More Cherokee crappie baits, Bug eyed merp, Best winter baits
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Today’s Top 5
What 2nd-4th fished at Cherokee.
All the deets on the BassBlaster webby-site but here’s the baits yo: 2nd: Jamie “dang I almost won my first Elite…and I’m from NY!” Hartman
> “The head is a custom head from i1baits [a walleye bait company!] called the Hart-Attak Jighead. It was 3/8-oz paired with the Damiki Armor Shad in 3 different colors: pro blue, pro purple and baby bass.
> “For the largemouth I used a prototype 3/8-oz Riot Baits Minima Jig (summer craw) with a prototype Riot trailer called the Tantrum (Missouri craw).”
3rd: Jesse “I’ll be in the top 5 at every tourney” Wiggins [he didn’t say that!]
Jacob Wheeler’s baits looked kinda like walleye baits and for sure some walleye/ice baits were used, but as you can see the baits of the rest of the top 5 looked like they were used in a crappie derby. Here’s what Terry “chowhound” Scroggins said about it:
> “People use the Damiki Shad because it has almost no action, and those fish at Cherokee are so lure shy they seem to like that subtle presentation. But they weren’t liking it for me, so my roommate Britt Myers and I had to call an audible after day 1 of practice.”
> “…next thing you know, I’ve spent $150 in the crappie-fishing section at the Knoxville Bass Pro Shops. I had everything in my bag from tiny little 1/8-oz marabou jigs to curly-tail grubs, and all shapes and weights of jigheads.”
Shoulda paid Ma Nature a buck-fitty too cuz it’s pretty tough fishing 1/8-oz in double-digit depths with any kind of wind, but whatever.
Gotta note that dropshots wouldn’t work — cuz I had a loooooong sit-down with those bass and was like, “We can’t watch hours of guys fishing dang dropshots!” lol. The dreaded Flanders rig never made an appearance either…probly cuz none of the Elitists would want to fess up about fishing a Tootsie Roll on camera.
Just in case you think the crappie thing only worked at Cherokee, check this 12.6-lb ditch melon just caught at Chickamauga, TN by a guy trolling for crappies:
Feider’s shakey action because…?
Seth Feider shakes everything. He shakes his dropshots. He shook his jigs at Cherokee. He shakes his salt, he shakes your hand. Where’s all this shakeyness come from?
Winner had 5 for 21-05, and co had 5 for 22-09. Since the Elites are there soon, here’s what the winner fished:
> “We fished the North Shore, specifically a hole in the grass with a shell bed.”
> …used a variety of baits during the event, but relied heavily on a 3/8-oz Z-Man ChatterBait [gp] to catch his fish. “I fished the ChatterBait with a slow retrieve. We just came off of a cold front, so they didn’t want to chase anything faster than that.”
Yep, winter. Bass eat all winter. Some eat shallow. So:
> “I’ve had a lot of luck catching fish this winter on Chatterbaits…with swimbaits and Flukes for trailers…I’ve also caught fish on spinnerbaits too. With both baits, most of my bites have come in fairly shallow water, 3-8′.”
> …around rocks, timber and grassy points. “Bass still feed in the wintertime and they will still go shallow to find baitfish. You just have to slow down and sometimes get them to react to a bait by not burning it by them.”
> [Different dude] “In the winter, I like to use a big swimbait, usually 5” or possibly even bigger depending on the size of the shad in the body of water I’m fishing.
> If he’s going to err on swimbait size, it will likely be bigger rather than smaller since…sizable bass don’t feed very often in cold water. But when they do, the fish will be looking to maximize the so-called bang for their buck by targeting larger baitfish that offer big protein-packed meals.
> “I rig mine with a swimbait head, typically 1/2- to 3/4-oz depending on the depth I’m targeting. And I try to make a very long cast if I believe that the bass are on the bottom, like they often are when the water is really cold.”
Quote of the Day
The key is to not leave takeoff with negative thoughts about the weather, the lake or fishing pressure.
– KVD talkin‘ truth. I’d add: none the night before either. All competition revolves around confidence, bassin’ included. But don’t get overconfident like this guy:
Shot of the Day
Long-arm a 9-lb ditch melon on Falcon and it’ll look like this:
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