Dave Young takes out second place BASS Boondooma
I just got home from the BASS Australia Nation Boondooma Bass Pro Tournament and have had some time to reflect on my 2nd Place finish. The all new Jackall DD Squirrel 79 Silent Suspending jerkbait dominated the pre-fish leading up to the event and it proved to be a stand out during the tournament, cementing 1st & 2nd place.
The Squirell range of jerkbaits have been around long enough to establish themselves as one of the best jerkbaits on the market. Available in 61mm, 67mm for some time now the recent addition of the 79mm version fitted out with hardware suitable for impoundment and inshore anglers is a welcome one. This bait has all the quality attributes that have made the previous models so successful and with a great new range of colours this bait is sure to be a big hit in the coming months as the water cools and the big bass start hunting bigger bait.
I focused on fishing shallow banks featuring broken weed and rocks with the Jackall DD Squirrel 79 in Oroko HL Chartback Bluegill colour. I would position the boat in 12-15 feet of water and make a long cast at a 45 degree angle to the boat. The larger 79mm Squirrel allowed me to cast long distances comfortably with the aid of my Dobyn’s Champion Extreme 702 Baitcaster matched up with a Shimano Chronach 50Mg reel and 12lb Sunline Castway PE braided line / 12lb Sunline FC Rock Fluorocarbon leader. I would crank the Squirrel for 6 – 8 turns of the handle to get it down deep into the weed before commencing a “twitch, twitch, pause” retrieve all the way back to the boat. The key was to be patient and allow the lure to pause between twitches as this is when a lot of the fish struck.
Winters coming and that means big bass time. Get yourself some big jerkbaits and get twitching, the big bass are waiting!