Menendez 'flips' big reds

While a few of the bass pros competing in the Yamaha Bassmaster Redfish Cup Championship presented by Skeeter brought modest levels of saltwater experience, the general question lingered: Will their freshwater skills play any significant role?

Consider that question answered.

Partnering with multi-species pro Ricky Bort, veteran Elite pro Mark Menendez has boated two hefty keepers by essentially flipping a Texas-rigged Strike King Rage Craw close to a vegetated hard line.

Not unlike the technique he used to place fifth at the 2021 Elite season opener on the St. Johns River, his patient presentation apparently allowed him to keep a crustacean profile in a redfish feeding lane. 

Menendez noted: “Strike King Rage Craw — don’t leave home without it."