“It had the healthiest eelgrass I had found and there was some hydrilla mixed in with it,” Mueller said.
On all three days of the Classic, Mueller feathered the top of the grass with a 3/4-ounce Strike King Red Eye Shad. He also caught some of his bass on a 3/8-ounce Z-Man Original Chatterbait dressed with a Reins Fat Rockvibe Shad.
“The biggest thing that helped me was the Navionics Platinum card in my Lowrance graph,” Mueller said. “The contour lines showed where the points and turns were in the grass. Those irregularities are where I caught all my biggest fish.”
Unlike Howell, who relied on riprap, and Mueller, who keyed on main lake eelgrass, Evers plucked his bass from shallow grassbeds in “pockets” off the main lake.
One of his key pockets was a flat in a backwater where submerged milfoil and hydrilla were growing in 2 to 4 feet of water. This is where he mopped up with a 3/8-ounce Megabass Flat Slap in the GP Sexy Shad color.
A thin, tight-wobbling, shad profile bait, the Flat Slap runs 3 to 4 feet deep. A slow retrieve with frequent pauses did the trick for Evers. He added lead tape to the Flat Slap’s belly so it would suspend when paused.
“That bait stays horizontal when you stop it,” Evers said. “That’s when all the bites happened.”
Gator grass in 1 to 3 feet of water also produced bass for Evers. This was especially true on the final day when he caught all the bass that he brought to the scales on a bladed jig dressed with a Megabass Spark Shad.
“The bass moved shallower every day,” Evers said.