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Fishing with World Series winning Phillies Shortstop Eric Bruntlett  (continued)

As the rest of the crew fished jerkbaits Cal continued to toss swimbaits of different types. As usual Cal didn’t want to mess with small fish and used swimbaits as his natural culling tool, deciding he would rather go big than try and catch small fish. Eric landed his forth fish before any of us had any luck, and he did with a Lucky Craft Staysee. The fish barely got any of the bait and was actually hooked on the outside of his left cheek.

JIP doesn't give the second fish a chance to get away

JIP finally broke the TT bad streak when he landed a fish with a Jackall squad minnow, it was nothing like the fish he had lost in the morning but we weren’t in any position to be picky. Leo decided it was time to get back to the basics and tied a drop shot rig, there was no way he was going to go home with another skunk on the record!

Zander and Eric work a bank with ripbaits

With the slow fishing Zander had plenty of time to talk to Eric. “I guess it goes without saying the World Series was pretty amazing huh?” Zander asked. “It was incredible, one of those once in a lifetime moments,” Eric replied. “When I’m not playing baseball fishing really is one of my favorite things to do. I try and get out as much as I can, and when I do Clear Lake is my first choice.” The more Zander talked about baseball the more Eric talked about tackle and fishing. It was clear that while Eric loved playing baseball he also loved fishing, and could spout all his favorite tackle brands and techniques without even pausing.

Looking for an underwater edge Eric prepares to drop a buoy marker

His favorite rod was the original Kistler Helium series, and he really likes the light weight and sensitive blanks on those rods. He fishes a complete range of reels but when asked what his favorite was he narrowed it down to Daiwa, “they just feel really smooth and refined,” he said. Then when asked what his favorite technique was he had to stop and think. “The way we are fishing with plastics right now isn’t my favorite way to get them, given the choice I would prefer to use hardbaits like ripbaits and cranks, but in the winter you do whatever gets the fish,” Eric responded. 

Eric's favorite rod a classic Kistler Helium LTA

The fishing continued to be tough through the next hour and with nobody pulling another fish we decided to break for lunch. With boats side by side Cal reached into his bag and pulled out a number of new lures including a yet to be released Mattlures Bass swimbait.

Eric points to one of his favorite submerged humps

While Eric liked the baits he was more interested in Cal’s enthusiast rod and reel rigs and proceeded to try casting them one by one. When told the prices of some of the rigs he put down the outfit gently turned to Cal and joked “you know you have a problem right?” Cal responded “they don’t call me the dark lord of tackle for nothing.”  

Time for some crankbait action

Next Section: Will Zander and Leo finally catch a fish? 










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