Kennedy on a fun roll

I’ve followed the tournaments now for 40 years and in recent years have really enjoyed watching Steve Kennedy. The reason? He always has fun even in the heat of the competition. You can see it. On any given hookup, no matter the consequences, he will likely light up with a smile and a chuckle. If there is anyone who loves this job of cast-for-cash angling it’s Kennedy.

He’s having a lot of fun this week on Lake Dardanelle, doing what he does best. That is catching bass in shallow water. He is doing that with a rotation of shallow water lures. Here is the lineup.

His rotation includes a 3/4-ounce D&L Tackle Advantage Jig, white or green pumpkin, with a matching 2-inch Zoom Super Chunk. Kennedy is fishing that lure swim-jig style. For flipping individual cover he picks up a 3.5-inch Reaction Innovations Smallie Beaver rigged with a 3/4-ounce tungsten weight. For big bass early he uses a 2.5-inch Spro Dean Rojas Bronzeye Frog 65, Natural Green.

Kennedy needs a high finish, despite the fun. After Day 3 he ranked 52nd in the Toyota Angler of the Year standings.