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Bass Pro Reveals His Secrets To Catching Big Winter Bass!

Bryan Thrift tells you his favorite lure that works to bring in those big Bass when fishing in the cold months.

He fishes all winter, going for the big fish as well as catching Bass in the numbers, because at this time of year the Bass are schooled together and not roaming as much.

His go to bait this time of year is the umbrella rig, as well as being productive it can be a great deal of fun fishing it.

If your looking for that hot bait that works in the cold water then read on, as Bryan shares his time proven tips for catching those big Bass in the dead of Winter.

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“Shane’s Baits Blades of Glory umbrella rig is probably my No. 1 go-to bait if I’m fun-fishing or in a tournament that allows it. I’m going to have 1/8-ounce jigheads on it with 4-inch Damiki Anchovy Shads,” Thrift reveals. “That’s the ‘funnest’ wintertime fishing you can do.”

Thrift likes his Anchovy Shad swimbaits in white with silver flake for fishing slightly stained water and either pro blue or pro purple for fishing clear water.

The Blades of Glory rig resembles two “standard” umbrella rigs connected in tandem for a total of nine wire arms. Obviously, it needs to be rigged in such a manner that is legally allowed on the waters being fished. It also requires a stout rod. Thrift’s choice is the Okeechobee Rod, which is a 7-foot, 6-inch, heavy-action model in Fitzgerald Rods’ Original Series. He spools up with 20-pound-test P-Line fluorocarbon.

“When I first started out throwing the umbrella rig, I threw it on braid a lot,” Thrift says. “I found out you get a lot more bites on fluoro. I think the biggest reason is that the diameter of the braid is so small, and when you throw it on braid, you have to wind it fast to keep it off bottom. But the key to fishing an umbrella rig is to wind it as slowly as possible. With fluoro [which is thicker] you don’t have to fish it as fast, and it’ll stay in the depth of water you’re trying to target.”

Depth varies according to the area, but the most important factor is the bait.

“That time of year I’m looking for baitfish that are schooled up and bass that are actively eating the bait,” Thrift adds. “That’s when you catch those giant, fat bass that are gorging on shad. I’ll fish a main-lake point, creek channel or river channel, but you can catch them anywhere the bait is stacked up.”

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