What is your plan of attack for Grand, starting out
My strategy will be to determine the water temperature. It'll be a crucial factor.
If you we're to not have any electronics on your boat . What is some things you would do and things you'd look for
You learn to read shoreline, how steep banks are/how far they come out. Use rod tip or heavy weight to judge depth
What's your jerk bait rig look like ?
Usually 6-8 to 7-foot rod, a soft-tip rod, with 10-lb. line with a Revo reel
I've been looking for a good jerk bait job from Abu Garcia . Do they have one ?
Yes, but I'm not familiar with the Veritas. I fish with the All-Star rod, the big crankbait series would be good.
Did you discover or try a different technique during the off season?
I practiced w/ a jerkbait & fishing cold temps. Those 2 things were something I needed to be more comfortable with
How do you feel about this season?
This season will take a lot of work. There are 4 or 5 events I haven't been to.
Well good luck dude.
@JTodd_Tucker is gonna be hot this year!!
All time favorite body of water and why?
Lake Guntersville, because of the amount of fish it has & the way it fishes. Plus the town is so welcoming!
What do you throw to catch a limit when's it tough? Or are you always hunting big fish?
Shaky head is a great way to catch a limit. Points mean the world in a tough tourney & catching 5 fish is always a great way to start. If the big fish aren't biting, I'd rather have 5 than one.
Thanks Chris. Good luck this season and I'm looking forward to seeing the new clothing line!
Thanks! Be sure to check out our LB3 Outdoors at the
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What has been the biggest change for you since winning the classic
The amount of publicity I've received. In airports, tackle shops, gas station, driving down the road, people notice me.
Chris, who do you feel is the biggest threat on Grand this year?
Edwin Evers, Mike McClelland and Jason Christie.
How would you go about winning a tournament this time of year? Bait, location, bottom type/contour, etc.?
Depending on where you are there are a lot of choices. Here the fish are moving shallow. I would focus on the spot where they stage before moving shallow. That will get you near the big females.
What technique have you started to dial in on since you've been in the Elites?
The drop shot and the jerkbait, due to the fact that we fish a lot of clear water.
Was it a tough transition from a flippin' stick to a drop shot rod?
Yes! There is a monumental difference between the two. From line size, to feel, to the way you land a fish.
When do you use a flouro leader when using braid and when don't you?
I throw a fluoro leader on braid when I'm throwing spinning rods. Otherwise, I don't use it. Except in saltwater.
Do you ever use braid when flipping soft plastics or jigs when you aren't flipping matted grass?
All the time!
If you weren't fishing, what job would you want to have?
Sales. I would want a sales position at B.A.S.S.
What's the biggest factor in finding productive grass in tidal fisheries like the Potomac?
Hit it at high tide, that will create the opportunity to find fish that aren't there at low tide but are at high tide
#1 rod and reel combo you've ever used?
It would be a Revo SX 6.3:1 with a All-Star Carolina rig rod (with Stren fishing line and Fast Lane baits on the end)!
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Congrats on the clothing line. Looking forward to seeing it
Do you like using Jerk Baits early in the season
I do. I have learned to have confidence that a jerkbait will provide the size of bass you need to do well in an event
Thanks:) how do you practice for a tournament? Do you start shallow and then move deep until you hit them?
I prepare for an event based on water temp & time of year. I will allow the fish to guide me the rest of the way