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Top 10 Baits from Wheeler Lake

Shallow-water tactics did all the damage in the second Toyota Series Southeastern Division event
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Dustin Smith Photo by Jacob Fine.
August 2, 2020 • Rob Newell and Jacob Fine • Toyota Series

The Toyota Series Southeastern Division event on Wheeler Lake was a shallow-water power-fishing showdown in tough summertime conditions. Almost all the fish the top 10 pros caught came from 5 feet of water or less, and a fair amount of those were caught in 3 feet or less. 

Buzzbaits, swim jigs, vibrating jigs, frogs and spinnerbaits dominated the scene at Wheeler. Here’s a look at the baits that did most of the damage for the top 10 anglers.

Complete results

Carter's winning pattern


Kip Carter

1. To win the event, Kip Carter used two shallow-water mainstays: a 3/8-ounce Dirty Jigs buzzbait teamed with a black Zoom Horny Toad and a 3/8-ounce white swim jig with a Zoom Super Chunk tied to 50-pound-test braid. 


Harry Peyton

2. Harry Peyton stuck with two lures for his shallow-water approach: a Spro Dean Rojas Bronzeye Poppin’ Frog (bream) and a Texas-rigged 8-inch Zoom Lizard (junebug) tied to 17-pound-test Vicious fluorocarbon


Dustin Smith

3. Dustin Smith attacked shallow creek ends with a 5/16-ounce Accent Jacob Wheeler signature series buzzbait (black) paired with a Strike King Rage Magnum Menace Grub (black). When he went in the creeks to flip wood, he picked up a Texas-rigged Strike King Rage Bug (green pumpkin) with a 3/8-ounce weight tied to 20-pound-test Seaguar InvizX fluorocarbon. He also caught some fish on a popper.


Andrew Johnson

4. Andrew Johnson preferred to crank shallow ditches with a Rapala DT4 (pearl gray shiner) and he backed that up with 1/2-ounce Lunker Lure buzzbait (white). 


Lavoyd Lemmond

5. Lavoyd Lemmond’s primary player for the week was a 1/2-ounce Boogerman buzzbait (black) teamed with Zoom Horny Toad (black) tied to 50-pound-test braid. He also pitched a Zoom Z Craw rigged with a Trokar TK-130 hook pegged to a 3/8-ounce weight on 20-pound-test Seaguar InvizX. If those two baits didn’t work, he resorted to a Zoom Trick Worm on a 1/4-ounce shaky head fished on 17-pound-test InvizX with a Mudhole 7-foot, 3-inch rod. 


Jesse Millsaps

6. Jesse Millsaps employed a one-two punch during the week, using mostly a 1/2-ounce Lunker Lure buzzbait (white and chartreuse) on 17-pound-test fluorocarbon. He followed that up with a wacky-rigged 5-inch Yamamoto Senko (green pumpkin).


Josh Bragg

7. Josh Bragg used a trio of lures on the week. For power fishing, he relied on a 3/8-ounce Greenfish Tackle Hammerhead buzzbait teamed with a Zoom Horny Toad (white) and a 1/2-ounce Z-Man/Evergreen ChatterBait JackHammer paired with a Castaic Jerky J (white). When dragging down creek drops, he picked up a Zoom Ol’ Monster worm (redbug) with a 3/8-ounce weight on 20-pound-test fluorocarbon.


Lynn Johnson

8. Lynn Johnson spent most of the week fishing a Yamamoto Swim Senko (black) with a 1/4-ounce weight on 15-pound-test Seaguar InvizX. He also mixed in a Zoom Ultra Vibe Speed Craw on a 3/16-ounce weight and a spinnerbait. 


Dustin Neat

9. Dustin Neat’s two-pronged approach for shallow grass included a 1/2-ounce Z-Man/Evergreen ChatterBait JackHammer (chartreuse and white) teamed with a Yamamoto Zako trailer (white). When pitching to the grass, he went with a Texas-rigged Zoom Ultra Vibe Speed Craw (sprayed grass) topped with a 3/8-ounce weight. Both were fished on 15-pound-test Seaguar fluorocarbon line. 


Bill Spratlin

10. Bill Spratlin kept it simple at Wheeler, choosing to fish lily pads with just one lure: a 1/2-ounce spinnerbait (chartreuse and white) paired with a Zoom Fat Albert Twin Tail trailer.