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Crankbait Tricks For Winter and Early Spring Bass Fishing!

January 27, 2020 105 No Comments


You’ve been going to slow! High Speed Burner Reels in Winter? Really? Oh that’s just the beginning… Come along for a day on the water with Matt and Tim as they burn crankbaits and draw reaction strikes from bass in 46 degree water. The guys hold nothing back as they teach how to trigger a feeding frenzy with the Tactical DD Crankbait. 

Winter was always considered a slow fishing period. Many anglers Winterize their boats and give up completely. Unbeknownst to the masses some of the best fishing of the entire year exists in the dead of Winter. By experimenting with a new style of fishing we’ve been able to consistently trigger reaction bites from the coldest of bass under the harshest of conditions. They key is a combination of speed, sound, and action. 

In November of 2019 we released the Tactical DD Crankbait with River2Sea. This crank is designed for these exact cold water conditions. It sold out immediately and has been nearly impossible to find ever since. Today the crankbaits are back in stock so we headed out on the water to teach you exactly how to use them. Don’t settle for one bass here or one bass there, its time to trigger a feeding frenzy in cold water!

Below is a breakdown of the baits, colors, equipment, and upgrades we use to maximize our time on the water with the crankbait. 

Our Crankbait… 

-River2Sea Tactical DD 75 Crankbait:

Today’s Colors: Mirrored Minnow, DD Minnow

Other Great Cold Water Crankbaits… 

-Spro RK Crawler 55:

-Megabass Deep Six:

-Megabass Deep X 300:

-6th Sense Curve 55:

Favorite Colors by Bait… 

Tactical: Mirrored Minnow, DD Minnow, Glass Minnow, Ghost Minnow

Deep X 300: Stealth Craw, Sexy Ayu, Megabass Sexy Shad

Deep Six: MB Gizzard, Shadow Craw, Ito Wakasagi

RkCrawler: Missouri Craw, Phantom Brown, Red Crawfish

Curve 55: Craw Bomb, Ghost Missouri Craw, Red Claw

Hook And Component Upgrades…

Split Rings- Owner Hyperwire Size 3:

Hooks- Owner ST-56 Size 4:

(These hooks are smaller than “stock” but work extremely well)

Braid Rod/Reel Combo… 

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR:

Reel- Shimano Bantam MGL XG:

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 20 lb:

Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Fluorocarbon Rod/Reel Combo… 

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 906 CBR:

Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL HG:

Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin:

Budget-Friendly Rod/Reel Combo… 

Rod- St Croix Bass X 7’2″ MH Moderate:

Reel- Shimano SLX HG:

Line- Sunline Assassin 12 lb:

NEW Tactical Bassin Apparel… 

TacticalBassin Reaper Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Shadow Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Sun Shirt:

TacticalBassin Hooded Sun Shirt:

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