Top 5 Baits To Catch Tough Winter Bass

Winter bass fishing offers a great shot at BIG bass! Unfortunately windy, blue-bird skies make it nearly impossible to get a bite. How do you combat these tough conditions? Matt explains 5 key techniques he applies to fool stubborn bass into biting during the cold water months.

Most anglers turn to finesse when tough conditions develop. This a great option that is often successful but its not mandatory. There are a handful of power fishing techniques that can be adapted for tough conditions.

Below is a break down of the baits (and colors) that Matt recommends for overcoming post-frontal conditions the next time you encounter them.

1) Ned Rig...

Worm: Z Man Finesse TRD:

Head: Z Man Ned LockZ HD:

Favorite Colors - Green Pumpkin, Junebug, Canada Craw

2) Dropshot...

Worm: Roboworm 4" Fat Worm:

Hook: Owner Mosquito Light:

Weight: Tungsten Dropshot:

Favorite Colors- Aarons Magic, MMIII, Peoples Worm

3) Finesse Underspin...

Swimbait: Keitech 2.8 Swing Impact Fat:

Underspin: Cool Baits (3/16 with 1/0 Hook):

Swimbait Head: Dirty Jigs Guppy Head (1/8 oz with 1/0):

Favorite Colors- Pro Blue Red Pearl, Tennessee Shad, Electric Shad

4) Jerkbait...

Jerkbait: Lucky Craft Staysees 90:

Jerkbait: Lucky Craft Pointer 78DD:

Hook: Aaron Martens Finesse Nano Treble (Size 5):

Favorite colors- Aurora Black, Chartreuse Shad, Nishiki, Ghost Minnow

5) Blade Bait...

Option 1: Silver Buddy:

Option 2: Vibe:

Option 3: Damiki Vault:

Option 4: Molix Trago Vib:

Preferred Hook: Gamakatsu EWG Size 4:


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A Day On The Water With TacticalBassin : Late Fall Bass Fishing

The Buyer's Guides are coming! The Holiday Season has arrived and with it, the need to understand what gear is worth purchasing and what should be avoided. With all the craziness ahead Tim and Matt took a break and just went fishing. A warm November afternoon is a rare sight and they took full advantage!

The guys started off with a plan. They brought a few key baits and expected to hit a couple quick spots that had been holding good groups of fish. As often happens, the fish had vanished and the boys had to adapt. With only a handful of rods in the boat they made key adjustments in lures, locations, and depths, and finally caught some really nice fish.

The key to this day was adaptation. The plan was to take a lipless crankbait and a jerkbait, targeting fish in less than 3' of water. The guys ended up adding an underspin, and a worm, in water ranging from 3 to 25 feet deep to find the success they were after.

The baits...

LV-500 Lipless (Ghost Minnow):

Owner Flashy Swimmer (3/0):

Keitech 3.8 Fat Swing Impact Swimbait (Pro Blue Red Pearl):

Megabass Vision 110 (Ito Clear Laker):

Yamamoto Kut Tail Worm (Green Pumpkin):

Favorite Lipless Combo...

Rod- G Loomis 845 CBR:

Reel- Curado 150 DC:

Line- 40 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro:

Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Favorite Jerkbait Combo...

Rod- Expride 6'10" Medium:

Reel- Alberaran MGL:

Line- 12 lb Assassin Fluorocarbon:

The Buyer's Guides are coming! We'll give you recommendations from inexpensive to top of the line on rods, reels, tackle, gear, and more! We've got you covered this Holiday Season so be sure to check back in Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the next few weeks!


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