By Dave Lefebre
April 2, 2015
I’ve been blessed with multiple wins over the course of my professional fishing career. Short of winning the Forrest Wood Cup, I didn’t think that anything could surpass my victory at the 2009 Toyota Texas Bass Classic at Lake Conroe. I was wrong, though. My FLW Tour win on Alabama’s Smith Lake last week was every bit as meaningful, if not more. I’ve made no secret of the fact that recent months have been stressful for me, but a series of small miracles kept accumulating and culminated in this big win.
While my life has been in flux, one thing that has remained constant is that I always have the Yamamoto D-Shad rigged and ready in my rod locker. It might be fished weightless, or on the back of some other lure, but it’s always there. I haven’t been able to talk about it much because it has never produced a win for me on its own, but it certainly has produced a number of key fish that boosted me to higher finishes. At Smith, it produced seven of the fish that I took to weigh-in over the course of four days, and without it I could not have won.