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Clear Lake Top 10 Baits

Clear Lake Top 10 Baits
David Valdivia

The only thing more diverse than the weather conditions at the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Mercury on Clear Lake was the selection of baits used by the top anglers. Anglers saw calm conditions with clear skies replaced by frontal conditions, which changed many anglers’ go-to techniques from sight-fishing to casting reaction baits. Big bags were still brought in, and Todd Woods topped them all. He won the event after bringing in 77 pounds over three days. Here’s what Woods and the rest of the top 10 anglers threw at Clear Lake.

Woods’ Winning Pattern

Complete Results

 

Todd Woods

1. Todd Woods found a sloping gravel bank where prespawn bass were feeding on shad. He alternated between two moving baits to earn his first Costa FLW Series title: a hitch-colored Basstrix Paddle Tail Swimbait on a 3/8-ounce gold Blade Runner under-spin in shallow water and a YUM YUMbrella Flash Mob umbrella rig with 4-inch Basstrix Swimbaits on 3/8-ounce jigheads on top and a 5-inch swimbait with a 1/4-ounce jighead on bottom.

 

Roy Hawk

2. Roy Hawk’s top bait was a Yamamoto Flappin’ Hog, which caught his 11-pound, 2-ounce big bass. He also caught fish on a custom bladed jig in a shad pattern made by Chris Kinley. Unfortunately for the rest of us, it’s not for sale.

 

Wade Curtiss

3. Wade Curtiss caught ’em on a 3.8-inch Keitech Swing Impact FAT swimbait in rainbow shad rigged with a 1/4-ounce Ladies Man Custom Baits under-spin thrown on 12-pound-test fluorocarbon line. When sight-fishing, Curtiss utilized a white Ladies Man flipping jig trailered with a white Zoom Ultra Vibe Speed Craw.

 

Wayne Breazeal

4. Wayne Breazeale caught bedding bass with a white Yamamoto Hula Grub rigged on a custom-poured 5/8-ounce jighead with a 4/0 hook thrown on 15-pound-test Seaguar fluorocarbon.

 

Hunter Schlander

5. Hunter Schlander’s YUM YUMbrella Flash Mob umbrella rig setup used rainbow shad Keitech swimbaits on 3/8-ounce jigheads. He had two of the 3.8-inch size swimbaits on top and three of the 4.8-inch size on bottom. Schlander chucked the rig on 20-pound-test fluorocarbon.

 

6. Jim Moulton sight-fished his way to a 33-pound, 2-ounce bag on day one. It was the largest single-day weight of the tournament. He used a 1/2-ounce white and chartreuse California Reservoir Lures swim jig paired with a white Yamamoto Single Tail Grub.

 

Michael Caruso

7. Throwing at dock pilings, Michael Caruso used a drop-shot rig with a 6-inch Roboworm FAT Worm in the MMIII and margarita mutilator colors.

 

Garrett Dixon

8.  Garrett Dixon used topwater lures to catch postspawn fish. The bigger bites came on a bait he made himself – the G-Rat Custom Baits Walking Mouse – thrown on 20-pound-test monofilament. A white Koppers LIVETARGET Frog with cut tails thrown on 70-pound-test braid also played a role.

 

David Valdivia

9. David Valdivia used a 3/16-ounce under-spin with a Zoom Super Fluke Jr. Valdivia tossed it with a spinning reel rigged with 8-pound-test braid tied to a 10-pound-test Ever Green Mountain fluorocarbon leader. When he found bass on beds, Valdivia used a Texas-rigged 5-inch green pumpkin Yamamoto Senko.

 

Rusty Salewske

10. Rusty Salewske flipped tule lines with a green pumpkin Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver on a Gamakatsu heavy flipping hook with a 1/2-ounce pegged weight.

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