Featured Bait: Yo-Zuri 3DB Pencil 100 - Major League Fishing

Featured Bait: Yo-Zuri 3DB Pencil 100

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June 29, 2021 • MLF • Champions Club

Call bass to the surface with the incredible action and vivid flash of the Yo-Zuri 3DB Series Pencil. Built with Yo-Zuri’s patent-pending internal 3D prism technology, the Yo-Zuri 3DB Series Pencil generates an amplified reflection that drives bass crazy. Equipped with an internal rattle system, the Yo-Zuri 3DB Series Pencil allows any angler to effortlessly execute a perfect walk-the-dog action that is accompanied by a unique acoustic rattle.

The underside of the Yo-Zuri 3DB Series Pencil is designed with Yo-Zuri’s patented wave-motion ribbing, for an added element of attraction. To help grab the attention of game fish, the Yo-Zuri 3DB Series Pencil also comes equipped with distinct red eyes that give it the appearance of an injured baitfish. Armed with two sticky-sharp round bend black nickel treble hooks, the Yo-Zuri 3DB Series Pencil is just what you need to write the next chapter in your fishing adventure.

How to Rig

Braxton Setzer keeps the 3DB Pencil 100 or 110 tied on for most of the season, particularly in situations where the water temperature exceeds 55 degrees. He describes the ideal setup as a “cranking rod plus braid combo,” opting for a 7-foot-6 Phenix X-13 cranking rod. A rod that offers a sensitive tip and soft action is the crucial factor. For his line choice, Braxton recommends 40-pound Yo-Zuri Super Braid. A longer rod with the braided line allows the user to maximize casting distance. The softness of the rod absorbs headshakes from aggressive bass, while also providing the ability to work the bait without overpowering it.

How to Fish

If the water temperature is above 55 degrees, the fish should be active enough to chase this topwater walking bait. The key to effectively working the 3DB pencil or any walking topwater bait is mastering the “walk the dog” presentation. To do this, make sure to leave 6 inches to a foot of slackline. Lightly twitching the bait on slackline is key for creating the “sideways rolling action” that the 3DB pencil was designed for. 

Bedding fish will call for a slower walking action, allowing the fish to show themselves. If the fish doesn’t commit to the bait initially, you’ll still be able to identify the location of the fish and present a different lure option as needed.

Postspawn and the shad spawn are also great times to utilize this bait. Summertime calls for a longer cast and a slower, wider walking action to trigger strikes. Shallow water may call for a faster walking retrieve, but this bait can call fish up from the depths with a slower retrieve. Braxton also highlights this bait’s ability to “call the fish up from the bottom” in clear water conditions in 30 feet or more. When the fish comes from that depth, he advises: “You better hold on because they are getting ready to trainwreck it.”

Target casting to laydowns in shallow water can also be a deadly approach. Learn more about Braxton’s keys to color selection and additional strike-generating tips on the June addition of Unpacking with the Pros!

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Featured Pro: Braxton Setzer

After winning Co-Angler of the Year in 2014, Alabama pro Braxton Setzer made the jump to pro and has one win and eight Top 10s to his credit.