Dean Rojas: 57–11 (15)
Photo by Josh Gassmann - Arizona’s Dean Rojas found himself in last place in his group after one day of fishing. His first day was forgettable, with just two bass for 5-10, but Sunday was one he’ll always remember.
“Today was one of those days you dream about,” Rojas said on MLF NOW! “I only had 5 pounds the first day and today was a dream day. I have so much joy and this shows that anything can happen if you stay positive.”
His day included rallying to sixth place in his group, landing an 8-11, and spending 45 minutes of his day getting two hooks out of his hand. His day had plenty of excitement.
On the fishing side of things, he targeted an area outside of a bridge with both a 1.5 and 2.5-sized squarebill crankbait.
For the last few weeks, I have put my attention towards old Bassmaster shows, reading old publications and digging into stories that made me want to be just like those I am reading about.
It's funny how history has a way of repeating itself and how much can be learned from the past. Fishing is evergreen and one of the few sports that we can imitate what we see and put it into practice. Trial and error is the teacher and the fish don’t know any better if it's old or new, so tried and true still holds water.
This is the 20th anniversary of a milestone in fishing that may never be duplicated. The perfect storm of cold, then a rapid warming trend made this a week we will all remember forever — at least Dean Rojas will.
I sure wish one time I would hit this perfect scenario and put into practice what Rojas did on this early spring day on Lake Toho in 2001. The weather aligned perfectly for spawn-ready giant bass to move shallow, and Rojas put the largest single day total ever recorded in a BASS event of 45.02 pounds on the scales.
It is hard to fathom a 10.13, a 10.0, a 9.5, an 8.2 and a 7.9-pound bass in the same bag of fish. Compared at the time to Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game, this record may never be matched again in a Bassmaster event.
BassFirst Kennesaw, Georgia (May 1, 2020) – Fifteen years ago, SPRO revolutionized bass fishing with the introduction of the Bronzeye Frog. Designed with input from B.A.S.S. legend Dean Rojas, the innovative topwater frog delivered the perfect combination of walk the dog action and weedless performance to draw bass up through the thickest pads.
“After 15 years, the Bronzeye Frog is still the one of the number one frogs on the market,” said designer and SPRO Pro Dean Rojas. “We are thrilled to have provided so many great memories for frog fans over the years.”
Rojas used the original premium frog to win $40,000 at the Bassmaster Classic on Lake Wylie in 2004. He followed that up with plenty more victories, making it a timeless tournament favorite. The Bronzeye Frog is engineered to utilize the full potential of Gamakatsu’s 2x-strong EWG Double Frog Hook, allowing anglers to use the heavy braid to extract lunkers out of the thickest cover. The soft plastic body delivers weedless performance that maneuvers through the thickest cover without hanging up. It easily moves out of the way when bass pounce for a great hook up ratio. Though it was designed for the salad, the thin body allows it to walk the dog effortlessly in open water, drawing big bass up from submerged cover for big surface blow-ups.
The Bronzeye Frog lands right side up every time, thanks to the weight molded into the body and precision tolerances that keep water out. The nose of the bait is anchored just behind the line tie eye, so it will stay put even as you drag it through the densest pads. For added action, the legs are constructed of living rubber strands that provide plenty of movement even when the bait is paused. The extra-long legs let you trim them just how you like them and are securely anchored to the body so they’ll stay put.
“SPRO has never stopped innovating,” said Rojas, noting the success of SPRO’s full line up of weedless surface baits. “We took the best attributes from the Bronzeye Frog and developed different baits with their own actions. The Bronzeye Pop, Bronzeye Shad, and Bronzeye Spit Shad all deliver explosive topwater action.”
Pick a fight in the pads with the original Bronzeye Frog, the winningest frog bait in tournament history. See for yourself why it has become the go-to frog of Bassmaster’s top anglers for the last 15 years.