Bassmaster Elite Champion Justin Lucas shows us how he gears up to get out on the lake
Bass pro angler Justin Lucas knows a thing or two about fishing trips. The native Californian travels the U.S. as part of Bassmaster’s Elite Series—the highest level of professional bass fishing tournaments. We caught up with Lucas on the road to get his fishing trip checklist and learn how to pack like a fishing pro.
SELECT AN ESSENTIAL ROD
“If I could only pick one thing to fish with, it would be a spinning rod with a soft plastic worm,” says Lucas, who started fishing with his grandfather using this basic rod. “Most beginner anglers use it, and it’s still my old standby.” As for the plastic worm? It’s against the rules for bass pro anglers to use live bait, as it’s more challenging to catch fish with lures.
Lucas often travels by car, since many of his tournaments and events occur in the Southeast. But if you have to fly, Lucas recommends shipping your rods to your destination. His favorites for his fishing trip checklist? Abu Garcia rods with a Berkley PowerBait soft plastic lure.
USE THE RIGHT BAIT
Depending on the weather, bass are attracted to different baits. “Bass typically like soft plastic, but you also want to have some sort of moving bait,” says Lucas. For your fishing trip checklist, he recommends crankbait or spinnerbait—designed to imitate baitfish propelling through the water—in windy or cloudy conditions. Lucas prefers the Molix line of spinnerbait.