5. Bigger baits and lighter heads

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You can use a little fatter bodied bait like a Mr. Crappie Slab Slanger or a Bobby Garland Slab Slay’R on a lighter head to slow your bait down and get a lot more bites. Often the fish will be up high on cover and I want it to stay up in the strike zone longer. 

I will usually use a 1/16 ounce Mr. Crappie Jig Head and a Baby Shad. But sometimes I drop down to like a 1/24 Bobby Garland Dockt’R head with that bulkier Slab Slanger and get a lot more bites as the water is cooler with fish up high. Conventional wisdom says use smaller baits when the water gets cold, but a bit bigger bait can limit movement better.

*** pictured here left to right: Jenko Big T Paddle Fry and Bobby Garland Baby Shad on 1/16 ounce Mr. Crappie jigheads and Bobby Garland Minnow Mind’R and Strike King Slab Slanger on 1/24-ounce Bobby Garland Dockt’R jigheads