At the start of the day the plan was to use slow bottom contact baits to catch the majority of fish then try to get a bigger bite on a crankbait. It became apparent very quickly that the “traditional” methods of Winter fishing simply were not working. The bass were completely shut down and uninterested in biting. These are some of the best conditions for the crankbait because it does not rely on the bass’ desire to feed, instead triggering a core reaction response. 

While many of the baits Matt threw didn’t work well on this day, they are all proven producers in the Winter months so we’ve linked them all below. Additionally, we’ve included a detailed list of the potential “cold water crankbaits” that we have confidence in so that you can start cold water cranking right away if that is a technique you’d like to try. The Tactical Crankbait is backordered into March but it would still advisable to get in line if that is a bait you would like to try this coming season. 

Today’s Baits… 

-River2Sea Tactical DD 75 Crankbait:

(Ghost Minnow, Mirrored Minnow, DD Minnow)

-Megabass Dark Sleeper 3″ 1/2 oz:

(Donko, Wakasagi)

-Dirty Jigs Finesse Football 1/2 oz:

(Supermatt Brown)

-Yamamoto 5″ Double Tail Grub:

(Cinnamon Black and Purple Flake)

-Roboworm Ned Worm 3″:

(Oxblood Light Red Flake, Peoples Worm)

-Swagger Tungsten 3/16 oz:

Other Cold Water Crankbaits… 

-Megabass Deep Six:

-Megabass Deep X 300:

-Spro RK Crawler 55:

-6th Sense Curve 55:

Matt’s Crankbait Combo… 

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 906 CBR:

Reel- Shimano Bantam MGL HG:

Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin:

Budget Cranking Combo… 

Rod- Fury 7′ Medium Heavy Cranking:

Reel- Shimano SLX HG:

Line- Sunline Assassin 12 lb:

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