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Click to enlargeThe Revival of Old Lures Continued

Shaw Grigsby

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 talk this week with some of the nation’s top pros to learn what old lures they’re still using and why.

Click to enlargeShaw Grigsby of Gainesville, Florida, a professional angler for over 20 years, has his own TV show, “One More Cast,” on the Outdoor Life Network. He’s won eight Bassmaster tournaments and finished in the top 10 numerous times.

“One of my favorite old lures is the Strike King Spence Scout,” Grigsby reports. “This lure is an incredibly-versatile, weedless bait with a wide wobble. When you add all these factors together, you’ll see that this bait is unique and is one you can fish under many fishing conditions to catch plenty of bass. You can run this old lure through logs and trash – spots where you can’t use standard crankbaits. And the good news is that this old lure is still on the market. I was fishing this lure back in the 1970s, and I still fish it today. Of course, one of the main reasons I like this lure is because not that many tackle stores carry it anymore, and most people have forgotten about its effectiveness. An angler is often like a young boy who wants to date the new girl in town and forgets Click to enlargeabout the girls he’s liked and dated for a number of years. Here’s what usually happens. When a great bait like the Spence Scout comes along, sales for the bait will be high, and the number of anglers fishing this bait is also high. In a year or two after other new lures are introduced, the fishermen forget about the old bait, even though it’s still highly-productive. But, tournament bass fishermen are convinced that if a lure has caught a lot of bass for fishermen, then that same lure will continue to catch numbers of bass, especially if not many fishermen are fishing it.

“The classic TT Spoon and the Barney Spoon has a bend on the front of it that causes the nose to be at a 45-degree angle and the back half of the lure to look like a spoon with a hook. The front half of the spoon is bent at a 45-degree angle and is creased in the middle. When you fish this spoon on the surface, it wobbles back and forth like a snake coming across the water – actions that have helped me catch giant stringers of bass with it. I think High Roller has brought this old spoon back. Most bass anglers don’t know how to swim a spoon on the surface and catch bass like we did in the 1960s and 1970s. That old technique and that spoon are still as deadly effective now as when it was first developed. I caught tons of bass with it in the 1970s, and I still use it today. I also enjoy fishing the Strike King Rocket Shad, which reminds me a lot of Mann’s Little George. I’m convinced Click to enlargethe Rocket Shad is better than the Little George because it has a safety pin design instead of a tail spinner. I vertical fish the Rocket Shad in brush, and I cast it out and retrieve it. If I see schooling bass, I’ll cast the Rocket Shad out, reel the lure fast, kill the bait and let it drop through the school of fish. Too, the Rocket Shad is productive for structure fishing because you let it fall to the bottom and then rip it up just as you do a Little George.”

Tomorrow: Larry Nixon

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

Day 1: Randy Dearman
Day 2: Shaw Grigsby
Day 3: Larry Nixon
Day 4: More with Larry Nixon
Day 5: Jimmy Mason



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