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Simple Trick To Catch More Bass This Winter!

Still struggling to catch bass this Winter? This trick will change that! If you prefer to fish slowly and methodically during the cold months and are struggling, learning to fish the “extremes” will change your fishing experience. Most anglers that struggle in the cold are fishing the “middle” and don’t even realize they’re doing something wrong. Don’t understand what we mean? Check out the video…

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:

What we wear…

Sun Mask:
Sun Shirt w/ Hood:
Light Fishing Pants:
Reaper Hoodie (Hoodie with Warm Face Cover built in):
Horizon Sweater (Water resistant, great for layering):

Equipment We Recommend…

Minn Kota Ultrex Trolling Motor:
Humminbird Solix 15 Electronics:
Minn Kota Talons:
Hot Foot Throttle Control:
Loc-R-Bar Boat Security:

Favorite Storage Box:
Favorite Pliers:
Favorite Split Ring Pliers:
Favorite Wire Cutters:
Favorite life jacket:
Favorite sunglasses:
Hero7 Camera:
ElectroSamson Scale:
Frabill Net:
Lure Retriever:

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  1. Great video Matt. Some days, smaller is better if you want quantity. Go big for that one potential giant, but all too often the skunk will get you.. Good luck anglers! lol

  2. This has been awesome advice I am just now leaving a pond where I used a large trout bait with an under spin and hooked into what would’ve been my PB but I ended up losing her. Can’t wait to go back tomorrow.

  3. I really enjoy your videos.but, a person like myself can"t afford the high dollar baits that you all use. I use baits like Rock Crawler, KVD, and zoom. $30 dollar rods and reels.Tell where you are fishing,(name of state and lake.) that will help alot of people.I livee in Ark, and fish Norfork Lake, can you fish that lake? That will help me and others. Thank You

  4. THANK YOU! This video helped me catch my PB today. I watched it last night and decided to tie on a Hudd before going out. A couple casts into the day and a giant inhaled the 8 inch Hudd.

  5. Haven’t caught a bass in two weeks went out today and got 1 bite on a 68 special and missed catch lots of perch on jerk baits and little swim baits but no bass

  6. Matt I Just wanted to give you a very heart felt thank you for your very informative videos of how to catch bass in all seasons and explaining everything in such detail. It's improved my skills greatly at the lakes. If you ever fish west point lake in ga. Please take me along. It's a very difficult lake to fish and would love to see how you would do there. Keep the videos coming, have a happy New year and God bless.

  7. great vid man! big up for carrying us through the winter. it's been a struggle for me this winter, but at least I'm trying different sh!t and will continue to do so.

  8. Should be 2.73 million instead of 273 thousand for subs.these guys are the best BY far for on information that will catch you bigger and more bass…seriously,every other informational channel on bass is a distant second.very very need to kiss up,just stating truths.

  9. Great advice! IMO going to extremes has worked well for me in extremely hot weather as well or any time the fish are extremely finicky. Haven’t honestly tried going BIG in winter, but I’m going to work on that this season.

  10. Hey Matt and Tim, I have seen a number of your underwater videos of lures and I was curious about bait fish and other forage. In trying to imitate what the bass are eating, it would be great to have videos of different forage and how they move and behave in different water conditions. Thanks!

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