Deadly Winter Time Bass Lures
by Ken Sturdivant
Southern Fishing Schools Inc.
The cold winter waters slows down
the bass feeding activities. Since the body of the fish takes on the
water temperatures, these fish become very sluggish during winter. Casting
to the banks will not usually find many active fish. But learn to read
a high quality Lowrance depth finder and take out some slow moving
baits and the fish can still be caught. Bass will retire to deep water
of the extremes in temperatures, bass still have to feed. Lures need
to be placed as close to the fish as possible. This is the time of year
fishing vertically will work.
Several lures are deadly for winter time
action. Many anglers use spoons all winter. The spoons will work,
but there are other lures that will work just as well.
Buck tail jigs
to a bass. Using several sizes and colors, dropping these lures
straight down to the bass will get a strike. Hop them off the bottom
small trailers will work.
Worms are the best lures for bass all
year. Take a small finesse worm and rig it up on a Texas rig. The secret
time worm jigging is to peg the sinker. Drop the bait right to
bottom around points and creek bends.
Jigs are used for cold water
There is no reason not to drop this bait vertically and jig
it just like the spoon. Use a variety of sizes and colors and add some
scent on these baits. Jigging spoons will work all year. But
they are especially deadly in the winter. Spoons dropped to the bottom
to a bass like
a dying bait fish.
Using different of colors and sizes of spoons
work. Fish the spoons into and under schools of bass and bait
the nose of the boat into any wind and make sure the baits
straight down under the boat. Drifting over deep points and
flats slowly will put
fish in the boat.
Vertical fishing is an art. It takes
practice and patience. Adding this technique to winter time fishing
will add hours of great fishing.