Hite recommends Rapala Trigger X Hodad
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When winter bass become sluggish and seek shelter in dense cover, former Bassmaster Classic winner Davy Hite recommends Rapala’s Trigger X Hodad as the lure to get results.
While cover may appear dead and brown, it can still be healthy below the surface and Hite explains that bass feel secure hidden beneath that canopy.
But the Hodad’s soft texture and slim, tubular profile allows it to punch through thick matted vegetation, while the lure’s soft appendages quiver just enough to get the attention of the lethargic fish without spooking them, says Hite.
In addition, the Ultrabite Aggression Pheromones impregnated into the bait reinforce the lure’s attraction. Whether its curiousity, territorial instinct or simply a defence mechanism, bass react to the special formulation even when they are not in the mood to eat.
Knowing he has the right lure to make them bite, Hite’s only challenge is getting the bait in front of them.
“I rig the Hodad Texas style, using a 4/0 VMC Heavy Duty Flippin’ Hook and large tungsten weight – just enough weight to penetrate the canopy – no more,” he says. “Then it’s only a matter of patience and having the confidence to let the pattern develop.”