Go Deep for Bass by Marc Marcantonio

Go Deep for Bass by Marc Marcantonio

in keeping your fishing line perfectly straight between your rod tip and your lure, always. Doing so is critical to detect bites when a deep-water bass bites your lure, giving you the best chance to feel the bite and set the hook.


Winter bass are in colder water many degrees lower than peak activity temperatures. This results in a slower metabolism, and less frequent feeding.

A simple rule in predator/prey relationships is that a successful predator must consume more calories than it expends in catching its prey. The winter and colder water do not stop feeding, but they slow everything down. Feeding


Winter 2021

strategies of bass shift to hunkering down on the bottom, and waiting for food to swim above them, or fall to the bottom.

Rather than chasing down their food like they

will in shallow water, they

wait for delivery. Then they

open their mouth, vacuum

in the prey, yet remain

relatively still.

Energy Saving Mode

I rarely take beginners

fishing in the winter. Not

because bass won’t bite

(they do), but rather because

most beginners get bites

and never know it, which can

be frustrating. With bass in

“energy-saving mode” new

anglers rarely detect the bite.

Imagine using a

dropshot rig in 50-feet of

water. Your worm drops to

a bass, and without moving

forward, the bass merely

inhales your worm and holds

it still. In order to catch this

bass, you must be able to

detect the bite, despite the

lack of movement of your