WARSAW, Mo. – A tough bite during the Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. event on Truman Lake meant most of the Top 10 had to force-feed their limits, methodically picking apart visible timber and offshore brushpiles. An early-morning topwater bite was certainly present, but often short-lived, requiring anglers to grind out the rest of the day in pursuit of five good fish.
1. Champion Hunter Baughman leaned heavily on the Brazalo jigs he helped design, alternating between a ¾-ounce football jig and a 5/16-ounce finesse jig while pitching to offshore brushpiles. He trailered both with a Zoom UltraVibe Speed Craw.
2. Local pro Brad Jelinek drug a 6th Sense Divine Shakey Worm and Motion Fishing jig with a 6th Sense Stroker Craw trailer across every “rock, ledge, stump and pile in the lake” to bag 47 pounds and a second-place finish.
4. Minnesota angler Kyle Schutta dug deep with a 13 Fishing Scamp 1.5 to trigger bites off rock and timber. He also flipped a homemade ½-ounce jig and Texas-rigged Strike King Rage Bug to visible structure when the bite slowed.
6. Targeting bass on gravel points and in pockets, BJ Miller flipped a Zoom Brush Hog and Reaction Innovations Man Bear Pig to brushpiles and standing timber. He also used a Strike King 1.5 to pick up a few additional fish.
7. After discovering his strategy on the first tree in practice, Drew Gill flipped a 12-inch Berkley PowerBait Power Worm and a Neko-rigged Berkley PowerBait MaxScent Hit Worm Magnum to visible stumps.
9. Chris Bridges combed the shallows with a 3/8-ounce War Eagle Spinnerbait in white and gold, along with a Strike King 1.5. When the shallow bite slowed, he relied on a Zoom Ol’ Monster in candy bug to lure fish from the depths.
10. Staying dirt-shallow almost the entire tournament, Greg Proffitt used a Berkley Choppo to trigger early bites. He also leaned heavily on a J&J Lures Original Spinnerbait and a Strike King Rage Craw.