2013 Elite Series Sabine River Challenge Presented by STARK Cultural Venues
Sabine River System - Orange, TX, Mar 14 - 17, 2013

Top tips from Todd Faircloth

Elliot Noll ‏@Bassassin69

Do you like to mix things up and fish for other species such as carp or gar?

Todd Faircloth

Yeah, I fish for other species! I love to take the kids crappie fishing. Jeff Kriet has an offshore boat, and I go there once or twice a year with him.

 

Elliot Noll ‏@Bassassin69

When fishing deep clear water like Lake Lanier how do you catch them when they are anywhere from 1-90' any tips?

Todd Faircloth

It's hard to beat a drop shot. You can fish it vertically or cast it to targets. I would put a Strike King finesse worm on the business end of it.

 

Jason May ‏@jason_may1

How would you approach a lake you have never been to? How can an angler break it down quicker.

Todd Faircloth

Depending on the stage of spawn, I'll choose where to start -- main lake or creeks, coves or pockets. Then I take a section and spend my entire day there trying to figure out what depths & techniques are working

 

phitencygan ‏@Chris_Cygan

Swim bait setup preferences?

Todd Faircloth

I like to use 20lb Sunline Shooter & 7'6" Castaway rod & Shimano Calcutta 200 or 300 reel - it holds more line.

phitencygan ‏@Chris_Cygan

Thanks! I have the Douglas open next week and needed a new setup!

 

Dominic Turcott ‏@Dturcott27

I will be fishing Lake Okeechobee next week and how should i spend my time there this time of year? Flippin? wacky?

Todd Faircloth

There's always a good flippin' bite on Lake Okeechobee.  There should be eelgrass and hydrilla. Throw a topwater or a @StrikeKingLures Red Eye Shad.

 

matthew o'dillon ‏@jmodie88

If you could have one bait to finish out the season what would it be?

Todd Faircloth

I'd go with the @StrikeKingLures 5-inch green pumpkin Ocho.

 

TheBassPunk ‏@TheBassPunk

Alton or Dean?

Todd Faircloth

I wasn't there. No response.

TheBassPunk ‏@TheBassPunk

understandable #toobusywinning

 

Elliot Noll ‏@Bassassin69

Yeah, I always have a jig tied on and a crankbait! Those are the two best baits. What would be your two best baits?

Todd Faircloth

I'll go with @StrikeKingLures 1.5 crankbait (sexy shad) & a @StrikeKingLures 1/2 oz. black-and-blue jig.

 

Alton Jones ‏@JonesProFishing

Hey Todd, congrats on your well-deserved victory. Not only are you a great angler, you are a great man!

Todd Faircloth

Thanks! Likewise!

 

Elliot Noll ‏@Bassassin69

Any good ways to target Crappie from a 1 acre lake where the bass are also abundant. there are some slabs in there

Todd Faircloth

I like to use 6- or 4-pound line, black/chartreuse mini jig. Once you catch one, replicate everything you did.

 

Elliot Noll ‏@Bassassin69

I started fishing the Ocmulgee River because I go to Mercer Unv. any tips on fishing in muddy water with current?

Todd Faircloth

Fish shallow, and use a big, bulky bait like a 3/8 or 1/2-ounce jig.

 

David Bell ‏@bellfishingspot

What are your expectations for Bull Shoals? Will you look for an area to fish or a special spot like Brandon found last year?

Todd Faircloth

I will be looking for an area to fish, and hope to find specific spots within that area. There were lots of fish caught last year. I'm excited about it.

 

Elliot Noll ‏@Bassassin69

Water 2-5 feet up from normal. cold40-50 degrees and muddy water small ponds 1/2 acre at most to large lakes? baits and techniques

Todd Faircloth

I would fish the original bank line. I'd use some type of Texas rigged Ocho or stickworm with 1/8oz weight on it.

 

Lane Kindle ‏@LaneKindle

Hey Todd, what size hook were you throwing with that caffeine shad? Looked like a shark hook!

Todd Faircloth

It was a 5/0 offset VMC. It was a heavy gauge wire, and that's important.

 

Elliot Noll ‏@Bassassin69

Cold and warm front conditions? Tips, baits, techniques? Pre front, during and post front?

Todd Faircloth

A @StrikeKingLures RedEye Shad will get a reaction bite and cover a lot of water during, pre or post front.

Elliot Noll ‏@Bassassin69

Thanks Mr. Faircloth, you’re such an amazing fisherman and guy thanks for all the tips best of luck in your season

Todd Faircloth

I appreciate it, and thanks for the questions! Hopefully, I've helped you out a bit.

 

Bassmaster ‏

Thank you, fans, for joining, and we appreciate you, Todd, for taking the time to chat with us today!

Todd Faircloth

I appreciate everyone interacting today! I enjoyed the questions, and good luck with your fishing!

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