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Texas-Rigged Baby Brush Hog or a Z-Craw for Dirty Water Fishing

Z-Craw Baitprovided by John Phillips

Mossy Oak Fishing Pro Brandon Cobb of Greenwood, South Carolina, fished for five years on the FLW circuit and 2019 on the Bassmaster Elite Series. The 30-year-old began fishing solo when he was 12 years old, and his dad always has been his mentor. At Clemson University, Cobb was a member of the fishing team. In 2019, Cobb won two Bassmaster Elite Series tournaments at Lake Hartwell and Lake Fork and took home $100,000 for each win. You can keep up with Brandon Cobb on his Facebook page.  

When I come across dirty water in May, I’ll use a Texas-rigged Baby Brush Hog or Z-Craw. Both of those lures are made by the Zoom Bait Company. I’ll use a 3/8-ounce slip sinker with 20-pound-test fluorocarbon line on a bait-casting rod and reel. I like a 7’ 3” medium heavy rod with an Abu Garcia Revo STX spinning reel. Not only do I fish these two lures during the first weeks of May, but I also fish them all year long. 

I always keep those lures within arm’s reach to pitch to stumps, submerged trees and any type of isolated cover that I find by the shoreline. My favorite color for both of these lures is green pumpkin. Many people use green pumpkin for just about all of the soft-plastic lures they fish because that color most resembles a crawfish or a bluegill, which is what a bass may be eating.

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