Gear Top lures at St. Lawrence 2019 Posted on August 20, 2019 Photo: Andy Crawford - Another smallmouth whack fest unfolded at Bassmaster Magazineâs Top Bass Lake at the Berkley Bassmaster Elite at St. Lawrence River presented by Black Velvet. All captions: Craig Lamb Photo: James Overstreet - Micah Frazier hoisted the blue trophy for the first time in Waddington, New York, a town embraced by the fans and the pros. The smallmouth fell for drop shots and even crankbaits, and you can check out the lineup here. Photo: Andy Crawford - Brian Snowden (74-6; 10th) Brian Snowden relied on a Duo Realis Spinbait 80 during sunny, calm conditions early in the tournament. Photo: Andy Crawford - During cloudy weather he used a drop shot rig made from a 4-inch Zoom Z Drop, with 2/0 Gamakatsu Drop/Split Shot Hook, and 1/2-ounce weight. He also used a 1/4-ounce Five Fish Lures Ultimate Ned Jig, with 3.5-inch Zoom Beatdown Worm. Photo: Andy Crawford - Chris Zaldain (78-4; 9th) Chris Zaldain began the tournament using a 4-inch hand poured soft plastic goby. âThe biggest thing was the 18- to 24-inch leader.â He also used a 4.2-inch Megabass Hazedong Shad Swimbait, Disco Stain. Both baits were fished on 3/8-ounce teardrop-shaped tungsten weights, and No. 1 Trokar Drop Shot Hooks. Photo: Andy Crawford - Greg DiPalma (81-11; 8th) Greg DiPalma began the tournament with a 3/8 or 1/2-ounce Riot Baits Lilâ Creeper Jig. Later in the week he switched to a Riot Baits Lilâ Fuzzy, rigged on a Carolina rig with 3/0 Hayabusa HD Round Bend Hook and 1-ounce tungsten weight. Photo: Andy Crawford - Ray Hanselman Jr. (81-12; 7th) A drop shot and crankbait paid off for Ray Hanselman Jr. âI burned it as fast as I could against the current,â he said of the Strike King Pro Model 5XD Crankbait. Photo: Andy Crawford - He made the drop shot from a 3.5-inch Strike King Drop Shot Half Shell, with No. 1 drop shot hook and 1/2-ounce Strike King Tour Grade Tungsten Drop Shot Weight. He fished the rig over current breaks in 28- to 32-feet of water. Photo: Andy Crawford - Steve Kennedy (82-5; 6th) Steve Kennedy used a glide bait to find his fish during practice. To catch them in the tournament he used a one-two punch with a swimbait and marabou hair jig. âIn practice almost exclusively, I threw a G-Ratt Baits Sneaky Pete with the hooks removed. I caught a 4-pounder on my first cast and put it away. During the tournament they hit it but didnât stay on.â Photo: Andy Crawford - He switched to a 4.8 Keitech Swing Impact FAT Swimbait, and using a needle, threaded the line through the body and added an inline 2/0 Gamakatsu Treble Hook. For missed fish he followed up with a 1/8-ounce marabou hair jig. Photo: Andy Crawford - These good luck charms also came into play for Kennedy. âMy next-door neighbor Cloe left me a note with good luck wishes and this rock, and my daughter made this one that she painted with a four-leafed clover.â Kennedy carried the rocks on the cooler lid integrated into his Bass Cat Boat. Photo: Andy Crawford - Jay Yelas (83-1; 5th) âI caught 25 percent of my fish on the Duo Realis Spinbait 80,â said Jay Yelas. The remainder of his fish were caught on a 4-inch Yamamoto Lures Shad Shape Worm, with 1/0 hook and 3/8- or 1/2-ounce Provider Tackle Impact Series Drop Shot Weight. Photo: Andy Crawford - Keith Combs (84-11; 4th) Keith Combs rotated through a crankbait, jerkbait and tube jig. For that choice he used a 3.5-inch Strike King KVD Pro Model Tube threaded through a 5/16-ounce Strike King Tour Grade Tube Jig Head. Photo: Andy Crawford - Combs also used a Strike King KVD 300 Jerkbait, and Strike King 5XD and 6XD crankbaits. Photo: Andy Crawford - Scott Canterbury (84-11; 3rd) Scott Canterbury mixed it up with drop shot rigs fashioned from this lineup. A 3.5-inch Berkley PowerBait MaxScent Flat Worm, Brown Back; a 2.75-inch Strike King 3X ElazTech Baby Z Too soft plastic jerkbait. Photo: Andy Crawford - Other choices were an American Bait Works Co. Set The Hook Stumpy Crush Worm, green pumpkin; and a Set The Hook Drifter, Juvenile Goby. All were rigged with No. 1 or 1/0 Gamakatsu Drop/Split Shot Hooks and Flat Out Tungsten 3/8- or 1/2-ounce weights, depending on the current. Photo: Andy Crawford - Chris Johnston (86-11; 2nd) Chris Johnston used a 1/8-ounce marabou hair jig. âI fished it over mossy bottoms, reeling it slowly just above the vegetation.â Photo: Andy Crawford - For blind casting he chose a Duo Realis Spinbait 80. âI let it sink a couple of feet below the surface and wound it back using a steady retrieve.â Photo: Andy Crawford - Micah Frazier (87-4; 1st) A Yum Ned Dinger fashioned into a Ned rig with a 1/8-ounce mushroom jighead produced the best for Micah Frazier. Strikes came in current breaks along the main river channel.