Shaw Grigsby had a simple explanation for why he went from 60th place after day 1 of the Delaware River Bassmaster Elite Series to 9th after day 2: He started catching all the fish that bit.
To facilitate that, he made a basic adjustment to his Texas-rigged Strike King Rage Bug.
"I unpegged my weight and that made a huge difference," he said. "On day 1 they were dropping it a lot, or I'd set the hook and the bait would be gone.
"Unpegging it allowed that weight to break away from it. I believe it got me more strikes, but it really helped me catch them."
His day-2 weight (14-15) was well over 10 pounds more than he'd brought in the previous day (4-02), when he'd landed only three keepers. He concluded the event with a couple of 9-pound stringers and ended up 5th in the final standings.
"I was fishing way up in a creek and if I'd had it to myself I might have been able to win it. It turned out there was like five other boats up there.
"It was just one of those things – you do what you can and catch what you can and be happy."
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