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Some of Grigsby's Favorite Baits

Editor's Note: Shaw Grigsby of Gainesville, Florida, a member of Strike King's Pro Fishing Team, has won a gold medal in the Great Outdoor Games, has fished in nine BASS Master Classics, and has had 40 top-10 finishes. Currently Grigsby ranks fourth in all-time money winnings of professional bass fishermen.

Question: What is your number one bait?

Grigsby: I like the Strike King 3X Zulu. The Strike King 3X Zulu is the hottest bait I've ever used in my life. I don't think I've ever seen another bait I like more than a 3X Zulu. This bait has some really neat properties.

First, it is made out of the Cyberflex. The whole body of this bait wiggles when you move it. It has more than just a little action in the tail. The whole bait from the tip of the nose to the tail actually will wiggle. It has an undulation to it. The bait is so flexible it vibrates down its whole side. The belly of the bait and the top of the bait moves. And it is made out of this material that is just so very lifelike.

This buoyant bait also floats. You can put a 4/0 or 5/0 hook in the 3X Zulu, and it will float. If you put a heavy hook in it and a suspend strip on the hook, the 3X Zulu will suspend, so you can twitch it. You can twitch the soft-plastic jerkbait on top, like a top-water bait. If you put weight on the 3X Zulu, you can work it and have it suspend like a darting minnow under the water. Then when you stop it, instead of it sinking down to the bottom like all other soft-plastic jerkbaits, it floats back to the top. This bait suspends like a lifelike shad that has stopped in motion.

Fish go completely crazy over this bait. They'll hit it with a lot of aggression. So you always get a good connection and a good hook set on these bass. The 3X Zulu is just an amazing bait.

Question: Where and when do you fish the 3X Zulu?

Grigsby: I fish the 3X Zulu mainly in clear-water situations because it is a very visual bait. Again, the fish think it's a live bait. So I want 2-foot to 8-foot visibility. Even with 1-foot visibility, bass see a lot better than we do. The 3X Zulu draws them from 10- to 20-feet away. The bait will draw them from deep water and shallow water.

Like I've mentioned, you can throw the 3X Zulu on top, and it works like a top-water bait. So you can twitch it and let it sit. You even can twitch it hard, and it actually will kind of spit and throw water. Even though other baits look like it, no other baits perform like it.


More of Shaw Grigsby's Favorite Lures

Editor's Note: Shaw Grigsby of Gainesville, Florida, a member of Strike King's Pro Fishing Team, has won a gold medal in the Great Outdoor Games, has fished in nine BASS Master Classics, and has had 40 top-10 finishes. Currently Grigsby ranks fourth in all-time money winnings of professional bass fishermen.

Question: What is another one of your favorite baits?

Grigsby: When I fish stained or dirty water, I need a bait that will make some noise and get through heavy cover. That is my flipping and pitching time. During this time, I rely on the new Strike King Bitsy Craw Tube, one of the new tube technology lures.

The Bitsy Craw Tube has a crawfish form with craw legs and kind of a crawfish head. It is just really a neat bait. This bait has a hollow body and crawfish claws. That hollow body allows you to put a rattle in it. I take these little aluminum rattles (called Mega Rattles), put them up in the Bitsy Craw Tube and then hook the hook in it.

I normally use a 4/0 High-Performance hook, 20-pound to 25-pound original Stren line and sometimes a 1/4-ounce weight in light cover. Sometimes I have to go up a little bit heavier. Now what you have is very small, compact bait. The weight in front of it keeps it small and compact. You can punch through mats of vegetation or flip and pitch in and around trees.

The Bitsy Craw Tube looks like a little crawfish. The bass go nuts for it. Too, if you get a bite, you almost always hook the fish. When I use this little bait, I get a lot of fish, and I catch a lot of big ones. When I flip and pitch, the smaller bait catches a lot more bass. That tends to help me in tournament situations.


Grigsby and 3X

Editor's Note: Shaw Grigsby of Gainesville, Florida, a member of Strike King's Pro Fishing Team, has won a gold medal in the Great Outdoor Games, has fished in nine BASS Master Classics, and has had 40 top-10 finishes. Currently Grigsby ranks fourth in all-time money winnings of professional bass fishermen.

Question: Give me an example of another favorite bait.

Grigsby: What can I say about the 3X soft plastics that has not already been said. The 3X soft plastics are just stunning, and Strike King has a lot of baits out in 3X soft plastics. I actually use each and every one of these. There's no reason to have regular plastic baits except in a tube bait nowadays.

If you look at a 3X soft-plastic lure, you'll see that the buoyancy factor catches the fish. We are going to talk about the 7 1/2-inch 3X Ribbontail Worm. But this discussion will apply to all of the 3X soft-plastic lures. When you Texas rig a normal plastic worm, and throw it out, it immediately falls to the bottom and drags on the bottom. Well, with the 3X Ribbontail Worm, your hook will float. The bait will actually stand up.

You Texas rig the 3X Ribbontail Worm, throw it out, and it will drag on the bottom. However, because it is so much more flexible and so much more life-like, every inch of this bait moves. It will wiggle and move so that you don't have a problem with the tail not bending because the plastic is a little hard or something. This tail is going to have the wiggle, the vibration, the movement and the motion you need, so that when you stop it, it will float. After you throw it, and the water pulls it down, you know the tail will immediately rise. It is alive and will have motion the whole time you let it sit.

You don't want to just move, move, move the 3X Ribbontail Worm. This bait has great swimming action. You can do some neat things with it because of this flotation. With so much buoyancy, you can pull it, stop it and let it sit. Now it looks alive and moving. A fish will bite it because it is alive and crawling on the bottom.

The tail moves and everything floats. Now it doesn't have the resistance of the water pushing it down. It just pulls itself up and goes vertical and will stand on its head with the hook. That action just gets so many more strikes than any plastic I've ever used. I've probably made more money off of tubes, worms and lizards than any other baits. I'll catch more bass on the 3X Ribbontail Worm than on a regular plastic worm. And that says something because plastic worms catch bass at any place at any time.

Another important factor with the 3X soft plastic is durability. I can throw it out, catch a fish on it, immediately put the hook back on and catch another one and another one and another one. I don't have to re-rig because it is so flexible. The bait just doesn't tear up. So instead of catching one fish on a plastic worm or possibly two, now I can catch 10, 20, maybe even 30 fish on one bait. And that is real special. So now I have more time to fish and less time to deal with rigging and redoing all the rest of the rigs. The 3X soft plastic is absolutely the only plastic to use anymore.


The Strike King Redeye Special

Editor's Note: Shaw Grigsby of Gainesville, Florida, a member of Strike King's Pro Fishing Team, has won a gold medal in the Great Outdoor Games, has fished in nine BASS Master Classics, and has had 40 top-10 finishes. Currently Grigsby ranks fourth in all-time money winnings of professional bass fishermen.

Question: What other bait do you depend on when you're fishing for bass?

Grigsby: I like to use the Strike King Redeye Special. There are so many times of the year when you really want some flash. And there are so many water conditions when you want flash, especially in vegetation in the springtime. And you love having flash in the fall when the bass are chasing shad. Fall is one of the premier times to throw a spinner bait. The fish chase the shad in the backs of pockets.

Strike King has come out with a new Redeye Special spinner bait. These baits have painted blades to make them look like shad. The blade has an eyeball and a scale finish and matches the bait. The Redeye Special is a combination of bait the bass can see and bait that works in both stained water and clear water. So the fish can visually see this bait. The fish can spot chartreuse in the stained water. They can see white in the clear water. They'll hit this bait no matter what water conditions you have.

One of the cool things about the Redeye Special is it has this big, red eye. A lot of bass tend to key in on the eyes of a bait. When a bass strikes a bait, it strikes the head of bait. Almost all predators will do that. Lots of times we have taken red paint and painted the gills, bellies or throats of lures. I've always done that to my baits thinking that maybe the bass will think that the baits are bleeding or injured and a little bit easier to catch.

Red is a key color that bass perceive. I think they know they can catch bleeding baits without too much effort. So they tend to strike on a red bait. The two big red eyes on it really attract the strikes. And of course, bass will hit toward the head of the lure on the hook. You put all of that together in one package, and it just makes it one of the ultimate spinner bait packages out there.

The Redeye Special spinner bait comes in all different sizes. We don't have them in the big sizes. We mainly use the smaller sizes. The Redeye Special is a tremendous spinner bait, especially for the fall of the year when the bass get on the shad. I find them in the backs of pockets where I have to use little baits. Well, I'll pull out my Red Eye Special, and like I've mentioned, the blade looks so much like a shad, the bass will attack.


The Strike King Series 1XS Crankbait

Editor's Note: Shaw Grigsby of Gainesville, Florida, a member of Strike King's Pro Fishing Team, has won a gold medal in the Great Outdoor Games, has fished in nine BASS Master Classics, and has had 40 top-10 finishes. Currently Grigsby ranks fourth in all-time money winnings of professional bass fishermen.

Question: Name another favorite lure.

Grigsby: One of my favorite baits is a little Strike King Series 1XS (extra shallow). Now the Series 1XS crankbait has a Series 1 body -- a small 2-inch body with a very shallow lip. This shallow lip keeps this lure running in less than a foot of water. It allows us to keep it very weedless and from getting hung-up in trash and cover. You can work it through cover, grass, limbs and vegetation very easily.

It also has an extremely wide wobble. So instead of a tight wobble, like a shad, this thing has a very wide wobble. This bait gets wild. Fish don't always want something exactly like a minnow because they are predators. They look for something wrong, like a lion looks for the young or sickly in a herd of zebras or wildebeest is, bass seek out the sickly or injured. If bass see a school of shad, and one is a little wobblier or is doing something strange, the bass will attack that shad.

The Series 1XS crankbait doesn't dive down and get hung up in weeds, and it solicits a lot of strikes. This is one of my favorite crankbaits. You can use this crankbait when you are around vegetation. You can use this crankbait when the vegetation is not quite to the surface. You can reel it across large masses of underwater grass without it getting hung. And most of our lakes now are getting so much of this exotic vegetation in it making it a necessity to have a Series 1XS crankbait in your tackle box.