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What retrieves work best for big glide baits in cold water?

In cold water conditions, the retrieval of large glide baits should be adjusted to match the reduced metabolism and activity level of bass. Here are some effective retrieval techniques based on the video context provided:

  1. Slow and Steady Retrieve: As the water temperature drops below 60°F, glide baits can still be very effective. However, it's important to slow down your retrieve. A steady, slow retrieve allows the glide bait to maintain a natural swimming action, which can be critical in colder water when bass are less likely to chase down fast-moving prey.

  2. Twitch and Pause: Incorporating pauses and subtle twitches can be very effective. After a few slow turns of the reel handle, add a couple of twitches to the rod. This action makes the glide bait dart or "glide" to the side, imitating a dying or injured baitfish, which can trigger a predatory response from bass. Then, allow the bait to pause, giving nearby bass time to strike.

  3. Depth Control: Be mindful of the depth at which you're fishing the glide bait. In winter, bass may be holding at different depths depending on the body of water. Glide baits are generally most effective in shallower water (less than 10 feet), but if you're fishing a shallow body of water or know that bass are holding shallower, you can effectively use glide baits throughout the winter.

  4. Subtle S-Motion: For a more nuanced approach, retrieve the bait with a very gentle 'S' motion. This can be particularly useful when the fish are not responding well to more aggressive glides.

  5. Glide-Pause Technique: Cast out the glide bait, let it sink to the desired depth, then use a series of glides followed by a pause. This can be done by a sequence of rod movements that create the glide action, followed by a moment of stillness to let the bait suspend or slowly sink.

Remember, the colder the water gets, the more important it is to have a glide bait that has a good action even on a slow retrieve. Baits like the River2Sea S-Waver or the Bait Sanity Explorer are designed to have an enticing glide on a slow, steady retrieve, which is crucial as the water temperature approaches the 50s and below.

If you're targeting bass in winter, adjust your retrieval speed and action to match the fish's activity level. Slow, methodical retrieves with occasional twitches to provoke a reaction strike can be very effective when the water gets cold. Keep these techniques in mind, and you'll increase your chances of enticing those lethargic winter bass.

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How To Catch Bass During The Fall To Winter Transition (Cold Water Baits) by TacticalBassin fishing in a place where the water is shallower you can still throw a Glide bait in the winter the Glide bait is more like a jerk bait in that you're working it nice and slow and steady and then those Twitches draw a reaction strike the Glide bait is a deadly winter bait the issue with the Glide is that they fish higher in the water column so if you're on a Highland Reservoir most of the time not a player in the winter but the guy who's like I'm on a shallow body of water it's three feet deep it's six feet deep it's 12 feet deep at the deepest you can catch Glide Bait fish all winter long because again the Glide bait plays on that key core response you're working it slow you add those two Twitches it cuts it darts like it's going to run and they commit to it so if your fish are up Shallow if you're catching generally shallow fish absolutely add the Glide bait to your mix if they're not if your bites are coming in 10 15 20 25 deeper then rely on a big Soft Bait to get on bottom hold the bottom and just go super slow and just wait literally wait for one of those giants to tag that thing but hands down the most fun way to catch them is to get that feed response and you can do this as we head into winter
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How To Catch Bass In Winter: Swimbait Tips For Cold Water Bass Fishing by TacticalBassin that slow methodical glide is very important to pulling those fish up to the bait now we'll still twitch them and pop them once in a while so we've always talked for years like seven or eight years we've talked about slow roll in an s waiver four handle turns really slow and then two twitches and then repeat the idea behind that is to give a fish time to rise to that slow swimming bait it's just cruising there's time for that fish to come up then that bait makes its kicks and they ambush it but if that bait is just walking through the water being aggressive darting all the time cold water fish tend to not be willing to run that down so you must throw a glide that's got that slow fluid action if you want to pull those fish up at all now in the 50s all of the baits will work but as you start dipping towards the 40s those glide baits in most fisheries fall away and the reason why is the fish will start to go deeper they'll start to insulate themselves from the surface as they're dropping down the glide bait just naturally doesn't work as well in that water column so if you're in a really shallow fishery you can probably still continue to get away with it even in the mid to low 40s but in most lakes where those fish are sucking down
How To Retrieve Big Glide Baits! by crazybassfisher do this real slight s motion and that is a great way just you know get a feel for the bait see what it can do and I'll do this retrieve when I'm really working the back slow and the fish aren't really liking the glide motion on the paper and with the depths to 50 it has a real slow and kind of swim to it and a lot of time when I'm fishing it like this if I make a forecast and I'm working in just real slow I'll give it a couple pops and then go right back and then that slow slow and retreat now if it's thick and retrieve that you can do with this bait throw it out let us sink to the desired depth and just do just simple fly fly fly fly fly fly fly glide glide and it's just simple you just glide the way back to the boat or the short whatever wouldn't you prefer and then a third way it's a little more difficult but you kind of get into rhythm with it you throw it out there you let it sink to the desired depth and you give it a glide glide glide glide glide and then you give it a pause glide glide glide glide glide and it's just really simple and then you can start illustrating other things now the way I had stripe describe it has is like working a jerkbait it's really erratic

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