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Avena weighs in: ’Tis the season

FLW Tour pro Adrian Avena checks his equipment before takeoff. (Photo by Gary Mortenson)
FLW Tour pro Adrian Avena discusses the hottest baits of the 2013 season and the must-haves for 2014
26.Dec.2013 by Adrian Avena

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Since the holidays are right around the corner and gift ideas are at a premium, I am dedicating this blog to reviewing the hottest baits of 2013, and the must-haves for 2014. As some of you may know, 2014 will be my third season fishing the Walmart FLW Tour. During the past two years I have been surrounded by some of the best fisherman in the world and I have seen the ins and outs of new baits and techniques. This insight has been a benefit for me at both the tour level and at local events.

So, without further ado, here is the list!

Fish Head Spin 1/4- to 1/2-ounce (Reaction Innovation Little Dipper)

Drop-shot (Morning Dawn Robo Worm)

Gary Yamamoto Senko (green pumpkin/watermelon laminate)

Keitech Swing Impact Fat 3.8 (Rainbow Shad)

3/8-ounce finesse jig (Reaction Innovation Smallie Beaver)

3/4-ounce football jig (Rage Craw)

Megabass Vision 110 (HT-ITO Wakasagi)

Strike King 5XD and 6XD

Strike King 1.5 squarebill crankbait

Lucky Craft BDS 1 & 2

Magnum Shaky Head 1/4 ounce

Z-Man ChatterBait

Spro Bronzeye Popping Frog

Adrian Avena Angler SpotlightIn 2013, this list of baits above helped to solidify my second qualification for the Forrest Wood Cup and a respectable top-10 finish in the FLW Tour AOY points race. At any given time, based on the conditions, one of the above baits will far exceed the others.

Also, on Jan. 12, I will be speaking about these various baits in detail at the Bass University in Edison, N.J. Tickets are still available and – just in-time for the holidays!

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