We’re out here right now with the Wired2Fishguys and we’re on Kentucky Lake. We’re tryingto follow this fall transition; we’re lookingfor shad, gravel bars, grass beds, and thingslike that. When you’re watching this you’re probablysitting at home watching the snowflakes flyand thinking about spring time early seasonfishing. One of the things I really like todo is I like to get out there early. It’sthe time of the year when the fish reallyget grouped up, the water’s cold, they canbe in a big school, and you can catch someof the biggest fish of the year. I still like topower fish. Some people think that when it’sreal cold you’ve got to slow down and fishdeep, and that’s not necessarily the case. The one thing that I’ve learned is I can reallyapply a lot of those same techniques. My favoritelures for fishing that winter period and earlyspring are still crankbaits. I mean yeah I’mgoing to have a jig, a swimbait, and a lotof other things ready to go. But to coverwater and find bass you’ve really got to havethree lures that I’m going to show you. First are foremost you’ve got to have a liplesscrankbait. A 1/2 ounce Red Eyed Shad is ago-to bait for me. I’ve won a ton of moneywith this. It’s very efficient for coveringflatter areas and shallower areas becauseagain it sinks. On a casting retrieve thisis going to get you from 0-8 foot or so. Ifyou’re going a little bit deeper than thatyou can go up to the 3/4 ounce model and getit down to 10 foot or so. Fantastic if thelake you’re fishing has grass. A lot of thelowland reservoirs that don’t have grass it’sstill perfect. Kentucky Lake, Pickwick, andplaces like that have a lot of gravel bars and even though there’s not grasson them lipless crankbaits are a great tool on a lot of thosefish because of the water clarity being kindof low they will stay shallow even in 35 degreeswater so you can catch a lot of fish withthat. I try to use a slow retrieve, have justenough contact with the bottom that I cankeep this bait bumping into coverand rip it out of the grass. PERFECT. A lot of the lakes that I fish maybe havea little steeper banks; highland reservoirsor something like that. That’s where this it’s called a Lucky Shad. The unique thing about this lure is it’s gota very tight action like some other minnowbaits do, it has a really good rattle to it,and you’ll notice that the bill is a littlebit different. Most of these minnow baitsthat are on the market have a rounded bill. This one with that square covered bill deflectsoff the rocks and cover. This is a great forfishing rip rap, channel banks, and thingslike that. I typically throw this on a spinningrod with light line. 10 pound test is whatgives it the livest action. Another thingwith this bait is it’s designed to almostsuspend. In cold water this bait will suspend,and in warmer water it has a slow rise toit. I like crawdad colors if i’m crankingthe rocks and that. If it’s a clear lake andit’s coming off the bottom I’ll use a shadpattern. I’ll tell this makes a great jerkbaitwhen you can get it out off the bank fromup shallow as it comes out into deeper water. Stop it, twitch it a few times, and let itpause for a few seconds. It’s a great combinationcrankbait for rocks and to kind of use asa jerkbait. Which leads me to the jerkbait. The big thatI’m really looking for this time of year iswhat the fish are really keying on. If they’reon the bottom eating crawfish it’s hard tobeat that Red Eyed Shad or something likethat Lucky Shad crankbait that is gettingdown into the rocks. If you’re seeing a lot of gulls around andshad dying on the surface you know that thebass are going to be suspended and that’swhere a suspending jerkbait like this StrikeKing KVD Jerkbait really come in. I love thiscolor right here this Crystal Shad if thewater has some clarity to it. If it’s a littlemore stained you can use some Chartreuse SexyShad or something like that. The thing about the jerkbait is you’ve gotto have clear water. These other crankbaitsnot so much if you’ve got stained or dirtywater they’re still going to work. If youdon’t have clear water this is not even anoption. I like to have a least 2- 2 1/2 footof clarity and see be able to see it thatfar down before I even pull out a jerkbait. If I’ve got really clear water that’s whenthis really shines. In the early spring orthe winter time these three baits can helpyou find the fish quick and they’re stillreally good at catching them. I call themsearch and destroy baits and that’s what Iuse during this time of year.