Photo BassFan - Time is ticking down. The pattern that worked yesterday isn’t working today. It’s crunch time. There’s an hour left until the weigh-in starts. Your nerves are starting to fray. What do you reach for when you absolutely need to generate bites?
We’ve been asking pro anglers from the various leagues that same question as a way to find out what their ultimate confidence baits are regardless of the situation, along with the reasoning behind their choices. As one might expect, the answers have run the gamut, from big-line, big-weight flipping to light-line finesse and from topwater to slow-dragging baits.
Known for his prowess with a hollow-body frog, longtime pro Dean Rojas reaches for something different when he needs to get things going. Read more
> Day 4: 5, 18-04 (20, 63-04) B.A.S.S. / Seigo Saito - Rojas, who secured his best finish of the season, said Oahe had a similar feel to the desert lakes in Arizona and that made it easy for him to get comfortable with the big sky, expansive landscapes and long runs to get to unpressured fish.
“Without a doubt, it felt like home,” he said, pointing out that half of the top 12 had western roots. “All those guys have all fished big water, but it’s different from Lake Erie or Lake Ontario. This was like Powell or Mead, big reservoirs that have the same looking stuff on the bank. For them to break it down so quickly and not be afraid to run 50 to 80 miles to get to that deal didn’t surprise me. That’s what we deal with. For us it was no big deal.”
His weights increased each day, but his presentations remained consistent. He threw a dropshot using a 4-inch Big Big Baits Cane Stick in 15 to 22 feet of water.
“I ran 80 miles (up the lake) because those fish were unpressured and dumb and easy,” he said. “When you have 6 hours to fish, those are the ones you want. You want the ones that bite when you drop it.
“The big ones were on the bottom They’re not going to chase stuff like the 2 1/2s and 3s that were blasting bait out of the water.”
His kicker today was a 4-07, his biggest of the week, and he had another one over 4 pounds.
“I was around them, but I was a day late,” he said. Read more
Editor’s note: In an article published in this space last week, Jason Elam detailed his approach to high-water scenarios and how he game plans for the constantly changing variables, especially on river systems. Today, in part two of a three-part series, longtime Elite Series competitor Dean Rojas offers his take on the same topic.
Over the years, Dean Rojas has earned a reputation for being one of the most consistent anglers across both pro circuits, but his take on fishing flooded bodies of water is a little different from others. He’d rather find a pattern all to himself out away from all the newly-submerged cover rather than beat the bank with the majority of the field. Read more
Admitting they throw gasoline on the fire, Mark Zona and Tommy Sanders reignited the war of words on who is the best frog fisherman in the world. Zona mentioned he and Sanders both made statements on a Bassmasters show a few years back that Dean Rojas was the top angler with a frog. Not long after, Ish found Zona at an event. "Ish pulled me aside. 'I need to talk to you. Just FYI, I am,' " Zona said. "And he was not joking." Well, Rojas was just on LIVE with Dave Mercer, and was asked to respond to that. "He can say whatever he wants," Rojas said, "but I thinkn everybody knows who's No. 1." Rojas was asked, then, who falls behind him. "I'll give Ish the benefit of the doubt and give him second," he said. "Crochet, probably third." He said there's some other secret frog hammers out there. With that, the LIVE feed went right to Monroe and asked him about who's tops with a frog. "They ask every single time and they know my answer," Ish said, "so I'm not going to answer."