CastAway Rods Pro Staffer Todd Faircloth Earns Back-to-Back Top 10 Finishes at Elite Series Event on Toledo Bend and the Toyota Texas Bass Classic
CastAway Rods BASS Elite Series Pro Staffer Todd Faircloth continues his strong performance in 2014, finishing in the top 10 at the recent Evan Williams Bourbon Bassmaster Elite Series tourney on Toledo Bend and following that up with another top 10 finish at the Toyota Bass Classic on Lake Fork. One of the most consistent anglers on the BASS tour this year, Faircloth currently holds third place in the Toyota’s Angler of the Year competition halfway through the season.
“While I’m still looking for my first 2014 tournament win, I’ve finished in the top 10 in three out of the four Elite Series tournaments, so I’m extremely pleased with my performance, said Faircloth. “The Toyota Texas Bass Classic isn’t a BASS Elite Series event, but it pits the top anglers from all the major tours against each other. I’m proud of that top 10 finish as well, and it’s giving me an extra boost of confidence heading into the next Elite Series event on Lake Dardanelle.”
Throughout the Elite Series tourney on Toledo Bend, Faircloth targeted post-spawn fish he found on the grassy flats near the mouths of bigger creeks in four to eight feet of water. “The shad were spawning, so I used my six-foot, ten-inch Castaway Skeleton rod to rip a Strike King KVD Jerkbait through the grass, explained Faircloth. “I landed most of my quality fish using that rod, lure and technique. When it wasn’t windy, I was able to put some nice bass in the livewell using a seven-foot CastAway Skeleton SKX-7MH rod to work a six-inch paddle-tail worm slowly around the vegetation.”
Faircloth fished much deeper to take most of his fish during the Toyota Texas Bass Classic on Lake Fork, where he finished ninth competing against the best anglers from the BASS, FLW and PAA tours. He employed a seven-foot, six-inch CastAway flipping stick to generate long casts with big Strike King 10XD crankbaits in Sexy Shad and Blueback Herring patterns.
“Although the CastAway rod I used is designed more for flipping than cranking, the length and action were perfect for launching that oversized bait and getting down to ridges and points in 20 to 25 feet of water where the larger fish were holding. That’s how I fished 95 percent of the time on Lake Fork. I did land a couple of nice bass, however, throwing a spoon with my CastAway signature SKX-TFTT Big T’s Triple Threat Rod.”
According to Faircloth, the way he’s fishing, it’s just a matter of time until he moves from finishing in the top 10 to winning his first 2014 Elite Series event. “I’ve been coming really close and I feel good about the way I’m fishing, so maybe it’ll happen this week on Dardanelle,” he said.
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