2011 Pride of Georgia: Best baits and techniques

LAGRANGE, Ga. -- Here are the lures and techniques that took the top five spots on Georgia’s West Point Lake.

1. Steve Kennedy

Kennedy used a one-two punch to claim most of his fish: an undisclosed swimbait followed up with a Kinami Flash. He also skipped the Flash under cypress trees. 

Here’s his setup for the Flash stickbait:

Rod: Kistler Dock Skipping Special

Reel: Shimano Curado (“old style”)

Line: 10-pound test monofilament

Bait: Kinami Flash, Watermelon seed

Kennedy upped his tackle to lob a big swimbait, the name of which he absolutely refused to divulge. He wouldn’t even specify if it was hard or soft.

Rod: 7-6 heavy action Kistler rod (1-piece)

Reel: Shimano Curado

Line: 20-pound-test fluorocarbon

Bait: An “undisclosed swimbait.”

Kennedy also caught a few smaller fish on a Basstrix hollow-bodied swimbait.

Rod: 7-6 medium-heavy Kistler

Reel: ShimanoCurado

Line: 15-pound-test fluorocarbon

Bait: 6-inch Basstrix, Blueback Herring color

2. Edwin Evers

Evers caught most all of his fish on a Yum F2 Wooly Bug which he flipped or pitched to visible cover, mostly bushes and laydown logs. 

Rod: 7-0 medium-heavy Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifier

Reel: High-speed Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifier

Line: 65-pound-test braid with a 25-pound-test Bass Pro Shops 100% Fluorocarbon leader

Bait: Yum F2 Wooly Bug, Big O Craw color

Terminal Tackle: 5/16-ounce tungsten, 4/0 straight shank hook

3. Ish Monroe

Monroe credits a crankbait with most of his catch. He tossed it to rocks, stumps and along bare banks.

Rod: 7-0 Daiwa Flex Lite

Reel: Daiwa Steez

Line: 12-pound Maxima fluorocarbon and monofilament

Bait: Daiwa TD Crank in Bumblebee color.

A topwater frog also filled his livewells.

Rod: Daiwa Steez XVD

Reel: Zillion Type R, 7.3:1

Line: 70-pound Daiwa Samurai braid

Bait: Ish’s Phat Frog

He pulled his biggest bass of Day Four off of a bed.

Rod: 8-0 Daiwa Steez

Reel: Daiwa Steez 7:1

Line: 20-pound-test Maxima fluorocarbon

Bait: Big Bite Baits Warmouth and Zoom Brush Hog


4. Jared Lintner

Lintner too used the shad spawn to his advantage. He used a topwater chugger in the morning around visible cover.

Rod: 734 Powell Max casting rod

Reel: Abu Garcia Revo Premier

Line: 17-pound-test Berkley Big Game

Bait: Jackall SK Popper, War Shad color

After the sun came up, Lintner reached in his old school bag and pulled out a floating, methiolate-colored Trick Worm. He tossed it to laydowns that were at least 10 feet off of the bank.

Rod: 734 Powell Max casting rod

Reel: Abu Garcia Revo Premier

Line: 15-pound-test Berkley 100% Fluorocarbon

Bait: Zoom Trick worm, methiolate

5. Nate Wellman

Wellman relied on several baits to take his best Elite Series finish to date. Early each day, Wellman took advantage of the shad spawn by throwing an XCalibur Zell Pop in shad pattern.

Rod: 7-0, medium-heavy iRod

Reel: Shimano

Line: 15-pound-test McCoy monofilament

Bait: XCalibur Zell Pop, shad pattern

If there was a breeze, he switched to a spinnerbait.

Rod 7-0, medium-heavy iRod

Reel: Shimano

Line: 15-pound-test McCoy monofilament

Bait: Bass Assault 3/8-ounce spinnerbait in shad pattern

If his day got tough, Wellman used a jig.

Rod: Fred’s Magic Stick, by iRod

Reel: Shimano

Line: 17-pound-test McCoy fluorocarbon

Bait: 1/2-ounce, Bass Assault Pro Flip Jig, Green Pumpkin/Blue Flash

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