Tips, Tricks and Tactics From the Pros
Knight's Favorite Lures
Editor's Note: Thirty-two-year old Lee Knight from Mineola/Lakeport, Texas, has fished professionally for two years. Knight has been on Strike King's Pro Fishing Team for one year.
Question: Why did you start working with Strike King?
Answer: I've worked with Strike King for little over a year now. My association with Strike King came through a good friend of mine who introduced me to John Kitchens, the president of Strike King. I'm also a guide at Lake Fork, so I get a lot of contacts that way, too.
Question: Tell me about your major fishing accomplishments.
Answer: I've had some good finishes, but I have yet to win - a very difficult thing to do. However, I haven't even completed my second season yet. My goal is to keep improving and do better than I did last year. It's a continual learning process for me. I'm going to many places I've never been. I've had some pretty good finishes, and competing at this level has been a goal in itself. I'm glad that I've been able to do that, and I hope to keep improving.
Question: What is your favorite Strike King lure and why?
Answer: The Diamond Shad is probably my favorite lure. I like to cover water, keep moving and make plenty of casts. That bait allows me to cover a lot of water quickly and efficiently. I've grown up fishing a lake that's grass-filled. The Diamond Shad is a very-productive bait to use around a lot of vegetation. I have a tremendous amount of confidence in that lure. I've caught a vast majority of my fish on a Diamond Shad. It's my confidence lure and is what I use when bass fishing is tough.
Question: Are there any specific techniques you'll use for certain water and/or weather conditions with that particular lure?
Answer: Obviously, a Diamond Shad is primarily a cold-water bait. It's not something you use when the water starts to warm up. Many of the tournaments I fish are in the early spring and are based around cold water. The great thing about the Diamond Shad is that this flat-sided bait makes noise, pushes a lot water, displaces water well, creates weight and runs truer and deeper than others rattling with the crankbaits. That's why I really like it.
You can throw that lure far into the wind. However, if the water is colder, you want to slow it down a little bit. You have to let the bass tell you what you want to know. But, I primarily throw the 1/2-ounce Diamond Shad because it's just a nice, small size on which you can get plenty of bites. If the grass is deeper, then I will upgrade to the 3/4-ounce jig.
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