Choosing the best spinnerbait blade

I live around deep, clear lakes and I love to slow-roll a spinnerbait in deep cover. That’s how I won the Forrest Wood Cup in 2007. A spinnerbait can be used to catch bass at any depth, in any season, though. Most of the time I use a ¾- or 1-ounce spinnerbait for slow-rolling and it’ll have a No. 5 willow leaf and a small Colorado blade with it as a kicker.

The reason I like that combination is because it will stay down in the water column better. If I’m burning a spinnerbait and want it to stay shallow, I’ll lighten up on the weight and go with two willow leaf blades. As for color, to me the best mix is gold willow leaf with a silver Colorado for dingy water, or the opposite for when the water is clear.

In the early spring, I’ll fish a lot of water that varies between dingy and muddy. When it’s really dirty, I’ll use slick copper willow leaf and Colorado blades because, believe it or not, copper puts off more flash in muddy water.


Rocket Craw Delivers A Fleeing-Crayfish Look

Craw baits have become quite popular with today's top bass anglers – pros and amateurs alike. The new 4-inch Berkley Havoc Rocket Craw, designed by former Forrest Wood Cup champion Scott Suggs, delivers unparalleled action when it comes to speed-based craw baits.

It's equipped with high-action pinchers that stir up the water and ground when worked along the bottom to imitate a fleeing crawfish. With its realistic tentacles, it's an ideal trailer on a jig for pitching under docks or into heavy cover. Rig it Texas-style on a 3/0 wide-gap hook and drag it along the bottom or through timber.


Scott Qualifies for 2012 Forrest Wood Cup

In FLW Tour Open tournaments, pros and co-anglers competed for valuable points that helped them qualify for the 2012 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of bass fishing.

The top five pro and co-anglers in the point standings from the four FLW Tour Open tournaments qualified after the Guntersville event. The pro qualifiers include:

  1. Cheez-Its pro Shinichi Fukae, Palestine, Texas, 698 points
  2. Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes pro Dave Lefebre, Erie, Pa., 685 points
  3. Band-Aid/Neosporin pro Glenn Browne, Ocala, Fla., 679 points
  4. Folgers pro Scott Suggs, Bryant, Ark., 672 points
  5. Castrol pro David Dudley, Lynchburg, Va., 671 points

The J.M. Smucker Company, FLW extend partnership

MINNEAPOLIS — FLW announced Thursday that The J.M. Smucker Company has extended its sponsorship agreement with the world’s leading tournament-fishing organization. The agreement spans all levels of competitive fishing, from the grassroots Walmart Bass Fishing League to the prestigious Walmart FLW Tour. Folgers®, Dunkin’ Donuts® retail coffee, Jif®, Crisco® and Smucker’s® will be the brands highlighted.

Most notably, Folgers will continue the tradition of providing coffee and breakfast items at the popular “Folgers Morning Takeoff.” All brands will be featured on FLW’s multiple websites, magazines, via FLW Fantasy Fishing and on FLW’s weekly television show.

In addition to media exposure, the brands will be highlighted at the FLW Expo, both in displays and via promotional products and through signage at all FLW tournaments. Professional angler Scott Suggs of Bryant, Ark., will continue to represent Folgers on the FLW Tour. Suggs became the first instant millionaire in professional fishing by winning the 2007 Forrest Wood Cup. The 2012 season will be Suggs’ sixth representing Folgers as he competes in a wrapped Ranger Z520.

Trish Blake, President of FLW Marketing Division, stated: “The J.M. Smucker Company has been a valued sponsor for many years. Their stable of family brands is a perfect match for the family-friendly sport of fishing. We’re proud to announce the extended sponsorship, and we look forward to building upon our partnership.” Complete Story


A couple Alabama rig casting tricks

11.Jan.2012 by Scott Suggs - A lot of people are still in the experimental stage with the Alabama rig, including me. There have been all kinds of variations that have come out since the original one, and I’ve tried a good many of them.

One of my favorites is a lead-head version, and it’s taught me something about how to set up to cast these things. What I’ve found is that you always want the weight of the lures you’ve got on the rig to be at least a little bit heavier than the head. If you don’t, when you cast the rig is liable to roll or helicopter badly and twist your line.

Also, another important thing I’ve learned is that you need to clamp down on the spool with your thumb right before the rig hits the water so that the head is pointed toward you and the lures are to the rear. Otherwise, you’re liable to have a real cobweb when you get it back to the boat.

My personal preference for casting is a 7 ½-foot rod with 50-pound-test Spiderwire Ultracast braid. My favorite lures are the Berkley Split Belly, with the Berkley Hollow Belly being a close second. I rig the Split Belly with the jighead on the outside and rig the Hollow Belly with the head on the inside. I started out using 5-inch models, but when winter came along and the water got colder, I switched to the 4-inch sizes.

Like I said, I’m still learning, but I’ve got a few things figured out about the Alabama rig so far, and it’s working for me.


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