A few years ago, well before Cross Bone Outfitters began, I was introduced to the Lazyman Hooks. Or as the original name of it was, the cheater hook. I was fishing with a buddy of mine who would take a white soft jerk bait and slow roll it on a Colorado bladed Lazyman Hook. He did well, as did I, but I was just using a traditional spinner bait that day. Fishing was pretty good in general so I didn’t really think much of it.
I was taught quite a bit from my good friend Captain Allen Duke…
Later that year I went to my first Florida BASS Nation State Championship at Lake Seminole. I was taught quite a bit from my good friend Captain Allen Duke about how to fish some specific techniques he taught me. In keeping to my word, the details of that particular technique will remain a mystery. However, I will refer to it as “Duking” a senko. Keeping the real nuts and bolts of that technique in the dark, part of it was burning a soft stick bait.
That got me thinking.
If I was going to Duke a senko, why wouldn’t taking a small willow leaf Lazyman and burning it with a soft jerkbait work too? One day I went out to Lake Okeechobee when the water was at a decent level. I think it was somewhere around 14 feet or so, and we were able to get deep back into Moonshine Bay. It was December and some of the first waves of spawners were on their way in. So, I spent the day burning a soft plastic jerkbait over the coon tail grass and dollar pads. I will tell you what. This was on FIRE!
I choose the Rad Shad over the Dirty Dawg for this particular use because of how the tail action is.
The gear I had then is somewhat different than the gear I have now, but the mechanics remain the same. A 7ft or better MH casting rod, with an 8.1:1 reel. My go to now for this would be the 7ft 1in DD26 Frog Rod and an 8.1:1 13 Fishing Concept Z. For the Lazyman I choose the 4/0 1/8 oz small silver willow leaf blade with custom Green Pumpkin Magic Bruiser Baits Rad Shad. I choose the Rad Shad over the Dirty Dawg for this particular use because of how the tail action is. The Dirty Dawg is in my opinion better at an underwater walk the dog presentation, but it lacks in bulk and built in action that the Rad Shad has.
…they’re going to hit it like it’s a topwater and absolutely SMOKE it…
You want that built in action because when you’re burning the bait across the pads, you need a very subtle movement of the tail end. The Rad Shad gives you that. This is one of the coolest ways to fish – seriously. If they react to it, they’re going to hit it like it’s a topwater and absolutely SMOKE it with an explosive strike – but that’s not the cool part. What you want to do is intently watch behind your bait. The fish, especially the larger ones, will pop out of the cover their hiding in and wake behind the bait as they chase it. This is the important part, because once they’re within about six inches of your bait, you need to just KILL it. Let it fall. The way the blade works underneath, the bait won’t simply fall straight down, but it will do a small turn. This makes it look injured and you can watch as the bass swallows it whole. THAT is the coolest bite you’ll ever see.
So the next time you need to cover a lot of water in some really shallow parts of your home lake. Remember one of the best techniques to be able to see what’s coming, and what you’re around, is to get a small willow bladed Lazyman Hook, and BURN it over that shallow grass.