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

What is your opinion of the Alabama Rig and similar Umbrella Rigs which have been banned by the Bassmaster Elite Series?

“I think they should be allowed to fish with it. We don't know what it is going to do (to a fishery). There is no evidence that it is good, bad or indifferent.

“If you stop tournament fishermen from experimenting and innovating and creating new things, than you slow down the process of learning, I think. It's very good sometimes but so is a top water bait. So is a deep diving crank bait. So is a plastic worm.

“It's just another new technique to me. I don't think it's the end-all to everything and I don't think it's going to be that easy (to catch fish with it).

“When folks go out there and start slinging a 5-ounce bait, it's not easy. I haven't had any success with it yet but I haven't done it very much.”

What should every Oklahoma angler have in their tackle bag?

“A ½-ounce spinnerbait with one or two blades on it. I think you need a jig and pig, something with a trailer on it that looks like a crawfish.

“To catch a lot of fish, I think a shaky head worm, a 4- or 5-inch power worm or something of that nature on a shaky head. And in early spring a jerkbait, a suspending jerkbait like an X-Rap.


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