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Winter Fishing Tips: Ultra Finesse Baits When Its COLD!!

December 30, 2020 34 No Comments


Is Winter wearing you down? Are you catching nothing but a cold when you go to the lake? A lot of anglers share your struggle and a few even give up and wait for “fishing season” to come back around in Spring. Don’t be those guys! Winter bass fishing can be incredibly rewarding if you know where the fish are and which baits they’re willing to bite in the cold water. 

Non-fisherman think we’re crazy when they find out we’re headed to the lake in Winter! They talk about how cold its going to be, how boring, how miserable… but they don’t understand. They have no idea how peaceful it is to be on a giant lake, all alone. There are no wakeboard boats, no jet skis, and if you know where to look, there are a ton of fish to be caught! 

Matt recently did a video about using swimbaits to catch BIG fish this time of year. Today we’re talking about how to get consistent bites. We’re not worried about the biggest bass, we’re focused on getting out on the water and having fun catching fish! We have a handful of baits that produce consistently when the weather and the water turn cold.

Below are links to the exact baits discussed in the video. We’ve included our favorite colors, trailers, and heads where applicable. We’ve also included some of our favorite rods and reels for throwing these different presentations. All of the links go directly to Tackle Warehouse where you can see detailed photos and descriptions of each item. 


Jig- Keitech tungsten Jig 1/2 oz:

Colors: Brown/Purple, Green Pumpkin/Black

Trailer- Z Man TRD Bugz:

Colors: Canada Craw, Bama Bug, Green Pumpkin

Jig- Dirty Jigs Finesse Football (3/8-1/2 oz):

Colors: Okeechobee 420, Go To, SuperMatt Brown

Trailer- Yamamoto Double Tail 5″ Grub:

Colors: Green pump purple copper, Cinnamon black purple

Damiki Rig… 

Head- Damiki Jig Head (1/8 oz 1/0 hook):

Bait- Damiki Armor Shad Jerk Bait: 

Finesse Swimbait…

Head- Dirty Jigs Guppy Head (1/8 oz 1/0 hook):

Bait- Keitech 2.8″ Fat Swing Impact:

Colors: Pro Blue Red Pearl, Electric Shad

Flies/Hair Jigs…

Hair Jig- Spro Phat Fly 1/8oz:

Colors: Grey Ghost, Blue Shad

Fly- Outcast Tackle Feider Fly:

Colors: Black, Shad

Drop Shot Worms…

-Berkley Maxscent Flat worm:

-Big Bite Baits Smallie Smasher:

-Roboworm Sculpin:

Dropshot Components… 

Hook- Owner Mosquito Light (Size 1):

Weight- Swagger Tungsten 3/16 oz Pencil:

High-End Finesse Combo… 

Rod- G Loomis NRX 852S JWR:

Reel- Shimano Exsence 3000:

Line- Sunline SX-1 Braid 12 lb:

Leader- Sunline Sniper Fluorocarbon 6 lb:

Budget Finesse Spinning Combo… 

Rod- Shimano Intenza 7’6″ Light:

Reel- Shimano NASCI 2500:

Line- Power Pro 15 lb:

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 8 lb:

Budget Finesse Jig Combo… 

Rod- Shimano Intenza 7’1″ Medium Heavy:

Reel- Shimano SLX 150 XT HG:

Line- Sunline Assassin 15 lb Fluorocarbon:

NEW Tactical Bassin Apparel… 

TacticalBassin Hat:

TacticalBassin Reaper Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Shadow Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Sun Shirt:

TacticalBassin Hooded Sun Shirt:

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