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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Equipment We Recommend…

Minn Kota Ultrex Trolling Motor:
Minn Kota Battery Charger:
Humminbird Solix 15 Electronics:
Minn Kota Talons:
Wireless Talon Foot Switch:

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