Change of pace from recent Classics

After fishing his first two Bassmaster Classics in the prespawn time of year, Jake Whitaker is ready to switch it up in the 2021 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk. Traditionally in prespawn Classics, we see baits like crankbaits, jerkbaits, and spinnerbaits as predominant players. However, in this year’s Classic a new lineup of lures could be at play.

“Now that the Classic is in June, we have much warmer water temperatures and the fish are totally postpawn,” said Whitaker. “This is going to bring a whole new realm of baits to play.

The North Carolina native believes baits such as creature baits, jigs, worms, and topwaters will be at play this week.

“When was the last time we can say that someone was catching them on a topwater in the Classic,” Whitaker said with a huge smile. “It’s really just fun to change things up and pull those baits out that have sat in the bottom of the box in past Classics.”

Whitaker loves to fish shallow and feels as if this is going to be a great opportunity for him to showcase his ability fishing his strengths.

“I love it,” he said when asked if liked how the lake is setting up. “The frog is going to get a lot of time for me and if I can get a few good quality bites on it a day then it could be a good tournament for me.”