Reese's Winter Bass Faves for Largemouth, Smallies and Spots
Not sure if Jimmy Reese enjoyed Disney’s Frozen, but he and Elsa definitely agree on one thing: The cold never bothered them anyway.
The decorated tournament veteran from Winter Springs, Calif. has clearly demonstrated his abilities across the calendar. But give Reese his preference and he’ll put winter high on the list.
For one thing, there’s often fewer boats on the water. Unless it’s derby day, a lot of folks are less inclined to undertake a frosty launch — at least until mid-morning. Also, winter tends to concentrate fish, so finding one often means finding a pile.
“I’ve had some of my best days ever in the wintertime,” Reese said. "A lot of it has to do with weather, but if you get some of those calm days, you can crush them.
“The cold is not a problem as long as you’re prepared.”
More on this in a minute.
Let’s look at how Reese likes to target the three black bass species during winter’s chill.
For big green ones, Reese’s winter go-to is a jerkbait. Throwing this on 10-pound fluorocarbon, he’s focusing on flats with rocks, but the most important element is the fall-back zone.
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