What's going on? Kyle Welcher here, out here filming with BassResource. You know, today we're talking about how I maximize one of my confidence baits in the wintertime. And this is one where I really do deviate a ton in the winter because I feel like fish change throughout the course of a day more in the winter than any other time of the year. You know, like, if they're spawning, they wanna be spawning. If they're in the summer, they're in a certain type of mood. But in the winter, I really feel like moon phase and exactly the position of the sun and how warm it gets is a big, big factor. You know, like a 2-degree water temp change in the winter is a really, really big deal. So I wanna explain to y'all exactly how I deviate using the Missile Baits D-Bomb in the winter.
This is gonna be another one of those times where I'm gonna pretty much leave a black and blue or a Bruiser D-Bomb laying on the front deck. It just seems like in the winter, that really... I honestly feel like fish can't see quite as good in the winter. So I really like to have that super good dark shadow in the water, so I feel like they could see it from a little bit further, but I'm almost always gonna start out early in the morning with like 1/4-ounce or a 3/8-ounce weight. I'm gonna try to get as close to the bait as I can possibly get.
In the winter, the shad, they really school up in some of these channel swing banks, back in some of these bigger creeks and tributaries, I mean, in the dead of the winter. And I'm gonna try to start off almost every single morning flipping the docks, or flipping the laydowns, or flipping the little isolated clumps of dead grass. Early in the morning, I'm gonna flip with the extremely light weight.
Now, I'm gonna try to milk it. I'm gonna set it in areas. I'm gonna try to leave it in front of the bass for as long as possible because I feel like that's the only time of the year where a fish would look at your bait and not commit to it right away if they really, really like it. So I'm going to try to milk. It gives me bites I can early in the morning.
But then, after about 11:00 or 12:00 when that sun has been up all day, I'm instantly gonna switch gears. I'm gonna upsize my weight to a 1/2-ounce. I'm gonna try to go as fast as I possibly can, and I'm gonna flip it in there, shake it a couple of times and get them to bite it or get them to not bite it.
So whichever way it goes though, I feel like later in the day those fish really pull up. In the wintertime, they really get aggressive in a very short window. So from 12:00 to 2:00 or 3:00 in the evening, they really get aggressive, they really pull up. So I wanna cover as much water as I possibly can. So it's a very different approach.
That's whenever I'll get on the more flatter stuff. I'll get on the flat docks. You know, the grass that grows a little bit further off the bank that's really, really flat, that's where I wanna be after the water warms up late in the day, and I want to go as fast as I possibly can. It's gonna be the exact opposite of where I think they're at all night whenever that water is really, really cold on the channel swing bank.
So that's how I deviate whenever I'm flipping and trying to cover a lot of water in the wintertime. I just keep a black and blue bait on, I cover a lot of water, and I try to stay in really, really good areas as close to the bait as possible. So, use some of them tips next winter, you'll catch more bass flipping.
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