For many anglers, there is nothing more thrilling than targeting bass in shallow water. For GYCB Pro Jay Yelas some of his greatest professional triumphs have come this way, including his 2002 Bassmaster Classic victory on Lay Lake . Today, when targeting shallow water bass, Yelas relies on a pair of Yamamoto soft plastics to consistently put bass in his livewell: the Flappin' Hog and the Senko.
When Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits officially unveiled the Zako at the 2016 ICAST Show, the fishing world was quick to take notice. Designed by Brett Hite to be the perfect swimbait style trailer for use with vibrating jigs and spinnerbaits, the Zako was an instant sensation. Quietly, members of the Yamamoto Pro Staff had been testing and fishing the Zako with great success for months. Among them was 2002 Bassmaster Champion and FLW Touring Pro, Jay Yelas. Not only was Yelas quick to validate the bait's value as a swimbait, but what he saw in the Zako went far beyond the obvious.
A former Bassmaster Classic champion and veteran FLW Tour pro, Jay Yelas is no stranger to big bass. However, the Oregon angler knows that nabbing big bass often means throwing smaller baits. In his view, small swimbaits exemplify this premise.
“Especially on public lakes that get a lot of fishing pressure, most all of the fish have been caught before and you’re trying to recapture the same fish,” he said. “So, having a small, natural profile in your bait makes a big difference, because these are educated fish.
It’s been said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. For years I have approached tournament fishing utilizing that very game-plan, and to some extent I have been successful. I have a couple of team and a BFL angler of the year crowns, but the events I’ve fished have been one or two day events, usually on lakes and rivers that I have significant experience on.
Over the years, the Yamamoto Shad Shape Worm has developed a reputation for being an outstanding bait for catching smallmouth bass. While the Shad Shape Worm is an extremely effective offering for both largemouths and spotted bass, it is a must-have weapon in the arsenal of serious brown bass hunters. FLW Touring Pro and Yamamoto National Team Member, Jay Yelas agrees. “The Shad Shape Worm is my favorite for smallmouths and it’s a go-to drop shot bait for me.”
The Heart-Tail Swimbait is brand new for the 2015 season and FLW Tour Pro Jay Yelas is extremely excited about the new offering from Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. Yelas has spent many hours on the water with a Heart-Tail tied to the end of his line. With its bulky ribbed body and namesake tail design, the Heart-Tail produces a strong swimming action and strike triggering body wobble. From coast to coast and north to south the Heart-Tail Swimbait has become a valuable addition to Yelas' bass catching arsenal.