On Thursday June, 3, the BASS Elite Series will kick off its second annual BASSFest on Kentucky Lake.
A field of over 100 anglers will compete in the unique, five-day tournament.
Unlike most BASS events, this competition will feature several cuts as well as opportunities for anglers to ‘catch’ their way back into the running.
The first day of the event will include all anglers on cuts to the field will not be made until the end of day two.
Cliff Pace of the TFO Design Team and Advisory hoists a fish during a recent BASS Elite tournament.
Photo courtesy of BASS.
On the second day the field of competitors will be cut to 50 anglers. The last 74 anglers will be given a chance at redemption the following day, and will fish nearby Lake Barkley.
The top-10 anglers from Lake Barkley will rejoin the top-50 field the following day on Kentucky Lake, (and walk away with $10,000 each).
After day four, the field will once again be cut to 10 anglers, who will than compete on the final day for a spot in the 2016 Bassmaster Classic, and $100,000.
What the Pro’s will do and how you can fish it
Deep main lake ledges and schooling bass have been the focus leading up to this week’s competition.
Last year, a majority of the anglers fished together and targeted schools of moving bass. Jacob Wheeler won the event in 2014, and used big swimbaits when working in and around the pods of fish.
The swimbait will no doubt be an important tactic this year, but another bait, the Magnum Flutter Spoon should produce fish. At three-ounces and just under 8-inches long the Magnum Flutter spoon features a 3/0-treble hook and a life-like, panicked action.
What type of rod for a flutter spoon?
The TFO BBC 7116-1 swimbait rod, is ideal rod for casting heavy baits, long distances. The rod has a softer tip to aid in efficiently loading the rod during the cast.
The stiffer butt is apparent in the lure retrieval and fish hooking phase, to not only provide the angler with more control over the bait, but when it comes times to get the fish in the boat.
The TFO BBC 7116-1 rod pictured has the soft tip, but stiff butt ideal for casting weighted lures, long distances.
Image by TFO.
Another option for those looking to throw big swimbaits or spoons is the Edge Rods First Strike Swimbait rod. At 8 feet in length, the moderate-fast action makes this rod ideal for added leverage in making long casts and securing solid hook-sets.
The Magnum Spoon was designed to be fished deep for schooling bass feeding on big Gizzard Shad. Shad patterns are best, plain chrome being the most popular color to use.
To follow the anglers competing this weekend, including Cliff Pace of the TFO and Edge Rods Design and Advisory Staff, please visit, bassmaster.com.
For more information on Temple Fork Outfitters, please visit, tforods.com.
– Report By Dakota Jones, for Temple Fork Outfitters.