Open and Costa baits, America a largemouth nest, Don’t reel spinnerbaits
Today’s Top 5
Innerestin’ baits from the Chick Open.
From the Chickamauga, TN Sight-Fishing Festivus Actually Southern Open. FLWer Johnny Cox won it with 68-03, holding off fellow FLWer Michael Neal by 3 lbs. Three Elites in the top 10 — Shaw Grigsby, Ish Monroe and Brandon Lester — and 10th was 20-PLUS outta 1st!! Anyhoo, stuff that caught my eye:
1st: Cox — When’s the last time you used a Senko in the baby bass color?
4th: Grigsby — Shaw has been sight-fishing a bunch with the 3.75″ Rage Swimmers (4/0 TK 140 Swimbait Hook), just in case you think sight-fishing is all about flip baits…though he also used a Rage Bug (blue bug):
9th: Wes Logan pitched this ratty-looking jig combo:
Won by Nick Prvonozac of Warren, OHIO. Not OK, OH. FLWer Matt Arey of NC was 2nd. Finally in 3rd we get to OK, so #stout for the out-of-staters. Here’s the top 10 baits broken down:
Flipping plastics = 50% — Shouting out the big winnah who flipped a YUM Vibra King Tube (gp — new colors out, see the News section) with 2 different rigs: baitcaster with 1/4-oz and 17-lb Silver Thread Fluorocarbon, and noodle stick with 3/16-oz and 10-lb Silver Thread.
> America resembles a largemouth bass nest. The female picks a spot, lays the eggs and when the fry…hatch, the male guards the nest. All the fry swim around in a confined area, surrounded by hungry predators just waiting for a chance to grab a tasty morsel.
> They are guarded by a fierce largemouth bass, but if he swims too far offbase in pursuit of a predator or a fishing lure, the hungry mob rushes in and devours as many fry as they can before their protector gets back on base.
> The analogy being that the minute America goes all “Pollyanna” and drops our guard, our enemies will rush in and destroy us.
If you don’t know who Charlie Daniels is, he told a famous story ’bout a fiddle battle:
Only dude missing from that band is…James Overstreet. Or is he there….
Elitists can’t lose their favorite baits either.
You probly think these guys get all kinds of free baits so if they get hung, they just bust it off and tie on another one. Sometimes, sure. But if they hang a favorite bait, just like all of us — we’re all bass-heads — they’ll do everything they can to get it back.
One example: Eddie Evers was fishing his pond with a spinnerbait that had a skirt he spent a bunch of time on. He got hung, and here’s what he did:
Ain’t never been much of a spinnerbait fisherman, and sounds like that’s because I still don’t know how to do it right. This-here is news to me, maybe you too:
> “I almost never just cast a spinnerbait out and reel it with a steady retrieve. I’m always stopping it, starting it, twitching it, jerking it.
> “When you bang a spinnerbait into a limb or grass and change the rotation of those blades and the skirt flares, the sound that it makes and the visual appeal that it has at that time, that’s a great way to trigger a bass.”
> …has spent hours underwater, wearing a mask and staring upward as a spinnerbait went zipping by overhead to help him better understand the impact of wave action, the surface of the water, water clarity, and how the color of the sky disguises the bait.
> “I throw a lot of painted blades under low light conditions — real cloudy and windy days — where your light penetration is cut down. They give off a great profile and silhouette with a much more subdued flash.
> “It’s not the blade size that matters for the profile of your presentation, it’s the size of the head and skirt and tail or trailer that you have on there that imitates the profile of your bait.”
– OK angler Jimmy Green talkin’ to Jesus while in the water right after the boat crash at the Grand Lake Costa. Jimmy has 3 broken ribs, 2 fractured ribs and a “deeply bruised” back. Sounds like all 4 guys are basically okay. Lucky, man.
Looks like this might be a pic of one of the boats but can’t tell for sure:
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