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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

Dean Rojas: Breaking KVD's reign

I'm ecstatic with the tournament (the Elite Series Battle on the Bayou at Toledo Bend Reservoir).

It was sort of the reverse of when I won 10 years ago down here. That time I came from behind to claim first place. This year I had to fight off a serious charge at the end by Gerald Swindle to win.