LENDELL MARTIN JR WINS FLW SAM RAYBURN EVENT
Congratulations to Team Yamamoto member Lendell Martin Jr!
Lendell took first place this weekend in the Stren Series
Central Division event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Jasper
Texas. Lendell earned $60,000 in cash and prizes.
This story just in for you from Lendell Martin Jr. :
I had to hurry over here [Sam Rayburn] from an FLW Pro Tour
event on Kentucky Lake where I won $10,000 last weekend.
Then I won this one. So I hope my luck will keep swinging in
that direction for the rest of the season.
I had some bad luck with the boat breaking down and then
hitting a log earlier this year, but that's all behind me
I caught the majority of the fish I weighed at Sam Rayburn
on Yamamoto's Kreature bait. I caught them flipping the
Kreature in buckbrush and laydown willows along the
shoreline. Folks are always saying they flip jigs or flip
big straight-tailed worms, but I find the Kreature doesn't
hang up as much as jigs or worms hang in shallow brush. It's
not only getting snagged, but hanging up during the fall on
the way down too. That's often when a flip fish bites, on
the fall, and it gives your hand away, the fish is going to
make you out if the bait keeps hanging and you have to keep
jerking to free it to get it to fall.
The Kreature just falls through buckbrush, weeds and willows
more easily. When it falls, the Kreature has a lot more
movement and action than a jig or worm.
A lot of the hits were coming when brush or willows or weeds
were near cypress trees in two to three feet of water. You
better keep up with your line in this type of fishing, since
fish will grab the Kreature before it hits bottom. By the
time you take in the slack line, they can be moving off a
few feet away from the tree trunk already.
With jigs or worms, you need to flip right on the spot where
a bass may be holed up in heavy cover. A bass holed up in
heavy cover sees sunfish, minnows, young fish of all kinds
go past it all day long. Usually these small fish know
enough to stay just out of range of that big mouth bass. You
almost have to put a jig or worm right on the fish, where
it's way too easy to grab or it really doesn't like to let
the jig or worm land that close to it. So it nips it. It's
like if a bee buzzes past you a few feet away, okay. But if
it buzzes right in your ear, you'll try to whack it.
The Kreature seems different [than a jig or worm] in that
you do not need to bing a bass on the head with it. With the
Kreature, all its appendages and movement, will make a bass
come out of heavy cover to pick it up from two, three, four
feet away. Whether it is all the vibration, the movement, it
just works. You get more bites flipping the Kreature.
In the event on Sam Rayburn, I pegged a 5/16 oz bullet
sinker on 20 pound test Yamamoto Sugoi line with a 4/0
Mustad round bend hook. In flipping, I keep the barb fully
buried within the Kreature. I never lost a fish the entire
tournament. They just swallowed it, and were even coming to
the surface to belt the Kreature while I was pulling it out
to flip to the next spot. So I do think the Kreature's leg
action, either on the fall or while pulling it out, made the
The Kreature is a great flip bait. It's soft enough fish
want to hold on, and it's got the salt taste so they don't
spit it out. Yet the texture is not too soft to flip. It
holds up to heavy cover.
Green pumpkin is the color I use most of the time. I use a
chartreuse marker pen to make just a little color spot to
create some color flash on the tails. The spot of color I
put on the Kreature is no bigger than your thumbnail. I like
a marker pen as opposed to a dip bottle, because you can be
more precise and color different areas of the bait with a
pen. With a dip bottle, you can really only color the
outside tips of a bait, and you're encouraging a bass to
strike at or pick up the tips that way. With a pen, you can
make the color flashes closer to the hook, and draw strikes
to the hook section. I've seen where spotted bass would peck
the chartreuse pincers off a plastic craw like barnyard
hens, but never take the hook. But you can just put the
chartreuse spot on the body instead, and hook spotted bass
every time they bite.
The color flash of chartreuse on green pumpkin is a
confidence thing with me. If you think something gives you
an edge, it does. When I put that chartreuse color flash on
a green pumpkin Kreature, and it falls two or three feet
away from a bass holed up in heavy cover, I think that color
flash is something they're going to detect when you hop it,
and the flash is going to compel them to come out to grab
The Yamamoto Kreature is a high percentage flipping bait,
meaning I get more bites flipping it. If you take the time
to get confidence in it, you'll see what I am saying. I know
more anglers in East Texas, especially around Sam Rayburn
Reservoir will be flipping the Kreature more now than they
- Lendell Martin Jr.
Team Yamamoto member and winner of $60,000 in the Stren
Series Central Division event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in
Jasper Texas this past weekend
WHAT COLORS WORKS BEST ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD?
Anglers often ask what color lures works best under certain
conditions, regions or on specific bodies of water? Here are
a few that work exceedingly well under a wide variety of
conditions anywhere in the world:
1) It's doubtful bass have ever seen anything half
chartreuse and half white swimming by, but that is the
number one color in a spinnerbait.
2) In silicone-skirted jigs, black blue is number one,
especially during dark or dim light or in dingy water.
3) In soft plastic baits, green pumpkin and watermelon are
tied for the #1 spot.
Who knows why these colors work, or why different colors
work better on spinnerbaits versus jigs or soft baits, but
this is true, and these colors are number one all over the
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