It's widely believed that the biggest bass in a brushpile will be the first one to bite, if they're biting at all. Drew Cook, who has caught most of his fish off brushpiles in this tournament was asked about that yesterday. Does he believe it?
"No, yes," Cook said, with a smile. "I've caught a big one on the first cast, and I've caught a rat on the first cast and a big one eight casts later. There's some truth to it, but you can't take it to the bank."
Cook sifted through a bunch of "rats" to accumulate his 22-pound, 15-ounce five-bass limit yesterday, estimating he caught 60 or 70 fish. "Those two-and-a-half-pounders, there's a million of them in this place," he said. And he's doing it again today. Cook had a 10-pound, 2-ounce limit and six fish catches at 6:14 today.
Cook is fishing a bunch of brushpiles. He described his basic method for fishing one, seeing what's biting and deciding when to move on to the next one.
"Five casts in a row, then I'm gone," he said. "I take a seven-inch (Big Bite Baits) Suicide Shad (swimbait), that's my first cast. The second cast is a three-quarter-ounce swim jig. The third cast is a one-ounce spinnerbait. The fourth cast is a worm. If I don't get a bite, I'm gone."
It seems cast No. 5 will remain a secret.