Last year around this time we went flipping and punching on Lake Rousseau with Glenn Browne to shoot an OG challenge fishing video. Of course the master of flipping beat me and Chris from 44 Tackle! So on my way back home I stopped at the bait shop and headed out to Lake Rousseau to pay homage to the master of punching who is sadly no longer with us with a good buddy and mentor of mine Sean Blucher. Sean is a big fish master himself and loves to flip and punch heavy cover as much as I do for bass! Sadly what we found is the FWC had done some environmental herbicide treatments and destroyed the bass ecosystem just as it was beginning to thrive.
There are a few fishing lures that I have supreme confidence in when fishing for 10 pound plus bass on some of the trophy fishing lakes in Florida. They are big reaction style baits – a magnum crankbait, a magnum spoon, and a custom swimbait. I’ve had more success catching monster bass on these baits than almost any other reaction style fishing lures. We got though some tips to fishing them, why these lures catch big bass, and some of my favorite fishing video clips using these lures out on the lake. What’s your go to lure for catching monster bass?
You want to know how I store 1000 fishing lures, fishing rods, and fishing tackle I need to fish the southeast? This boat walk through highlights some changes, upgrades, cam mods, and the most epic fishing lure storage and tips going in to 2020. An updated boat walk thru showing how I try to keep the baits that I need, the power that I need, and the vids that you love flowing by modding my bass boat. We talk about my Battle Born Lithium Batteries and why it’s worth taking the leap. Also have a new Yolotek camera mod I built inspired by my old design as well as seeing how Flukemaster had his boat set up while I was on Lake Chickamauga. Finally the most important part how do you stay organized with so much fishing gear when you’re travelling – I got a few cool solutions to make your bass boat more efficient on the road.
I like fishing a spinnerbaiit but nobody knows more about it than JT Kenney so I had him talk about some cold water winter fishing techniques with a spinnerbait and chatterbait while we were on Lake Guntersville. I never knew about the weight trick with spinnerbaits to DIY Mod your own mini blade bait which is pretty cool along with some other awesome tips JT lays out for catching more fish on blade baits in the cold water fishing season.
Fishing for bass with spoons is awesome this time of year especially as we go in to winter fishing and the cold water periods. it seems hard baits like spoons that mimic forage such as shad can be key to triggering bass to bite. One of the most important tricks to fishing magnum spoons I have found is not allowing the fish to jump once they’re hooked. You basically reel down and drag the fish in and boat flip them no matter how giant they are. We go through some spoon fishing tips and how to find the right spoon bass on your graph.
Fishing can be a bit overwhelming especially trying to catch fish on new lake! That’s why in this video I go back to the basics of bass fishing and simplify my fishing techniques, the cover and structure, and the locations on the lake I look for bass. Sometimes it is that simple to catch fish – they’re fish right!?!?! On Lake Guntersville key winter fishing areas are marinas, rocks and bridges. Fish pass through these locations during seasonal movements in to creeks to spawn in spring and often times use these areas to stage going back and forth. I love fishing an a rig and crankbaits as well as single swimbaits which are all perfect lures to use when approaching these types of fishing situations. If you find yourself struggling to catch bass during these winter periods simplify and get back tot he basics of fishing – think about forage, seasonal movements for winter fishing and spring fishing, some of the fishing techniques you like to use and the cover you like to fish and get out to the lake and make it happen!
This is one cool swimbait technique for targeting winter bass in cold water. Using a bass head jig with a light wire hook and screw lock you tread on 3.5″ or less swimbaits. In the video we caught most of our bass in deep clear water using the Scottsboro Tackle hand poured lure in a Dirty Hitch color pattern. It’s important to use a little lighter fishing rod for this technique as well – I like a 7′ M bait caster or a 7′ M spinning rod if I’m using a jig 1/4 oz or less. If you have super cold water temperatures or just ultra pressured fishing and need a finesse tactic that covers water, this technique might be the ticket.
It’s swimbait time – big winter and spring bass are chewing and giant artificial lures like glide baits and jointed swimbaits are awesome tools for catching giant bass. I have been collecting some fishing lures – some of them rare and some of them available at tackle shops but I want to be ready to learn how to fish more glide baits and large swimbaits for bass this winter. I even got a crazy ultra realistic line thru glide bait that was literally designed from a real shad!!! I love catching big fish and there is no doubt swimbait fishing is a great technique for targeting trophy bass and it’s also an insanely cool way to fish for bass! Thanks to Kevin the Baitman Baxter – throw him a sub https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCup6q6q-j1i4OGjhsjrbLPA The Shizzard should be available soon more info @doubledigitbass on Instagram Huge thanks to Rod and make sure to give him a follow @rwhallman His artistry on the real shad line thru glide bait was amazing!!!
I try to make fishing as simple and easy as possible especially when it comes to looking for and finding fish on a new lake. One of the things I like to do during the cold weather winter periods is do some pre fishing using my lake contour maps so I can plot out a plan for what parts and structures of a lake look like they’re good to fish. Structures likes humps, points, bluffs, creek channels can all be identified on a lake map and you can then use your waypoints to note areas you might want to check out and try to fish. It is not the perfect solution all the time but I’ve found for me having a list of areas I want to fish for bass all noted on my C Map keeps me from losing confidence halfway through the day if I’m not catching fish or if, as winter fishing can be, it’s kind of slow.