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Will Spinnerbaits Play in the 2016 Classic?

After the official practice period, Elite Series pro Greg Hackney discusses the chances of a spinnerbait winning the 2016 Bassmaster Classic.

Greg Hackney is returning to his bass fishing roots in an effort to connect with the numerous 3 to 5-pound bass that find themselves swimming in exceptionally dirty Bassmaster Classic waters this week at Oklahoma’s Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees.  

“A spinnerbait is the bait I learned to fish with, but sadly, I could count on one hand the number of bass I’ve weighed-in on it the past ten years,” said the shallow water expert from Louisiana. “But this week, a heavy spinnerbait with that giant No. 7 hubcap-sized Colorado blade just seems to make sense on Grand.

“This one is a really heavy 1-ounce Strike King Hack Attack, so I can get it deep enough to where those pre-spawners are suspended and that giant gold blade produces about as much vibration as anything you could tie-on in this muddy water.

“I started with a No. 6 willowleaf blade in practice, but I’ll be honest with you; it just wasn’t providing enough ‘thump’ to give me confidence the fish could feel it in that dirty water. So I changed over to that big Colorado blade instead and I’ll promise you they can sense that rolling past ‘em.”

As far as the gear required to tow such a heavy, high-vibration beast, Hackney uses a 7-foot, 4-inch Quantum Tour KVD heavy-action rod and a large EXO 200 reel spooled with 20-pound Gamma fluorocarbon line.  

“It just seems like we seldomnly ever have an Elite Series event anymore that sets up perfectly for spinnerbaits, but with the water being dirty and 46degrees, this could be it,” Hackney warned. “And if that water warms up to the low 50s, look out!”


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