Top lures at St. Johns 2019 Posted on April 17, 2020 Photo: Steve Bowman - Big Bass. Big Stage. Big Dreams. It all happened at the Power-Pole Bassmaster Elite at St. Johns River. The rookies showed out, and so did the veterans in a big bass showcase. All captions: Craig Lamb Photo: Andy Crawford - âEven at 72 years old I never stop dreaming of what is possible to achieve.â Rick Clunn spoke those prophetic words. He then proved it with a second win in three years on the St. Johns. Check out the lures used by Clunn and the top finishers. Photo: Chris Mitchell - Robbie Latuso (10th; 69-0)âI kept it simple all week.â Robbie Latuso did just that with a Missile Baits Tomahawk 8.5 ribbon tail worm rigged to 4/0 hook and 1/4-ounce Fitzgerald Fishing F.F. Tungsten Weight. Photo: Chris Mitchell - A 1/2-ounce purple shad Delta Lures Spinnerbait with double willowleaf blades, gold on front and silver on back, was another choice. Photo: Chris Mitchell - Scott Canterbury (9th; 80-12) Scott Canterbury rotated through soft plastic stickbaits and topwaters. A top choice was a Bagley Twin Spin. Photo: Chris Mitchell - So was a Bagley Bang-O-Lure. Photo: Chris Mitchell - A Texas rigged 5-inch NetBait Salt Lick rigged to 5/0 wide gap hook and 5/16 tungsten weight was another choice. Photo: Chris Mitchell - Cory Johnston (8th; 85-6) Cory Johnston flipped and pitched to bedding fish with a 6-inch Yamamoto Senko rigged with 4/0 straight shank worm hook and 3/8-ounce weight. Photo: Chris Mitchell - Clifford Pirch (7th; 88-1) Clifford Pirchâs primary bait was an 8- or 6-inch Big Bite Finesse Worm, rigged wacky style on a Hayabusa WRM962 Power Wacky Hook with a nail weight. Photo: Chris Mitchell - On Championship Sunday he added a River2Sea Whopper Plopper to the lineup. Photo: Chris Mitchell - Lee Livesay (6th; 88-10) Lee Livesay rotated through stick baits and a bladed jig. That choice was a 3/8-ounce Finch Nasty Bait Co. Glade Bait, a weedless vibrating jig, with a 3.5-inch Reaction Innovations Little Dipper trailer. Photo: Chris Mitchell - A 5-inch soft plastic stick bait on 4/0 offset worm hook and 1/8- or 1/4-ounce weights also produced. Photo: Chris Mitchell - John Crews (5th; 89-11) âFlipping a straight bait seems to be a huge deal during the spawn in Florida.â And with that John Crews went to work with a Missile Baits Fuse 4.4. He rigged the slender June Bug crawfish bait to a 4/0 Gamakatsu Heavy Cover Flippinâ Hook and 1/8-ounce sinker. Making a Neko rig with a No. 1 Gamakatsu Octopus Hook and nail weight using the Fuse 4.4 produced bedding bass. He also chose a 7-inch Missile Baits Destroyer, green pumpkin flash, on 5/0 Gamakatsu Hook and 3/16-ounce tungsten weight. Photo: Chris Mitchell - Patrick Walters (4th; 91-14) Patrick Walters rotated through a finesse worm, trick worm, prop bait and spinnerbait. That choice was a 3/8-ounce Zorro Baits Bango Blade. A Rapala X-Rap jerkbait was another choice. For plastics he chose a 5-inch Zoom Magnum Finesse Worm on 4/0 VMC Flippinâ Hook with 3/8-ounce VMC Tungsten Worm Weight. Another choice was a 7-inch Zoom Magnum Trick Worm with 5/0 VMC Wide Gap Hook and 3/16-ounce VMC Tungsten Worm Weight. Photo: Chris Mitchell - Mark Menendez (3rd; 95-1) Mark Menendez fished around docks with soft plastic craw, worm and spinnerbait. âThe spinnerbait was a go-to deal because I could cover water while dialing into specific cover.â The choice was a 3/8-ounce Strike King Premier Spinnerbait with a small piece of chartreuse soft plastic on the hook shank for strike appeal. Photo: Chris Mitchell - Chris Johnston (2nd; 95-2) âI pitched a worm, easing it through pencil reeds trying to drag it across a spawning bed.â Chris Johnston used a 5.5-inch Zoom Speed Worm on 3/0 Gamakatsu Heavy Cover Flippinâ Hook and 1/8-ounce tungsten weight. He also used a 5-inch soft plastic stickbait rigged on 5/0 straight shank hook and 3/8-ounce sinker. Photo: Andy Crawford - Rick Clunn (1st; 98-14) Legend Rick Clunn again found patterns that beat the rest of the Bassmaster Elite Series field on the St. Johns. Photo: Chris Mitchell - âIâve always had confidence in this lure when coming to Florida and especially here.â Rick Clunn used his stash of 7-inch Ditto Gator Tail Worms, wide body curl tail models made 30 years ago in nearby San Mateo. He rigged those to 5/0 hooks and 1/2-ounce weights. Pitching to docks and shallow cover produced the strikes. Photo: Chris Mitchell - So did a 3/8-ounce shell cracker Luck E Strike Rick Clunn Trickster Spinnerbait with a Luck E Strike Ring Worm trailer. A 1-ounce Luck E Strike Hail Mary lipless crankbait also produced around the outside edges of docks.