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Top 10 Baits from Lake Hartwell

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What the top finishers used in the All-American
November 16, 2020 • Jody White and Rob Matsuura • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Most of the fish weighed on Hartwell in the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American presented by TINCUP were spotted bass. As such, a lot of finesse baits made the team. Still, a few anglers attempted to mix in largemouths to varying degrees, and even for spots, it wasn’t all spinning rods.

Chris Macy’s winning pattern

Top 10 patterns 

Complete results


1. Taking the win, Chris Macy used a Tennessee shad or sexy shad 2.8-inch Keitech Swing Impact FAT on a jig head ranging from ¼- to 3/8-ounce for almost all his fish. His backup was a drop-shot with a 6-inch Roboworm Straight Tail Worm in either morning dawn or Ehrler’s edge.


2. Leading after day two, Todd Goade fished offshore and caught most of his weight on either a ¼-ounce shaky head with a Zoom Magnum Shakey Head Worm or a 1/8-ounce Pulse Fish Lures Pulse Jig with either a Zoom Tiny FlukeDamiki Armor Shad or Keitech Shad Impact.


3. Rocketing up the leaderboard on the final day, Cole Floyd caught spotted bass on a whole slew of baits. On days one and two, Floyd says he fished a Strike King Rage Swimmer on a ¼-ounce head and a Strike King Deep Jerkbait. He also mixed in some topwater baits, a jigging spoon and an umbrella rig. On the final day, Floyd caught most of his best fish on a Jackall Riser Bait 007.


4. One of the few who consistently targeted largemouths, Jayme Rampey did most of his spotted bass work with a 5/16-ounce shaky head and a Zoom Trick Worm. For largemouths, Rampey used a Zoom Horny Toad in black and white, a Reaction Innovations Skinny Dipper and a buzzbait.


5. Bryan Dowdy mixed in a drop-shot and some other finesse stuff like everyone else, but most of his fish were caught on either a ghost m shad-colored Duo Realis Spinbait Alpha 78 or a 1-ounce SpotSticker Mini-Me spinnerbait.


6. Bucking the trend of typical spotted bass baits, Roger Fitzpatrick tossed a 1-ounce Omega Football Jig with a Zoom Ultra Vibe Speed Craw out deep for his spots. For a few largemouths up shallow, Fitzpatrick went with an Omega Flippin’ Jig with a Zoom Ultra Vibe Speed Craw.


7. Going all-in on finesse, Randall Allen used a shaky head with a watermelon candy-colored Zoom Mag Finesse Worm that he cut down and dyed and a drop-shot with a sunrise-colored Big Bite Baits Shaking Squirrel Worm.


8. Catching a lot of largemouths way up the Tugaloo River, Kip Carter put a lot of fish in the boat on a balsa crankbait he built. In addition to the crankbait, Carter flipped docks with a jig, a shaky head with green pumpkin Zoom Mag Finesse Worm and a Texas-rigged Zoom Ultra Vibe Speed Worm. He also threw a white Zoom Horny Toad a lot on the final day and lost a big one on it.


9. Dustin Lippe may have had a tough final day, but he did well on days one and two with a 3.25-inch Strike King Rage Swimmer on either a ¼-ounce head or an umbrella rig.


10. Dennis Berhorst lost track of his deep school on the final day, but when it was popping, he caught most of them on a drop-shot with a 4.5-inch Roboworm Fat Straight Tail Worm in watermelon magic. He also plucked some spots with a chrome ima Skimmer.