Yelas’ old-fashioned approach has paid off



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Jay Yelas launched his professional career in 1989 living in a pickup truck as a tournament fishing vagabond when gasoline cost $ 1 a gallon. Now 54, he truly is one of the living legends of professional bass fishing.

Yelas dominated the Bassmaster Classic in 2002 en route to victory, won the title of Bassmaster Angler of the Year in 2003 and was recently inducted in 2020 into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame. He landed a spot in the Top 10 BASS in five different decades

At Lake St. Clair, the former Oregon State Ranger finished 9th and taught the world of bass fishing that even now, in the strangest times, there is no it’s not just high-tech sonar and dropshots. Instead, Yelas proved that the old-fashioned technique of burning skirted blade bait in shallow water still attracts the attention of small, meaty mouths and bad attitude.

?? We used to catch them really well here in the 1990s by burning spinnerbaits on shallow dishes, but in recent years this model has not performed very well, ?? said Yelas. ?? But man, it worked this week!

?? I fished in 5 to 7 feet of water all week on a flat with sparse vegetation that crossed the current. I put my trolling motor on max, did a ton of casts and burned this vibrating jig on a Lew? S baitcasting 7.5: 1 fast reel, and the little ones have it. broken like they did in the good old days, ”said the Yamaha pro. .

The vibrating jig better known as ChatterBait was invented by Ron Davis Sr. in South Carolina, but it didn’t hit the market until 2004. So Yelas ?? Last week’s weapon of choice on St. Clair wasn’t even available in those “good old days”? 30 years ago. But they are now, and Yelas pays them $ 17 a piece, just like you and me.

The longtime Toyota Bonus Bucks participant doesn’t pay for their trailers, however, as sponsor Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits makes both a Zako swimbait style trailer and a Zako Kicker paddle tail trailer for the vibrating jigs. Yelas used both versions of the highly efficient trailers on St. Clair and chose a heavy 3/4 ounce vibrating jig so that he could make long casts in the clear water and be able to burn him towards the boat.

I might not have won, but I’m proud of my Top 10 ranking and I promise no one had more fun than me last week in St. Clair. This model is so awesome, it’s addicting.

Mark Zona watched me fish for a while out there on the water and said, “Dude, Jay, you’re going old fashioned with us this week.” I told her, ‘Damn yeah, I a m old school.”


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