Feb 02

New Year, New Post, Same Great Product – Fish Like the Pro’s – Tony Lain & Blue Bird Finesse

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For this issue of :  ‘Fish Like the Pro’s’  We have our resident pro-staff, Mr. Tony Lain here to give us some more insight on his techniques behind his freshwater expertise.  Let us know what you think!  And as always, be sure to check out our e-store for all the great products Tony is talking about, as well as plenty more!

Blue Bird Finesse!

By Tony Lain

Have you ever been bass fishing during one of those super tough “Blue Bird” days?

One of those days on the water when you fish hard and still get a “doughnut”? When

conditions are the lake water is super clear, flat calm with no breeze and super bright

skies, the bite can be extremely tough. But here is a tip that might get you some big


Sometimes during Blue Bird conditions big bass will suspend in the tops of deep trees

just off shore. I have found that sometime the only way to get these bigger finicky bass

to bite in clear water is to use light line with slow sinking finesse baits. And yes, you

have to take some huge risks and fish the light line in and around the trees.

The tackle I choose when fishing finesse baits when I target finicky bass suspended in

the tree tops in clear water is crucial. A long medium or medium light action spinning

rod is a must. My go-to set up is a 7’0” Kistler Z-Bone medium light action spinning rod,

with a 2500 series spinning reel, spooled with ten or twelve pound test braided line. I

use Blackwater Toray Bawo Finesse Braid line with a five or six pound test top shot

Toray fluorocarbon leader. I use Solaraom Superhard Upgrade for my leader, because

it is very strong and resists wear when fished in the tree tops. The medium light action

spinning rod is the best choice because you will be required to make long accurate

casts with really light baits. The lighter action rod will also take up some of the shock

when a big bass decides to make one of those powerful hard runs during the fight.

One of the most important components with this set-up is the use of braided line with

a fluorocarbon leader. The ten pound test Toray braid has the diameter of two pound

test nylon fishing line and performs perfectly on a spinning reel and will aide in making

long casts. Another key feature is that the Toray braid has “strike indicators” about

every three feet built into the line. These white marks are very visible as you watch your

line as the bait slowly sinks and will aid in the detection of strikes. I attach about a ten

foot fluorocarbon leader to the braid by utilizing a uni-to-uni knot. Because the braided

line has virtually no stretch, it is very easy to “reel set” when you get a bite, and then

immediately try to control the direction of the fighting bass away from the trees.

A few baits I prefer to use when fishing this technique are a Jackall Flick Shake worm

with Wacky Jig Head, a weightless wacky rigged Senko, or a Jackall Clone Fry nose

hooked with a small Tungsten Nose Jig Head weight. I try to locate thicker off shore

trees that are also close to deeper water. I make long casts to the outside edge of the

trees, and also right into the tree tops (Yeap, in the trees). I watch my line closely, and

as soon as I detect a strike I reel set, lean into the fish and try to direct the bass away

from the trees into deeper open water. Now, the down side… Yes, you are going to lose

some fish and get broke off in the tress. Unfortunately, this is the risk you must take

to get these finicky bass to bite in the first place (Big risk, big reward). This technique

requires a lot of skill, but a lot more luck! “I’ve gotten my feelings hurt” too, losing big

tournament winners in the trees too. But I’ve also had many top finishes using this

technique during Blue Bird days when a lot of other good anglers struggled. Give this

technique a try and you might be pleasantly surprised how many big bass you catch out

of the trees with light line. Good luck on the water!