Winter Bass Fishing: Finesse Tips To Keep Catching Fish!

Winter is coming fast! If your fish disappear as the water gets cold, there is hope! Over the years we’ve found a handful of key baits that get bit day after day, year after year, even when conditions are tough. If the Winter blues are setting in, turn to these proven choices to keep catching fish. 

Many anglers quit fishing in the Winter. They turn to the woods or the couch to pass the days until Spring returns. Don’t be that guy! The lakes are incredibly peaceful in Winter and there are BIG bass to be caught! Some days you can still catch them on reaction baits but when the going gets tough, turning to finesse is a sure way to keep getting bit. Tim has a handful of baits including worms, jigs, and flies, that work everywhere he goes. 

Below you’ll find a breakdown of all the baits he discussed in the video. We’ve included the rigging, the exact colors he relies on to keep getting bit, and some of the rods and reels he uses to stay successful. The links go directly to Tackle Warehouse where you can see detailed photos and descriptions of each item.  

Dropshot Baits… 

-Big Bite Smallie Smasher 3.5” (Green Pumpkin Purple Flake):

-Strike King Half Shell (Morning Dawn):

-Damiki Armor Shad Fluke (American Shad):

Dropshot Rigging… 

Hook- Owner Mosquito Light (size 2):

Weight- Swagger Tungsten Pencil (1/4 oz):


Jig-Keitech Tungsten Football (Brown/Purple):

Trailer- Z Man TRD BugZ (Green Pumpkin):

Jig- Dirty Jigs Finesse Football 5/8 oz (Green Pumpkin Craw):

Trailer- Yamamoto 5” Double Tail (Green Pump purp copper):


-Spro Phat Fly 1/8 (Grey Ghost):

Neko Rig… 

Bait- Yamamoto 5” Senko (Electric Shad):

Weight- Tungsten Pagoda Nail (1/16):

Hook- Owner Weedless Sniper Finesse Neko (1/0):

Ring- G7 Protect Tube (7MM):

Ned RIg… 

Bait- Roboworm 3” Ned Worm (Green Pumpkin):

Bait- Z Man Finesse TRD (Green Pumpkin Goby):

Tungsten Head- Swagger Flanders (1/10th):

Lead Head- Owner Block Head (1/16th):


Head- Tactical Finesse Swimbait Head (3/8 oz):

Bait- Keitech 3.3 or 3.8 Fat Swing Impact (Electric Shad):

Head- Dirty Jigs Guppy Head (1/8 oz):

Bait- Keitech 2.8” Fat Swing Impact (TW Ghost Shad):

Head- Cool Baits Down Under 1/8 oz (Black Silver):

Dropshot/Ned Rig Spinning Combo… 

Rod- Shimano Expride 6’10” Medium Light:

Reel- Shimano Stradic CI4+ 2500:

Line- Sunline SX-1 12 lb Braid:

Leader- Sunline Sniper 6 lb Fluorocarbon:

Finesse Jig/Swimbait Casting Combo… 

Rod- G Loomis GLX 843C MBR:

Reel- Shimano Curado 150 DC HG:

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 30 lb Braid:

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 12 lb Leader:

Budget Finesse Spinning Combo… 

Rod- St. Croix Bass X 7’1″ Medium:

Reel- Shimano Nasci 2500:

Line- Power Pro 15 lb Braid:

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 8 lb Leader:

NEW Tactical Bassin Apparel… 

TacticalBassin Hat:

TacticalBassin Reaper Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Shadow Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Sun Shirt:

TacticalBassin Hooded Sun Shirt:

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