Lester's lure and pattern

Brandon Lester is tracking a very popular pattern for smallmouth on the Tennessee River, not far from where he grew up in our mutual hometowns in Middle Tennessee. 

On the St. Lawrence River he is fishing on the up current, or front side of rocky shoals, where the current meets the rock. Favored depths are 25-40 feet. Here is what he is using for a lure setup. 

Lester is making a drop shot with a 4-inch hand poured X Zone Slammer, Mustad TitanX Wacky/Neko Rig Hook and 1/2-ounce weight. He’s relied on the rig for the past two seasons of fishing in the Northeast and Midwest, from New York to South Dakota.