Top Spring Baits For Finesse Fishing

Spring is prime time to go fishing and these baits will help you catch more fish! Don’t worry about trying a dozen different baits, focus on these key categories, especially when the conditions get tough.

Many anglers think of Spring as the time get out and power fish. While this is a great plan, it doesn’t always pan out. Its important to have a backup plan so you don’t struggle when conditions change. If you’re ready to adapt and drop down to finesse tackle, you’ll become much more consistent through the Spring, Summer, and beyond.

Bait #1- Roboworm 6″ Fat Worm:
Bait #2- Strike King Half Shell:
Hook- Owner Mosquito Light Size 1:
Weight- Tungsten Tear Drop:

Ned Rig…
Worm- Z Man T.R.D.:
Head- LockZ HD Jig Head:

Worm- Yamamoto Senko:
Texas Hook- Gamakatsu EWG:
Wacky Hook- Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap:
Nail Weight- Swagger Tungsten Pagoda:
Texas Sizing… 3/0 for 5″, 4/0 for 6″, 5/0 for 7″
Wacky Sizing… 1/0 for 5″, 2/0 for 6″, 3/0 for 7″

Finesse Swimbait…
Bait #1- Keitech Fat 2.8″:
Bait #2- Keitech Easy Shiner 4″:
Head #1- Dirty Jigs Guppy Head:
Head #2 – Revenge Darter Hedz:
Head #3- Cool Baits Underspin:

Bait- Dry Creek 3.5″ Tournament Tube:
Head- Bite Me Flat Eye Head:

Tim’s Favorite Picks for All-Around finesse Setups at every budget…

Ultra High End Combo…
Rod- G Loomis Conquest 902:
Reel- Daiwa Certate:

High-End Combo…
Rod- GLX Spinning 820s DSR:
Reel- Shimano CI4+ 1000:

Mid-Range Combo…
Rod- Shimano Expride 6’10” ML:
Reel- Daiwa Tatula LT 2500:

Budget Friendly Combo…
Rod- Dobyns Fury 7′ Medium Light:
Reel- Daiwa Fuego 2500:

Line and Leader for all combos…
Line- 10 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:
Leader- 6 lb Sunline Sniper:

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Gerald Balciar Jr says:

I wish the ice wood melt.

Camden Peters says:

are you guys doing a 2018 rod and reel arsenal????

1dogissky says:

“We out here fishing in finesse”

Tylor German says:

Can you guys do a striper fishing video like what baits to use or something?

Kevin H. says:

Hey guys, how do you like the gambler big EZ swimbaits?

Dano 57 says:

thanks tim

Andy Lam says:

I was out on the water today and saw 20+ top-water blowups and none of the fish took my lures. I used spooks, poppers, buzz baits, and a spinner-baits and I didn’t even get a bite. Please tell me what I am doing wrong

don juan says:

I have up tourney fishing years ago. I take a bucket of minnows and always get fish. No pressure,no money but just relaxation and fun.

Michael Candelaria says:

100k here we come !!

Fish Finder says:

thanks for the bait ideas. I planned to go with some other things that are very different this year. Hopefully will come up with some new things for everyone too.

Timmothy White says:

what weight jig head is best for the 2.8’s to get the right wobble with your jig heads?

Marco Caetano says:

I have an idea for a video. You could make live videos with subscribers asking you some questions, like Matt did here: . You could make videos like this regularly, maybe once a month. Each video could be about something different: fishing for the biggest bass in the lake, swimbaits, jigs, etc…

Max Distance says:

still waiting for you guys to come up to Lake shasta or Trinity!

gary m says:


Interp66 says:

I’m really ready for springtime Buddy!

Cody Phillips says:

Hey guys it would be cool if one day a week you did a short live stream when you are out on the boat fishing just letting us know the conditions, what your fishing, how your fishing and hows it goin.

just a suggestion.

Thanks for everything ALWAYS looking forward to the next video !

Kole johnston says:

Hey guys my water temp is 47 degrees and my lake has a mostly sported bass in it any tips on how to find them I’ve been having a really hard time the last couple weeks

cmatix1008 says:

how would u describe the difference in action between the easy shiner vs the impact??

1964krazyeric says:

A question on another subject, Why are pork products no longer being sold?

S.O.B. Southern Oklahoma Bassin' says:

Experienced this this weekend! Damn mother nature. Lol

Curt Rund says:

Thank you for sharing! You guys are greatly appreciated.

Cuong Nguyen says:

Noob question, when fighting a fish, in what direction should you position the rod? Do you pull it in the opposite direction that the fish is swimming in order to maintain tension or do you position the rod in the direction the fish is swimming in order to reel the fish in easier??

FilipinoBMW says:

Fishing New Melones for the first time on Sunday. Any recommendations on where and what to start? It has been freezing out here lately.

Nathan Larsen says:

Please do a spinner bait / chatter bait full seminar vid please

Johnny Allende says:

Is the dropshot usable for bank/shore fishing? Don’t own or have access to boat but would love to try the drop shot this spring

jimforjzs777 says:

Need less of you n more pics of baits your talking about..der…

acdarb says:

I’d love to see a video explaining the differences between how you approach fishing a deep reservoir versus a natural lake like Clear Lake! Thanks for what you guys do!

Double Down Fishing says:

I truly enjoy your channel and content. Keep up the good work!

Mike Barbieri says:

What Rod would you use for a wacky style worm for a bait caster medium, medium light, medium heavy just not sure

Miguel Alvarez says:

You mean like a cold front we got last night. It hailed here I’m the central valley. How about up north whare you guys are Mr Tim

IJW2 FISH says:

For dropshot and Ned rigs, what weight do you recommend on using?

Northeast Bass Fishing says:

Good stuff as always fellas!!

Kenny Galloway says:

Have you guys ever heard of sassyshad it my go to for Creek fishing

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