Former Bassmaster Classic champion Ken Cook answers questions about square bill crankbaits, the Alabama Rig and what every Oklahoma angler should have in their tackle bag

The Oklahoman sat down with former Bassmaster Classic champion Ken Cook of Meers for a short question and answer session Tuesday while he was in Midwest City teaching a bass fishing class.
BY ED GODFREY, Staff Writer, egodfrey@opubco.com Published: February 11, 2012
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The Oklahoman sat down with former Bassmaster Classic champion Ken Cook of Meers for a short question and answer session Tuesday while he was in Midwest City teaching a bass fishing class.

What do you think about square bill crankbaits which are becoming very popular among bass anglers?

“That's all the rage right now. It's been a lure that has won a lot of events and lot of money lately. We've had a rash of new baits hit the market. KVD (Kevin VanDam) won the Classic last year on the square bill and it's been a hot thing people have picked up on.

“In my opinion, a square bill crankbait is a good substitute for a spinnerbait. To me, they are interchangeable. I fish it in a lot of the same kind of places. It seems to be at its best obviously shallow, up to 4 or 5 feet.

“It's a good cover attack approach lure because it bounces off stuff. It comes through logs and way down in stumps and rocks really well. It has the kind of action that will attract the fish to react.

“The opinion of most folks is the square bill causes it to reflect at a radical angle and helps keep the hooks away from snags but also by a radical change in direction, speed and sound it causes a reaction from fish. That's the nature of fish. It will strike something unusual and erratic.

“Fishing in Oklahoma, I think they are very appropriate for most of the water that we fish. If I am going to fish shallow, those (spinnerbaits and square bill crankbaits) are the two baits that I am going to go to more often than not.”

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