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:
- 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?
- 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.
- 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?
- 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?
- 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.
- Hite’s winning catch came on a junebug-colored Gambler Bacon Rind creature bait, named after veteran pro Basil Bacon.
- 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.
- 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.