Please select your home edition
Edition
Pantaenius FBW Asset 728x90

Top 10 Baits from the Mississippi River - Tackle Warehouse TITLE Presented by Mercury

by Major League Fishing 1 Sep 17:53 UTC
Tackle Warehouse TITLE Presented by Mercury © Major League Fishing

While there were multiple ways to catch bass on the Mississippi River for the Tackle Warehouse TITLE Presented by Mercury, the abundance of shad in the system made the topwater bite - or anything that resembled a shad - the deal.

With pools 7, 8 and 9 all represented in the Championship Round, along with smallmouth and largemouth, the baits the Top 10 pros reached for certainly outshined the rest.

Here's a look at the juice from the TITLE.

1. Jimmy Washam used a slew of baits to target fish chewing on the abundant shad. Everything from a shaky head, to walking baits, to an Azuma Popper Z and a Black Bass Tackle "BRD" Buzzbait with a black toad put fish in the boat. One of his biggest performers on the final day was a Neko-rigged 6-inch finesse worm in black or green pumpkin with red flake thrown on a 7-foot, medium-action Hammer Rod with 10-pound braid and fluorocarbon and a Gamakatsu G-Finesse Weedless Wacky Hook with a 3/32-ounce nail weight. However, his top producer was a 15-year-old Heddon One Knocker Spook in a color called "I've caught 10,000 fish on it," which he threw on a 7-foot, 3-inch, medium-heavy Hammer Rods Crankbait Rod with 40-pound braid and a 15-pound mono leader.

2. Bobby Lane worked sand drops and cut bank with a bit of everything for his runner-up finish. A Berkley PowerBait MaxScent The General, Berkley Choppo, Berkley Cane Walker and a Z-Man Evergreen ChatterBait Jack Hammer Stealth Blade with a Berkley PowerBait Grass Pig Jr. trailer helped haul both largemouth and smallmouth to the scale.

3. Posting another Top 10 on the Mississippi River, Zack Birge did 90 percent of his damage on a weightless white pearl shad Googan Baits Dart thrown on his signature 7-foot, 1-inch, medium-action Favorite Rush spinning rod, which was spooled with straight 15-pound Yo-Zuri SuperBraid.

4. Mitch Crane locked a frog in his hand and never looked back. Fishing in Pool 7, Crane threw either a brown LIVETARGET 65T Hollow Body Frog or a piranha-colored SPRO Bronzeye Frog, which his daughter, Bella, signed for good luck.

5. Skeet Reese kept the Top 10 train rolling thanks to a "mixed bag" of baits. A Lethal Weapon swim jig, a white buzzbait with a 4-inch Berkley PowerBait The Deal trailer (silver flash) and a Berkley PowerBait Ca$h Out Worm on a Ned rig were staples on his deck throughout the event.

6. Topwater was the name of the game for Joshua Weaver's solid finish to end the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Presented by Bad Boy Mowers season. A Heddon Super Spook Jr. and a SPRO Bronzeye frog helped him catch fish feeding on shad around grass in Pool 8. For the Spook, a 7-foot, 2-inch, medium-heavy Favorite Hex with a 7:3.1 Favorite Soleus XCS reel spooled with 40-pound braid was the deal. When it came time to frog, a 7-foot, 3-inch, heavy Favorite Rush got the nod.

7. Locking down to Pool 9, Miles Burghoff targeted sand drops around Minnesota Slough for his performance. His mainstay was a half-ounce Z-Man Evergreen ChatterBait Jack Hammer (chartreuse white) with a pearl Z-Man DieZel MinnowZ trailer thrown on 17-pound-test Seaguar Tatsu fluorocarbon, strung through a 7-foot, 3-inch, medium-heavy Fitzgerald Vursa rod with a 7.2:1 Fitzgerald VLD 10 reel. The Tennessee pro also weighed fish from a 2.75-inch Z-Man Leap FrogZ (old school frog) and a 3/16-ounce Z-Man Shaky HeadZ with either a Z-Man ZinkerZ, Big TRD or FattyZ.

8. Utilizing a small portion of the Black River throughout the event, Jimmy Reese used a Neko-rigged Yamamoto Senko (green pumpkin red and black flake), which he threw on a 7-foot, 2-inch, medium Douglas DXS XMartix rod with a 12-pound Yo-Zuri Top Knot 100% Fluorocarbon leader and a 30-pound Yo-Zuri SuperBraid main line for a good portion of his catch. Reese also caught some fish on a white frog and buzzbait in the afternoons each day.

9. Justin Lucas stayed close to La Crosse for the majority of his fish each day with either a Berkley J-Walker or Cane Walker leading the way, though a drop-shot with a 6-inch worm also helped convince reluctant bass to bite. His topwater setup was a 7-foot, 4-inch, medium-heavy prototype Abu Garcia topwater rod with an 8.0:1 Abu Garcia REVO STX reel spooled with 30-pound Berkley X9 braid and a 17-pound monofilament leader.

10. Adrian Avena focused heavily on areas with schooling fish for his finish. While he employed a lot of baits, a Berkley Choppo, Cane Walker and Drift Walker were hard to beat. For his topwaters, Avena ran Abu Garcia REVO Rocket reels spooled with 40-pound Berkley X5 braid.

Related Articles

Top 10 Baits from the Potomac River
On the final day, only two pros caught over 13 pounds and half the Top 10 failed to wrangle a limit Through the first two days of the Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. Northern Division event on the Potomac River, the fishing was really quite good, and practice expectations were surpassed. Posted on 24 Sep
Wooten rallies for Potomac win
Thomas Wooten barely edged out Aaron Dixon, who led the first two days After catching 18 pounds on Day 2 to rally into the Top 10 of the Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E., Thomas Wooten put up the best bag from the final day (14-6) on the Potomac River to claim his first Toyota Series victory. Posted on 23 Sep
Introducing the Jordan Lee Signature Series
Refined skill, dedication, and resilience have landed Jordan Lee at the top of his game In true Fish2Win spirit, Abu Garcia has partnered with 'The Champ' to deliver a signature line of rods and reels designed to bring the performance and style that you demand on the water. Posted on 20 Sep
Kevin Vandam: Skip cast like a pro (Part 1 of 2)
Skip casting requires firing a lure low across the water's surface If you want to become a better tournament bass angler, one of the skills you must learn is the ability to skip lures on low-trajectory casts into very tight spaces while landing the bait softly and quietly. Posted on 15 Sep
Washam wins Tennessee Pro Takes Home Title
This year has seen Washam take it to the next level. In 2020, Jimmy Washam started fishing the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Presented by Bad Boy Mowers after qualifying via the Toyota Series Central Division. Posted on 25 Aug
Top 10 baits from the St. Lawrence
A look at the baits that helped the top anglers wrestle big, angry smallmouth Drop-shots, spinning rods and light line - these were obvious players for the Top 10 of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Presented by Bad Boy Mowers on the St. Lawrence River. Posted on 4 Aug
First schedules of 2022 announced
Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and Toyota Series dates published Major League Fishing announced schedules for the 2022 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and the 2022 Toyota Series at a live press event held Thursday at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST). Posted on 30 Jul
Jones and Underwood win High School Fishing Worlds
The Huskies take home a number of lucrative scholarship offers from top college teams They were knocked off of the hot seat in yesterday's National Championship finale. Today, they became world champions. That's how a weeklong saga ends on Lake Hartwell for young Andrew Jones and Carson Underwood. Posted on 14 Jul
High School Fishing National Champions crowned
The watch party in Martinsburg, Pennsylvania must have been ecstatic Putting their third three-bass limit over nine pounds on the scale, the Central High School Dragons team of Jerry Brumbaugh and Hunter Klotz totaled 28-13 to win the High School Fishing National Championship on Lake Hartwell. Posted on 7 Jul
Northern Division starts the season on Champlain
One of the best lakes in the country, Champlain is just the beginning of a great schedule The last of the Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. divisions to start the season, the Northern Division kicks off July 15-17 on Lake Champlain for what is almost guaranteed to be a fantastic event. Posted on 30 Jun
Sea Sure 2020 - SHOCK-WBV - FOOTERCoast Guard Foundation FOOTER 3Get My Boat 2021 FOOTER