RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. — Jason Christie did not think for a second that he had won the Bassmaster Elite Series event at Lake Dardanelle until Dave Mercer announced that he was the winner.
Yet, throughout the tournament, he appeared completely unrattled. When a fan asked him during the B.A.S.S. Twitter chat how he stays so even-keeled, he seemed surprised anyone thought so.
"I don't know where you got that," he said. "I don't feel like I am. Well, I just hide things well. I may be calm on the outside, but the mice are pedaling 5,000 miles an hour in my head all the time."
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Thank you for joining us for #basschat, @christiefishing! And congratulations on your win!
I appreciate the congratulations! It was a really special win for me because of how close it was weight wise & my family was there.
You always seem calm and even-keeled on the water. Does anything rattle you during a tournament?
Well, I just hide things well. I may be calm on the outside, but the mice are pedaling 5,000 miles an hour.
When are you coming to fish in South Africa? You have a lot of support here.
I fished w/a guy from South Africa once. Whenever I get a free ride, I'll be glad to go! I appreciate the support from SA!
How do I know what weight to use when Texas rigging?
That’s based on the rate of fall that you want. I use the ½-ounce because it’s easy to flip.
Thanks Jason! I will try it out.
How do you tell what offshore structure could potentially be god based on a topo map?
Look for a point that faces upcurrent, generally around big creeks, that offer the right depth the fish are at.
Do you think the weather helped pull the fish to your area, or did you have to follow the fish out deeper?
Had we not gotten the storms and rain on the second day, I wouldn’t have won.
What ruled out the Spardra area in your mind where so many tournaments on Lake Dardanelle are won?
I practiced there the first day & caught 18-20 pounds, but it didn’t offer a lot of the same thing. There was a little bit of weeds, a little bit of rock, just random. What I wanted was weeds all the way around.
What’s your favorite falcon rod? And why?
The 7-foot-3 terra swimbait/pitching rod. It seems like I’ve won more money on that than any other rod.
The smallies are going crazy in Wosconsis right now If u were there what would you be throwing?
That’s hard. Probably a @BooyahFishing jig with a Christie craw on the back in green pumpkin.
Did you weigh any fish in on something other than the jig?
No, all 20 fish I caught came in on the same jig.
What type of pattern are you looking for on Pickwick this time of year.
Deep structure. I don’t think there’s any other way to win on Pickwick right now.
Congrats on the win the other day! I’ve always looked up to you as a fisherman! Good luck the rest of the season!
I appreciate the kind workds.
Question 1 for @christiefishing
If limited to 5 rod/reel combos to fish entire season, what would they be?
All Falcon rods and Lew’s reels. 1. 7’3” swimbait with a Lew’s BB1 for flipping
2. 6’8” Jason Christie signature series, Lew’s BB1 6.4:1 for topwater,spinnerbaiting
3. 7’10” XD cranker with a 5.1 BB1 for deep cranking
4. 6’10” Jason Christie frog rod, Lew’s 7.1.1. BB1 frogging
5. 7-foot Jason Christie Signature Series, 7.1 BB1 pro for general fishing
Dropping water on the Mississippi in Iowa pool 10. My state tourney is Saturday. What should my approach be?
I would just try to fish banks that offer deep water out in front
Now that you have a classic spot, how soon will you start planning and prepping for lake Hartwell
I actually started the day after I won. I’m already thinking about what I need to do 2 win that tournament. After you have qualified for the Classic, you think every day about how to win it. It’s always on your mind.
If limited to 5 baits to fish the entire season, what would they be?
1. Boyah jig with a Christie craw on the back 2. Christie critter 3. Booyah pad crasher
4. Booyah spinnerbait 5. Bomber BD 7
Congrats on the win the other day exciting to watch all the way to the end
Thanks! It was an exciting tournament for me, as well.
If you were fishing a local night tournament and you needed a partner who would you chose from your peers on tour
I’d say Cliff Crochet (@CliffCajunBaby) because nobody would dare get on any of our spots.
Sounds like a great partner for sure. I really appreciate watching you fish you are a true pro in my eyes.
At weigh in on Saturday you were so confident that you were going to catch them Sunday. Why?
I think everybody is usually like that. That’s a definition of a pro angler. I felt like things were lining up. The water was getting dirtier, there were less boat in my area, and I was getting dialed in.
In practice did you stuck every fish to see the size or did you catch one and move on?
I caught a few, but I caught only 25% of what bit. I’m more of a looker in practice.
If you could take one bait to Stilwell City lake what would it be
A Booyah pad crasher.
How will you approach the rest of the season now having a classic spot and just outside the top in AOY standings?
The goal for me is to move up in AOY as much as poss. I don’t know if I have a chance 2 win but I want to move up
I’m also going to try to win another one this season. I’ll just fish a lot more relaxed.
What are your feelings about the upcoming event BASSfest? Feelings on the tournament format?
I’m excited because it’s something new. I’m excited to the hype around the event.
Favorite summer time bait to catch big ones on Lake Tenkiller
You’re gonna wig out when I say this, but I’d say a drop shot. I’d go with a 6-inch Houdini word.
Congrats on ur recent win. What waters in Arkansas do u enjoy fishing on?
Dardanelle, because I won there. But I enjoy them all. There’s really not a place anywhere I don’t like.
Congrats on your recent win! What are your top 3 lures in the early summer on Grand Lake?
One Knocker Spook, BD7 crankbait and a Yum Money Minnow
Now that June is here along with the heat, what's your fav setup for catching quality fish
7-10 XD Cranker, @Lews_Fishing5.1:1 BB1 Pro, 12-pound Sunline Sniper, Bomber DD7 deep diving crankbait
What would you be doing if you were not a pro angler?
Oh gosh! I used to be a basketball coach. I love connecting with kids as a coach. The games are fun! Winning a tournament and winning a game is the same kind of feeling. You can't buy it.
True nothing like winning. Of course I would be a pro angler if I weren't doing what I do now. #iwish
Any big plans for your recent Elite tournament winnings?
My family and I are going to take a week's vacation to Florida, so I'm really looking forward to that.
Favorite hooks/way to rig a hollow body swimbaits? I've gone #swimbaitcrazythis season.
I like a @TroKarHooks 3/8-ounce belly weighted hook.
Thanks Jason! Best of luck the rest of the season hopefully I'll run into you at Cayuga Lake!
Congrats on the win and best of luck the rest of the season @christiefishing
What's your favorite go to bait?
It would have to be a Booyah jig. If I can catch them on a jig, I feel comfortable enough to win.
Should we put you on our fantasy fishing team for bassfest?
I'll tell you after the tournament.
What can a novice expect to learn and enjoy at BASSfest?
I think the camaraderie with the pro anglers. You're going to be able to ask the questions you'd ever want to ask.
With a 13lb bass recently caught on lake chickamauga, what do you think the odds are of a 12lb+ bass winning big bass next week?
I would say slim but possible. There are definitely some giants in Chickamauga.
Is lake fork now in your top 3 big bass lakes ?
Absolutely! For a long time I've had invitations to fish, but I heard it was crowded.
After being down there I realized there are enough fish to spread around!
Thank you @christiefishing for joining us today, and good luck the rest of the season!
It's been an honor interacting with the fans. I really appreciate the support, and look forward for seeing everyone at BASSfest!