Fishing tip of the week

Monster bass baits
by Mike Gerry

If your goal is to catch big fish, I believe you must fish baits that attract big fish. What you fish with matters, size matters, and how you present your bait matters.
Winter slowly moves on; it changes many things about fishing and is a time of year where size catches size. At no time during the fishing year is the size of your bait more important than now.
If you are wanting to catch big, quality bass, fish with big baits, like nine-inch swim baits, or ¾ ounce jigs with large trailers that give the jig a bulky look or even ¾ to 1 ounce spinner baits with large willow leaf blades, all of them will produce that big bite.

The thing many fishermen do not realize is that slow, lethargic, large bass pick their prey, and the bigger the better, as their feeding is very selective and large presentations entice that big fish. I know you all have heard that saying that this time of year (winter) you’re fishing for a few bites; I believe this is true so if the bites are limited then the presentation of large bait becomes even more important. Size does matter; bass are selective, they want slow moving and reactive baits, easy prey, and that large presentation, as they can lead you to that 30-pound sack we all hunt in winter fishing.

Some of the baits I like with large profiles are Picasso ¾ to 1 ounce spinner baits, as they have big willow leaf blades that get to the bottom easily and becomes a great large profile bait to slow roll on the bottom this time of year. I also like Tight-Line ¾ ounce football jig. When you combine that big jig with a Missile Bait D-bomb trailer it will produce big bites as it really entices those big females.

Don’t under estimate the power of a big swim bait, some of those very expensive large swim baits, worked slowly along the bottom, can become your best friend; these baits can be very expensive but winter time proves their worth.
Big baits produce big fish, and you will have a big time on the water; you just have to get on the water and fight through the cold weather to prove it!
Captain Mike

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