In Part One, PAA pro Casey Scanlon of Lenexa, Kansas detailed the first prong of his three-pronged approach to fishing grass lakes in winter with a football jig and Carolina rig on deeper structure outside of spawning areas where the fish will move up when the warming spring weather arrives. In this post, Part Two, Scanlon details the second and third prongs of his approach.
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Casey Scanlon of Lenexa, Kansas fished the PAA Tournament Series, Bassmaster Elite Series, Bassmaster Northern and Southern Opens in 2013. In the off season, Casey spent some time down south this winter. Here’s a rundown of how Scanlon approaches lowland reservoirs that primarily have grass and how to fish those kinds of lakes during the cold half of the year.
Fred Roumbanis from Bixby, Oklahoma is the only pro that fished all three pro tours (PAA, Bassmaster Elite and FLW Tour) in 2013. Fred’s 2014 tournament season will start in February – an excellent month to throw the Ima Shaker flat-sided crankbait tight to the bank.
PAA pro Brandon Coulter of Knoxville, Tennessee is one of a resourceful handful of East Tennessee aces that flip a Rebel P70 Pop-R into heavy cover as if flipping a jig. He’s made two top tens on the FLW Tour flippin’ a Pop-R, and he had one prized Pop-R that netted him a cool $70,000 until the plastic around the back hook hanger split.
For 27-year old FLW and PAA pro Justin Lucas, having grown up in northern California and moving to the South in 2010 to try fishing for a living, one of the most important things for him is to be able to catch fish anywhere he goes, on every lake whether it is up north, Florida, Texas or wherever. So he’s got what he calls his emergency backup plan that works everywhere he goes.