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Mike Iaconelli enjoys Bassmaster Classic experience at Grand Lake

The former champion finished fourth and worked on techniques to help him the rest of the season.
BY MIKE IACONELLI, For The Oklahoman Published: March 2, 2013

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.