|Diving into each Berkley pro’s Plano EDGE box, it was clear that flat sided crankbaits and jerkbaits were the presentations of choice for those who found success on Grand Lake. With water temperatures hovering in the high forties to low fifties, Berkley baits designed to trigger bites from pre-spawn largemouth played a role for both the champion and a wide spectrum of anglers participating in this year’s event.|
Looking into Lane’s Plano EDGE box, it was chock full of Berkley Frittsides – more specifically the Berkley Frittside 5. Being a plastic flat-sided crankbait, the Frittside delivers proven balsa action but also features the durability and casting performance of a plastic bait. The tight balsa-like thumping action proves to be effective during tough conditions like those seen on Grand Lake during REDCREST.
“The Berkley Frittside was the key to putting 99% of my fish in the boat this week. It’s an amazing bait to crank shallow rock and certainly saved the day for me on Grand Lake.” Mentioned Lane after becoming the 2022 MLF REDCREST Champion.
Opening up Evers and Lee’s Plano EDGE boxes, we find a different but championship-proven Berkley bait – the Stunna. Designed by Berkley pro and Bassmaster Classic Champion Hank Cherry, the Stunna was critical to bringing Cherry his second Bassmaster Classic trophy and almost brought an MLF Redcrest Championship title to several anglers on championship Sunday. The Stunna delivers a unique slow sink triggering bites from the finickiest of fish and the tungsten weight transfer system allows for long casts getting the bait to depths where fish typically don’t see a jerkbait.
“We spend countless hours here at the Berkley Lab using a scientific approach to building our baits,” says Dan Spengler, Berkley’s Senior Project Manager of Bait Development. “To watch the Frittside and the Stunna be such an imperative aspect of the equation for anglers to win big time championship events really reflects what our team here at Berkley strives for.”
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