Where Do Bass Go In Winter? (And How To Catch Them)

If your bass vanished this Winter you aren't alone! Many anglers struggle to find fish this time of year but if you know the 3 places to look, you'll always be able to find them. The combination of rock, hollows, and solid cover, are the trifecta of fishy locations for Winter bass fishing.

Don't let the cold temperatures deter you. The fish still need to eat and while you might not get as many bites as you would in Fall or Spring, you're likely to catch the biggest bass of your life! If you're not fishing this Winter, you're wasting some of the best big bass fishing of the whole year!

Below is a breakdown of some of the gear we use this time of year. We've broken it down by location and weather condition to make it easy for you to find what you need.

Fish on the rocks...

Jig- Dirty Jigs Casting: http://bit.ly/2ayUXnE

Trailer- Yamamoto Double Tail: http://bit.ly/2db9w1p

Ned Rig- Z Man Ned Worm: http://bit.ly/2hs4RtR

Ned Head- Lockz Head: http://bit.ly/2kIgRYK

Fish In The Hollows...

Alabama Rig- Yum Flash Mob Junior: http://bit.ly/2bgDGNu

Blade Bait- Damiki Axe Blade: http://bit.ly/2w2uB9t

Underspin- Blade Runner 1/2 oz: http://bit.ly/2oocg0a

Swimbait- Huddleston 10" ROF 12: http://bit.ly/2nztmdj

Fish In Shallow Cover...

Shallow Jerkbait- Jackall Rerange 110: http://bit.ly/2ge0qED

Deep Jerkbait- Lucky Craft Staysee 90: http://bit.ly/2dBzMmz

Jig- Dirty Jigs Flippin' Jig: http://bit.ly/2fx8YBI

Jig Trailer- Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver: http://bit.ly/29W3RZW

Fish In Flood Conditions...

Spinnerbait- River2Sea Bling 1/2 oz (Iced): http://bit.ly/2diSwqq

Chatterbait- Evergreen JackHammer 3/8 oz (Chartreuse White): http://bit.ly/2popvj6

Jig- Dirty Jigs Flippin' Jig: http://bit.ly/2fx8YBI

Jig Trailer- Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver: http://bit.ly/29W3RZW

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Squarebill Crankbait Buyer's Guide - Top Baits For Every Season

The Buyer's Guide continues with a look at this year's best squarebill crankbaits. We start with our favorites and quickly branch into some of the hottest new baits of the year. Whether you're trying to fish ultra shallow, bounce the top of a ledge, or just gain confidence in shallow cranks, this video will help you simplify your fishing.

The purpose of the buyer's guide series is to make it easier for you and your loved ones to shop this holiday season. We keep these videos simple and focus on key baits that work from coast to coast. With all of the new crankbaits hitting the market every year its difficult for the average angler to keep up with the trends.

Below is a breakdown of our top confidence baits. We'll follow that up with a handful of new offerings that are worth checking and then wrap it up with our rods, reel, and terminal tackle selections.

Top Baits...

Lucky Craft 1.5 and 2.5 Squarebill: http://bit.ly/2BGxKPa

Top colors: American Shad, Citrus Citrus, Gizzard Shad

River2Sea Biggie Poppa: http://bit.ly/2ahCzvo

Top Colors: Cold Blooded, Abalone Shad, Gizzard Shad, TS Minnow

6th Sense Crush Squarebill: http://bit.ly/2HbaCGT

Top Colors: 4K Shad, Bluegill Fire, Chrome Treuse Shad, Shad Scales

Lucky Craft Classical Leader: http://bit.ly/2zKkhlV

Top Colors: Ayu, Craw, Wakasagi

Lucky Craft Moonsault: http://bit.ly/2SGSMk2

Top Colors: Aurora Ghost Black, Ghost Minnow, Striped Shad, Wakasagi

Megabass Sonic Side: http://bit.ly/2PxtPWo

Top Colors: MB Gizzard, PM Ghost Shiner, Secret Gill

Teckel Drunker: http://bit.ly/2xryClV

Top Colors: Molting Craw, Phantom Green Craw, Phantom Red Craw

Strike King 1.5: http://bit.ly/2LlCEQX

Top Colors: Clear Water Minnow, Sexy Shad, Summer Sexy Shad

Hook and Split Ring Upgrades...

Owner ST-56 Treble (Size 4): http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW

Gamakatsu EWG Treble (Size 4): http://bit.ly/2DCOlmV

Owner Hyperwire Size 3 Split Rings: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

Favorite Squarebill Combo...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR: http://bit.ly/2og0BmK

Reel- Curado 150 DC HG: http://bit.ly/2yHtsp4

Line- Assassin Fluorocarbon 12 lb: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Other Budget Friendly Squarebill Rods...

G Loomis E6X 845 CBR: http://bit.ly/2G5Bc86

Dobyns Fury 7' Medium Heavy Cranking: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV

Shimano Curado 7' Medium Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2E9gktQ

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Giant Fish Story - 7 Lb 4 Oz Brook Trout!

You've been asking for the story behind this giant fish and today we're finally letting it out. This is the story of Matt's 7 lb 4 oz Brook Trout! You already know the story of the 17 lb largemouth on the left side of the desk, here is the story of the incredible fish on the right!

This fish catch took place when Matt was 10 years old. He and his family were visiting Cherry Lake in California. An average day of bank fishing took a turn toward the incredible when the big brook trout inhaled Matt's Rooster Tail spinner.

A Brook trout of this size is a catch of a lifetime for any adult, let alone a small boy. The catch itself is incredible but the chain of events it kicked off changed Matt's direction in life forever. Even at a young age, the desire to "just catch fish" vanished and was replaced for a desire to catch the biggest fish he could find.

While TacticalBassin's primary focus today is bass fishing, Matt and Tim are actually accomplished multi-species anglers. They hold a handful of non-bass world records and thoroughly enjoy chasing fish of all species.

Below is the Rooster Tail and line that Matt was using that day. We've also included an updated rod/reel combo that we would use today for this type of fishing.

Rooster Tail: http://bit.ly/2MxuzKh

Maxima Ultragreen Line: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Modern Combo...

Rod- Zodias 6'8" Medium Light: http://bit.ly/2jOUXAO

Reel- Nasci 1000 Spinning Reel: http://bit.ly/2g278cC

Line- Sunline Sniper 4 lb: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

Other Trout Lures...

Keitech 2.8 Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Panther Martin Spinner: http://bit.ly/2uXduVt

Mepps Spinner: http://bit.ly/2NaVL2f

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Lipless Crankbait Buyer's Guide - Best Baits For The Price

The Buyer's Guide series continues with a look at our top lipless crankbaits. Whether you're looking for a budget-friendly option, the perfect bait to burn over grass, or a balanced option for slow fishing the depths, we've got you covered.

With so many lipless crankbaits on the market its hard to know which baits to invest your time into. With these 6 baits you can cover every application.

Lipless crankbaits have a reputation for losing big fish at the worst times. Stock baits often deserve the bad rap but with a few simple modifications these baits have a great hookup to land ratio! Add in a dedicated rod and you have a recipe for big bass success.

Below is a breakdown of the baits we recommend as well as rod, reel, and hardware upgrades to increase your hook up to land ratio. We'll also include our confidence colors for each bait.

The baits...

-Bill Lewis Rat-L-Trap: http://bit.ly/2gm8CjC

Recommended colors: Blue Blood Shad, Ghost Minnow, Rayburn Craw Red, Silverado.

-Cotton Cordell Super Spot: http://bit.ly/2y3K210

Recommended Colors: Royal Red, Foxy Shad, Foxy Momma.

-Strike King Red Eye Shad: http://bit.ly/2fqX1RT

Recommended Colors: Ayu, Chrome Sexy Shad, Japanese Shad, Royal Red, Sexy Shad.

-Jackall TN-70: http://bit.ly/2lqAwjh

Recommended Colors: RT Scale Minnow, Super Shad, RT Holo Bluegill, Ghost Minnow, Chartreuse Shad.

-Lucky Craft LV-500: http://bit.ly/2aAUUbd

Recommended Colors: American Shad, Chartreuse Shad, Phantom Chartreuse Shad, Ghost Minnow.

Megabass Vibration X Jr: http://bit.ly/2zOeSdB

Recommended Colors: GG Gill, M Sliver, Sexy French Pearl.

Hook and Split Ring Upgrades...

Owner ST-56 Treble (Size 4): http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW

Gamakatsu EWG Treble (Size 4): http://bit.ly/2DCOlmV

Owner Hyperwire Size 3 Split Rings: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

Favorite Lipless Combo...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR: http://bit.ly/2og0BmK

Reel- Curado 150 DC HG: http://bit.ly/2yHtsp4

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 40 lb Braid: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Other Budget Friendly Lipless Rods...

G Loomis E6X 845 CBR: http://bit.ly/2G5Bc86

Dobyns Fury 7' Medium Heavy Cranking: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV

Shimano Curado 7' Medium Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2E9gktQ

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