The key to consistent Winter success with slow moving baits is to fish the extremes. You either need to commit to throwing a BIG bait or commit to throwing a TINY bait. This ins’t the time to be throwing shaky heads, big jigs, texas rigs, etc. If you’re going to throw the worm, make it a small ned or tiny dropshot. If you’re looking for the big bite, go all the way and focus on 8″ to 10″ swimbaits!

The idea is that bass are struggling for survival during cold water periods. You’re fishing for very few bites each day. By embracing the conditions and sticking to the 2 extremes, your odds of getting bit at all, as well as your odds of getting a giant bite, both go up. Below we’ll link the baits we recommend at both ends of the spectrum as well as our favorite rod/reel combo for each technique. 

Big Baits… 

-Savage Gear Pulse Tail 8″ and 10″ Swimbait:

-Trash Fish 8″ Swimbait:

-Huddleston 8″ ROF 12 Swimbait:

-Huddleston 10″ ROF 12 Swimbait:

Ned Worms and Hooks… 

-Roboworm Ned Worm 3″:

-Z Man Finesse TRD:

-Swagger Tungsten 1/5 oz Ned Head:

Dropshot Worms and hooks… 

-Big Bite Baits Smallie Smasher:

-Roboworm 4.5″ Straight Tail:

-Owner Mosquito Light Hook Size 2:

-Swagger Tungsten 3/16 oz Dropshot Weight:

Matt’s Favorite Finesse Combo… 

Rod- G Loomis NRX 852S JWR:

Reel- Shimano Exsence 3000 Spinning:

Line- 10 lb Power Pro:

Leader- 5 lb Sunline Sniper Fluorocarbon:

Matt’s Favorite Swimbait Combo…

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 956 Swimbait:

Reel- Shimano Tranx 300 HG:

Line- 80 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- 35 lb Sunline FC100 System Leader:

Budget Finesse Rod… 

Rod- Shimano Intenza 7′ Medium Light:

Reel- Shimano NASCI 2500:

Line- 20 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- 6 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

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