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Over the years, as underwater sports cameras have evolved, I have been able to keep stride with this ever changing technology and sometimes add my creative twist of thinking outside the box to get those underwater shots that in the past we could only imagine. So I have decided to make a series of short videos of underwater bass activity to try to help unlock some of the mysterys of just what the heck these bass are thinking when we toss our lures out in their environment.

The baits I used in the video are my own Natural Series Swimmers AM Shads

AM Swimmers - ©MikeLongOutdoors


One of the questions I hear a lot is “Why are the bass just following my bait?”

BBB1 - ©MikeLongOutdoorsThe picture above shows a large group of bass that were just curious about the swimbait and never made an advance towards it, just followed the bait and stayed just behind it. While filming, it was the middle of a hot Summer day, heading into a no moon phase and the water was clear and around 80 degrees.

I have found that in these periods of the year, and time of day, most bass in clear water will be low light feeders and once you find them they will be offshore, suspended just deep enough to stay out of the sun’s bright summer rays.

BBB2 - ©MikeLongOutdoorsThe above picture is a snapshot of a behavior I have seen many animals exhibit in nature and that is to rub their body, or scent onto the bait and mark it. I’m not totally sure why bass would do this, but the bass in the video never bit the swimbait just marked it.

BBB4 - ©MikeLongOutdoorsUnder the same mid-day hot and bright conditions I was able to get a few bass to chase down my swimbait and get a little more aggressive with it once I got the lure down around 25 feet.

BBB5 - ©MikeLongOutdoorsAfter finding that perfect depth of water I was able to consistently keep my swimbait in the bass biting zone.


Enjoy the video!!

Mike Long

Mike Long, is well known for monster bass, like the 20.12 oz largemouth bass taken from Dixon Lake in 2001. That fish put him at number ten on the world record list, but it wasn’t his only large fish. He is among a handful of bass fisherman with hundreds of fish over 10 lbs to his credit.

4 comments on “Underwater Bass Video #1

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Mike P on November 15, 2014 4:50 pm

Nice video! the bass rub explains why ive side hooked so many bass in open water this past summer! i can recall foul-hooking 3-4 within a day on the side. It was the weirdest thing. Thanks

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Joefish on November 15, 2014 4:58 pm

Great video Mike, and very interesting. I LIKE!

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E. A. Castro on November 15, 2014 5:25 pm

You always get some of the most incredible footage of bass doing their thing… Great stuff!

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JrsyDean Montemore on November 16, 2014 8:07 am

Kool vid Mike u r the best !!!!!!!

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