Winter Bass on BlastSubmitted by Full Limit Outdoor Media
Winter fishing can be tough. Bass can get finicky when the temps fall. Shallow water in much of the country can get too cold for concentrations of bass to remain, much less be in a mood to eat. That is when a lot of bass across the country move into a true winter pattern.
Although the intricate details of the pattern may vary based on geography, the overall them is typically the same; ditches, creeks, channel swings, and river ledges. These are all places where bass can be consistently found and caught when Ole’ Jack Frost is the headliner on the The Weather Channel. Every one of the aforementioned structures are even sweeter when accompanied by cover of some sort. Rock (chunk or bluff), gravel, wood (stumps or trees) and brush are all bass hotspots in frigid water. Generally speaking, the darker and denser the cover, the quicker it tends to warm from the sun. It’s the same premise as a dark colored car in the summer sun versus a light color.
Now, we’ve got an idea of where to look. The next variable is how are going to catch them? This portion of winter fishing is wide, broad and open to interpretation, but I want to specifically narrow the playing field down to a specific technique for the sake of time and information. That technique is vertical jigging.
Nothing can be as annoying as a bait being jigged in the face of a bass. Furthermore, not much else consistently draws a cold-water reaction as well either. Bass are hardwired to react to things. Think of them as you would a cat. They may not be active. They may not be paying attention. But, if you move something past them quickly, more often than not they will react to it. This isn’t saying go out and burn a crankbait around all day. I’m referring to a vertical presentation that targets specific structure and cover. Perhaps even fish you mark on your electronics.
When it comes to vertical winter fishing, there are several staple baits that are the “go-to” for a lot bass anglers. For that very reason, I’m going to give a similar, yet different, alternative. Allow me to introduce you to your new best winter-fishing friend, the Rage Blade Blaster.
The Rage Blade Blaster is a baitfish imitator at first glance. It comes in three colors: white, chartreuse and chrome. It also is available in three sizes: ¼ oz., 3/8 oz. and ½ oz. It is designed to vibrate and be erratic on the retrieve. That is about where the similarities end between it and conventional vertical jigging baits as the this achieved by a unique action unlike traditional “blade -type” baits.
The Rage Blade Blaster excels when fished on fluorocarbon line and ripped and allowed to fall on semi-slack line. Bites can be detected by anywhere from a subtle “twitch” in the line to nearly having your rod ripped out of your hands. With the standard feathered treble, you won’t have any issue hooking up or landing whatever bites.
Speaking of “whatever”, the Rage Blade Blaster is a tremendous multi-species bait. It is absolute murder on stripe, white bass, hybrids, crappie and especially black bass. If it swims and eats, it will most likely inhale the Rage Blade Blaster.
When other anglers are laid up dreaming of sunny spring days, put on your long johns and heavy clothes, grab a handful of Rage Blasters and hit your favorite lake. It won’t seem nearly as cold when your line is getting stretched by a 5 pounder!