The bass were feeding on shad and this bait was a close resemblance. Just because I had already caught one or two fish out of a stretch I knew more fish were there.
This slightly different look would surely result in more bites. And my plan worked. Each day I was culling fish to achieve the biggest limit possible.
My Beat Shad casts mirrored my earlier locations. In this case, I was targeting water in the 5 to 12 foot depth range. Again, my retrieves were methodical and I actually was slowly pumping the bait with the rod.
The 4-inch Beat Shad is built with a ribbed body and this gives the bait more flexibility and therefore more action. The body has a gradual taper and a paddle tail adding even more action with little effort on my part.
My tackle for the Beat Shad presentation included 8-pound Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon and a 3/16-ounce darter head jig.
The light jig kept the bait up into the water column as the bass were looking up to feed. Spinning tackle for this light ensemble included a 7-foot Medium action Abu Garcia Veritas and a size 30 Abu Garcia Revo Premier spinning reel.
Working the bait and feeling the bite could not be compromised and this selection was a great advantage for me.
I didn't repeat my Classic win of ten years ago, but it still was an honor to be a part of the tournament on Grand Lake.