December Zone 2

Zone 2 – December

Strike King pro Keith Combs highlights common water conditions and fish patterns in Zone 2 in the month of December.

“Expect clear, low water conditions with temperatures in the mid-50s,” shares Combs. “Fish are relating to creek channels and main lake points in search of shad,” Combs adds.

KVD 1.5
Strike King 6XD


BAIT 1: Strike King 6XD

If the water is clear, Combs prefers TN Shad 2.0. In stained water, he switches to Green Back Chartreuse. For muddy water, Combs will favor Black Back Chartreuse.

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.  Combs relies on the 6XD when fish are deeper on creek channel turns and off main lake points. It is superior in the 20-foot range.



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BAIT 2: Strike King 5XD

His choice for clear water is TN Shad 2.0, while he opts for Green Back Chartreuse if the water is stained. In muddy water, Combs opts for Citrus Shad.

When fish are too shallow for the 6XD, he will tie on a 5XD which is exceptional for probing the 15-foot range.

2.5 Squarebill
Strike King 2.5 Squarebill

BAIT 3: Strike King 2.5 Squarebill

He opts for TN Shad in clear water, and switches to Black Back Chartreuse if the water is stained. In low-vis conditions, Combs reaches for Citrus Shad.

Perfect for shallow water and power fishing, the 2.5 Squarebill design and unique “hunting” action will constantly wander with erratic movement, while still running true. It also deflects perfectly off cover to entice strikes.


Thunder Cricket Vibrating Jig
Strike King ½ oz. Red Eyed Shad Tungsten 2-Tap


BAIT 4: Strike King ½ oz. Red Eyed Shad Tungsten 2-Tap


If the water is clear, Combs will throw Chartreuse Sexy Shad, while more stained water calls for Chrome Black. Oyster is his go-to when fishing in muddy water.

The Red Eyed Shad Tungsten 2-Tap is designed with a unique tungsten sound chamber that emits a double tapping cadence for a unique sound that can trigger even the most finicky fish to bite.

Tour Grade Skipping Jig
Strike King KVD J300

BAIT 5: Strike King KVD J300

He opts for Crystal Shad in clear water. If the water is stained, he will throw Natural Shad, while he will switch to Citrus Shad if the water is muddy.

The KVD J300 has the perfect combination of roll, wiggle, and flash. The combination of our proprietary weight transfer system for increased castability, with 3D eyes, and premium black nickel hooks, results in lethal action.