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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How To Fish The Ned Rig In Winter

Having trouble catching Bass this Winter? The Ned Rig is a great technique for cold water bass fishing! Matt explains how to fish the bait then walks through the gear , spinning rods, reels, etc... so you're Winter Bass Fishing can be more fun!

The Ned Rig may not be glamorous but its a proven fish catcher! When the bite gets tough and they aren't eating your normal offerings, the Ned is a great choice to put fish in the boat. Here is the gear we use...

Z-Man Finesse TRD Ned Worm:
Roboworm Ned Worm:

Z-Man Finesse Mushroom Head:
Z-Man HD Jig Head:

Shallower Water Combo...
Rod- Zodias 6'8" Medium light:
Reel- Shimano Ultegra 2500:
Line- 15 lb Sufix 832:
Leader- 6 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Deeper Water Combo...
Rod- Dobyns Champion Extreme 742:
Reel- Shimano Stradic CI4+ 2500:
Line- 10 lb Sufix 832:
Leader- 6 lb Sunline Sniper:

Bait Storage Container...
Plano Waterproof Stowaway 3740:

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