How to rig and fish everything in the October 2021 MONSTERBASS bag

Unpacked: How to Rig and Fish Every Bait in the October MONSTERBASS Bag!


So you got yourself the NEW October 2021 MONSTERBASS Regional Pro Series Bag. Now what? Jeff from Burly Fishing has you covered with rigging tips for EVERY BAIT in this month's bag! Check out this video, learn a few bass fishing tips and tricks, then get out there and crush your PB!

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Video transcript:

Speaker 1:
What's going on you guys, welcome back to the Monsterbass channel. I'm Jeff with Burly Fishing, and I'm here today to talk to you about how to rig every single bait available in this month's Monsterbass bag, because I also have some multi-species stuff in here, but this is all the stuff that you could receive from the regional bag, depending on what region you're in. And we also have a couple things that you might be getting if you get the multi-species bag as well. I want to show you the ways that I would rig it, give you guys some suggestions and hopefully you go hit the water and you catch your PB because that's what we're all about here at Monsterbass. We want to make sure you're having a good time fishing, you're spreading the joy of the great outdoors, and most importantly, you're ripping some lips. So that's what we're going to try and figure out right now.

Speaker 1:
Hey, before we rig all these baits real quick, you guys should consider subscribing to the MONSTERBASS channel right now. And you can also go check out my channel, Burly Fishing, if you would be so kind. If you like the content smash the like, ring the notification bell, do all those awesome things and come hang out with us live every Thursday night, we go live 4:00PM Pacific time. And I go live right after that at 8:00PM Eastern. So you can bounce from this channel to my channel and you can get a full night of podcasting in. All right, guys, let's dump out these baits. Let's see what we're dealing with, shall we? All right, so let's start with the fun stuff, the top water. In this month's box, you're probably going to get one of these, the Buzz King from Strike King Bait, this is a Tri-Wing Buzz Bait.

Speaker 1:
So when I'm fishing something like this, this isn't too heavy, but it is a top water bait and it is something you want to run fast. This is something I'm going to be throwing on my spinnerbait, chatterbait setup, which is a High Gear Ratio Reel with a medium heavy rod, it's a little bit longer. It allows me to get a big long cast out there. You just want to bomb this thing out there. You want to run weed lines. You want to run right in front of pad sections over the top of tall weeds or grass, over the top of drop offs. Any sort of change in cover is going to be a good play. And you can run these things through pretty sloppy stuff as well without getting hung up. As far as line, most of my setups, I'm going with a Braid to a Fluorocarbon or a Monofilament leader.

Speaker 1:
And that leader section could be anywhere from 6 to 12 feet, it depends on the day, but let's just say it's like a six foot leader. With a top water, I'm going monofilament because it floats. Fluorocarbons going to sink, it makes it tough for a top water bait to do what it's supposed to do. So I'd highly recommend that you have maybe a longer, more like that, 10 to 12 foot monofilament leader on there so that this isn't just diving down to the bottom as soon as it hits the water. And again, that high gear ratio is what's going to help you with these so that you can keep this thing buzzing like it's supposed to on the way back to you at the boat or at the bank. But great bait something again, throw on that top water setup with high speed gear ratio reel and just burn this thing through whatever cover, or by any cover, or paralleling cover that you can.

Speaker 1:
And just fan cast around until you find them. Chances are you're going to get a blow up here. It's fall so look for those windier conditions, low light conditions, that's when I love to throw these things around the most. Even when it's raining, great time to throw them too. From there we go a little bit lower into the water column. So we have the Monsterbass Seeker Series. This is a four to six foot diving Crank Bait right here. And then we've got the Xcite Baits XB-5, which is also in a similar depth range, two to five feet, shallow diving, wobbly bait. It's got that nice wide lip to it, so it's going to wobble quite a bit. We've got a natural color, we got a nice dark red color. Red is kind of the game during the fall, so this would be a good call out.

Speaker 1:
Both of these I'm throwing on the same setup, which is my crankbait setup. For that, I tend to run my Okuma Guide Select, it's a 7'6" medium heavy moderate action rod. And I got to tell you guys, if you haven't thrown a crankbait rod yet, and you like running cranks, or you want to get better at running cranks, trust me, go get a crankbait rod. Go do some research, Google it, look up best crankbait rods in your price range. Try it out because if you want to catch more fish, more importantly, land more fish, on a crank bait you really have to have the appropriate gear. Just smacking it on to one of your random, medium heavies, that's like a fast action or an extra fact action tip is going to cause you some trouble because of these trebles. So these trebles are easy to shake for a fish because they use the weight of the bait here to do so when you have that fast action. When you have a moderate to a slow action, you load the rod a lot more and you can play the fish.

Speaker 1:
It's better for the fish, it's better for you, it's better all around. So consider switching it up. I'm also going to run these things to true depth by running a longer fluorocarbon leader. If you can spool your reel with completely just fluorocarbon, it's going to run an appropriate depth. If you want to run braid to leader, which is what I do, that's fine, understand that you got to go a longer leader if you really want it to get down there. Otherwise with a short leader, it's not going to go to the depth it's supposed to. This four to six is going to end up three to four, right. Which isn't that much of a difference, but if it's the time of year, like right now, and fish are suspending at a specific depth, you're going to miss fish. You want to know where your crankbait is going and where it's running.

Speaker 1:
So just set up, with the right gear, be smart about it. Personally gear ratio, I like to go a little bit slower on that, like a 6:6:1, but you can definitely get away with something right up the middle, like a 7.3:1 gear. So I'm throwing these within SLX DC right now. That is my crank eight reel of choice at a 6.3:1 gear ratio and I think it works just fine. And again, these are great for just covering water. So I'm going to throw something like the Seeker when I'm just seeking, get it. That's where the name came from, all around at this depth in the water column four to six feet. And you know, you can start from the bottom so I can run this in shallow areas where this lip is literally just running across the bottom, just dragging across cover and rock and ticking the top of weed lines and things like that. That's a good option to go with.

Speaker 1:
With something like this, I want to smack it into cover. So I'm looking for some tree cover, some riprap, some rocks, boulders, whatever I can get. I want to run this thing through that stuff. [inaudible 00:06:19] also tend to be working a lot better in hard bottom situations. This is something I like to throw in the river a lot more, and this would be something I throw in the lake a lot more just covering water. That brings us to our lipless here in the Jimmy Hendricks color, that's right. That's what it's called, it's pretty sweet. Lots of chartreuse and green and orange, which I love to see this time of year, actually all year. I love chartreuse all year, but this is from Castaic. This lipless is fast sinking, it's a half ounce, it's pretty darn heavy, comes with a split ring and two different line tie options, which gives you a slightly different action and different running depth options to go with.

Speaker 1:
I would just run it as is from the start, but switch it up, if I'm seeing it's not quite doing what I want it to do. With a lipless, or you could consider it more like a ripping style bait, you're going to let it just fall to the bottom. It's going to kind of like flutter and vibe on its way down, and then it's going to hit the bottom and then you're going to rip it up right and do the same. Just cast and retrieve like a yo-yo action. You've probably heard guys talk about that before, but bomb it out there as far as you possibly can, lift that rod tip all the way up to bring that bait up, rip it off the bottom or rip it through weeds, works really well. And then just let it fall again all the way back down. Once you get a little slack in your line, boom, do it again.

Speaker 1:
And then you can also straight retrieve it, so choose your running depth. These are kind of fantastic this time of year, because you can let that thing go down and you can just run it at whatever depth you want. Try the countdown method. It's a half ounce, it's going to sink really fast. So it's kind of like 1, 2, 3, 4, and that should give you a rough estimate of how many feet down in the water column it is. So let it go down where you want it to, and then a nice, slow retrieve or variable retrieve is a good idea. Again, you're covering water and you're covering much more water as far as water column depth goes with something like this. I'm throwing it on my crankbait setup again, which with a slower gear ratio from a 6.3:1 to like a 7.3:1 general range. It's going to give me a lot of options and a lot of fish catching opportunity as I'm covering a ton of waters, great way all around just to cover some water.

Speaker 1:
All right, next up, we had a ton of plastics. So I've already rigged up a few of them and I just want to show you what I got rigged here in a second, but we've got the Big Bite Baits Coontail, which is like a nice 4.75 inch almost is five inch ringed worm plastic tons, and tons of action. Almost as much action as you can possibly give a plastic. Then we got one of my favorite baits in the bag here, which is the On The Spot Baits, little baby brush hog, little three inch brush hog bait in what they call Dingleberry, but it's like a brown and purple. We've got the Slim Swim Mayfly Reaper color, 3.3 inch swimbait. And then we've got the good old classic here, The Ned Ocho from Strike King, this one coming in a split color pattern green pumpkin, and big blue flashy color there, which is Okeechobee craw.

Speaker 1:
All right, so I've already rigged all four of those and I want to show you guys what they look like here. My choice for the coontail seems to be the obvious one, but that is shaky head, got here a Super K Jigs white head shaky head. I like these because of the round head shape, means that they are way less snaggy, especially when it comes rocky situation. So I can throw these in the river anywhere I want to, no issues whatsoever. And you can also actually throw them in more weedy cover, like on your lakes, right and in your ponds. So lots of options here, rig it as straight as you can. It's actually got a decently like thick body to it, pretty thick, ideal rigging section. So most shaky heads will have like a twist lock here. So you just twist lock that thicker head section, and then you just roll this bait up and in order to get it as straight as possible, I kind of like to just bury the hook and that'll give you a very nice straight look there.

Speaker 1:
And then when a fish bites it's going to rip on through these little rigs, also kind of help prevent you from snagging up on weeds, which is kind of nice. Solid setup there, it's going to have an insane amount of action, especially due to this little bulbus section here at the end, so that's going to look really good on the bottom. Setup wise, not super important with this one. I don't feel in my personal opinion here, but I'm thrown in on like any sort of medium, heavy, fast action setup, which means fast action wise. When I get that bite, I want more sensitive rod, by the way, as sensitive as I can get when I feel that bite, which for us here in Michigan, this time of year is pretty subtle. Like you just feel a little (beep), you got a fish on there. I want to be able to set that hook and with a fast action, you're getting hooked penetration right away.

Speaker 1:
I might even go extra fast action with that, but just medium heavy setup. Whatever your go to rod length is and company go for it. And then just a standard gear ratio like 7.3:1 will do you just fine. I like to go braid to fluoro with these types of things, as well as what I'm going to show you in a second, because fluorocarbon is invisible in the water or next to invisible. So it gives you a nice finesse presentation. The next three actually rigged up all on the same exact thing, which came in this bag. So recently Monsterbass has dropped their own EWG Ned Rig Jigs and you guys should definitely check these out, they're pretty sweet. They come with different colored heads so you can change it up. I personally in my bag got black and blue, so you can see right here, we got that dark colored head to it and I like these a lot.

Speaker 1:
EWG Ned Heads are fantastic because you can rig them weedless and these Sabertooth Ned Heads from Monsterbass can be rigged extra straight, which is awesome to see. So you can see, I rigged up the slim swim here. Why? Because you can swim Neds too. So I can let this fall to the bottom and look like a feeding or even just a dying or injured bait fish. Just let it fall, let it sit. The tail's going to do a lot of work underwater there and look really good and then I can swim it. I can also reel pause it. So reel it in, let it swim for a little bit, pause. It'll fall, sit like this, reel it, it'll come up and move again. And I think that is going to be some pretty good action. I've done that with a lot of smaller paddle tails in the past and had a lot of good luck.

Speaker 1:
So I highly recommend that. This and the next two setups I'll show you, I'd probably throw on a spinning rig and I'm looking for something like a seven foot medium to medium light actually and that is going to be a faster, extra fast action tip. So again, more sensitive rod would be ideal and as soon as I sense that bite, I want to just set that hook and have hook penetration right away. I finesse fish a lot and that would be kind of my go-to setup and again, whatever rod or reel of choice is yours do that. Highly recommend, braid to Fluoro here as well, high vis braid. So you can get yellow or white high vis braid in a lower pound test. The lower the pound test, the more sensitive it's going to be. So I like to go sub 15 pound braid. Usually I'm going to rig up like a ten or an eight pound braid, which would be my main line and then I'm going to have fluorocarbon leader on there, which is going to be like a four to six pound.

Speaker 1:
And with something like this, it's a little bit of a heavier hook so I'm probably leaning heavier. I might even lean more towards like an eight pound fluorocarbon leader just for this guy right here. Just so I, again, don't get too many break offs, which by the way, your connection knots, you guys go look up the Alberto Knot or the FG Knot and start practicing. Just practice, practice, practice, choose your knot of choice with those two would be definitely the stronger knots out there as opposed to like a Double Uni or something like that. Those are both great braid to leader line knot options for you. So there's a slim swim on the Monsterbass EWG Ned.

Speaker 1:
Then I got two options that seem to be meant for this rig, check that out. So we got the baby brush hog here from On The Spot and we got the Okeechobee Craw Ned Ocho from Strike King, bam, boom. Dude, I love this baby brush hog. That's so sweet. This is going to have an insane amount of action, I like the color. I'm leaving it rig this way because I'm going to go throw this like real soon. And then I also love this split colorway so you could flip flop it if you want to. I don't think it matters too much with these split down the middle ones. And this is personally why I like their swirl colors. So if you guys get a choice with the Ned Ocho's, if you go pick up more, obviously whatever you get in your bag, get in your bag. But if you get a choice to go pick up more, look for the swirls, they got a ton of cool colors there.

Speaker 1:
There you go. So that's the Ned Ocho boom, baby brush hog, boom. Again, same setup as I was using on the slim swim. Spinning rod and reel setup, go for that medium light. Medium light's personally my favorite, seven foot gives you good castability and then high vis braid the fluorocarbon leader. All right. So then we got our multi-species baits, we got two plastics in here. One is from Widowmaker, the little Crappie Minner, and then we've got the Shad Scented Different Breed Lures, pretty nifty little tickle tail style plastic there. Luckily for rigging purposes, we also have included here, some lucky strike Crappie Jigs in a 1/32nd ounce, personally my favorite weight to go Crappie fishing with. 1/32nd ounce is a really good weight for a jig because when you cast it out there, you can get a little bit of distance.

Speaker 1:
It is ultra light, it's tough to cast. So spinning rig ultra light set up lighter line, easier to cast. And then once you get it out there, the 1/32 is going to sink really slow and that's what the crappie are going to gravitate towards. So Panfish and Crappie are going to attack that thing. You'll feel the bite might be a little sensitive again. That's why you go ultra light to light set up, just set the hook. You're good to go. All right, so first up, I want to show that different breed lures looks like that. It's got this little different section up top and you can actually just trim this bait, however you want. So personally, I like to stay downsized when I'm ultralight fishing. So I rip that section off and what we end up with is a nice little tickle tail in chartreuse with some blue and green flake.

Speaker 1:
I think that looks juicy right there, this is all you need. Go cast this out in your local pond, you're going to catch some panfish for sure. And then, if you want to get a little more aggressive and swim something around, throw that widowmaker, this is June bug and chartreuse. So you got that nice dark colored contrast, which I think looks juicy as all heck and again, you got that tickle tail. So they're going to eat this thing up. Don't worry too much about the length. Again. I trim the other one, that's just a personal preference but crappie, they got big open mouths. They're just going to munch this thing and they'll also go after little tiny, shallow diving cranks and jerk baits. So this little tiny guy right here is from Go-To Lures, this is the shimmer shad. So super shallow diving, You see how shallow that lip goes right there.

Speaker 1:
Sexy shad color, good go to lighter days. This is going to do great. Good option, be thrown around. So if you see some panfish and you want to hit them on a crank bait, you can throw something like this out there too, and have some good luck.

Speaker 1:
Alright you guys, there you go. That is the bag as well as some bonus multi-species baits. So if you're looking for how to rig these and like what rotten reel set up and line set up, hopefully this video was helpful for you guys. What I want you to do now is grab your bag, go hit the water, go catch a PB and gosh, dang it, have fun because that's what it's all about.

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