More Winter Bass Fishing Tips!
This time of year is tough. We get that. Here are a few strange tips that often go against the usual tips and tactics offered up this time of year! Use these when the usual strategies aren’t cutting it!
Go Big or Go Home
Every blog and video on the internet will tell you to downsize your imitation. This can definitely prove effective this time of year. However, when I am sitting on my couch on a lazy Sunday, I don’t want to move for anything less than a large pizza! Bass will not move too far to eat, so you may need to entice them with a worthwhile meal. Don’t be afraid to switch from a small 3-4inch presentation to a 10 inch lizard or other typical forage item. When the going gets tough, go big or go home!
Warm ‘Em Up
Soft plastic baits are super effective and provide action with subtle movement. They don’t however, perform their best when cold. Try your best to keep your soft plastics warm during the winter fishing months (obviously avoid melting them entirely!) and you’ll see better action come from them resulting in potentially more bites!
In the summer months, a cast and retrieve may take a total of 30 sections when working a piece of structure. In the winter, I often cast my bait, and not see it for two or even three minutes! You want the bass you’re targeting to have the time to eat what you throw them. They are slow moving hunters this time of year, and your presentation should be sometimes no more than a trickle or a crawl once you find warmer water. Be patient!
Hopefully these backup plan tips or strategies will help you when the fishing is even tougher than usual! Remember, just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you can’t hook a monster! Tight lines!