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Everyone around here uses Johnsons Silver buddies and such around here on teh same places. They will follow a channel or sit by a bridge jigging them.  I have been trying other things like deep running jerkbaits on ledges and following main lake contours and throwing deep divng suspending crankbaits with "less than par" results.  Anyone wanna share some tips?

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I've been bass fishing for about two years and this is my first time fishing in the winter. A technique my partner showed me is dart heading. It's a great technique and you should definitley give it a try. The key is to go very slow and not move the bait a foot at a time. Move it in inches and pause it and shake it in place. Some of my favorite baits to dart head are Yamamoto Cut Tails, and Tiny Ikas, another good brand of worm to darthead is the Robo Worm in various colors, some of my favorite are Prizm Shad, Hologram Shad, and Oxblood. Be patient with this and it will definitley produce for you.

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A bud on Table Rock likes to rig two gitzits on a very heavy drop shot concoction.  The weight is usually an ounce and he fishes this deal vertically from 50-110 feet.  It actually works on the bass, but it looks more like a halibut rig! He locates schools of bass and lowers the rig down through them.

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Focusing on current season where you are; darthead is excellent idea. Have to do some searching online to find them.  Rig the worm/grub open-hook like a 1/8oz to 1/4 oz. dart head or peahead jig.  Spoons - same thing, Castmaster or Duh spoon in various weights is good start.  Rattletrap also good.  Dropshot is good.  As Don Iovino says, "dropshot is so good you could catch fish in a toilet bowl".  

You will need some electronics and have understanding of what you are seeing on the sonar.  

That doesn't mean you can easily master the different techniques.  I recommended lures I thought not everyone in VA is fishing to amp up your success quotient. If you have never fished these lure/techniques before, suggest limiting purchases and just go fish - till you start catching,  Then, with some confidence branch out to other lures.

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