THE LEAGUE 2023
Bait-WrX Top Performers
STOP #1 - PICKWICK LAKE | MARCH 15-17
BRANDON PERKINS - 1ST
Perkins fished a whole lot of Bill Lewis this week – a Rattle Trap, MR6 and MR12 – and when he moved around, he swapped to a swimbait and a Buckeye Lures Jig. He threw everything on Rockohl Rods, different models, and mostly a 8-foot cranking rod for the win.
TIMMY REAMS - 2ND
Reams made a switch on day two to a lighter action rod and lighter swimbait hook and was able to put more fish in the boat, something that hurt him on day one.
Mike Corbishley - 3RD
STOP #2 - WRIGHT PATMAN LAKE | APRIL 20-22
RYAN SATTERFIELD - 1ST
Satterfield fished his popping frog on a Brad’s Custom Rods 7’3” extra-heavy rod with a Shimano reel spooled with a 60-pound braid. For a follow-up for fish that miss the bait, he would flip a Texas-rigged Strike King Rage Bug in black/blue color, and a ¼-ounce Jig Shack flipping weight.
Brad Staley - 2ND
Staley kept a wacky rigged Daves Salty Slinky stick bait in green pumpkin color in his hand all week and fished it with a VMC Neko Rig Hook. His rod of choice was a Cashion 7-foot medium-heavy rod and he fished a 10-pound braid and a 12-pound fluorocarbon leader on a Lew’s Hypermag Spinning Reel.
TIMMY REAMS - 3RD
Reams used the same set up for both his swim jig and spinnerbait, and fished each about 50% of the time. The rod is a 7′ 3″ medium-heavy action Henny casting rod and he spooled 17-pound Seaguar InvizX fluorocarbon on a Daiwa Tatula SV 7.1:1 gear ratio reel.
STOP #3 - SANTEE COOPER LAKES | MAY 25-28
PATRICK WALTERS - 1ST
For the jerkbait combo, Patrick Walters used his signature Daiwa Tatula Elite Series Patrick Walters Jerkbait rod. He paired it with a Daiwa Tatula SV 8.1:1 ratio reel spooled with 14-pound Sufix Advance Fluorocarbon. His jerkbait of choice was an unnamed Rapala prototype coming out later this year. For the spinnerbait, Walters used a Daiwa Tatula Elite Series Chatterbait/Spinnerbait rod with the same Daiwa Tatula SV 8.1:1 ratio reel. He spooled his ¾ ounce spinnerbait (unnamed) on 20# Sufix Advance Fluorocarbon.
TODD GOADE - 2ND
Todd Goade targeted flooded timber in the 3-foot depth range with a Zoom Mag II in Plum Apple color rigged with a ¼ ounce Angler Tungsten weight. His set up was made with a 7’ 1” medium-heavy Reinforcer ARK Fishing casting rod with a 7.1:1 ratio Ark Gravity 7 Casting Reel spooled with 15-pound Seaguar Abrazx Fluorocarbon line. Goade caught 14 of the 15 bass he weighed on that set up.
WILL HARKINS - 3RD
For the dropshot, Will Harkins used a Swate medium-light action spinning rod with a Daiwa Exceller paired with a 15-pound Berkley braided line mainline to a to Berkley 100% Fluorocarbon leader. When the fishing slowed down, Harkins would give them a different look with either a chatterbait or spinnerbait. He threw both on the same Lew’s Custom Reel on an medium-heavy action Abu Garcia Veritas rod and 17-pound Berkley 100% Fluorocarbon line.