Any good smallmouth angler has plenty of drop-shots, tubes, swimbaits, jerkbaits, Ned rigs and spy baits.
Guess what? That’s exactly what worked at the FLW Tour event presented by Mercury on Lake St. Clair, with the drop-shot being the hands-down main technique for the majority of the top 10, and the field.
1. Chad Grigsby adapted to the conditions each day. On day one he caught his biggest fish on a Duo Realis Spinbait 80, but on day two he had to switch to a 1/4-ounce marabou jig. He also mixed in a Venom tube.
3. Brad Knight showed once again he’s a drop-shot master, utilizing a Strike King 3X ElaZtech Z Too Soft Jerkbait on a drop-shot with a 3/8-ounce weight. His other option was a Strike King Coffee Tube.
4. Scott Dobson had a regimented sequence of lures for every spot he hit in the river. He started with a Keitech Swing Impact FAT 3.8, and then a Keitech Swing Impact FAT 3.3. Next up was one of three jerkbaits (including a Duo Realis Jerkbait 100DR and a Megabass Ito Vision 110+1) and finally a drop-shot with a discontinued Jackall i-Shad.
8. Jeremy Lawyer can thank a local gas station for helping with his finish. That’s where he bought his tubes for the event, including a finesse version and a “beefier” version. He also had two types of drop-shots: a “power” version on a baitcasting rod rigged with a Zoom Salty Super Fluke and a finesse version with a Zoom Fluke Stick, which he fished on spinning tackle.
9. Ryan Chandler stuck it out in the Belle River Hump area, snapping a Poor Boy’s Tube in mango magic on a 1/4-ounce head to get reaction bites.
10. Joey Cifuentes and Cody Hahner shared not only the same area, but also the same baits. Cifuentes tossed a tube, a drop-shot with a Big Bite Baits Jerk Minnow and a Duo Realis Spinbait. He threw both on 6-pound-test Sunline Super FC Sniper Fluorocarbon line with an Abu Garcia Revo Premier spinning reel and new Denali Myriad Series rod.