Big bass and shallow water! The pre-spawn is the perfect recipe for squarebill fishing! As the big ones move up a lot of the traditional patterns fade away in favor of high-speed reaction baits. The square bill is a perfect candidate for this style of fishing and today we’re making it so easy that anyone can fish them effectively.
There are only a couple of considerations that you as the angler need to make when selecting a square bill. Pay attention to sound (or lack of sound), size, and diving depth. Once you’ve made those simple selections all that’s left to do is cover water in search of those big pre-spawn bass.
We keep color selection very simple. Ideally you’ll want to fit baits into 4 categories. Craw (red), Ghost (see-through), Reflective (Chrome or scale pattern), and white. If you have baits in these 4 categories you’re prepared for 99% of the conditions you can face on the water.
Favorite Rattling Baits…
Luhr Jensen Speed Trap:
Spro Little John:
Favorite Silent Baits…
Lucky Craft 1.5 and 2.5:
Megabass S Crank:
Favorite Magnum Squarebills…
Lucky Craft Magnum 110 (Deep Runner):
Lucky Craft Magnum 105 (Shallow Runner):
Strike King 8.0 & 4.0:
Matt’s Preferred Squarebill Setup…
Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR:
Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL 150:
Line- 20 lb MaxCuatro Braid:
Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen:
Budget Friendly Squarebill Setup…
Rod- Dobyns 7′ Crankbait:
Reel- Shimano Casitas 150:
Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin fluorocarbon:
Magnum Squarebill Setup…
Rod- Zodias 7’6″ Glass:
Reel- Curado 200K 7:1 Ratio:
Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin:
Plano Waterproof 3700 Deep Box:
Bass Mafia Casket 3700 Deep Box:
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Other gear you see us wearing…
Sun Shirt w/ Hood:
Light Fishing Pants:
Horizon Sweater (Water resistant, great for layering):
Equipment We Recommend…
Minn Kota Ultrex Trolling Motor:
Minn Kota Battery Charger:
Humminbird Solix 15 Electronics:
Minn Kota Talons:
Wireless Talon Foot Switch:
Favorite Split Ring Pliers:
Favorite Wire Cutters:
Favorite life jacket:
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