It’s all about the plan and the man. Randall Tharp fished an impressive tournament for a half-a-million dollars, with good judgment calls on his side. He isn’t going to get any sleep for a week with everyone in the media wanting a piece of the angling champion.
“This is the way I like to fish,” said Tharp.
4x4 Strike King Rage Craw Trailer bluegill color 3/8 ounce and 4x4 Strike King Rage Craw pumpkin color with 1/3 of the body trimmed, this lure has been used by many a champion during many a tournament for noise splash and super action, it can be fished Texas rig or Carolina style and as a jig trailer.
Lucky Craft 1.5 Squarebill Crankbait TO color, for the longer riprap because it’s a deep diving lip, the wide head for a tight wiggle for the more bounce for the ounce. It’s definite ‘come hither’ lure for bass sure to trigger a strike used by many Pros.
Spro Bronzeye Junior 60 tropical white, on the mudbank topwater poppin’ and on the thickest vegetation a Spro blue Bronzeye 65 which gave Tharp most of day one’s weight 18-8 with Power Poles down picking and recasting the area apart on bigger line, bigger hooks, and a bigger and better championship pole. Overhangs, docks and laydowns are great for this lure, not for fishing riprap slop only.
What did Jacob Wheeler use to place second and $75,000
Trigger X Good Bug, it’s a heavy cover favorite in his arsenal, with a cocktail of Ultrabite to be sure to draw the bass into the strike zone. Phthlate-free.
Trigger X Probe Worm, offers a deadly finesse presentation and with the same Ultrabite pheromones. Wheeler used this for dropshotting on rocky openings. He’d cast out with the buzzbait a few times then pick up the Spro Bronzeye frog around every pocket and piece of timber on the ridge after 1pm. When the bass missed the frog Wheeler would go back in with the Trigger X Flutter Worm wacky rigged.
Bryan Thrift placed third and $60,000
No lilypads or millefoil, just standing timber Thrift busted his move on 1/8 ounce Evercast Lures Shaky Head rigged with a 6 ½-inch Damiki Finesse Miki which got him four of his bass early in the tournament, including a 7 1.2-pounder the biggest bass of the entire tournament. In other areas he mixed it up using a ChatterBait with a Fluke trailer for fast fishing and a Trick Worm.
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