How To Catch Bass In Muddy Water

Bass LOVE muddy water! Its not as tough as you think to catch fish when the water is murky. Anglers often lose confidence and begin to struggle when the water turns muddy and starts to rise but its all in their heads. Rising muddy water means more food and more food means aggressive bass. When the muddy conditions arrive this year, you'll be ready!

Don't let water color scare you. Whether your lake is crystal clear or chocolate milk the bass still need to eat. Its all about adaptation and recognizing changing conditions. Don't be afraid to fish aggressively in dark water. Matt's favorite bait in high, muddy water is a spinnerbait. There is no reason to slow down unless the bass won't cooperate. If that happens, we've got a handful of other techniques you can try with confidence.

Below is a breakdown of the baits discussed in the video. All of these are proven producers in stained to muddy water. Don't be afraid to get out there after the next big storm, you might be surprised how many fish are willing to bite.

Reaction Baits...

River2Sea Bling Spinnerbait (Iced):

Revenge Double Colorado Spinnerbait:

Evergreen Jack Hammer Chatterbait:

Dirty Jigs California Swim Jig (Citrus Shad or Dirty Shad):

Lucky Craft LV-500 Lipless Crankbait (Chartreuse Shad):

Slow Moving Baits...

No-Jack Flipping Jig (Blackend Blue):

Man Bear Pig Creature Bait:

Brush Hog Creature Bait:

6"' Yamamoto Senko:

Preferred Rods For Muddy Water Fishing...

Rod- Zodias 7'5" Heavy or Extra Heavy:

Reel- Curado 200K HG:

Line- 65 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro Braid:


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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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Winter A-Rigs (Beginner Tips AND Advanced Rigging Tricks)

Are you doing it wrong? Are you going down the bank mindlessly casting an A-rig? Winter is when the fine details of A-rig fishing become critical. Its time to focus on modifying your rigs to reach new depths and catch fish you can't target any other way. This isn't the same old A-rig info, its time to do things differently.

7 years ago the Alabama Rig hit the scene and shocked the tournament world. Anglers thought it was the end of the world and fishing would never be the same. While that has already proven itself to be ridiculous, the A-rig remains an incredible tool for Winter bass fishing.

When the reaction bite dies and you've resigned yourself to finesse fishing, there is still a shot that the A-rig will work. It works long after most other reaction offerings have lost their effectiveness. Don't be afraid to pick up an A-rig this Winter, make a few adaptions for the cold water conditions, and start slinging!

Below is a breakdown of the rigs, baits, gear, and storage options of the A-rig.

The Rigs...

Yum Flash Mob Jr.:

G-Funk Baits Cali Rig:

The Heads...

Matt Allen Swimbait Head:

HD Swimbait Head:

Guppy Head:


CPS Centering Pin (Medium):

Owner Hyperwire Split Ring (Size 3 or 4):

Spro Power Swivels:

Tim's Preferred Combo...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 7'6" Heavy (894):

Reel- Shimano Metanium MGL:

Line- 65 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro:

Leader- 20 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

All-Around A-Rig Combo...

Rod- Shimano Curado 7'6" Medium Heavy:

Reel- Shimano Curado 200K HG:

Line- 65 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro:

Leader- 20 lb Power Pro:

A-Rig Storage Options...

Plano A-rig Box:

Red One A- Rigger:

Eye Surrender Pouch:


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