Do You Have a Homer-Colored Crankbait?

I bet you do, and if you’re from the Fritts-land area, you probably know what I’m talking about.

Here’s more, from a column on, a North Carolina newspaper’s website:

Roanoke Rapids Lake guide Tim Biesecker, a former Lexington resident and High Rock Lake fisherman who inherited his love for crankbait fishing from his dad, the late Homer Biesecker.

Years ago, Biesecker’s dad took a youngster named David Wright under his wing and with Homer’s tutelage, Wright became a successful tournament crankbait fisherman.

Biesecker and Wright caught countless numbers of High Rock bass with green/chartreuse crankbaits. The color combo became known as the “Homer color” because Biesecker was the first to discover its effectiveness.

The Homer color gained fame nationwide among competitive fishermen after several lure manufacturers incorporated the color into their lineups of hard baits, a stunning development considering Biesecker cared little for bass tournaments or personal recognition.

Pretty cool. I wonder how many other such unsung pioneers we have in bass-land. You know of any, let us know. We’d love to get their stories.

Here's a 'Homer color' Strike King crank.



  1. AlexV

    December 23, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Great post!! In order to know where you are going, it is imperative that you know from whence you came….

  2. D Reams

    December 24, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Jay you need to look into the history of High Rock crankbait fisherman.They have had a hand in so much of crankbait fishing we do today,Weighted plugs,Bagley DB3 ,Poe’s, Tapps, Lohr’s WEC/Zoom, Newer Rapala’s colors like Homer,Carp,MT Dew and Clark Gable started around High Rock lake.

    • admin (mostly Jay)

      December 24, 2010 at 12:27 pm

      OK I’m game. Anyone have any folks for me to talk to, send the info to jay AT bassparade DOT com.

  3. David Wiles

    January 7, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Great post. Sometimes it seems as if the crazy color schemes of crankbaits are more to attract a buyer than a fish. I have used “Homer-Colored” Crankbaits and find them to be very effective.

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