How-To Top lures at St. Johns 2021 Posted on February 17, 2021 Photo: Steve Bowman - Championship Sunday was stacked with talent so good that jumping six places to score a win would be tough at the AFTCO Bassmaster Elite Series at St. Johns River. All captions: Craig Lamb Photo: James Overstreet - Bassmaster Elite Series rookie Bryan New did just that with an impressive winning margin of 10 pounds. Newâs four-day climb began in 22nd place, then ninth and then sixth place. He knocked out the lights on Sunday with a foursome of 5-pounders and another bass over 4 pounds. Photo: Andy Crawford - âIâm going to be ready for anything,â said New, when this photo was taken prior to the start of Championship Sunday. Not pictured are another dozen rod combos leaned against the passenger seat. See the primary baits used by New and the other top contenders on the St. Johns River. Photo: Steve Bowman - Gary Clouse (10th; 54-1) Gary Clouse led the first two days of the tournament, targeting largemouth roaming around small patches of reeds scattered across shallow flats. Photo: Andy Crawford - Clouseâs primary baits included a Zoom Magnum Ultravibe Speed Worm, rigged on a 4/0 Gamakatsu Aaron Martens G Finesse Heavy Cover Hook, with a 1/4-ounce weight. Photo: Andy Crawford - A 3/8-ounce Z-Man Evergreen ChatterBait Jackhammer with a Yamamoto Zacko was another top choice. Photo: Andy Crawford - Derek Hudnall (9th; 63-11) Derek Hudnall fished heavy cover with a weightless wacky rig. Photo: Andy Crawford - Hudnall made it with a Missile Baits The 48, rigged to a No. 2 Gamakatsu G Finesse Stinger Hook. Photo: Shane Durrance - Bryan Schmitt (8th; 64-8) Bryan Schmittâs pattern included targeting largemouth around isolated lily pads. Photo: Andy Crawford - Schmitt used a 3/8-ounce Hayabusa Bryan Schmitt Signature Serie Swim Jig, with a Missile Baits Shockwave Swimbait. Photo: Andy Crawford - He also used a weightless wacky rig, made with a Missile Baits The 48, with a Hayabusa Spin Muscle Weedless Wacky Hook. Another choice was a Missile Baits Quiver Worm, rigged on a 5/0 Hayabusa WRM959 Wide Gap Offset Heavy Duty Hook, with 3/16-ounce Reins Tungsten Weight. Photo: Dalton Tumblin - Cliff Prince (7th; 66-2) Cliff Prince ran a rotation of lily pads and heavy vegetation, chiefly on the St. Johns River and its canals. Photo: Andy Crawford - Prince primarily used a 1/2-ounce Z-Man Evergreen ChatterBait Jackhammer, with a Bass Assassin Litâl Boss. Photo: Shane Durrance - Hank Cherry (6th; 66-5) Hank Cherry did what he does best, which is target bass in heavy cover. Photo: Andy Crawford - Cherryâs primary lure was a Berkley PowerBait MaxScent The General, rigged on a 4/0 Berkley Fusion19 Hook, with a 1/8-ounce weight. Photo: Andy Crawford - A Brianâs Bee Series Propbait was another top pick. Photo: Shane Durrance - Mark Menendez (5th; 67-5) Mark Menendez focused on a flipping and pitching pattern in Crescent Lake and Dunnâs Creek. Lure targets included cypress trees and scattered lily pads. Photo: Andy Crawford - Menendez rigged up with a Strike King Rage Tail Craw. Photo: Andy Crawford - He rigged it on a 5/0 Gamakatsu Straight Shank Worm Hook, with 1/4- or 5/8-ounce Strike King Tour Grade Tungsten Weights. Photo: Dalton Tumblin - Patrick Walters (4th; 68-13) Patrick Walters made a run at the title, choosing to use a wacky rig and this jerkbait. Photo: Andy Crawford - Walters made the wacky rig with a Zoom Zlinky, rigged on a No. 1 VMC Neko Hook, with a VMC Neko Weight. Photo: Andy Crawford - The jerkbait was a 13 Fishing Loco Special. Photo: Andy Crawford - Seth Feider (3rd; 69-6) Seth Feider primarily used a Z-Man Bang StickZ, rigged on a 3/0 VMC Straight Shank Hook, with a 3/16-ounce WOO! Tungsten Weight. Photo: Steve Bowman - Greg Hackney (2nd; 69-14) Greg Hackney spent the tournament in Lake George, doing what he does the best. That, of course, is winching bass from heavy cover. Photo: Andy Crawford - Hackneyâs primary lure was a Strike King Rage Bug, rigged on a 5/0 Strike King Hack Attack Heavy Cover Flipping Hook, with a 1/4-ounce Strike King Tour Grade Tungsten Weight. Photo: Shane Durrance - Bryan New (1st; 79-7) Bryan New fished a crankbait over bars, and a Texas-rigged stick worm around isolated lily pads. âOn an isolated target, itâs easier to pick out where the fish are sitting, and they have more light penetration,â said New, of the spawning fish he targeted. Photo: Andy Crawford - Newâs primary lure was a 5-inch Zoom Zlinky, rigged on a 5/0 Berkley Fusion19 Hook, with a pegged 1/8th-ounce tungsten weight. Photo: Andy Crawford - For offshore fishing he used a 1/2-ounce Berkley Warpig.