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Winter Bass Fishing: Crankbaits, Blade Baits, and A-Rigs For Cold Water Bass

January 6, 2021 34 No Comments


We’re back on the water at Chickamauga and the bass are biting! Most anglers think of January as finesse fishing time but that’s not what we’re doing! While finesse can be effective, there is something rewarding about successfully power fishing in cold water. Come along as we throw everything from crankbaits to A-rigs in search of Winter bass. 

There are 3 ways to consistently catch fish in cold water. Two weeks ago Matt talked about the power of a swimbait for drawing bites from large fish. Last week Tim discussed the benefits of finesse fishing and how you can consistently catch fish in Winter. Today we’re demonstrating how to power fish in Winter by eliciting a core feed response in the bass. Its not about whether or not they want to bite, its about reacting to a fast moving, erratic bait. 

Below you’ll find links to all the baits Matt fished in the video. He’s included the color he was throwing for each as well as the hook upgrades for the crankbait. All of the links go directly to Tackle Warehouse where you can see detailed photos and descriptions of each item. 

The Baits… 

-Rapala Ott’s Garage Bait 06:

Color: Live River Shad 

**Can Be Backordered**

-Lucky Craft LV-500:

Color: Ghost Minnow

-Megabass Vibration X Dyna Response Blade:

Color: Ito Hiuo

-Damiki Vault Blade:

Color: Real Shad

-Hog Farmer Flex BFL Rig:

Hooks- Matt Allen Swimbait Head 1/8 oz:

Baits- Keitech Swing Impact 4.3 Fat:

-River2Sea Tactical DD75 Crankbait:

Color: Ghost Minnow

Crankbait Hooks and Split Rings… 

Rings- Owner Hyperwire #3:

Hooks- Owner ST-35 Size 2:

Matt’s Lipless Combo… 

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR:

Reel- Shimano Metanium MGL 150 B (HG):

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 30 lb Braid:

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 12 lb:

Matt’s A-Rig Combo… 

Rod- Shimano Zodias 7’5″ Heavy:

Reel- Shimano Curado 200K (HG):

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 65 lb Braid:

Leader- Sunline FC-100 System Leader 20 lb:

Matt’s Deep Crank Combo…

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 906 CBR:

Reel- Shimano Shimano Bantam MGL HG:

Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin:

Want TacticalBassin Apparel?  

We have a variety of apparel items and custom lure designs available! Everything from hats, to hoodies, to crankbaits! Its all available direct through Tackle Warehouse with fast shipping. See it here… 

TacticalBassin Apparel and Designs:

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