It’s a rare occurrence when Shaw Grigsby fails to entice a bedding bass to take a bait. However, that was the case on day 1 of the St. Johns River Bassmaster Elite Series last week.
“I was Texas-rigging, I threw a drop-shot and I even threw swimbaits,” he said. “Everything I think I could catch a spawner on the first day, I threw at them and couldn’t catch one.”
He eventually boxed five small fish and weighed just 7-11. He nearly tripled that on day 2 with 23-01 to rocket up the standings from 88th to 15th. He struggled again on day 3 and eventually finished 23rd, but without his day-2 stringer, he wouldn’t have earned a $10,000 check. The only other angler to weigh less than 10 pounds on day 1 and make the 50-cut was Jeremy Starks.
He believes heavy pressure on his primary spot on day 1 put the fish in lockjaw mode because when he pulled into the same spot on day 2 and no other boats were around, he said the fish were “real happy.”
“It was one of those deals that by not having pressure on a spot, the fish were real comfortable so I was able to whack ‘em,” he said. “The key was being able to find the big fish.”
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