Walmart FLW Tour pro Alex Davis, known as the Spinnerbait Kid, announced the signing of four new sponsors for the 2014 tournament season. Davis, an accomplished regional pro and popular guide on Lake Guntersville, has added The Tackle Trap, Chevrolet of Boaz, G.Loomis, Shimano and Power Pro to his sponsor portfolio.
“I will be running a 2014 Chevy Silverado wrapped by Chevrolet of Boaz,” said Davis, who will be a sophomore on the FLW Tour. “My boat wrap will be The Tackle Trap, a tackle store near Lake Guntersville as well as an online tackle store. I’m so glad to have some great backing for the 2014 FLW Tour season.”
“I’m very excited to being working with Alex in 2014,” said Brain Franks, owner of The Tackle Trap. “We have been great friends for a few years and I’ve watched his career start; he’s a great angler who will represent my busines very well"
“I was very excited to get this opportunity with Brian and then the Chevy opportunity opened and that just topped off my offseason,” added Davis, who also shot a 155 3/4 whitetail deer this fall. “I got to drive the new Silverado to the Big O for the Rayovac FLW Series opener and wow is all I can say. I don’t dread driving long distances now. I can’t express how grateful I am to be working with Chevrolet of Boaz in 2014.
“Last year was a great learning experience on and off the water and I think I will be much more prepared for the conditions and lakes this year. I can’t wait to start the FLW Tour season in a few weeks and I’m glad I have a ton of support this year.”
Alex Davis is a full-time guide at Lake Guntersville who bills himself as "the Spinnerbait Kid." However, it was the Alabama Rig that carried him to victory at last week's Southeastern EverStart on his home water.
The 26-year-old amassed 81-12 over 3 days to edge FLW Tour pro Justin Lucas by a little more than 3 pounds. The A-Rig accounted for 12 of his 15 weigh-in fish.
Ironically, he believes the A-Rig cost him a win at last October's Guntersville FLW Tour Open. That tournament was the coming-out party for the umbrella-style contraption and he was the only Top-10 finisher who wasn't throwing it on the final day, opting to stay with his grass pattern.
"If it hadn't shown up until a week later, that one could've been a whole different ball game," he said.
It was the key weapon in his own arsenal this time, and he employed it with deadly precision. He caught a 30-pound bag on day 2, then added 27 on the final day to hold off a desperate charge by day-1 leader Lucas.
The win was the first at the triple-A level for Davis, who plans to fish a full Tour schedule in 2013. Here's how he did it.
Davis' life could be characterized as one continuous practice session for Guntersville tournaments, as he's on the water (either guiding or fishing on his own) 6 days a week. He'd competed in a BFL there the previous week and said he lost several quality fish en route to a 25th-place showing.
"I can't blame anybody but myself for that one," he said. "I had the fish on to end up in the Top 3, but that's one of those 'woulda, coulda, shoulda' kind of deals."
Plying the lake's ever-abundant grass was the key to faring well in that event, and he thought that scenario might carry over to the EverStart. But once the EverStart got under way, it quickly became apparent that post-spawn fish on the ledges were the ticket to contention.
> Day 1: 5, 24-09
> Day 2: 5, 30-02
> Day 3: 5, 27-01
> Total = 15, 81-12
Davis started day 1 in the grass, thinking he could box 20 pounds without too much difficulty. But when he only had 13 after several hours of concentrated effort, he knew he had to move to the depths and throw the A-Rig.
He went to a ledge where he'd enticed a couple of big ones while prepping for the BFL and sacked up his 24 1/2 pounds in about 10 minutes. That put him in 8th place – a little less than 5 pounds off Lucas' pace.
He had about 23 pounds after the first 2 hours of day 2 when he told his co-angler they were "going practicing" (i.e. visiting deep spots that he knew about, but hadn't fished recently). The first one yielded 20 pounds in 10 minutes, but none of those fish helped him. The next one surrendered 30 pounds in less than half an hour.
He started day 3 with a 4-pound edge over 2nd-place Casey Martin. The fish at his first stop quit biting after he'd amassed about 20 pounds, and then he caught all of his weight at his second stop.
"I threw back a bunch – I think on the day I caught 20 fish that (combined to weigh) almost 100 pounds," he said. "Some were in 12 feet (of water), some were in 20 feet and I could see some on my graph in 30 feet, suspended at about 15 feet. I'd have to make a lot of casts for those and count down the lures, and once in a blue moon I'd get it right."
Once he began fishing the depths, he focused on a 15-mile stretch that included Honeycomb Creek, Brown's Creek and Seibold Creek. He fished approximately two dozen locales along that run.
"I'd stay for a bit and if I was catching fish, I'd just sit on them. If I wasn't, I'd just run to the next one."
Winning Gear Notes
> A-Rig gear: 7'11" heavy-action iRod or 7'6" heavy-action Halo rod, Abu Garcia Skeet Reese Revo or Shimano Curado E7 casting reel, 65-pound Vicious braided line, 1/8-, 1/4-, 3/8- or 1/2-ounce Strike King or Buckeye J-Will jigheads, Strike King Shadalicious (chartreuse shad) or unnamed swimbaits (shad).
> Soft jerkbait gear: 7'6" medium-heavy Abu Garcia Veritas rod, Shimano Curado E7 casting reel, 17-pound Vicious Pro Elite fluorocarbon line, 3/4-ounce Revenge jighead, Strike King Z2 (shad).
The Bottom Line
> Main factor in his success – "Figuring out that the grass wasn't happening anymore and going and fishing places that I knew about, but didn't fish in practice."
> Performance edge – "My Humminbird electronics. I'd turn the sensitivity way up and I could see the suspended fish and see where the bait was. For fishing deep stuff, you need that real bad."
> Those interested in booking a guided trip with Davis can contact him through his website, www.SpinnerbaitKid.com.
05.May.2012 by Rob Newell
GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – In October of 2011, young Alex Davis of Albertville, Ala., was set to make his pro debut in the FLW Tour Open on his home lake in a big way.
Davis, also know as The Spinnerbait Kid for his love of spinnerbaits and his guide service of the same name, is a Guntersville expert and fishing conditions were perfect for him to strike in October: super tough.
Ultra tough fishing often gives locals the advantage, especially in the fall, due to their intensive knowledge of a fishery. Hence, the stage was set up perfectly for Davis.
Then the unthinkable happen: The Alabama Rig bomb dropped. Paul Elias and a handful of other pros dominated the event with what has arguably become the most productive fishing contraption in the history of fishing.
Despite not having an Alabama Rig in October, Davis still managed to finish 10th – a small consolation for what could have been.
But instead of lashing out at a technique that very well could have cost him a $100,000 win, Davis went right to work learning everything possible about the new way of catching bass on TVA impoundments.
And this week, Davis’ willingness to embrace and understand the Alabama Rig – or castable umbrella rig – paid off handsomely with his first EverStart Series win worth $35,000 plus a new Ranger Boat.
“What an amazing day,” said Davis after his win. “I probably culled through 75 pounds of bass to get to my weight today. The number of 4.60 and 4.70 bass I threw back was just unreal.”
Speaking of weight, Davis’ daily totals included, 24-9, 30-2 and 27-7 for a three-day total of 81 pounds, 12 ounces. Needless to say, the quality of bass that Guntersville is pumping out right now is just mind boggling.
Consider that out of the top 10 who fished for three days, 27 of the 30 limits were over 20 pounds.
Still not impressed?
Okay, how about 13 of the 30 limits being 25 pounds or better?
Most of those big bags came from the lower end of the lake in Guntersville’s deepest water – from 20 to 40 feet.
“The average depth of my fish was about 29 feet,” Davis revealed. “I did fish shallow some this week, but without a doubt all my big fish came deep, primarily from two spots. One was a creek channel ledge that drops to 30 feet and the other was stumpy ledge on the main river.”
Davis’s primary arsenal included various homemade Alabama rigs. He used three different models that graduated in size from small, medium to large. He used all Strike King Shadalicious bodies and Buckeye JWill jigheads.
“The night after the FLW Tour Open in October I stayed up all night making Alabama rigs. And from that point in time until now, I have schooled myself on it. This winter I saw things with that rig that would blow your mind – 50 fish days of fish over 4 pounds.”
“They said it would be the miracle cure that would allow anyone and everyone to win tournaments and I’m here to tell you that’s not the case. Guntersville is where the Alabama rig started and look at who has won the BFL’s and big tournaments here for the last eight months. Look at who did well in this tournament. It’s the same names that always do well here. My point is you still have to know when and where to throw it. The same guys are still going to catch them, they just have a different tool to work with now.”
As for Davis’ future in professional fishing, look for him to possibly fish the FLW Tour next year.
“I really owe this win to my mom and dad,” Davis added. “They moved the family down here seven years ago just so I could fish, start a guide service and try to fish professionally. And this win couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve been saving my money with plans of fishing the FLW Tour next year, so this is really going to help.”