Sunny Winter Days? 2 EASY Ways To Catch Those Wary Bass!

Ever wanted to know how to catch bass on those bright sunshine days? Winter can be TOUGH but these tips will make it much, much easier!

Don’t let the cold weather fool you, bass still need to feed. Forget the dock talk, forget the internet chatter, you can catch bass all Winter long! We use a 2-part approach to catch stubborn Winter Bass.

The Jigs…
Finesse Football Jig:
Finesse Jig:

Jig Trailers…
Yamamoto Double Tail Grub:
Smallie Beaver:

Swimbait Gear…
Matt Allen Swimbait Head:
Keitech 3.8 and 4.8 Swimbait:

Ned Worms…
Z-Man Finesse TRD Ned Worm:
Roboworm Ned Worm:

Ned Heads…
Z-Man Finesse Mushroom Head:
Z-Man HD Jig Head:

Jig Setup…
Rod- G Loomis GLX 853C JWR:
Reel- Shimano Aldebaran 50:
Line- 20 lb Sufix 832:
Leader- 12 lb Sunline Assassin:

Keitech Setup…
Rod- Expride 7’2″ Heavy:
Reel- Shimano Curado K (7:1):
Line- 50 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro:
Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Ned Rig Setup…
Rod- Zodias 6’8″ Medium light:
Reel- Shimano Ultegra 2500:
Line- 15 lb Sufix 832:
Leader- 6 lb Sunline Assassin:

Jig Storage…
Plano Waterproof 3740:
Bass Mafia Bait Casket 3600:

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41 thoughts on “Sunny Winter Days? 2 EASY Ways To Catch Those Wary Bass!

  1. Hey Matt, how would you recommend catching smallmouth bass in a big lake with really high, muddy, cold water in sunny, hot, bluebird sky days, I know it sounds kind of odd, but I fish the same lake every may long weekend and it’s always flooded and super muddy, I never have much luck and was wondering what I would have the best chances with. Any advice would help, thanks!

  2. I like slender jigging spoons. When you hop them, it creates an S motion as it's crawling along the bottom. It's got a lot of action for a slow-moving bait. You can use them for suspended fish too, in open water.

    BTW, recommending Keitechs for trout was a good call. I caught a bunch on a chatterbait last week. Thanks!

  3. Fished Shasta today and many of the bass I caught were puking up shad… lots of your recommended baits worked… thanks for the info you guys share… much appreciated!

  4. now when you say on cloudy days to tryout jigs or bottom baits is that only in the winter? I always have had alot success throwing fast moving baits in those conditions. ie spinnerbaits chatterbaits swimbaits ect. in the other seasons anyway

  5. Hey guys! This is completely off topic but I was planning to build a new frog setup and a new flipping/punching setup. I was watching your most recent full seminar style videos on frog fishing and flipping and I saw that the setups that you recommend were basically the same. Being the Dobyns 746 with a metanium, but you also said that a frog rod is not the same as a flipping rod, so do you still say the same setup for both tactics?

  6. A friend of mine In Indiana bought a water circulation pump to put around his boat at his lake for the winter so he wouldn't have to store it. He yanked a 4 pound largemouth out the other day. Around his boat was the only thawed water in the lake.

  7. One of your best yet, Matt! Sure simplified the formula for where to begin on winter days, to include great use of factoring-in weather and water-temp. Always a bit intimidating to get out on the water, during winter, and end-up scratching your head where and how to start. This helped a lot.

  8. Great video. I would like to see a video for co angler/non boater strategies. What rods to bring when fishing the back of the boat? What lures to throw behind your pro? Basically, a how to video for co anglers. Have a nice day!

  9. Where I'm at that 'mid-afternoon winter sunny day' tip here is key to the 'big' fish of the day. I have 14 Maps of one of my local Reservoirs showing different water elevation and seasonal fish catch locations. The first places I go looking 3-4 days post frontal are bright sunny warming rocky areas, edges of stained water areas and the Bridge pilings. The water in those areas can sometimes be up to 4 degrees warmer and the fish in those areas are 'always more active'…

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