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The Big O Dance with 5oz.

Posted by admin on February 17, 2012

advantage150x64.pngAnthony’s Advantage  Story By Dave Rush - Anthony’s Advantage will follow Advantage Bait Company’s Marketing Director and Pro Staff manager Anthony “5oz” Hunt as he embarks on his journey, and follows his dream of becoming a major player in the ranks of professional bass fishing.  This will be Anthony’s first year competing as a professional after a stellar career in the co-angler ranks, and we will get all the insight straight from “advantage150x64.png5oz” himself, after every event.  Each installment of Anthony’s Advantage will take you through how he approached practice, his tournament results, as well as patterns, and how Advantage Bait Company played a role in his success.

Kicking off your pro career on your home waters can sometimes be a difficult situation.  On one hand you have an intimate knowledge of the fishery, but on the other sometimes that can tend to make you fish history, rather than fishing the moment and letting the fish tell you what they are doing based on current conditions.

Anthony did his homework and took all these factors into account when laying out his game plan for the FLW Everstart Series held on Lake Okeechobee Jan 19-21 2012.  “I put in about a week of practice for this tournament, and really got a taste of what it means to be a professional angler.  I was able to get in about three days before I was faced with mechanical issues with myboat. That was something new for me, since I have rarely had to deal with that in the past as a co-angler.  Luckily for me my title sponsor Advantage Bait Company really stepped up to the plate and came through big time to make sure that whatever it took I was going to fish this tournament,” said Hunt.  After putting the boat issues in the rear view mirror “5oz” put together a solid game plan heading into day one.  “I look at every day on the water as a practice day, and knew that would be the best strategy going into this tournament for me.  I didn’t want to get caught up in relying on history, but had some confidence in several areas on the lake and planned on adjusting accordingly based on what was going on out there on the water.”

While only weighing in 4 fish on day one for 7-8 might have rattled some anglers, Hunt took the glass half full approach and knew that there was only room to improve on day two and did not get discouraged.  “I started out flipping an area on day one and stuck with it for four hours without getting any bites.  Although I had a really strong flipping bite going in practice it just wasn’t panning out on day one.  I eventually pulled out and started throwing Advantage spinnerbaits and a chatterbait, as well as flipping some heavy mats in new areas to catch what I ended up bringing to the scales,” said Anthony.  Having learned from his experience on day one, Hunt decided to just go casting on day two and was pleased with the results.  “I just decided to go casting on day two and run a bunch of new water.  I did flip some if I came across the right cover, but my biggest fish came on an Advantage spinnerbait on an outside grass edge which helped me have a much better day than the previous one,” Hunt concluded.  Anthony weighed in 5 fish on day two for 11-9 for a total of 19-1 which propelled him to a finish in the money ending up in 48th place.

The Advantage spinnerbait played a crucial role in Anthony’s success during the Everstart on Lake Okeechobee.  Although the spinnerbait bite wasn’t on fire like it had been in previous months on the Big O, “5oz” was still able to use it as a valuable tool in his arsenal. “During practice I was able to cover a lot of water with the spinnerbait, and find are as that were holding active fish.  During the tournament I noticed there was a lot of bait present in the areas I was fishing, so it gave me a lot of confidence in sticking with the Advantage spinnerbait and it really worked out,” said Hunt.  Anthony’s baits of choice during the event were in the threadfin color pattern and the 3/8 oz size with double Colorado blades, both silver and gold combinations depending on the water clarity.