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 If you haven’t seen the towel biting footage of Shaw Grigsby removing a deeply imbedded treble hook from the palm of Jason Christie’s left hand after Day 1 weigh-in at BASSfest yesterday, check out Christie’s Facebook page.

 But the question is, why did Christie choose Shaw Grigbsy as his makeshift parking lot surgeon from the pack of 108 other anglers that could have helped?

 “Even back in the early days, I was the guy other anglers would come to when they got a hook stuck in ‘em,” said the likable Quantum pro just before launch on Thursday morning.

 “My wife is a nurse, and I’ve just been around that sort of thing a lot, and it doesn’t bother me, so I’ve kinda gained the reputation as being the go-to guy out here on tour for hook removal,” he reasoned.

 “But I’ve gotta tell you, that hook Jason had in his hand yesterday was one of the toughest I’ve ever had to deal with,” says Grigsby.

 “It came into the meat of his thumb, and went all the way to the bend of the hook. Plus, it was at a very bad angle so that I couldn’t pull it loose with the method we typically use, where you press down on the eye of the hook and pull it out backward with fishing line doubled around the throat of the hook,” he explains.

 “I told Jason he could go to the ER, and they’d numb it up, push it through, and cut it with pliers. But he chose to let me do the very same thing with a pair of side cutters and an ice cube,” grimaced Grigsby.  

 “It worked. We got it out. And let me tell you, Christie is one tough son-of-a-gun!”

 Grigsby has taken dozens of hooks out of fellow B.A.S.S. pros and saltwater fishing companions over the past 30 years, but he says there was a time when he refused to help.

 “Charley Hartley came to me and asked if I’d take a hook out of his ear, but there was no way I was touching that one,” grinned Grigsby. “Charley is a great guy, but that hook was in the cartilage, and I knew better than to try to work on that one. I sent him to the doctor.” 

 

 Alan McGuckin

 

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A lotta things change in three decades, so Kevin VanDam is putting in long practice days on Ross Barnett in preparation for this week’s Bassmaster Elite presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, because the only time he fished the shallow reservoir previously was 32 years ago, at the age of 17.

  

 “Back then, I was fishing team tournaments and B.A.S.S. Nation Series tournaments around home in Michigan, and my team partner Don Stevens and I qualified for an end-of-the-year tournament down here at Ross Barnett,” explains VanDam. “To be honest, I don’t even remember what trail it was.”

 He may not remember what trail it was, but the southerly winds warming the air at Madison Landing boat ramp following a long day of practice seemed to spin sweet memories of 1985 at a rate equal to the revolutions the giant willow leaf blade was making beneath the swivel of the spinnerbait he was holding.

 “Don and I called this spinnerbait blade combination “Pots & Pans” because those big blades clank on each other underwater and make a ton of noise like somebody banging pots and pans together,” remembers VanDam with a smile.

 And in what would become a very telling tournament 32 years ago - the noisemaker worked.

 “I caught a 7-pounder from a beaver hut on a big-bladed spinnerbait just like this in that tournament, and that big fish is the one that landed us a Top 10 finish,” grins VanDam.

 “Other than that, I really couldn’t remember much about this place before practice started Monday,” he admits.

 “I mean heck, Don and I came down here from Michigan in an 18-foot boat with a 150 horsepower engine, and nobody had GPS mapping back then, so it was pretty intimidating to try and navigate and figure out where to fish among the massive lily pad fields and underwater stumps.”

 Don Stevens has since retired, and spends his days shooting trap and skeet. VanDam has figured things out just fine – to the tune of $6 Million dollars in prize money, with hopes of adding to the sum this week where good memories chime like the big blades of a spinnerbait configuration that helped launch his amazing career. 

 

 Alan McGuckin

 

Posted in Resources By Lisa Adams

 

Matt Lee and Casey Ashley both finished in the Top 12 at the most recent Bassmaster Elite Series tournament on Toledo Bend, but what will a crowded Ross Barnett Reservoir bring?

 The two young guns graciously share their findings and expectations on the eve of competition at the shallow, wind-swept, reservoir near Jackson, Mississippi.

 

 

 

 

How many alligators have you seen during the 3-day practice period this week?

 Matt Lee: I’d say 25 to 35.

Casey Ashley: I’d say at least 50.

 

What do you like best about Ross Barnett?

 Matt Lee: That I get to stay at my buddy Taylor Ramey’s really cool cabin.

Casey Ashley: That I drew boat #1. I get to go out first on a fishery that’s gonna fish super crowded.

 

What’s the biggest challenge here at Ross Barnett?

 Matt Lee: Fishing pressure, and muddy water.

Casey Ashley: Finding somewhere to fish that hasn’t already been hammered by another competitor.

 

 Name 4 lures most pros will have tied on this week.

 Matt Lee: Texas rigged plastics, a heavy Texas rigged ‘punch’ style bait, a soft plastic stick bait, and a spinnerbait.

Casey Ashley: Swim jig, frog, Texas-rigged creature bait, and a topwater.

 

How much weight will an angler have to average each day to make the Top 12 cut on the final day?

 Matt Lee: 15 pounds a day

Casey Ashley: 15 pounds a day

 

 Alan McGuckin

 

Posted in Resources By Lisa Adams

 Gerald Swindle once said, “I’m not sure if Shaw Grigsby is an organ donor, but if he is, I want his eyes.”

 Swindle’s humor is world class, and while he’s a 2-time Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year in his own right, like most pros, he’d love to have Shaw Grigsby’s supernatural eyesight for spotting bass on beds.

 Grigsby’s kind heart and positive outlook on life are pretty rare too, and he graciously shares five tips that will help all anglers become more proficient during the spawn.

  

 Slow Down 

 Anglers that spot a bass on a spawning bed tend to get a little excited, and the high number of casts they drag to and from the bed often reflects their adrenaline rush.

 “People make far too many casts to a bedding bass in a short period of time,” says Grigsby. “When a bass sees that lure going in and out of the bed repeatedly, they aren’t enticed to eat it nearly as much as when that lure hangs around the sweet spot long enough to become threatening.”

In other words, let your lure hang around at least a couple of minutes until it becomes a nuisance.

Cast Beyond the Sweet Spot

A typical spawning bed is about the size of a trash can lid, but the eggs will be deposited in a much smaller area, about the size of a softball, within the bed.

“That’s what I call the ‘sweet spot’ - where they’re most likely to defend and bite, but don’t cast right at it,” warns the 16-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier. “Instead, cast past the bed - and slowly drag the lure into the sweet spot, to entice them to bite.”

Leave the Male Alone

Most anglers know the smaller of two bass near a bed will be the male. But a somewhat false belief is that by catching the male first, the female will then surely bite next.

“People think if you catch the male first, then the larger female will automatically eat next, but often times, when you catch that male first, the big female swims away from the bed and never returns,” says Grigsby.

If the male bites first – just don’t set the hook, and instead, keep working until the larger female eats.

You’ll Likely Catch More Spawners on Spinning Tackle

“Don’t get me wrong, I carry both baitcasting and spinning tackle when targeting spawners, but more times than not, a bass will bite lures on lighter line with spinning tackle, far faster than if you’re using heavy equipment,” says Grigsby.

“The three B.A.S.S. Invitational that I won on Sam Rayburn came around gnarly, flooded bushes, and I was using 10-pound monofilament on a spinning reel back then,” he remembers. “You just have to make sure you’re using a spinning reel with a great drag, and take your time fighting them.”

 Grigsby’s top choice for spawning equipment includes a size 30 Quantum Speed Freak spinning reel on a 6’ 10” medium heavy rod. He spools the spinning reel with 20-pound Seaguar braided line, tied to an 8-pound fluorocarbon leader to his lure.

 White is Right for Lures on Beds

 “The absolute number one color for bed fishing is white, or what Strike King calls “pearl” – and not because fish love that color necessarily, but simply because you can see it best around a bed,” explains Grigsby.

 “In the 1980s and 1990s it seemed like we always used tubes and lizards around spawning beds, but these days I generally reach for a Strike King Rodent or Rage Bug.”

 Grigsby emphasizes carrying a wide variety of lures, ranging from tubes to lizards, and Rage Bugs to Rodents – and if they won’t bite white, or pearl, he uses black/blue or a color called “summer craw.”

 Fact is, you nor Swindle can have Grigsby’s eyes, but we can all become better sight fishing anglers during the spawn with these tips he so graciously shared. 

 

 

 Alan McGuckin

 

Posted in Resources By Lisa Adams

 

 It’d be difficult to dispute that any angler in the history of pro fishing has cashed more paychecks from catching spawning bass than Shaw Grigsby. He’s won nine B.A.S.S. events, and nearly all of those victories were related to sight fishing for fat spawners.

So perhaps it’s the confidence derived from 30 years of sight fishing success that found the highly likeable Florida pro unrattled to begin the Bassmaster Elite Series event on Toledo Bend – despite weather that shifted from light winds and warm sunshine during practice – to a break-out-the-jackets cold front with temps in the 40s at the start of competition.

If a 25 degree dip in temperature wasn’t enough to rattle the nerves of less experienced anglers – how about the raging northwest winds that had been blowing during the night to muddy-up the shallow waters Shaw may have planned on fishing?

Still, no worries. Grigsby’s got a plan.

 

First, Mark a Lot of Spots

“I have nearly 200 waypoints saved from spawning bed locations I found in practice,” says Grigsby. “The wind doesn’t bother me because there’s always somewhere to get out of the wind, and I worked hard enough in practice to find a ton of beds, so I’ve got plenty to choose from that are not in the wind.”

“Now, 200 beds might sound like a crazy number. But you have to realize, just because I found that many, doesn’t mean they translate to catchable fish in the tournament,” says Grigsby.

“So even if you’re fishing a single day local tournament, I can’t stress how important it is to try and get out to scout a day or two before your tournament to identify as many beds as you possibly can,” advises the winner of $2 Million in career prize money.

Let Things Heat Up

“It’s critical to not get in a hurry on mornings like this when cold fronts roll through during the spawn, because let’s face it, 43 degrees is not real conducive to making shallow spawners active at sunrise,” reasons Grigsby.

“I’m going to go check one bed I found right away because it’s got an 8-pounder on it – but after that, I’ll focus on the deeper water pattern I found nearby while it’s cold this morning, until the sun gets higher and things start to heat up in the shallows.”

Hard Rains are Far Worse than Wind

“I’ll take strong winds any day over hard rains, because again, if I’ve done my homework, I’ll likely have beds located that weren’t affected by wind. But if it rains hard, that’s a big time problem, because it doesn’t discriminate – hard rains tend to trash out everything, and if that’s the case, you’re better of fishing a little faster rather than struggling to see spawners,” says Grigsby.

Luckily, rain won’t be an issue at Toledo Bend. Forecasts call for sunny skies and temps near 80-degrees with lighter winds – which is just about perfect for knowledgeable bed fishing anglers like Grigsby to heat up the leaderboard. 

 

 

 Alan McGuckin

 

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 Wednesday morning had a weird vibe at Cypress Bend Park’s well-known boat ramp on Toledo Bend.

 It was as though all the stars slept in on the final day of practice for the Bassmaster Elite Series presented by EconoLodge. The top-notch boat ramp that normally has 50 to 70 pros launching from it, only had eight at sunrise.

 Gerald Swindle who is staying nearby, could be seen driving over the hill toward a far more distant ramp.

 Finally, Skeet Reese showed up at Cypress Bend. Then came Aaron Martens and Kevin VanDam.

 VanDam had barely put his Tundra in park when he warned, “Wind is not your friend on Toledo Bend.”

 Keep in mind, VanDam likes this place. It’s only been 11 months since he deep-cranked 96-pounds of bass from its famed waters to take home the 21st victory of his unparalleled career, and yet another check for $100,000.

 On Wednesday, his feelings weren’t quite as warm as winds stiffened the iconic flags that proudly decorate Cypress Bend Park.

 “When I got out of bed and it was already blowing 25, I knew a lot of the shallow spots I’d want to check  had already been muddied up,” says VanDam. “When the wind gusts over 30 mph here – it’s just no fun – it’s dangerous actually.”

 VanDam is right – in fact, a Lake Wind Advisory has been issued for Wednesday, warning pros and all boaters that not only had their favorite fishing holes been muddied, but also that being on the water might not be the brightest idea.

 However, when you make your living by finding and catching bass, you seldom get the day off, and VanDam needs this day to learn more than what he gathered Monday and Tuesday.

 “We’re here six weeks earlier than when I won last year. Those were all post-spawn fish that were grouped up in 25-feet of water last May. Right now, most fish are in the tail-end of the spawn and they haven’t all moved out deep to group up real good – so I’m still looking – and letting conditions dictate what I do,” explains VanDam.

 The chance of Kevin VanDam winning on a deep school again are pretty slim, but that doesn’t mean he can’t seize victory with a mixed-bag of spawners and post-spawners. The good news is winds are forecasted to calm for Thursday’s first day of competition and that will allow for better sight fishing.

 So while the winds may be blowing and he may have taken his time getting to the ramp this morning, the most dominant angler of the past 30 years is looking with rifle focus to calmer competition days and a shot to win once more. 

 

 

 Alan McGuckin

 

Posted in Resources By Lisa Adams

VanDam, Powroznik, and Swindle talk Toledo Bend

April 5, 2017 12:00:00 AM EDT

 

Kevin VanDam and Jacob Powroznik have both won recent Bassmaster Elite Series events on Toledo Bend. And reigning Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year, Gerald Swindle, recently finished second on the giant reservoir – all three graciously provided insight on what fans can expect at this year’s event.

 1.) Will the majority of the anglers who earn a paycheck in this tournament be fishing shallower or deeper than 8-feet of water?

 VanDam – less than 8-feet

Powroznik – less than 8-feet

Swindle – less than 8-feet

 2.) This reservoir recorded 139 largemouth of 10-pounds or greater in the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass program last year. How many bass 10 pounds or greater will we see weighed-in during this Elite Series tournament?

 VanDam – I’ll say none. It’s post spawn and they’re skinnier. I weighed-in three fish in the 8 to 9 pound range last year when I won, but none that were 10 pounds or bigger.

Powroznik – I’ll say none.

Swindle – Zero

 3.) Choose three anglers other than yourself for a Bassmaster Fantasy Fishing team here at Toledo Bend.

 VanDam – Guys that are great at catching them off spawning beds like Powroznik, Rojas and Alton Jones

Powroznik – Bill Lowen, Greg Hackney and Dean Rojas

Swindle – Todd Faircloth and Scott Rook, because both of them will drag a Carolina-rigged lizard around until the legs fall off it, and I’ll say Shaw Grigsby too.

 4.) The Masters Tournament is being played at Augusta this weekend. Do you play golf, and if so what’s the lowest score you’ve ever shot.

VanDam – I’m not a golfer, but I really admire the PGA pros for their talent.

Powroznik – I don’t play much. My lowest score was a 99.

Swindle – Nope. I’m not a golfer.

 5.) We’ve been to Toledo Bend several times in recent years. What do you like most about Toledo Bend?

 VanDam – Crawfish boils

Powroznik – All the versatility it offers in terms of fishing patterns that work here.

Swindle – The campground where Lulu and I stay is real nice and real close to the launch ramp. 

 

 Alan McGuckin

 

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 The air was thick and humid, so Jordan Lee wore red Carhartt rain bibs to easily avoid a wet butt from boat seats soaked with morning dew to begin the second day of practice for the Bassmaster Elite Series on Toledo Bend presented by EconoLodge.

 However, keeping up with an abundance of phone calls following the most dramatic comeback in Bassmaster Classic history has been a little more challenging for the bass fishing’s brand new 25-year-old champion.

 Still, he graciously took ten minutes to talk about the past nine days, and his expectations of what will unfold on the massive reservoir that straddles the Louisiana-Texas border.

What has been the biggest challenge since becoming a Bassmaster Classic Champion nine days ago?

 My phone. I’m getting 15 phone calls a day from numbers I don’t recognize. It’s been tough to keep up with all the requests, especially during practice here in the Toledo Bend region where cell service is really poor.

 What’s been the coolest thing you’ve experienced as a brand new Classic champion?

 All the people congratulating me and also meeting two of our soldiers during a stop at the Tackle Addict store. Meeting members of our armed forces really put things into perspective for me. I’m definitely grateful for all that they do for us.

 Were you able to stay focused yesterday during the first official practice day on Toledo Bend?

 Yea, it felt like a normal day of practice. Winning won’t change the way I fish. I’m still learning, and I’m always wanting to learn more. So it was just good to get on the water yesterday and stay focused on working hard to figure ‘em out.

Speaking of the fishing, there’s been a lot of talk about spawning fish playing a big role in the event. What percentage of the bass that will get weighed-in this week will be spawning bass?

 I’ll guess 30-percent.

 So it could be a mixed bag of patterns and lures. Tell fans four lures you think the Elite Series field will lean on most this week at Toledo Bend.

 I’d say a ChatterBait, a frog, a swim jig and a topwater of some kind.

 

 Alan McGuckin

 

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On the eve of the 2017 Bassmaster Classic, two Classic champions, and the sport’s greatest young talent talk about who’d they choose as a team fishing partner, as well as their predictions for a winning weight, lures that will be used, and even the best food they’ve eaten since arriving in Houston to compete on Lake Conroe.

 1.) What will surprise fans most about this Classic?

 Lee: The numbers of guys that don’t catch a limit because of the 16” minimum length limit here.

VanDam: Big fluctuations in the leader board with the chance of a come-from-behind winner on Sunday.

Ashley: That weigh-in at Minute Maid Park. I can’t believe we get to weigh our fish on a stage inside a Major League Baseball stadium. That’s awesome!

2.) If the Bassmaster Classic was a team event, held on a mystery lake, who would you choose as your partner?

Lee: No doubt – VanDam. He’d dang sure guide us to them – and I’d even be his net man.

VanDam: Todd Faircloth. We’re both a part of Team Strike King, and I think his methodical approach would compliment my wide-open style.

Ashley: I’d pick Greg Hackney. I’d love to fish with him just to see how his mind works. We fish a lot the same, but he just catches ‘em better.

3.) Best meal you’ve had since arriving at Lake Conroe/Houston?

Lee: Me and Jesse Wiggins roomed together in practice and lived on Honey Bunches of Oats cereal.

VanDam: A friend cooked us rib eyes and Australian lobster tails.

Ashley: Blackened red snapper over a bed of creamy mashed taters.

4.) If you can’t win … who would you most like to see win this Classic?

Lee: Aaron Martens. He’s finished 2nd so many times. I can’t imagine how that feels. I feel for him.

VanDam: Shaw Grigsby. He’s been a friend a long time. He’s an awesome angler, and an equally great guy. He’s earned the right to be a champion for sure. And he’d be a great ambassador.

Ashley: Charlie Hartley. There’s not a man on this earth that loves to catch a bass more than him.

5.) Name 4 lures we’ll see used a bunch on Lake Conroe:

Lee: Texas-rigged creature bait, medium depth crankbait, ChatterBait, and a wacky worm.

VanDam: Jig, spinnerbait, a crankbait that’ll cover that 10 to 18’ deep zone, and a ChatterBait.

Ashley: Jig, spinnerbait, medium range crankbait, and Texas rigged soft plastic.

6.) Predict the 3-day 2017 Bassmaster Classic winning weight.

Lee: 65 pounds

VanDam: 59 pounds

Ashley: 63 pounds

 

Alan McGuckin

 

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Swindle: Conroe Will Be a Texas-Sized Test

March 21, 2017 12:00:00 AM EDT

 

Amid a Facebook Live post Monday night, reigning Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Gerald Swindle contemplated aloud, “If everything’s bigger in Texas, then maybe the shrimp here could be the size of squirrels.”

Squirrel-sized shrimp – the outcome of Swindle’s famous humor, blended with his sometimes-bizarre creative thinking.

But while all the talk leading into this 2017 Bassmaster Classic has been about records being broken – Swindle’s not sure the 23-pounds per day that VanDam averaged to win in New Orleans in 2011 is truly in jeopardy here.

Fishing Pressure – “The boat traffic here is as intense as anywhere we’ve ever competed,” says Swindle.

While he’s competed on Conroe in four previous Toyota Texas Bass Classics, those were autumn events, when fishing pressure was far less.

A “Big Bass” tournament already had 900 people fishing on Conroe earlier this month. And while this lake is hugely popular for bass fishing, add-in all the pleasure boat traffic between its seawalls, and it’s understandable the largemouth are likely to be a bit more fickle in March than October.

“It took 27 pounds to win a team event here the other day, but I’ve got a feeling some of those fish may have come from spawning beds, and honestly there’s just not much clear water here to focus on catching spawning fish for three days,” says Swindle.

Fat Singles Versus Big Schools – While Swindle says there are bass in all three phases of the spawn right now; the likelihood of finding an offshore mega-school is a long shot.

“This lake has never been a place with numerous schools of big fish – it’s got some giant bass in it – but it’s not like the Tennessee River where several guys can locate a school that might have a giant limit of fish in it,” he explains.

Worth noting is the 16” minimum length limit on Conroe which not only increases the challenge of catching a keeper-sized bass, but obviously increases the average weight of a 5-bass limit compared to most reservoirs B.A.S.S. visits where a 14” minimum length limit is more common.

5 Lures for 5 Fish Each Day – When asked to name five lures fans could expect to see most of the 52 competitors using this week, Swindle promptly rattled off the following as though you had asked for his phone number: ChatterBait, Spinnerbait, Jigs, Strike King Series 5 crankbaits, and a weightless Senko.

Finally, We’re Not Freezing – For years the Bassmaster Classic was a summertime event, but in 2006, it was moved to the February-March timeframe, and that’s brought frostbite threatening temperatures to venues like Tulsa, Oklahoma and Greenville, South Carolina.

It’s also brought a run of less than optimal performances for Swindle in the late winter derbies.

 “I’ve qualified for 9 of the 11 Classics they’ve had in the winter, and if we’d have been dove hunting, I wouldn’t have cut a feather,” he says with self-depreciating humor.

 “I’ve laid down a whole string of 26 and 27th place finishes, but finally I’ve got a Classic where I can feel comfortable enough to move around and make something happen,” he says.

 “When it’s 15-degrees outside, and you’ve got hand warmers taped to the handles of your Quantum spinning rods, you’re just waiting on something good to happen,” says Swindle. “But when it’s 80-degrees outside, a guy like me feels like he can run around and make something good happen – and that’s a really big deal.”

 “Nope, not gonna complain about the weather – that’s for sure,” says Swindle. “For the first time in years, you’ll actually be able to see who my sponsors are, because I won’t be dressed in long johns and covered up like an Eskimo.”

What Will it Take to Win? – “I’m gonna say if you average 20-pounds per day you could win,” says Swindle. Which is significantly less than what VanDam won with in New Orleans six years ago.

 “There may be a 30-pound limit weighed-in here, and it just might be me – but you’re not gonna see those giant limits caught everyday.”

“I know this, I’m boat #1 at morning takeoff – and that counts for a lot here too,” grinned Swindle, who earned that top position as reigning Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year.

A shot at a 30-pound limit, shrimp the size of squirrels, and tall thermometers with high temps in the 80s – maybe everything is just a little bit bigger in Texas.

 

Alan McGuckin

 

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 We’ve been getting lots of questions lately on social media that go something like this.  “Hey, what is that rod I keep seeing the Quantum Elite Series pros using and where do I get them?” Well, the answer is, they’re called Tour Special Issue and we build these special prototypes just for our pros…..but you might be able to lay your hands on one too. 

We say “might” because these are highly customized rods that we build in very small batches often tweaking them from build to build based on feedback from our pros.  We really want our loyal Quantum fans to experience what our pros have created so we will make some of these special prototype rods available on line when we have a few extra.  You’ll just have to check our website periodically for availability because there will be very limited supply.

 Special Issue rods are truly built to specific input from the Quantum pro team.  You will find very lightweight, fast blanks, premium components, and actions designed specifically for every technique needed to contend for an Angler of the Year title.  Each prototype build is a refinement over the last based on continual input from the world’s best anglers….and trust me, when you’re dealing with the likes of Van Dam, Hackney, Swindle, Ashley, and the rest, you get lots of unfiltered input.  So, if you get the chance, order a Tour Special Issue rod before our pros lay claim to all of them.

 Here’s some insight into techniques recommended for each model. 

SIC6106XF – One of the most versatile ‘crescent wrenches’ of all the tools in this lineup. Ideal for accurately pitching lighter finesse jigs, or perhaps a wacky-rigged Senko to heavy cover or between boat slips.  The shorter length makes it very accurate and lightweight but it’s got plenty of backbone for soft plastic techniques.

 SIC704F – A fantastic finesse bait rod for those that don’t like spinning tackle. Seven feet long, but purposely limber for those that want to drop shot with a casting rod using really light line. Or, it’s ideal for reaction baits like squarebills, spinnerbaits, and jerkbaits.  Flukes and popper style topwaters are also in this action’s wheelhouse.

 SIC705F – Another very versatile rod that will work well with everything from lightweight Texas-rigged soft plastics to small shallow-diving crankbaits. Spinnerbaits and smaller chatterbaits fit this rod as well.  2016 AOY Gerald Swindle will reach for this one a ton.

 SIC706F – 2015 Classic Champ Casey Ashley employs this straight-up finesse pitchin artist featuring a stout blank, with the prefect amount of flex near the tip. Plenty of power for pitchin in tight places like boat docks where you need power to get ‘em out, but not so long it that becomes cumbersome.  It’s also a great all around choice for casting soft plastics.

 SIC707XF – A very stout pitchin stick for those who don’t want a long rod, but want the beasty power to throw full sized jigs and heavier Texas rigs.   It’s got that super fast action that’s been a Biffle go-to for years.

 SIC726XF – We haven’t put Swindle’s name on this one yet – but we might as well. He’ll skip truckloads of jigs around docks with this one. Plenty of action and sensitivity in the tip, with plenty of backbone in the blank for getting them out once they bite.  And don’t overlook any other power fishing techniques or frogs in open water.  This just might become one of your favorite rods on the deck of your boat.

 SIC747XF – Jordan Lee reaches for this one when casting big worms and football jigs away from the bank, but Powroznik thinks it may become our best rod for froggin’. And for those of you that still know the goodness of a Carolina Rig – try this one.

 SIC767XF – Powroznik calls this our ‘day in and day out’ pitchin stik. Perfect for medium to heavy Texas rigged plastics and jigs into flooded brush, laydowns, and anything else the former concrete man from Virginia comes across in shallow water. If you are a heavy cover pitching and flipping dude, this is the rod for you.

 SIC7107XF – The longest, strongest, “Hey bucketmouth, get in my boat” rod in the lineup. Don’t take a pocketknife to a gunfight. And Hackney says don’t flip heavy matted vegetation with anything else.  Or if A-rigs and big swimbaits are your game, you’ll need this rod.

 SIS684XF – This is the ultra ‘soft’ finesse rod for super light line spinning rod techniques.  Most of our pros won’t admit it, but when things get really tough they might pull this one out of the rod locker.

 SIS6105XF – Shaw Grigsby has caught a lot of spawning bass with this rod, and VanDam says this one is perfect for people that love to use spinning tackle to cast jerkbaits for smallmouth or cold water largemouths.  It’s probably the most versatile spinning rod in the line-up for flukes, tubes, shaky heads and the like.

 SIS725XF – VanDam says this is his ‘beefy finesse’ rod for sight fishing around bushes, gnarly docks, or for big bass in places like Florida or Texas that are on spawning beds. Great for handling 20-pound braid knotted to a 10-pound fluorocarbon leader.

 SIS744XF –  This is a great spinning rod anytime you need to make long casts in clear water. The perfect rod for shaky heads, drop shotting, or dragging tubes on the bottom for Smallmouth in the Great Lakes region.   Casting lighter jerkbaits or topwaters is made easy with this spinning rocket launcher.

  

 

Alan McGuckin

 

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Softbait Rigging Tips with Jordan Lee

February 28, 2017 12:00:00 AM EST

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