Thursday, June 29, 2017
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Winter baits I believe in

There is, without a doubt, a different mindset that you take with you into winter fishing. The aggressive days of the fall are over and now thinking and acting with patience becomes very important. The change, though, doesn’t necessarily eliminate power fishing like a big Zara Spook or a swim bait it just requires you to put more intelligence into your winter presentation.
I find myself fishing consistently with some old-fashioned winter baits that require me to be mindful of my presentation. First and foremost I have been slow rolling a big 1 oz. Punisher Spinner Bait over deep grass for many years; it is a great bait to work deep, in the winter, as it kicks up the bottom when it moves slowly and is very enticing in 25 plus feet of water. It is also bait that bounces off most deep structure rather than getting hung as many deep types of bait do.  
In the winter months I also seem to migrate to fishing a SPRO jerk bait. The ability to get great movement and then be patient with a pause is a super fish catcher in cold water. The key, to me, is working the jerk bait. There are many ways to work it and tip action is everything. It is a slow-moving, patient, bait and it will draw fish out of 20 plus feet of water even though it only runs to depths of less than 10 ft. Years ago there was a jerk bait made you could count down as it dropped slowly to bottom depths; I would love to find some of these again.
Lastly, winter-time, to me, means bottom-fishing and no bait works the bottom better than a Tight-Line jig football head jig with a Missile bait D-Bomb crawler. This life-like bottom crawler represents crawfish and can be literally dragged on the bottom to get great results in deep water. Whatever your presentation, winter requires thoughtful, slow, movement with patience to be successful.
Captain Mike

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