How To Catch Bass Between Winter Storms

Got cabin fever? Winter fishing can be great when the sun pops out! Don't let the rising temperatures fool you though, its not Spring yet! These quick tips will save you a ton of time and help you quickly locate fish on those warmer Winter days.

We have a simple system for chasing bass on Winter days...

Step 1) Check the big bait bite

Step 2) Throw a reactive (finesse) bait

Step 3) Slow down the presentation and switch to true finesse

Step 4) Deadstick and hope for a bite

Step 5) Take a picture of the sunset

Winter days can be fantastic fishing! Many anglers overlook the opportunity and mistakenly wait for Spring. Below is a break down of the baits we used to adapt to the brief warm spell between storms.

1) Swimbait- S-waver 168 (Rainbow Trout):

2) Jig- Dirty Jigs Finesse Football 1/2 oz (The Go To):

Jig Trailer- Yamamoto 5" Double Tail Grub:

3) Neko Worm- 5" Yamamoto Senko:

Neko Hook- Owner Mosquito Light 1/0:

Neko Ring- G7 Worm Protector:

Neko Weight- Tungsten Nail:

4) Dropshot Worm- Roboworm 6" Fat:

Dropshot Hook- Owner Mosquito Light size 1:

Dropshot Weight- Vike Tungsten:

5) Finesse Swimbait- Keitech 2.8 Fat:

Swimbait Head- Guppy Head 1/8 oz:

6) Ned Worm - Z Man Finesse TRD:

Ned Head- Ned LockZ Jig Head:


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Easy Winter Jig Tricks That Get More Bites!

These simple tricks make a huge difference! Don't throw the same old bait. With some quick modifications to your jig and trailer, you can create a completely custom bait that gets a ton of bites! Don't settle, anyone can do these modifications with ease.

In Winter we focus on finesse jigs. We bounce between a casting jig, a true finesse jig, and a finesse football jig depending on circumstances and we keep our trailers just as simple. Don't over-complicate the Winter. Focus on action and basic colors, the rest will just make it tougher to catch fish.

Below is a breakdown of Matt's favorite Winter jigs, preferred colors, trailers, and rods/reels for this style of fishing. Jigs are an amazing option throughout Winter, even when water temperatures dip into the 30's. If you're struggling to catch a quality bass, this video is for you.

The Baits...

Finesse Jig:

Casting Jig:

Finesse Football Jig:

(Supermatt Brown, GoTo, Green Pumpkin Candy, Alabama Craw, Canterbury Craw)

The Trailers...

Yamamoto Double Tail Grub:

Sweet Beaver Trailer:

Smallie Beaver Trailer:

Matt's Preferred Jig Combo...

Rod- G Loomis GLX 853C JWR:

Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL HG:

Line- 40 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro:

Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Budget Friendly Jig Combo...

Rod- St. Croix Bass X 7'1" Med/Heavy:

Reel- Shimano Curado K HG:

Line- Power Pro 30 lb Braid:

Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen:


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Jig Fishing Buyer's Guide!

The Holiday Buyer's guide officially kicks off with this 2018/2019 Jig Fishing Buyer's Guide! For this video we combined the Buyer's Guide with actual jig fishing instruction focused on the Late Fall and Winter Jig bite. Whether you flip, pitch, swim, or stroke a jig, you're going to learn some tactics that will help your jig fishing.

We begin by breaking the Fall/Winter down with 4 jigs. We want you to analyze your lakes and decide which of the jigs best fits your style. After that we throw in 2 other "must have" jigs for year-round fishing.

Below you'll find a complete breakdown of the jigs, trailers, color selection, even rod/reel recommendations that you should take a look at. Regardless of your budget, there is something for everyone here and we've laid it out as simply as possible.

The 4 Jigs For Cold Water...

-Finesse Football Jig:

-Finesse Jig:

-Compact Pitching Jig:

-Casting Jig:

We typically throw these jigs in 3/8, 1/2, or 9/16 oz

Color Recommendations...

Supermat Brown, Go To, Green Pumpkin Craw, Definite Watermelon

Two Additional "Must Have" Jigs...

-California Swim Jig:

Colors: Tactical Shad, Tactical Chartreuse Shad, Crappie, Citrus Shad

-Pitchin' Jig:

Colors: Hematoma, Molting Craw, Go To, Supermat Brown

Swim Jig Trailers...

Keitech 4.8 Fat Swimbait:

Strike King Rage Swimmer 4.75:

Jig Trailers...

Twin Tail Grub:

Mermaid Trailer:

Smallie Beaver:

Beaver (Regular Size):

Rage Chunk:

Rage Baby Menace:

Full Size Jig Combo...

Rod- G Loomis Conquest 7'6" Heavy:

Reel- Metanium DC HG:

Line- 65 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro:

Leader- 17 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Finesse Jig Combo...

Rod- Shimano Zodias 7'2" Med/Hvy:

Reel- Curado 150 DC HG:

Line- 50 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro Braid:

Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Great Jigs Rods From High End To Budget...

G Loomis NRX 853C JWR (Finesse to All Around):

Megabass Orochi XX Extreme Mission Type F (All Around):

Shimano Expride 7'6" Heavy (Heavier Jigs):

Daiwa Tatula 7'3" Medium Heavy (All Around):

Dobyns Fury 7' Medium Heavy (All Around):

Shimano SLX 6'10" Medium Heavy (Finesse Jigs):


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How To Skip Under Docks & Trees

These are the tricks you need to know to skip your jig wayyyy back under cover. If you're the guy fishing the edges of docks and fronts of trees, your fishing is about to change! Tim goes in depth with the methods he uses to consistently reach deep into the dark corners of overhead cover.

Skipping is an amazing way to catch bass that no one else is even fishing for. Once mastered, you can reach fish so far back in the shadows that they're rarely approached. The method is best learned with a spinning rod but ultimately can be done with virtually any tackle.

Below is a breakdown of the rods, reels, and lures that Tim is using to skip in this video:

Swimbait Combo…

Rod- Dobyns Fury 795 Swimbait:

Reel- Curado 200K:

Line- 65 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro Braid:

Lure- 6" Osprey Swimbait:

Jig Combo…

Rod- Shimano Zodias 6'10 Medium:

Reel- Curado 70 Casting Reel:

Line- 50 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro:

Lure- Clausen Compact Pitching Jig:

Spinning Combo…

Rod- Cashion 7'2" medium Heavy Spinning:

Reel- Daiwa Tatula LT Spinning:

Line- 15 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro:

Lure- 5" Yamamoto Senko:


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