Winter Tips For Dropshot and Ned Rig Fishing

Still struggling to catch Winter Bass? Tim has some advice that will help you catch more fish during the cold water months. When you’re finesse fishing with Ned Rigs, Dropshot, or a tube, its critical that you change your cadence in Winter. The same method you were using in Fall will not work anywhere near as well as this slower approach.

The difference between fishing and catching really can be as simple as going slower. If you’re still shaking your baits like you did in Summer and Fall, you’re making a mistake. At the very least you need to fish your baits slower and more methodically with longer pauses between movements. At the most, you need to literally drag your bait across the bottom without any movement of the rod tip at all.

Slowing down sounds easy but if you’re not used to it, its much tougher than you might expect. If you struggle with slowing down Tim suggests sticking the tip of your rod underwater. The resistance if the water makes it more difficult to “over work” the bait and also makes you more aware of your movements. Don’t let the Winter cold get you down, keep adapting and you will find the fish you’re searching for.

Below is breakdown of some of Tim’s favorite baits and equipment for finesse fishing this time of year.

Favorite Baits…
Finesse Tube- Dry Creek Tournament Tube:
Fat Tube- Big Bite Baits Tour Tube:
Straight Tail Worm- Roboworm 4 1/2″:
Shaped Worm- Big Bite Baits Smallie Smasher:
Ned Worm- Roboworm 3″ Ned:

Favorite Colors: Green Pumpkin, Morning Dawn, Old Ugly, Margarita Mutilator

Best “Bang For The Buck” Spinning Combo…
Rod- Shimano Expride 6’10” Medium Light:
Reel- Shimano Stradic CI4+ 2500:
Line- Power Pro 10 lb Braid:
Leader- Sunline Sniper 6 lb Fluorocarbon:

Great Budget-Friendly Spinning Combo…
Rod- Daiwa AirdX 7′ Medium:
Reel- Daiwa Revros 2000:
Line- Sunline Sniper 8 lb Fluorocarbon:

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:
Hero8 Camera:
ElectroSamson Scale:
Frabill Net:
Lure Retriever:

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