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Grayson Smith Uses Strike King Lures to Win Co-Angler Title on Logan Martin

by Bob Robertson

Grayson Smith of Clarksville, Tennessee had never seen Alabama's Logan-Martin Lake and because he had just graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin and started a new job, he was unable to make it to the lake during practice for the third BASS Southern Open. He made it to the lake just in time for the Pre-Tournament meeting.

On the first day of competition, Grayson fished with a local angler and managed a limit of 10 lbs. 1 oz. Co-anglers are only allowed 3 fish so 10 pounds plus is a pretty good day. He was fishing a shaky head rigged with a Strike King Finesse Worm.

Day two was not as productive for Smith as he managed to weigh in only 3 lbs. 14 oz., again fishing the shaky head and finesse worm.

Day three proved to be a co-angler's treat as Grayson fished with pro Paul Elias, one of the sport's most-recognized personalities. "I really learned a lot by fishing with Paul, who I consider a true legend in the fishing world," Smith said. Grayson also had good fortune fishing on the last day as he came in with another 10-pound plus online casino limit. All of his fish were spots. Grayson changed his strategy for the last day and fished a large Strike King KVD Jerkbait.

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A jerkbait is not usually a lure of choice for this time of the year, but Grayson figured out the the Coosa River spots were a little different than the Kentucky Lake bass he was used to catching. Even though jerk baits are better-suited for cooler water fishing, these fish were so mean that they really went after that jerkbait.

Grayson Smith finished in the top 12 co-anglers in every tournament he fished this year and that earned him the AOY title on the co-angler side. With his winnings from this tournament, Grayson hopes to be able to fish as a boater in the opens next year and hopefully he can eventually qualify for the Elite Series.