By Mark Fong
January 22, 2014
From the fabled smallmouth lakes of Tennessee to the spotted bass reservoirs of California, savvy anglers know the virtues of employing diminutive baits to catch winter time bass. As water temperatures reach seasonal lows, bass metabolism slows down. With diminished activity levels bass become less aggressive in their pursuit of prey. When this happens, one of the most effective ways to target cold water fish is to utilize a small jig head adorned with a finesse plastic bait fish imitator, gossamer weight line and a light action spinning rod.