Beginner’s Tacklebox: Clent Davis

Bassmaster Elite Series pro Clent Davis starts out with an empty Gamakatsu tackle box.
Davis’ first bait of choice is a Yo-Zuri 3DS Series Crankbait, or as he calls it – the Autobass.
“This would be the first bait I’d give to someone who has never fished before,” he said. “It’s a small crankbait that can imitate any king of baitfish.”
His second bait of choice is a Nichols Lures 33 Mini Double Willow Spinnerbait, which is a smaller profile spinnerbait that weighs 1/4 ounce.
“It’s just a smaller spinnerbait that is going to be great for catching a lot of fish, especially in ponds or smaller bodies of water.”
The third bait Davis reaches for is the Yo-Zuri 3DB Series Jerkbait.
“To me, a jerkbait is a pretty simple bait to work for a beginner to work,” he said. “A jerkbait probably catches more fish than any other bait in bass fishing.”
Davis opts for a topwater next by picking up the Yo-Zuri 3DR Series Pencil.
“There’s no better way to catch a bass than on a topwater,” said Davis. “This bait has a smaller profile, so it gets a lot of bites.”
Before getting into the soft plastics, Davis suggests that beginners get a pack of versatile worm hooks. He prefers a Gamakatsu Offset Shank Worm Hook.
“It’s the most versatile hook there is for bass fishing,” he said.
Davis’ first go-to soft plastic is a Mister Twister Tri-Alive Night Crawler 6.5-inch worm.
For his secondary soft plastic, Davis goes with a Mister Twister Buzz Bug.
“The straight tail worm is probably the most effective bait ever created for catching bass,” Davis said. “There’s a lot of different ways an angler can rig these two soft plastics.”
Not only are these baits good for beginners, but they are also baits that Davis relies on during Elite Series competition as well.