Guntersville Lake lure tour - Major League Fishing

Guntersville Lake lure tour

A look at what Guntersville Lake bass are biting
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Pro Pat Fisher's arsenal of Guntersville Lake lures Photo by Rob Newell.
May 21, 2004 • Rob Newell • Toyota Series

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – The top 20 are off and running at the EverStart Eastern Division event on Guntersville Lake for day-three action.

Over the last two days, pros and co-anglers have caught a total of 2,197 bass weighing 5,917 pounds for a per-bass average of 2.7 pounds.

So what exactly are the EverStart Series anglers using to catch all these bass?

When Snickers pro Pat Fisher of Dacula, Ga., pulled up to the checkout dock this morning, the rods on his deck provided a fairly accurate picture of what’s working in mid-May on Guntersville Lake.

Here’s a look at what he had tied on:

• Zara Spook – a classic postspawn top-water lure.

• Top-water popper – another great postspawn lure, especially when the fish are shying away from bigger-profile top-waters.

• Deep-diving crankbait – Fisher will be watching the water all day. As soon as he sees the water start moving (pulling current), he will make a move to his best deep-water spots to fish the deep-diving plug.

• Texas-rigged worm – the old Guntersville Lake standby. When the early top-water bite dies and the current is not running, the best thing an angler can do is plunk a Texas-rigged worm around in the grassbeds. Many anglers prefer a long 10- to 12-inch worm on Guntersville.

We will see what these lure produce today.

The day-three top-20 weigh-in will take place Friday at the Guntersville Wal-Mart on Highway 431 at 4 p.m. Central.

Friday’s conditions:

Air temperature: 68 degrees

Water temperature: 81 degrees

Wind: forecasted from the west at 5 to 10 mph

Day’s outlook: sunny, warm, high of 87 degrees