February Zone 1

Zone 1 – February

Strike King pro Dakota Ebare focuses on the best places to find bass during February in Zone 1.

Ebare expects for the water temperatures to be in the 55- to 65-degree range this month. “This tends to be the coldest month of the year in the South,” says Ebare.

Even with the colder weather, bass are getting geared for spring in Zone 1. “Bass will still start to move from winter transition to pre-spawn,” shares Ebare.  Ebare suggests looking low to find bass in February. “The drains and depressions closer to spawning areas will be key,” states Ebare.

J300 Elite Jerkbait
J300 Elite Jerkbait


BAIT 1: Strike King J300 Elite Jerkbait


-       When fishing in clear or stained water, Ebare prefers Pro Oyster. Pro Siren is his top choice in muddy conditions. 

-       Taking performance to the next level, Strike King’s KVD J300 Elite Jerkbait has a proprietary weight transfer system to maximize casting distance and three premium black nickel hooks to deliver lethal action every time.  

1/2-3/4 oz Denny Brauer Structure Jig
Red Eyed Shad


BAIT 2: Strike King Red Eyed Shad

If the water is clear, Ebare prefers the Chrome Blue. In stained or muddy water, he switches to the Rayburn Red Craw.

The Red Eyed Shad has incredible action, premium hooks, 3D eyes, and free-floating rattles.

Strike King Thunder Cricket


BAIT 3: Strike King Thunder Cricket with Menace Grub trailer


Ebare’s choice for clear water is the Green Pumpkin, while he opts for Falcon Lake Craw if the water is stained. In muddy water, Ebare reaches for a Fire Craw.

The perfect bladed swim jig that belongs in every angler’s arsenal, the Strike King Thunder Cricket Vibrating Jig has an ultra-stiff hook, stainless steel blade, and provides a superior hook up ratio. Menace Grub's profile helps add bulk and is streamlined to the Thunder Cricket, which makes it a great option for skipping under docks.

KVD Sexy Dawg Topwater
Strike King KVD J300


BAIT 4: Strike King KVD J300


He opts for the Pro Blue in clear water, and switches to a Chartreuse Sexy Shad if the water is stained. In muddy water, Ebare prefers Pro Bone.

Known to have the perfect combination of roll, wiggle, and flash, the KVD J300 has increased castability, 3D eyes, and premium black nickel hooks, resulting in lethal action.


Strike King Tour Grade Skipping Jig

BAIT 5: Strike King Tour Grade Skipping Jig with Rodent trailer


If the water is clear or stained, he will throw a Green Pumpkin Craw with Rodent trailer. In more muddy water Ebare uses Black Blue. 

Designed to be the ultimate jig for skipping under docks, Strike King Tour Grade Skipping Jig is built with a super strong and sharp Gamakatsu® hook for strong hooksets and resistance to bending when fished in hard cover.

Strike King Rage Swimmer


BAIT 6: Strike King 5XD

He opts for Chartreuse Sexy Shad in clear water.  If the water is stained or muddy, he will throw the Chartreuse Sexy Shad.

The 5XD dives to around 15-feet and is ideal for deflecting off deeper structure as fish make their way back into shallower flats.