We are quickly approaching that time of the year when the bass fishing can be a little tougher. As the nights get colder, and the cold fronts begin coming through, it can be very frustrating. For this reason, you need to adapt. Many times I have been on a rock solid pattern for a week leading up to the tournament day. Then the evening before the tournament, a severe cold front would blow through. Now I start from scratch, all over again. Now I am really stressed out, because there is plenty of money on the line. I know most of the bass that I have been catching are now backed off into deeper water, or hanging closer to structure. One of my key tricks is to down size. Instead of 6” plastics, I will throw 4” and fish much slower. Also drop shot with the small 4” baits, and use some type of powerful scent such as the Bang Anise, or Smelly Jelly, or the Hog Tonic.
The tougher the weather, the more scent I use. The bass are going to be stubborn and hard to coax into biting. If I throw a spinnerbait, I will change my blades to double Colorado blades. This allows me to slow roll the bait, and let that fish see it a little longer. In muddy or stained water the bass can feel that vibration from the spinnerbait blades, on it’s lateral lines located on the sides of the fish. This means that he doesn’t really need to see the bait in order to strike. I will also flip jigs from 1/8 oz. to 3/8 oz. around deep water docks, again with the strong scents. The best spinnerbait that I have found is made by, Ohio Pro Lure located in Medina Ohio.
The company is owned by Dave Moss and he can custom build a spinnerbait exactly to your specs for your specific body of water. He also supplies many of sporting goods stores with his jigs, buzzbaits, and spinnerbaits. Don’t forget that when it’s cold out there, you really need to fish super slow, and I know that it can be tough when you are freezing. The warmer you dress, the more successful you are going to be. If you have any questions you can reach me at: 330-644-0316, or email me at: bassfisher2739519@ sbcglobal.net….. Thanks again, and I hope to see ya on the water soon.