If you tie on these four artificial lures before Christmas and the week after Christmas, chances are good, extremely good, you’ll hook up with a bass.
Four pro bass fishermen from Louisiana believe in their respective baits. For Logan Latuso, it’s a Delta Lure’s Double Colorado spinnerbait. For Tyler Carriere, it’s a Strike King Hack Attack structure jig. For Nick LeBrun, it’s a Producer Swimbaits Swiminator. For Greg Hackney, it’s his own Strike King Hack Attack jig.
Two jigs and two moving baits get the nod in what usually is the first really cold month of the winter in Louisiana.
Logan Latuso, a bass pro from Gonzales, loves Delta Lures’ Double Colorado spinnerbait this month.
“It’s definitely a go-to fish catcher in December,” he said, pointing to a 3/8- or ½-ounce bait from the company headquartered in LaPlace. It’s highly effective when the water temperature drops into the 50s.
“I like the spinnerbait pretty much everywhere I go. It’s pretty much my go-to,” he said.
Sure, Latuso also favors a Delta Lures Rattling Jig or a Delta Lures Thunder Jig in December, especially in Louisiana waters.
“Otherwise, when the water temperature gets below 60 degrees, I like that spinnerbait,” he said. “I like a bigger spinnerbait (with Nos. 4 and 5 blades), because in the winter, bass are kind of lethargic, and you can thump it and slow-roll it.”
Latuso is partial to an orange No. 4 and gold No. 5 blade much of the time, particularly in water with a little color. It’s all about those Colorado blades thumping on the retrieve, he said, which is why he favors a reel with a 6:3.1 ratio on a 7-foot Fitzgerald MH for the 3/8-ounce model and a 7-foot-3 MJH for the ½-ounce model. He throws both on 16-pound Sunline FC Sniper flourocarbon.
While his favorite skirt is the chartreuse/white H&H rubber skirt, he also throws the Delta Shad-colored 44-strand silicone skirt.
“I like all of it. It’s got a good hook (Mustad Ultra Point) on it, a high-end ball bearing swivel, trailer keeper and custom stainless steel wire frame. It’s true running and you can feel a lot with it,” he said.
Mostly, Latuso fishes the spinnerbait in 1- to 5-foot depths, which he sees a lot of when he’s fishing his home waters. It triggers strikes around wood, rocks and on grassy flats, he said, which is where he was when he won a Louisiana B.A.S.S. Nation tournament in 2019 at Toledo Bend.
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