'm throwing it in stained to clear water, and I'm going to be fishing this around any sort of cover I can find. I'm talking lay downs, rocks, rip rap. If you've got trees in the water, sticks, branches, whatever, up against the bank is always great. And then if you can find changes in the water depth or structure around your local water holes, then you're going to have some luck. They generally work everywhere. You got docks, you got pontoons, you got boats. I mean you can fish everywhere, whatever.

Jeff:
Last thing.

Paul:
Last in the box, you're going to see the Lunker Stick. Now you'll notice right off the bat, this is a 5" senko style stick bait. "Well, I've seen one of those before." Have you seen one in sherbert? I have not.

Jeff:
I didn't know this was a color that existed on the planet earth.

Paul:
When people say "I like this color way." I'm like, "I didn't know that that was a thing."

Jeff:
I just took my family to Frankenmuth, Michigan and we went to do the Zehnder's world famous chicken dinner. And my daughter had sherbert, and guess what? It was this color.

Paul:
It literally looks like what's coming out of the ice cream machine.

Jeff:
Yep.

Paul:
So classic stick bait. Now I will say this one's a little bit on the softer side, but it's definitely-

Jeff:
I do like that. Good action.

Paul:
... So on a wacky rig, I know this is... There's no bad way to fish a stick bait.

Jeff:
Nope.

Paul:
There really isn't. You can't mess it up.

Jeff:
As long as it's in the water.

Paul:
Exactly. You got to get it wet. But one of the things I will say, with a softer bait like this one that's got a little more action to it, I actually automatically think wacky rig. That's my going to be my recommendation, the number one way to fish. I think you can fish this with a little bit of weight, maybe even weightless, but with that more subtle plastic, you're just going to get a heck ton of action, which is where the wacky rig really stands out.

Paul:
Now the wacky rig is basically just a hook right through the middle, tied directly to your leader line, which is going to be a flouro. What are you going to say? Like anywhere between, I'll say 8 and 10 pound, 8 and 12 pound leader, typically for something like this. Kind of depends on your hook size, but that's what I'm going to say.

Paul:
When you talk about, what is a standard stick bait? This meets all of the criteria. It's durable, but it's also a little bit stretchy. It's nice and soft, but it's not so soft that you can't rig it as a Texas rig. So this will fish however you need it to fish a stick bait. And it's 5", which I think is that perfect... It's going to work for any body of water that you throw it in.

Paul:
The last thing we'll say is about color. This seems pretty extreme, but the nice thing about this color is that it's not clear, right? You can't see through that. Why does that matter? That means this is actually going to work pretty well in dark dirty water. It's actually a really good option for dark dirty water. But because it's such a bright color and very loud, it's also going to work really well and stand out really well in clear water. There is no bad place to fish this. So my recommendation is fish it wherever you see water.

Jeff:
And go eat some sherbert.

Paul:
All right.

Jeff:
That is all we got for you guys today. Hopefully that was helpful. Hopefully when you get your Lunkerhunt box, you can pick out all these baits and go fish with them if you have open water. And if you don't, guess what? That's fine. I mean, that's why generally, MONSTERBASS is doing this Christmasy takeover style boxes around Christmas time, because most of us can't fish. So we get to load up on cool baits and go try them out once the ice goes away.

Paul:
And you a lot of great spring baits. There's a heck ton of good spring baits in there. The jerk bait-

Jeff:
Some are ready to go.

Paul:
... [crosstalk 00:17:20] you can't miss.

Jeff:
Yeah. A hundred percent. Get out on the water when you can and test these things out. Hopefully some of the techniques and rigging options we talked about today are helpful for you. And if they are, of course subscribe to MONSTERBASS and subscribe to Burly Fishing. And by the way, be sure to smash a like on this video and ring that notification bell and then come back for our lives. We co-live it, right? MONSTERBASS, Thursdays 7:00 PM Eastern, Burley Fishing, 8:00 PM Eastern. Stay on your computer, kids.

Paul:
Back to back.

Jeff:
All right, love you. See you next video. Bye.

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