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David Kilgore Wins with New Titanium Umbrella Rig

Strike King pro David Kilgore crushed the field at the Bassmaster Southern Open on Smith Lake, AL by a huge 6-pound margin. Key to David's win was the just-released Strike King Tour Grade Titanium Umbrella Rig.

"Most other umbrella rigs have really stiff wire, but that titanium is so flexible it'll allow the baits to move 2-3 times more which makes it look more realistic to the fish," he said.

He added that he prefers the bladed Tour Grade Titanium Umbrella Rig for deeper water because fish can see it from further away because of the blades flashing. He also prefers to fish these rigs on fluorocarbon, which has a little more stretch than braid.

Here, according to, are more details on how he caught them:

A Strike King Tour Grade Titanium Umbrella Rig dressed with Strike King KVD Perfect Plastic Swim'n Caffeine Shads accounted for most of Kilgore’s bass. He was targeting docks that were the farthest from the main lake in short pockets. The bigger female bass were staging there prior to moving shallow.

Kilgore slowly retrieved his umbrella rig along the shady side of the docks. It often took repeated casts to coax a strike.

The final day started slowly for Kilgore. He was getting bites, but the bass were slapping at the rig and not getting hooked. This was a common refrain among many of the top-12 finalists Saturday. The water was much clearer than previous days, which could be why the bigger bass were harder to dupe.

With only three bass in his live-well at midday, Kilgore alternated his umbrella rig with a 3/8-ounce Strike King Hack Attack Jig dressed with a Strike King Rage Tail Chunk.

“I was swimming the jig in the same places I was fishing the umbrella rig,” Kilgore said. After that, it was game on. If a bass smacked his umbrella without getting hooked, Kilgore followed up with the jig.

Congratulations David on your second consecutive qualification for the Bassmaster Classic!