Strike King pro Mark Davis advises that anglers in Zone 3 will find fish in large tributaries, ledges, and main lake humps.
If the water is clear, Davis prefers the Moon Juice. In stained water, he switches to the Candy Craw. For muddy water, Davis will favor a Blue Fleck.
The Carolina rig is a proven strategy for locating fish in deep cover, and Mark’s 1 oz Tungsten weight allows him to maintain exceptional contact with the bottom, helping him notice slight changes in the cover and bottom contour.
Davis chooses Crystal Shad for clear water, while he opts for Sexy Shad if the water is stained. In muddy water, Davis reaches for a Citrus Shad.
This legendary lure set the standard for deep diving crankbaits. The 6XD crankbait is a constant for Davis when fish are holding off humps and deep cover.
He opts for the Chartreuse Shad in clear and stained water.
The Strike King Sexy Spoon paired with two weights is a phenomenal offshore lure when bass are chasing big bait fish. The spoon emulates a dying bait fish. Davis cranks the reel and then kills the retrieve for the spoon to flutter back down to the bottom. Ideal for making long casts targeting offshore structure.
If the water is clear, he will throw a Ghost Shad, while more stained and muddy water calls for a Sexy Shad.
If fish are not chasing a fast-moving bait, the Rage Swimmer will often trigger fish to respond. The beauty of the Rage Swimmer is that the legendary tail maintains its swimming action whether burned through a school of feeding fish, or slowly crawled across the bottom or through cover.
He opts for Tennessee Shad in clear water. If the water is stained, he will throw the Citrus Shad, while he will switch to a Black Back Chartreuse if the water is muddy.
For chasing active fish and power fishing, the KVD 2.5 is great for covering water quickly.