A stretch of mild, sunny weather during the spring is every bass angler’s wish because the warm spell usually puts fish that have recently emerged from their long winter stupor into overdrive. But just as surely as spring follows winter, it’s inevitable that frigid weather will make at least a couple of last ditch efforts to hang on. And the resulting cold fronts, however brief or extended, seem to set the fish’s progression back to Square One.

Brand ambassador and competitive bass angler Ty Spade lives in Pennsylvania and counts Raystown Lake, a deep highland reservoir, among his home waters. At his latitude, a cold front just doesn’t arrive; it typically crashes in, with weather changes that are abrupt and dramatic.

“Earlier this spring we had a long stretch of very warm, very nice weather and the smallmouths were really eating,” he said. “Wherever you saw baitfish along a bluff bank, you could throw a Suspending Super Rogue and know it would get hit. But then it got cold — so cold the water temperature dropped six degrees in something like 36 hours.”

Spade responded to the change like any other angler would; he switched from the jerkbait to a jig-and-plastic. “My favorite jig for cold-front bass is a Booyah Finance,” he said. “It’s compact, subtle and has the profile lethargic fish react to.”

The angler then ran through the typical array of soft plastic trailers, looking for the one that produced strikes most consistently. Each had its own degree of success, but Spade wasn’t satisfied and decided to try something totally different—specifically YUM’s Kill Shot. It was originally designed as a subtle-action drop shot bait, but in combination with the Finance Jig, it’s become Spade’s go-to for cold-front smallies.

“I’m not sure how I chose to try the Kill Shot, or why it works so well,” he explained. “Maybe it’s something the fish haven’t seen before; maybe it’s because the combination is so compact and low-action. It’s probably a little of both, really. Whatever the reason, the Finance Jig and Kill Shot have worked very well for me.”

Spade continued to catch fish wherever baitfish were present along the bluffs. He allowed the jig to settle on a ledge, then slowly pull until it dropped to the next one — hoping the descent would be only a couple of feet or so.

Your cold-front jigging might be down a primary point or through a stump-filled flat; and the fish you’re after might be green instead of bronze. No matter; give Spade’s rig a try and see what happens.