This is Only a Test – Creature Domination Answers and Winner

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Congratulations to Chris Harvey for winning this week’s trivia contest!  For the answers check below.

While worms, lizards and craws have played a role in tournament bass angling for many years, the multi-appendaged “creature bait” is a more recent phenomenon. The Zoom Brush Hog and Baby Brush Hog are widely considered to have popularized the category, but they haven’t been the only members of the group to contribute to tournament-winning catches.

We’ll give you the names of four anglers and some details about their tournament-winning catches. You tell us the name/brand/color of bait they used:

  1. In 2001, Dean Rojas weighed in a total of 108-12 at Florida’s Lake Toho to obliterate the B.A.S.S. four-day record (five fish limit). It was a sight fishing event and while a creature bait wasn’t his only tool, it was the primary one. What lure did he use and what color was it?
  2. At the 1999 Bassmaster Classic on the Louisiana Delta, Davy Hite caught 55-10 to beat his nearest competitor by just a hair under 10 pounds? He swam a creature bait named after a longtime bass pro. What was the lure, what color was it and who was it named after.
  3. En route to his 2007 Angler of the Year title, Skeet Reese won an Elite Series tournament on the Potomac River. He fished primarily in faraway Nanjemoy Creek with two different creature baits, both in the same color. What were they and what was the color?
  4. The last one may be the easiest – if nothing else it’s the most recent. In June of 2012, Todd Faircloth won an Elite Series tournament on the Upper Mississippi River using a variety of lures, but it was a last minute mat-punching fish that put him over the top. What was his creature bait, what color was it, and what modification did he make to it?

Answers

  1. Rojas used a white Lake Fork Tackle lizard and a Smithwick Devil’s Horse for some of his catch, but his key creature bait was a Hawg Caller Log Crawler in the “cherry cola” hue.
  2. Hite’s winning catch came on a junebug-colored Gambler Bacon Rind creature bait, named after veteran pro Basil Bacon.
  3. Reese pitched a green pumpkin Berkley Power Hawg with a 3/8 ounce weight and a green pumpkin Berkley Sabertail Burly Bug with a 1-ounce weight. He outlasted good friend Kelly Jordon (the previous year’s winner), who used a pair of craw imitators – a Lake Fork Tackle Craw Tube and a Kicker Fish Kicker Craw.
  4. Faircloth’s creature bait was the aptly-named Kreature from Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. It resembles a solid-bodied craw tube with curl-tailed “arms” protruding from the sides. Faircloth clipped the arms, which allowed the bait to penetrate the thick grass more cleanly.
  • I managed to have some of the first “Road Kill” (Ed called it then) which Ed Chambers produced and heard the first hand story about how the bait came to be. Back in those early 90’s we were hot on the Lizard trail and one time when contacting Ed for a restock he said “I’m gonna throw something in the box for you to try”. It first it seen at Saint Johns in the lock to Rodman Pool at the BASS Top 100. As we were tied up Tom Mann Jr. looked at what was a larger form of today’s bait and said “My God, what are you going to catch with that thing”, as I threaded it on my Flippin’ hook for use in a few. Ed built me more when I asked as they were custom baits. Some time later Ed morphed the Road Kill name into another bait and a few years later the “Brush Hog” came out. Eventually he develops smaller bug baits and the big one is long gone. I have to admit my thoughts too were what will bite this. Though they did and the rest is history as everyone jumped on the craze by the late 90’s. Ed is a friend I owe a phone call to now that you have me thinking of it. Thanks for restoring a memory TB!

    • Hey Rick! Anytime! Always happy to jog memories for folks. 🙂