Of all the lures the tournament pros have at their disposal, the ones
they talk the least about are the best big bass catchers ever made. Look
in an Elite pro's tacklebox and you won't see them; they're hidden in
the rod locker or perhaps under the console. When these lures are used —
and they certainly are — it's nearly always when no one else is around.
"What you're seeing," notes veteran pro Gary Klein, "is a learning curve in progress with a number of pros.
Swimbaits have always been categorized as specialty lures for trophy
bass in California, but we're trying to figure out how to adapt them to
tournament competition around the country, which is a completely
different type of fishing."