Russ Lane Talks About His 2011 Classic
The big bass of the Bassmaster Classic thus far goes to Russ Lane. He had a struggle on day one boating zero keeper bass. We wanted to talk to him to see how a guy turns the ship back in the right direction after such a dissappointing start. He told us before the tournament he had a few bites in a couple different areas and was torn on where to start. It was one of those "classic" cases of when an angler should have "zigged" when he "zagged."
But first he talked about the big bass today.
"That's what happens when you just try to stay out of people's way," he said. "The deal where I was fishing today was the fish were on stumps inside the grass. I was throwing a Spro Fat John and I was banging the stumps and then pausing it and they would run out and kill it when I did that. So I hit a stump, paused it and man it was on. It felt like I hooked a garbage can under the water. I was excited and when I slammed that fish into the boat I felt a big swell of redemption after yesterday."
The fish weighed 7-12 and was handedly the biggest bass of the tournament thus far. But he was still stinging from his unfortunate decision on Friday to bypass Lake Cataouatche where he had several bites in practice to go to his other area in Desallemends where he had bites that he felt were better quality fish.
"I was deadset on fishing Cataouatche in the tournament, but I kept thinking about those bites I had in Desallemends," Lane said. "I thought there was a lot more there than there really was. I had been getting bites flipping mats in there. And that's what I wanted to do and thought offered the best fish. But the first day of the tournament with the warm weather those fish left the mats to go to their spawning area.
"The fish are really wanting to bed bad now and they don't want to be in that thick stuff. I really wanted to go run the stuff I found in practice in Cataouatche today, but I couldn't do that to the guys who were established in there. I went there today but I waited until those guys got in there areas and I just went away from the all and moved shallow to stay away from them. I caught several fish real shallow, just trying to stay out of people's way."
Lane fished the crankbait on 20-pound Sunline fluorocarbon. He also caught several key fish swimming a Big Bite Baits Yo Daddy. Abandoning his flipping pattern and going to his reaction pattern turned his tournament around just a little too late.
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