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Different Lures for Tournament Fishing and Fun Fishing

with Matt Lee

Mossy Oak Fishing Pro Matt Lee gave us a somewhat different answer when asked what three lures were his favorites. He said, “Am I trying to beat someone, or am I fun-fishing?” 

Matt Lee

If I’m in a tournament and trying to win, the Strike King KVD 1.5 crankbait is a little, shallow-running crankbait on which I almost always can catch bass. And, even though I want to catch really big bass in a tournament, I want to make sure that I’ve got a limit. So, this small crankbait gives me a great chance to first of all, catch bass, big bass. 

My next lure will be a drop shot rig with a Strike King Finesse worm on it. When catching bass is really tough, when I’m fishing for deep bass, especially in clear-water lakes, or when I’m fishing in cold weather or extremely hot weather, I almost always can get a bite on a Strike King Finesse worm fished on a drop shot rig. 

My third lure of choice will be a Strike King KVD Sexy Dawg, a topwater lure that I can use most of the year to get that topwater bite early in the morning, late in the evening or on overcast and rainy days. So, if I only have three lures to compete with, I think those three lures are versatile enough to match any fishing condition that I may encounter.

For fun fishing, I’ll use a 7’6 Swindle Quantum rod, and a 65-pound-test line to flip almost any flipping bait that Strike King makes that I can use to punch through grass, including creature baits, plastic worms and other soft plastics. There are a few bodies of water where I fun fish that don’t hold grass or heavy cover that I’ll want to get a lure through to try and catch a bass. I really enjoy fishing a rubber frog. My third choice will be the Hack Attack Fluorocarbon Flipping Jig that Strike King just has released. 

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