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December Zone 4 with Mark Rose


Zone 4 – December

Strike King pro Mark Rose considers December to be one his favorite times to fish in Zone 4.


Strike King KVD Sexy Dawg
Strike King KVD J300 Deep


BAIT 1: Strike King KVD J300 Deep

If the water is clear, Rose prefers the Sexy Ghost Minnow. In stained water, he switches to the Smokey Chrome Blue. For muddy water, Rose will favor a Pro Gold.

Diving up to 11-feet, the KVD J300 Deep has increased castability, 3D eyes, and premium black nickel hooks for lethal action. This bait excels in Zone 4, but anglers from coast to coast keep the J300 on the boat deck this time of year.

Mark Rose Lil Ledge Spoon
Mark Rose Lil Ledge Spoon


BAIT 2: Strike King Mark Rose Lil Ledge Spoon


Rose’s choice for clear water is the Chrome, while he opts for White Chrome if the water is stained. In muddy water, Rose prefers the Sexy Shad.

Landing better hook up ratios, the Mark Rose Lil Ledge Spoon is a new type of jigging/flutter spoon with a random erratic side-to-side, shimmering, spinning motion that drives fish wild.


Pro Model Series 3 Crankbait
Tour Grade Finesse Football Jig


BAIT 3: Strike King Tour Grade Finesse Football Jig with Baby Rage Craw trailer


He opts for the Watermelon Red in clear water, and switches to a Green Pumpkin Craw if the water is stained. Rose opts for the Black Blue in low-vis or muddy conditions.

The Strike King Finesse Football Jig features a sculpted, football-shaped head and the 60-degree flat hook eye that stays flush with the head to keep your knot in the proper position; a Perfect Skirt in beautiful colors; and a specially designed tapered barb keeper to securely hold soft plastic trailers.


Mark Rose Lil Ledge Spoon
Hack Attack Fluorocarbon Flipping Jig


Bait 3: Strike King Hack Attack Fluorocarbon Flipping Jig with Scounbug trailer


If the water is clear, he will throw a Candy Craw, while more stained water calls for a Gator Craw. Black Brown Amber is Rose’s go-to when fishing in muddy water conditions.

Specifically adapted for use with fluoro line, the Hack Attack Fluorocarbon Flipping Jig features a more compact head molded onto a super-strong custom siwash hook and provides direct inline energy transfer for superb hooksetting with less line stress.

Strike King 3XD
Strike King 3XD


BAIT 5: Strike King 3XD


He opts for Sexy Blue Back Herring in clear water. If the water is stained, he will throw the Gizzard Shad, while he will switch to a Sexy Shad if the water is muddy.

Rose does not stray far from his cranking rod. This time of year, he will often tie on a 3XD when fish are holding in the 10-foot range. Deep diving crankbaits are common, but the unique curved bills of the XD series allow the bait to dive deeper and faster, changing the deep diving crankbait game forever.