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It is supposed to be around 50 degrees tomorrow so I was thinking of hitting the water.

Do you guys have any favorite baits or setup for cold water?  I usually pack everything up for the season the day after Thanksgiving so any info would be great.

Thanks.

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Pig-n-jig is a staple in cold water. I've been fishing jerkbaits like crazy this year but I still rely heavily on the jig.

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jigs, jigs, and oh yeah jigs.  oh yeah also hair jigs sometimes.  when it gets really bitter cold then ill go to pork but if i can at all avoid it i stick with plastic chunks or craws.

matt

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ABOUT THE ONLY COLD WATER TECHNIQUE I'VE EVER HAD ANY SUCCESS WITH IS JERKBAITS. OR SOMETIMES LIVE BAIT.

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i mostly use jerkbaits ang jigs in cold weather.  but other times i will use grubs, drop shots, and shakey heads, but the top three are the jerkbait,jig, and grub. ;)

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I've had decent luck with narrow-wobble crankbaits.  And of course, the jig 'n pig......

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Do you have a favorite cold water technique?

I was tempted to reply, "Watching TV in my recliner with my hands behind my head" ;D

In really cold water the best approach I know of is Live Bait.

Roger

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Cold water is a relative term.  In SE Florida what I call cold is water temps in the low 60's.  Jerk baits do shine at this time but It's my favorite time to pitch jigs.  I love jig fishing but the weedy FLA lakes are more conducive to pitchin pegged t-rigged soft plastics (called a Florida rig for some odd reason ;))

When we are at our coldest is when I can tie on my favorite jig (terminator pro's secret) and pitch to the edges of cover.  Many of the weeds have died back and if the waters not too low I can have fun fishing my favoirte technique.

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As of yesterday I LOVE the dropshot, I was fishing with Triton9 and hauled in a nice 4.5lber. on a ZOOM watermelon/gold finesse worm on a dropshot rig. However my favorite technique would be fishing a 5/16oz. finesse jig in deep water.

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jig and pig... many people dont like spinnerbaits, but i fish them slow during cold weather and have success

Spinnerbaits work well when the water temp drops below 60 degrees. I have had the most success using large profile 1/2oz s/b with the addition of a twin-tail 4" grub, retrieved s-l-o-w. Use s/b and grub colors that match and of course use colors that match the prevailing light/water conditions...

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Whats colder whats colder water to you is a relative term. To me anything under 40°F is cold and is difficult to get bite I didnt say impossible just difficult. So my Cold water baits for under 40°F, soft plastics on a football head jig. Worked SLOW SLOW SLOW!!!.

Now thats some Cold water...

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I've had success in cold water with several different baits:C-rig using a finese worm,big deep diving crankbait in a crawfish pattern,jig -n- chunk,spinnerbait,suspending jerkbait,and drop shot rig using finese worm or 4" Senko.

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I usually start throwing jigs and 1/4 oz. to 3/8 oz. crankbaits when the temp goes into the 40-50 degree range.  This year I have started using more tubes than crankbaits.

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In colder water, and I mean water below 50 degrees, I use jig 'n' pigs, tubes, and suspending jerkbaits in may different sizes. If I can't get a fish to bite working thebait slowly, then I will change tactics and start trying for reaction strikes using craw patterned cranks and lipless cranks, or speed up my cadence on my jerkbaits.

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I keep seeing people say they use jerkbaits. I wanna say I KNOW they mean soft ones since you can fish them fast or slow....but...would I be right? :;)

Prog

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