Jerkbaits and jigs for winter bass fishing

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Bassmaster Elite series Pro Brandon Card’s tips on jerkbaits and jigs for winter bass fishing

Jerkbaits and jigs are so good in the winter. They can be fished slowly to catch cold, sluggish bass. They both work well on lowland and highland reservoirs and in rocky and grassy areas. They work well for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass. The two best food sources for bass in winter are minnows and crawfish. Jerkbaits catch bass that are feeding on minnows and jigs catch bass that are feeding on crawfish.

Suspending Jerkbaits

Suspending jerkbaits target tough-to-catch bass that are suspended in the water column. A suspended jerkbait gets down to the target depth where bass are and will stay at that depth throughout the retrieve. Suspending jerkbaits mimic minnows in 4-8 feet of water. Since minnows are inactive in winter, it is important to employ a slow retrieve when fishing a jerkbait. Sometimes, I’ll let one sit still for 3-5 seconds in between jerks. The best areas for this technique are rocky banks, bluff, points and docks. These are all likely places where bass suspend and feed on minnows.

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