Recently Bass University was on Lake Norman with local angler Bryan Thrift. In this on the water bass fishing class, Bryan shares an awesome technique for hard-to-catch bass that are feeding on small forage. This is a situational/seasonal tip, but when it happens (and it often does in the fall), you can load the boat and possibly win a tournament with by taking advantage of Bryan's advice. In this video, Bryan Thrift has located an area where several predatory fish species are feeding on small shad. While not every catch is a bass, and as Bryan says, "catching fish is fun", so this is a great technique for to catch numbers of white perch, crappie, hybrids and white bass along with spotted, smallmouth and largemouth bass, if you're out fun fishing. 

  • 0:18 Introducing an awesome bait for when bass are schooling on small shad, the Damiki Vault Blade Baits
  • 0:49 Tackle for fishing a small blade baits, like the Damiki Vault
  • 1:41 How to fish this blade bait
  • 2:10 Blade bait size selection
  • 2:30 Bryan Thrift's favorite Fall blade bait colors
  • 2:48 What this bait does and when & where to fish it
  • 4:22 How Bryan Thrift fishes the Damiki Vault Blade Baits to imitate small/dying baitfish
  • 17:00 Alternate retrieves for blade bait fishing
  • 20:55 Dealing with a heavy bait and tiny lightwire hooks on baitcasting tackle

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