In the money! Top bass pros reveal successful Toyota Series tackle
What’s the tackle of choice of the top bass pros when big money is on the line?
The top ten performers at last weekend’s final event of the season of the Toyota Series Plains Division have given a revealing insight to the FLW website into the tackle that performed for them on Table Rock Lake, in the Ozarks.
Winner Cody Huff dropped a chrome blue No.9 Rapala Jigging Rap on a 6ft 8in medium-heavy Johnny Morris Signature Series rod with 12lb test fluorocarbon down to the fish he saw on his electronics.
Runner-up Jason Lieblong (left) fished shallow, stained water with a white 3/8oz Z-Man Chatterbait Jack Hammer and matching Yamamoto Zako trailer. He also threw a River2Sea Whopper Plopper.
Third place Spencer Shuffield (below) was in his element targeting fish he could see on his electronics with a dropshot. His set-up consisted of a 6ins Roboworm Straight Tail Worm and an Ark dropshot weight which he threw on a Phenix 7ft 2ins medium M1 rod with a Daiwa Ballistic LT spooled with 15lb test Yo-Zuri SuperBraid and an 8lb test Yo-Zuri TopKnot fluorocarbon leader. For fish suspended higher in the water, he used a Duel Hardcore Minnow Flat SP110.
4. Lawson Hibdon employed a homemade jig that he and his fishing partner designed, which he pitched a 3/4oz football jig matched with a Strike King Baby Rage Craw around docks in 20ft to 50ft of water.
5. Corey Cook was in the hunt to win his second straight Series event by fishing docks with the help of a 3/4oz Jewel Baits football jig with a Zoom Super Speed Craw tailer-rigged on a 7ft, heavy G.Loomis GL3 with a Shimano Metanium MGL.
6. Cole Breedon focused on suspended fish around docks with the help of a number of baits. A 7/8oz War Eagle spoon, Rapala Jigging Rap and Jackall Deracoup Tail Spinner saw action when he needed to drop to fish quickly. However, most of his catches fell to a Strike King Baby Z Too put on either a VMC Moon Eye or 1/8oz Owner Jig.
7. Aaron Hodge banked the first top ten finish of his Toyota Series career with the help of a 7/8oz War Eagle spoon.
8. Nicky Parsons milked one area with a 3/8oz War Eagle Heavy Finesse jig and Zoom Critter Craw trailer.
9. Blake Edwards cranked his way to a top ten finish with an Old Bomber crankbait and a discontinued XCalibur lipless crankbait.
10. Mike Casada locked a 3/4oz Cumberland Pro Lures football jig with a wire brush guard paired with either a Yamamoto or Bass Pro Shops double tail grub.