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
Rojas dropped one position in the final standings with what was by far his lightest bag of the week, but was nonetheless happy with his overall performance.
"I'll take it," he said. "Hanging around the Top 10 all week, I'll take the points. I needed them."
He caught a limit of 2-pounders in the first hour of the day, but could never improve on it.
"It was tougher for me today – they didn't bite the frog as good as I thought they would. I lost one big one that I know was over 4 pounds because I saw it, but that was all I lost.
"Everything else I caught were all clones Read more
Rojas' stringer was a pound heavier than his previous day's bag, but it gained him no ground in the standings.
"I still think I've got a shot, being 2-12 out," he said. "I need to have a big bag tomorrow, but if I come in with 18 I could win it.
"It can happen. The conditions are changing, so we'll see what happens tomorrow."
He went through eight keepers, including one that weighed nearly 5 pounds. That was his second fish and it bit his SPRO BronzEye Frog before the day was an hour old. He lost a couple that might've gained him a few ounces.
"I think what I'm doing is conducive to whatever conditions we get tomorrow. The frog has been real good the last 3 days – they bit it when the water was high and they bit it when it was low. Either way, it should be good.
"I've also been doing a little flipping and I'll probably do some tomorrow. It's on my radar, anyway." Read more