Big fish anyone?

Warm days are not necessarily your best winter time fishing; I understand the winter can be harsh on the body but if you want the best big fish days on the water you probably need to be tougher than the average fisherman. The problem is if you’re after a trophy size bass, the nasty cold, rainy, snowy day in the mid of winter is generally when you’re going to find that trophy bass. I have found most of my biggest fish have come on the worst winter day of the year. In fact, the lake record caught in 1991 of 14 lbs. 8 ozs. was a cold, rainy, half snow, wintery day on Guntersville.  
The down side is that it’s hard to stay focused and continually work the proper depths and structure to find that trophy fish. The elements fight against you, your hands are cold, it’s hard to feel a bite and, most of the time, the bites are few making the day long and boring. I find that knowledge in this case is your best friend. Know what to expect, dress for the tough elements, bring some of those $.50 hand warmers and put one in each pocket to keep feeling in your hands.  
Don’t waste your time and fish where the big fish should be in this type of weather. In my opinion, this is extended off the long, deeper points. I find that in a bad, cold, winter day the bigger fish extend themselves off underwater points from the first break extending down to 20 feet or more of water. The reason for this is generally there is still grass near the shallow top and stumps with shell beds off the deeper points. These are all ideal locations for that big trophy bass and with some patience and hard fishing you just might find it.  
Lastly, fish small baits work them slowly and make very precise casts. Use your Lowrance structure scan to find the structure where the big fish have the best chance to hide. Work those pieces of structure very thoroughly; make several casts so you cover every angle. You won’t feel big bites you’ll just feel a twitch or heavy rod tip, make a good hook-set because it could be the fish you have been waiting for!

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