Feb 26, 2012, 8:50 PM EDT
The Bassmaster Classic may have been held in Louisiana this past week, but Alabama proved that it holds the real bass masters. The top three spots this year were all grabbed by Yellowhammer’s. Chris Lane took the top honors after amassing an impressive 51 and a half pounds of bass. Lane from bass-rich Guntersville, Alabama, was joined on the podium by Greg Vinson of Wetumpka, Alabama, and Keith Poche of Pike Road, Alabama.
No Chris didn’t win with the famed Alabama Rigl; in fact, Sunday he relied on two lures he knew very well—one that he helped design. His go-to lure was the Luck “E” Strike 4 tube. Chris tells of the surprise inside; the tube possesses a new inner laminate that has contrasting chartreuse colors and tentacles that change colors as it falls. His backup lure was a Gambler Ugly Otter; the Ugly Otter is unique as a three-paddle creature bait.
What about KVD? He finished one spot out of the top 10 holding down the eleventh spot. That was a huge improvement after being in eighteenth place on Saturday.
What does all of this mean for us non-tournament anglers? Well, the quick fix could be to move to Alabama and learn how to fish from the good folks down there. Or, if you’re like me and that isn’t an option, practice with more plastics early in the season. Tubes have always been my go-to lures, not sure why, but I love fishing with tubes. My one buddy is a creature fanatic, and is good with them. Maybe this year I’ll fish them more and learn how to fish them a little better, because it’s obvious they pay off. I think the key to Chris’s win though is to believe in yourself, to believe in your gear, and be from Alabama!
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