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Top 10 Baits from Lake of the Ozarks

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Dion Hibdon Photo by Matt Pace. Angler: Dion Hibdon.
October 9, 2016 • Jody White and Matt Pace • Toyota Series

Docks and jigs naturally featured big on Lake of the Ozarks, but that wasn’t all that got the job done. Indeed, the pros in the Costa FLW Series event presented by Evinrude on Lake of the Ozarks actually employed a pretty good variety of baits, and few of the top 10 pros were one-horse ponies for the whole tournament.

Jenkel’s winning pattern

Complete results


Duke Jenkel

1. Duke Jenkel got the win on a trio of baits and says that a Lunker Lure Limit Series Jig tipped with a Strike King Rage Bug was key in practice, and that a green pumpkin and blue Gambler Flipp’n Tube and Texas-rigged Zoom Magnum Trick Worm (red bug or watermelon candy) did the trick in the tournament.


Mark Tucker

2. Mark Tucker rose steadily up the leaderboard and grabbed second on a Zoom Magnum Trick Worm and a regular Trick Worm on shaky heads. Both were in the green pumpkin gold color, and he dyed the tails chartreuse.


Dion Hibdon

3. Fishing his home waters, Dion Hibdon caught many of his fish on a 3/8-ounce homemade jig trailered with a Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver. He also used an 8-inch Strike King Bull Worm on a shaky head and a Crock-O-Gator Headknocker buzzbait.


Dustin Evans

4. One of the few non-locals, Dustin Evans dragged a YUM Mighty Worm and a Zoom Magnum Trick Worm on a 1/2-ounce shaky head, Carolina-rigged a Zoom Brush Hog and cast a silent Strike King Red Eye Shad in the sexy blueback color.


Marcus Sykora

5. Marcus Sykora scored a few fish on a 6th Sense Crush 300DD. The rest of his bass came on a Chompers Brush Jig (Davenport special) with a Chompers Double Tail Grub in rootbeer green as the trailer or a Zoom Brush Hog on a 3/8-ounce Texas rig.


Brian Maloney

6. After leading the second day, Brian Maloney fell to sixth on the final day. His recipe for the week was primarily a Zoom Magnum Trick Worm on a 1/4-ounce shaky head or a 5/16-ounce custom jig with a Strike King Rage Chunk as the trailer.


Cory Steckler

7. Cory Steckler led day one in style, but slowly fell down the leaderboard the rest of the event. His primary baits were a Zoom Ol’ Monster worm (junebug) and a Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver (junebug) on a 1/2-ounce Texas rig, plus a 1/2-ounce Trophy Bass Company Trophy Pro Jig with a Yamamoto Flappin’ Hog for a trailer.


Shawn Kowal

8. Fishing offshore and shallow, Shawn Kowal used a 10-inch Berkley Power Worm (plum and blue fleck) on a Texas rig for the depths and a Crock-O-Gator Headknocker buzzbait and Crock-O-Gator jig for the shallows.


Jim Young

9. Jim Young did all his damage with a pair of 7/8-ounce homemade jigs trailered with a matching Zoom Super Chunk.


Dustin Blevins

10. Dustin Blevins fished a trio of jigs in green pumpkin (and similar colors) and alternated depending on the situation. He used a 3/4-ounce football jig and a 1/2-ounce flipping jig with a Strike King Rage Craw for the trailer, as well as a 3/8-ounce finesse jig with a Zoom UV Speed Craw for the trailer.