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Spring is one of the best times of year to catch BIG bass. When the fish start biting, every angler dreams of hooking up on a huge, even double digit largemouth. If you're looking to PB this year, you need to put in time on the water and know what baits will make the bigs bite! Luckily, Chad Hoover has you covered with tips and tricks on how to catch em' this time of year using this technique...

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Video transcript:

Chad Hoover:
Got my first fish on the spinner bait, but I didn't have the camera running, like a dummy, so. Anyway, it looks like we about found something. We're going to see if we can't catch him.

Chad Hoover:
That thing right there, son. Look at the gut on that fish.

Chad Hoover:
Hey guys. I'm Chad Hoover, and you're watching Monster Bass, where today we're talking about throwing a little bling this spring.

Chad Hoover:
Oh, here we go. Oh yeah. Good fish, guys. Good fish. Good fish. Good fish. Come here buddy. Come here buddy. Get in that net. Get in that net. Pouring that job. Great fish. Great fish. Oh yeah. Right where it was supposed to be. All right. So let me get this thing measured and I'll spin the camera around and I'm going to show you what I'm catching it on.

Chad Hoover:
We're going to talk about catching spring bass, late winter into spring bass, on a spinner bait. Look at that. It just fell off.

Chad Hoover:
All right, so that fish absolutely smashed the spinner bait and we'll get it back in the water. See if we can't get another one. Ooh, love it when they kick away like that, man.

Chad Hoover:
I think we've dialed in an absolute pattern on these fish on the spinner bait and I really like these Z-Man spinner baits, especially with the live wire. One of the issues you run into with these light wire baits is the wire is so thin that it does have a tendency to open up. That fish was only 18 inches and it opened this bait up to where the point it was almost straightened out.

Chad Hoover:
All right, you guys do me a favor and hang out to the end of the video where I'm going to show you a little pro tip on how to keep those spinner baits with that light wire from straightening out on you.

Chad Hoover:
Here we go. Ooh, this is a better fish than I thought. Aw, the bait came off. Dang it.

Chad Hoover:
All right, so this is not a lesson I should be having to learn at this late in the game, but I didn't have a trailer hook on, right there, and it cost me a fish. So I got the trailer hook rigged up and now we're about to catch us a big one. So guys, I have found a spot and an area that has definitely got fish in it and it's super quiet back in here and even though the kayak is super stealthy, the problem is when you're in a place that's unpressured and they're not used to anything, every little thing that you do sticks out even more. So think about that when you're fishing out of a kayak and you think that, just because you're in a kayak, you can get away with murder.

Chad Hoover:
Really, you can't. You still have to be super quiet. You still got to be stealthy. Try not to bump the boat. Try not to make noise. Anything that contacts the boat is transmitted through the water. Most of the stuff above the water, like me talking to you guys are right now, refracts off the surface but that stuff that bumps the boat and things like that just makes a lot of noise and it spooks fish and try not to wobble your boat anymore than you have to. You can't help it when you set the hook on a fish, but that pressure wave that it sends out also spooks fish so...

Chad Hoover:
We've got some fish in here. They're eating a spinner bait. We're going to catch a few more and I'll tell you why they're eating a spinner bait.

Chad Hoover:
There we go. Oh yeah. This is a good fish guys. This is a good fish. Ooh, yeah this is a really good fish. Oh this... Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Yeah, yeah. Boo ya. Guys that is a fricking gorgeous fish. Look at this thing. Look at that. Oh, it just threw the bait out. Even with the fricking spinner bait... Did you guys hear that thing hit the bottom of the boat? Oh, and look, it straightened it completely out. Man, that fish wrecked that bait. All right, let's get a picture of this guy. Get it back in the water and then we'll straighten our bait out.

Chad Hoover:
So, that is another quality fish and they are fricking eating this spinner bait. Let's get this guy back in the water, and let's get another one.

Chad Hoover:
Fish on, fish on guys. This is a good one. Oh my God. This is a good fish. Good fish. Oh my God guys, guys... Hold up. Come on, come on. He's running at the boat. Dude, look at the bow in that rod. Holy crap. Look at this thing. Get in this net you fat girl. Get in this net you... Look at that son. That is why you throw a spinner bait in the spring right there guys. Look at that. Look at that.

Chad Hoover:
All right guys, we got something figured out. Look at that fish. Wrecked that spinner bait, man. Flat wrecked it. Stay tuned to the end of the video. I'm going to show you a trick I came up with to fix that R-bend straighten out, but let's keep catching some fish. Let me get this one on the board for the catch 22 challenge and then we'll get him back into water. Yeah, baby. Good fish. Not as big as I thought it was but a good fish all the way around. Good fish, good fish, good fish.

Chad Hoover:
Good fish. That fish rolled on it and hooked itself in the neck. Wrecked it. Okay, let's get a measurement on this guy and I see some bigger fish waking out front out there. So we're going to ease up there and catch one son. Going to ease up there and catch one. There's another one. Getting closer to that 22.

Chad Hoover:
Fish on. That is a good fish guys. Now what I got to do is call Christie and put a fish on the board. I'm not going to count that one. That was only by about 11.

Chad Hoover:
Oh guys, this is a monster. Hold on baby. Hold on... Oh my God. This an absolute fricking donkey. It's under the boat. It's under the boat. Get out of there, girl. Get out of there, girl. Get out of there, girl. Get out of there, girl. Get out of there, girl. Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God. Get in that net. Hey Christie, I'm going to text you a picture of this fish. Guys, I was talking to Christie and just hooked this absolute donkey. So let me get this thing on the measuring board. Let me gather my senses. Baby, I'll call you right back.

Chad Hoover:
Dude. What a killer way to end the day. Look at that thing right there son. Look at the gut on that fish.

Chad Hoover:
There she goes. All right, let me show you what I'm catching this fish on and why I think these fish are eating this bait in particular. That fish knocked the trailer hook completely off. So if you notice, that bait was almost straightened out right there but what I've done is I've actually taken the heat shrink from my trailer hook and I've put it over that R-bend right there. That is what's keeping this bait from straightening out. Now, the reason that I think I'm catching these fish, especially with it being slicked out like this and there being no wind, is because of this very thin wire from the folks at Z-Man.

Chad Hoover:
So this is called live wire is what they call it and really, that thin wire allows that bait to run right and the shape of the head, the way that they've got it set up, keeps it from turning on its side. So even though I'm not a big fan, usually, of fishing a spinner bait when it's not windy, man, when you down size those blades, burn it, don't give them as much of a chance to look at it, pair it up with a trailer hook. Like I said, that trailer hook literally popped off right when I was taking it out of the fish, but that right there. Natural shad color, two Willow blades. I started out with a Colorado blade when it was colder and then caught a couple fish but when it warmed up and those fish got more active and I started seeing them waking around, switched to that Willow blade, something natural, I got clear water and man, did they ever wreck it today.

Chad Hoover:
So guys, if you want to put late winter, early spring fish, especially when they move shallow pre-spawn, in the boat, check out that fricking SlingBlade from Z-Man with live wire, and I forget what they call the head, but the head tracks right and man, have they fricking destroyed this thing today.

Chad Hoover:
Got my first fish on the spinner bait, but I didn't have the camera running, like a dummy, so. Anyway, it looks like we about found something. We're going to see if we can't catch him.

Chad Hoover:
That thing right there, son. Look at the gut on that fish.

Chad Hoover:
Hey guys. I'm Chad Hoover, and you're watching Monster Bass, where today we're talking about throwing a little bling this spring.

Chad Hoover:
Oh, here we go. Oh yeah. Good fish, guys. Good fish. Good fish. Good fish. Come here buddy. Come here buddy. Get in that net. Get in that net. Pouring that job. Great fish. Great fish. Oh yeah. Right where it was supposed to be. All right. So let me get this thing measured and I'll spin the camera around and I'm going to show you what I'm catching it on.

Chad Hoover:
We're going to talk about catching spring bass, late winter into spring bass, on a spinner bait. Look at that. It just fell off.

Chad Hoover:
All right, so that fish absolutely smashed the spinner bait and we'll get it back in the water. See if we can't get another one. Ooh, love it when they kick away like that, man.

Chad Hoover:
I think we've dialed in an absolute pattern on these fish on the spinner bait and I really like these Z-Man spinner baits, especially with the live wire. One of the issues you run into with these light wire baits is the wire is so thin that it does have a tendency to open up. That fish was only 18 inches and it opened this bait up to where the point it was almost straightened out.

Chad Hoover:
All right, you guys do me a favor and hang out to the end of the video where I'm going to show you a little pro tip on how to keep those spinner baits with that light wire from straightening out on you.

Chad Hoover:
Here we go. Ooh, this is a better fish than I thought. Aw, the bait came off. Dang it.

Chad Hoover:
All right, so this is not a lesson I should be having to learn at this late in the game, but I didn't have a trailer hook on, right there, and it cost me a fish. So I got the trailer hook rigged up and now we're about to catch us a big one. So guys, I have found a spot and an area that has definitely got fish in it and it's super quiet back in here and even though the kayak is super stealthy, the problem is when you're in a place that's unpressured and they're not used to anything, every little thing that you do sticks out even more. So think about that when you're fishing out of a kayak and you think that, just because you're in a kayak, you can get away with murder.

Chad Hoover:
Really, you can't. You still have to be super quiet. You still got to be stealthy. Try not to bump the boat. Try not to make noise. Anything that contacts the boat is transmitted through the water. Most of the stuff above the water, like me talking to you guys are right now, refracts off the surface but that stuff that bumps the boat and things like that just makes a lot of noise and it spooks fish and try not to wobble your boat anymore than you have to. You can't help it when you set the hook on a fish, but that pressure wave that it sends out also spooks fish so...

Chad Hoover:
We've got some fish in here. They're eating a spinner bait. We're going to catch a few more and I'll tell you why they're eating a spinner bait.

Chad Hoover:
There we go. Oh yeah. This is a good fish guys. This is a good fish. Ooh, yeah this is a really good fish. Oh this... Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Yeah, yeah. Boo ya. Guys that is a fricking gorgeous fish. Look at this thing. Look at that. Oh, it just threw the bait out. Even with the fricking spinner bait... Did you guys hear that thing hit the bottom of the boat? Oh, and look, it straightened it completely out. Man, that fish wrecked that bait. All right, let's get a picture of this guy. Get it back in the water and then we'll straighten our bait out.

Chad Hoover:
So, that is another quality fish and they are fricking eating this spinner bait. Let's get this guy back in the water, and let's get another one.

Chad Hoover:
Fish on, fish on guys. This is a good one. Oh my God. This is a good fish. Good fish. Oh my God guys, guys... Hold up. Come on, come on. He's running at the boat. Dude, look at the bow in that rod. Holy crap. Look at this thing. Get in this net you fat girl. Get in this net you... Look at that son. That is why you throw a spinner bait in the spring right there guys. Look at that. Look at that.

Chad Hoover:
All right guys, we got something figured out. Look at that fish. Wrecked that spinner bait, man. Flat wrecked it. Stay tuned to the end of the video. I'm going to show you a trick I came up with to fix that R-bend straighten out, but let's keep catching some fish. Let me get this one on the board for the catch 22 challenge and then we'll get him back into water. Yeah, baby. Good fish. Not as big as I thought it was but a good fish all the way around. Good fish, good fish, good fish.

Chad Hoover:
Good fish. That fish rolled on it and hooked itself in the neck. Wrecked it. Okay, let's get a measurement on this guy and I see some bigger fish waking out front out there. So we're going to ease up there and catch one son. Going to ease up there and catch one. There's another one. Getting closer to that 22.

Chad Hoover:
Fish on. That is a good fish guys. Now what I got to do is call Christie and put a fish on the board. I'm not going to count that one. That was only by about 11.

Chad Hoover:
Oh guys, this is a monster. Hold on baby. Hold on... Oh my God. This an absolute fricking donkey. It's under the boat. It's under the boat. Get out of there, girl. Get out of there, girl. Get out of there, girl. Get out of there, girl. Get out of there, girl. Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God. Get in that net. Hey Christie, I'm going to text you a picture of this fish. Guys, I was talking to Christie and just hooked this absolute donkey. So let me get this thing on the measuring board. Let me gather my senses. Baby, I'll call you right back.

Chad Hoover:
Dude. What a killer way to end the day. Look at that thing right there son. Look at the gut on that fish.

Chad Hoover:
There she goes. All right, let me show you what I'm catching this fish on and why I think these fish are eating this bait in particular. That fish knocked the trailer hook completely off. So if you notice, that bait was almost straightened out right there but what I've done is I've actually taken the heat shrink from my trailer hook and I've put it over that R-bend right there. That is what's keeping this bait from straightening out. Now, the reason that I think I'm catching these fish, especially with it being slicked out like this and there being no wind, is because of this very thin wire from the folks at Z-Man.

Chad Hoover:
So this is called live wire is what they call it and really, that thin wire allows that bait to run right and the shape of the head, the way that they've got it set up, keeps it from turning on its side. So even though I'm not a big fan, usually, of fishing a spinner bait when it's not windy, man, when you down size those blades, burn it, don't give them as much of a chance to look at it, pair it up with a trailer hook. Like I said, that trailer hook literally popped off right when I was taking it out of the fish, but that right there. Natural shad color, two Willow blades. I started out with a Colorado blade when it was colder and then caught a couple fish but when it warmed up and those fish got more active and I started seeing them waking around, switched to that Willow blade, something natural, I got clear water and man, did they ever wreck it today.

Chad Hoover:
So guys, if you want to put late winter, early spring fish, especially when they move shallow pre-spawn, in the boat, check out that fricking SlingBlade from Z-Man with live wire, and I forget what they call the head, but the head tracks right and man, have they fricking destroyed this thing today.

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