For the past two years, Strike King lures have won bass fishing’s biggest contest. Two years ago, a golden Red Eye Shad plucked the heaviest bass from Lay Lake in Alabama, giving VanDam his third Classic victory. Last year, it was the KVD 1.5 crankbait and Strike King spinnerbait that prowled Lake Cataouatche as Kevin VanDam earned his fourth Classic win.
The last time the Classic was held on the Red River was in 2009. In that event, Skeet Reese (who’s not competing in the 2012 derby) used a Redemption spinnerbait by Lucky Craft.
Here are the winning lures from the past three Classics as well as lures that have historically produced on the Red River.