Dropshot Fishing Tips to Catch Fish All Winter

Today we hit the water with spinning rods in hand, searching for cold water bass in Post Frontal conditions. We're out with Ross England, an excellent finesse fisherman and fishing guide. Despite the weather, we started catching fish immediately and had consistent action throughout the day.

If you're tired of struggling to catch bass in Winter, this video is for you. The drop shot isn't glamorous but its incredibly effective throughout the cold months. If you understand where to look for bass and how to work the baits, its only a matter of time before you start catching.

We used 4 different worms today and caught fish on all of them. The key was that we found bass that were grouped together. Its always easier to get bit when there is competition between fish. Whether its December with a dropshot or July with a topwater, grouped up fish compete for food.

Below is a break down of the baits, the gear, as well as Ross's contact information if you'd like to get out and do this style of fishing. Winter doesn't have to be a struggle, get out there and have some fun!

The Worms...

Berkley 4.75" Bottom Hopper Worm: http://bit.ly/2Q9Qhdt

Strike King 4" Dream Shot: http://bit.ly/2KNXuK9

Roboworm 4.5" Fat Worm: http://bit.ly/2awYSxM

Strike King Half Shell: http://bit.ly/2iR9awm

We focused on green pumpkin and purple colors for success. MMIII, Green Pumpkin, Junebug, and KVD Magic were the best producers.

Terminal Tackle...

Matt's Hook- Trokar Dropshot Size 2: http://bit.ly/2ahxJOr

Ross's Hook- Gamakatsu Aaron Martens TGW Dropshot Size 2: http://bit.ly/2zGX441

Lead Dropshot Weight 1/8 oz: http://bit.ly/2BjFCp3

Tungsten Dropshot Weight 1/8 oz: http://bit.ly/2oy7i24

Matt's Combo...

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

Reel- Stradic CI4+ 1000: http://bit.ly/2gu84t7

Line- 10 lb Power Pro Braid: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b

Leader- Sunline Sniper 7 lb: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

Ross's Combo...

Rod- Powell Endurance 7'2" Light: http://bit.ly/2QyFvNk

Reel- Pfleuger Trion 25: http://bit.ly/2rjrdlr

Line- 8 lb Power Pro Braid: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b

Leader- 8 lb Seaguar Red Label: http://bit.ly/2LOVEwA

If you're interested in fishing with Ross or learning more about his guide service visit his website: http://www.clearlakeguideservice.com He is an excellent guide and very knowledgable angler.

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Best Worms and Creature Baits For Bass Fishing - Buyer's Guide

Today we continue the Buyer's Guide Series with a look at our favorite soft plastics. We've chosen 12 of our favorite plastics including worms, tubes, creatures, and minnow baits. Some of them are old stand by's while others are wild cards you might never have heard of.

This bonus video is designed to help you wade through the hundreds of soft plastics on the market and focus on the proven producers and best new options without wasting time and money. Each of these baits has been producing for us and we're confident will do the same for you.

Below is a breakdown of the baits we have confidence in. Whether you're finesse fishing, flipping, or chasing a reaction bite, there are baits here that will work for you. We're including some of our favorite colors and size recommendations for each as well. In no particular order, here are the baits...

1) Yamamoto Senko 5" and 6": http://bit.ly/2axAmNS

-Some of our favorite senko colors include Green Pumpkin black flake, Green Pumpkin Watermelon laminate, Baby Bass, and June Bug.

2) Zoom Super Fluke: http://bit.ly/2aqys0H

- The Fluke can be used to mimic any baitfish so "match the hatch" the best you can. Some of our favorite colors are Tennessee Shad, Green Pumpkin, Albino, and Smokin Shad.

3) Strike King Fat Baby Finesse Worm: http://bit.ly/2aKei5y

-Favorite colors include Blue Fleck, Green Pumpkin, and Watermelon Red Flake.

4) Net Bait 6.5" T-Mac Worm: http://bit.ly/2jndwj9

Favorite Colors Include Green Pumpkin, Junebug, Kentucky Special, and Texas Craw.

5) Reaction Innovations Man Bear Pig: http://bit.ly/2s51oIV

Not to be confused with Al Gore's Man Bear Pig, the Reaction Innovations version is a true fish producer! We've seen incredible results with this bait and often throw it in place of the Brush Hog. Favorite colors include Hematoma, Okeechobee Craw, Tramp Stamp, and Watermelon Red.

6) Keitech Crazy Flapper 4.4": http://bit.ly/2c3cXrp

This bait is a sleeper and you should really check it out. It has a TON of action and shines on a light Texas rig. Favorite colors include Green Pumpkin, Double Trouble, Green Pumpkin Fire, and Sprayed Grass.

7) Roboworm Alive Shad 4": http://bit.ly/2kDNeYw

Give your fish a unique look with this full-bodied worm. Favorite colors include Aarons Magic, Hologram Shad, Margarita Mutilator, and Morning Dawn.

8) Dry Creek 3.5" Tournament Tube: http://bit.ly/2cJwI6r

Favorite colors include Butt Ugly, Green Pumpkin, Old Ugly, and Mocha Copper Pepper.

9) Z-Man Finesse TRD: http://bit.ly/2hs4RtR

If you haven't thrown a ned rig yet, you're missing the boat. This one is for you! Green Pumpkin, Green Pumpkin Goby, Yoga Pants, and Mud Bug are all proven producers.

10) Roboworm Ned Worm: http://bit.ly/2j9F0Xy

Favorite Colors include Aarons Magic, Desert Craw, MM3, and Peoples Worm.

11) Realis V-TailShad: http://bit.ly/2PUH83Q

Unique bait that works equally well on a dropshot or a Damiki Rig. Favorite colors include Bluegill, Ghost Pearl Silver, and Violet Wakasagi.

12) Roboworm Fat 6" Straight Tail Worm: http://bit.ly/2awYSxM

The Roboworm is a proven bait in the West that is winning tournaments all over the country. Favorite colors include Aaron's Magic, MMIII, People's Worm, and Red Crawler.

13) Jackall Archelon: http://bit.ly/2uo4sN5

This is our favorite flipping bait fished on a heavy Texas Rig. Favorite colors include Green Pumpkin Candy, Green Pumpkin Pepper, and School Bluegill.

Favorite Flippin Stick- Expride 7'11" Extra Heavy: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

Favorite Hooks, jigheads, and weights...

-Vike Tungsten Weights: http://bit.ly/2DUIxB4

-Strike King 3/16 Tube Heads: http://bit.ly/2xpDBDK

-Gamakatsu 4/0 Superline Worm Hook: http://bit.ly/2ac92XG

-Ned LockZ HD Heads: http://bit.ly/2kIgRYK

-Owner Shaky Ultrahead: http://bit.ly/2iofJdg

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Worm Fishing Tips for Fall and Winter

Forget finesse, this video is about big worms and shaky heads to power through the cooler months. If you aren't ready to dropshot, this video is for you! Finesse is great but if your fish are willing to feed, feeding them, a bigger meal can upsize your catch. Turn to the shaky head this Winter when everyone else has given up and you might be surprised by what happens next.

Everyone knows the power of the shaky head for Summer bass. Somehow anglers overlook the effectiveness the rest of the year. As the water cools consider picking up a shaky head with a lighter wire hook, tying it on a lighter rod, and trying to catch a big bass when nothing else will bite.

Below is a breakdown of the worms, hooks, and tackle we have the most confidence in with this technique. Remember, keep it simple. You're not looking for a ton of bites as the water cools, you're looking for the right bites. Stick to confidence colors for the best results.

The Worms...

Daiwa Neko Fat Worm: http://bit.ly/2o2O3LG

Daiwa Neko Worm: http://bit.ly/2kH4KuC

Zoom Magnum Swamp Crawler: http://bit.ly/2eMxvXR

Yamamoto Cut Tail Worm 5.5 and 6.5: http://bit.ly/2iXlzPu

The Hooks...

Dirty Jigs Canterbury Shaky Head: http://bit.ly/2aFOs0V

Owner Shaky Ultrahead: http://bit.ly/2iofJdg

Our Favorite Combo (Great Jerkbait Combo Too)...

Rod- Expride 6'10" Medium: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

Reel- Alberaran MGL: http://bit.ly/2uQ4oH8

Line- 30 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 10 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Budget Friendly Rod/Reel Combo...

Rod- Shimano SLX 6'10" medium: http://bit.ly/2L3wppO

Reel- Shimano SLX 7:1 Reel: http://bit.ly/2NfdOnk

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How To Catch More Fish On The Neko Rig

The Neko rig is a deadly finesse bait for lethargic bass. Its one of those lures that just seems to catch a bigger-than-average bass. If you're faced with tough weather conditions or bass that just don't seem to want to bite, pick up a Neko Rig and give it a try.

The Neko is a new spin on an old favorite. Neko rigging can be applied to virtually any soft plastic but it shines with straight tail and cut tail worms. It combines the best of both worlds with an exposed hook but still remains incredibly weedless.

Below is a breakdown of Tim's favorite baits, gear, and rigging components for this method. The key to a great hookup ratio with the Neko rig is in the details. Pay close attention to how Tim rigs the baits in order to maximize your time on the water.

Gear...

G7 Worm Pliers - http://bit.ly/2PRMNrG

G7 Worm Protect Tubes - http://bit.ly/2PWEkUs

O- Wacky Tool - http://bit.ly/2wtX7M8

The O-Wacky Tool O-Rings 25pk - http://bit.ly/2h5MhX2

Weights...

Swagger Tackle Tungsten Pagoda Nail Weights - http://bit.ly/2iGNSFW

Lunker City Wacky Weight 10pk - http://bit.ly/2SbAesV

Hooks...

Owner Mosquito "Light" Hooks - http://bit.ly/2zQVKx3

Mustad TitanX Wacky/Neko Rig Hook - http://bit.ly/2yYcJLc

Worms...

Yamamoto Kut Tail Worm - http://bit.ly/2iXlzPu

Yamamoto 5" Senko - http://bit.ly/2axAmNS

Daiwa Yamamoto Neko Fat 5" - http://bit.ly/2o2O3LG

Daiwa Yamamoto Neko Straight - http://bit.ly/2kH4KuC

Zoom Trick Worm - http://bit.ly/2aWkG7E

Zoom Swamp Crawler - http://bit.ly/2arWoA8

Strike King Fat Baby Finesse - http://bit.ly/2aKei5y

Tim's Neko Setup...

Rod- G Loomis NRX 852S JWR: http://bit.ly/2dX9zjv

Reel- Shimano Exsence 3000: http://bit.ly/2iMtscV

Line- 12 lb Sunline Xplasma Asegai Braid: http://bit.ly/2OR5i2j

Leader- 6 lb Sniper Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

Budget Friendly Combo...

Rod- Shimano Zodias 7' M - http://bit.ly/2jOUXAO

Reel- Nasci 2500 - http://bit.ly/2g278cC

Line- 15 lb Power Pro: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b

Leader- 8 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

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