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NEW ORLEANS -- By Rob Russow At every Bassmaster Classic, personal triumphs from down the leaderboard are often overshadowed by the shower of confetti and the winner's victory lap around the arena. A heartbreaking Day One for Dean Rojas, which saw him weigh-in only 4 pounds, 4 ounces, mired him at the back of the pack and destroyed his hopes of hoisting the trophy this week.

"With all the time and preparation that goes into it, that hurt," Rojas said. "After that day, I just wanted to come back for myself and my sponsors. I wasn't going to roll over after Day One."

By Dean Rojas as told to Ed Harp No, I'm not talking about a gig and a frying pan. I'm talking about catching shallow summertime bass with one of my Spro Bronzeye Frogs. To do it right you'll need three of them and some basic tackle.

Spro Bronzeye65 in Midnight Walker

This is your general, go-to bait. It'll catch bass over weeds and thick vegetation, in lily pads and around laydowns under all conditions. Bass can't resist those piercing red eyes. As soon as you take it out of the package cut about an inch off both legs. That'll make it walk cleaner and with very little effort on your part.

Work it really slow right over the top of where you think the bass are hiding. Give them plenty of time to make up their minds.

Toledo wind at the Bassmaster Elite Series TroKar Battle on the Bayou

MANY, La. -- Dean Rojas walked off the weigh-in stage at the TroKar Battle on the Bayou and into a throng of reporters. But before any reporters could ask the tournament leader a question, Rojas turned the tables with a question of his own.

"Do you mind if we go over here where it's a little out of the wind?" Rojas said, pointing to a tournament equipment trailer that created a slight wind break.

2011 Battle: Straightening Out The Bend

MANY, La. -- As they met backstage, Dean Rojas and Gerald Swindle shook hands, then gave each other a man hug. Both smiled graciously, both teared up a little.

It was hard to tell who had just beat who, but it was Rojas who had bested Swindle by 1 ounce in the TroKar Battle on the Bayou. Rojas secured a wire-to-wire win, his second Bassmaster Elite Series victory. It was his fourth Bassmaster career win, one of which, like Sunday's win, was on Toledo Bend Reservoir.

2011 Battle on the Bayou: Best baits and techniques

1. Dean Rojas

Rojas found fish on beds and caught fish on grass flats. Here's his bed fishing setup:

Rod: Quantum Tour Edition PT, 7-foot
Reel: Quantum Smoke baitcaster, 6.6:1
Bait: Big Bite Baits WarMouth (Rojas designed this bait specifically for bed fishing), bluegill color
Terminal tackle: 4/0 Superline Gamakatsu EWG hook, 3/16-ounce Eco Pro tungsten weight
Line: 22-pound-test Sunline Shooter fluorocarbon