The Basics of Fishing Shad Raps for Winter Bass

Gerald Swindle considers the Rapala Shad Rap the #1 go-to bait when chasing southern bass during the winter months. GMAN explains why this is the case, emphasizing its tight and subtle wiggle (made from balsa wood), which closely matches the movement of shad in cold water.

It’s a light finesse crankbait but casts reasonably well when fished on appropriate tackle. Swindle advises switching from fluorocarbon to a more manageable monofilament during the winter months. Mono is softer and more supple in cold water; greater stretch also translates into muted deflections when contacting cover — a plus when bass are sluggish and less likely to chase down a bait.

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