Swimbaits for Smallmouth | Fall and Winter Location, Gear, Retrieves
Professional fishing guide Tony Roach loves targeting late-season smallmouth bass using paddle tail swimbaits rigged on jig heads. Roach discusses how to find late fall and winter smallmouth “winter holes” and his rigging and retrieval technique for coaxing bites from lethargic yet catchable bass. As a Mille Lacs-based guide, Roach relies on paddle tails for consistent multi-species action throughout the open water season. They’re simple to fish regardless of skill level, can be worked from a boat, shore, or kayak with minimal gear or electronics, allow you to cover a ton of water and depths without re-rigging, and flat out trigger bites when nothing else will.
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