A brand new Bassmaster Elite Series season has begun. Nearly 40,000 miles of Interstate lie ahead for those who choose bass fishing as a full-time profession, and so do 11 bodies of water that never fish exactly the same. Packing for this venture combines a mix of experience, practicality and gut feelings.
Hence, it's hard to imagine what the top pros might pack for the six month voyage if they could only have four lures for the rest of the 2008 Bassmaster Elite Series season. We asked top pros Dave Wolak and Terry Scroggins to tell us what they'd take along. And even though they cut their bassin' teeth in totally different angling cultures, you might be surprised to learn how similar their answers were.
Dave Wolak grew-up in northeastern Pennsylvania fishing weedy largemouth lakes and a bunch of smallmouth bass waters throughout the Great Lakes region. Yet, in a day and age when Bubba's down-South power lures seem to be playing second fiddle to finesse worms, the first lure Wolak chose was a spinnerbait. A Colorado-blade spinnerbait with gold blades and a chartreuse and white skirt to be exact. "There's a simple reason why I say that," said Wolak, "I can catch bass on a spinnerbait in 45-degree water, or 90-degree water."
Here's a look at Wolak's next three picks:
And while Big Show is known for flipping his native Florida's heavy matted vegetation, he too put a spinnerbait in his pick of four lures for the rest of the year. "People have shelved the spinnerbait way too much in recent years, but let me tell ya', I'll have a Booyah spinnerbait tied on at The Harris Chain, Lake Falcon, and at Wheeler," proclaimed Scroggins.
To round out Scroggins line-up, here are two more he won't be without in 2008:
A YUM Big Show Craw — of course. He says he'll pitch it to bushes in Texas, not just the grass mats of Florida, claiming it won't hang up as much as a bulkier jig.
A Zara Spook. He expects a topwater to dominate at Clarks Hill, Ga. and Murray, S.C.
While their hometowns are 1,000 miles apart, Scroggins and Wolak have a lot in common. They've both jammed to Def Leppard; they both tow with a Toyota Tundra; and neither of them leave home without plenty of spinnerbaits and shaky head-rigged finesse worms.