February 25, 2015

2015 Bassmaster Classic Winning Bait: Made in a garage!?

Each year, the winning bait at the Bassmaster Classic affects sales for months. Look at last year with the Demon colored Rapala DT-6. They were out of stock for months and being sold on eBay for way more than they retailed for. It happens every year and each year companies are silently praying that their lure is "the one". 

With all of the attention on the Classic, it was cool to see that the main bait for this year's winner Casey Ashley was made by his dad, in a garage, with the help of a Do-It Mold. The underspin/pony head/horse head or whatever you want to call it is an excellent way to catch deep or suspended fish and conditions set up perfectly for it this year. 

The following is info on what Casey used for the win as well as what you need to make your own.

Photo credit: Triton Boats
From Bassfan.com:
About the jighead his dad built for him, Ashley said, “It’s the silliest, simplest-looking thing you’ve ever seen in your life. It’s a pony head and we use a Sampo swivel and use powder paint on the head along with a 4/0 Mustad hook with a size 3.5 willow blade. The swivel is the key to that bait and the Super Fluke Junior. It doesn’t matter how slow I turn my reel. I could lift it off the bottom and ease it back and the blade will keep turning. That’s the key.”

He was also asked if he and his dad plan to capitalize on his Classic win by ramping up production of the homemade jig. He says it's unlikely. “There may be a signature series horsehead spin, but it will not be me and my dad making them, I can promise you that now,” he said with a chuckle. 

Here is what you need to make your own:
  • 3/8 oz Horse Head Pony Head Jig Mold from Do-It Molds (can be purchased here.)
  • 4/0 Mustad Jig Hook 
  • White Powder Paint
  • Sampo Swivels
  • Size 3.5 Willow Leaf Blade

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