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Click to enlargeThe Revival of Old Lures

Greg Hackney

EDITOR’S NOTE: Bass wise-up to lures the more frequently they see them. When anglers buy old lures and fish them, they quickly discover that the old lures are catching as many, if not more, bass than they did when they were new. The reason is that these older lures are ones that the bass haven’t seen before. Anglers fishing these old lures have new confidence in the old ones that win big-money tournaments. We’ll talk this week with some of the nation’s top pros to learn what old lures they’re still using and why.

Click to enlargeGreg Hackney has proved he knows how to catch bass by winning $65,000 and the title, Angler of the Year, on the Forest L. Woods (FLW) tour. Hackney of Gonzalez, Louisiana, has fished professionally for 5 years, although he’s competed in bass-fishing tournaments since the age of 11. The website ranks Hackney as the number-two bass-fishing pro in the nation.

“I catch plenty of bass on the old Spence Scout crankbait, one of the first lures that Strike King ever produced, which weighs about 1/2-ounce. I’ve found it to be just as effective, if not more effective, today as it was when originally made. The Spence Scout has two line ties in the nose of the bait. I like to fish mine by tying my line to the bottom line tie to get that lure down. This shallow-running Click to enlargecrankbait has a metal lip, and I fish it over vegetation, when I’m cranking wood or any place where I’ll fish a spinner bait. When I’m fishing the Spence Scout, I use a really-slow retrieve and heavy line to help float-up the bait. I like to fish the Spence Scout, which runs about 6-inches deep, when the water’s really dirty and stained. I’ll fish the Spence Scout around lily pad beds in the late winter/early spring when the lily pads haven’t grown back. The bass will hang around those lily pad fields searching for little baits near the surface.

“Although most fishermen will use spinner baits at this time in this place, I prefer the Spence Scout crankbait, in chartreuse, black, brown crawfish (orange and brown), red crawfish and chrome with a black back. I’ll make long casts to try to cut through as much water as possible, usually casting the Spence Scout out over long flats or paralleling the edges of long flats. Most people fishing the Scout don’t believe they’ll catch big bass with it because the lure is so small. However, remember that if the bass are going to or coming away from the bed, they’ll be hungry and will eat anything they can. Too, not all bass go to the bed at the same time. In many sections of the nation, bass on the same lake may be moving to the bed, sitting on the bed and coming off the bed all at the same Click to enlargetime. I’m originally from south Arkansas, and every year in the spring, anglers in my area consistently catch huge bass on Spence Scout crankbaits. The Spence Scout also has a skirt on the back of it that gives this lure a completely-different look from any other baits the bass have seen at this time of year. With fishing the Spence Scout, I’m fishing a different type of lure in what most anglers consider to be spinner bait water and giving the bass a different lure to look at during a different time of year in a place where that bass hasn’t seen that lure before, which I believe causes me to get more strikes.”

Tomorrow: Tim Horton

Check back each day this week for more about "The Revival of Old Lures"

Day 1: Paul Elias
Day 2: Zell Rowland
Day 3: Greg Hackney
Day 4: Tim Horton
Day 5: More with Tim Horton



Entry 348, Day 3