Texas, a Finesse-Free Zone for Castledine
By: Rob Newell
If you want to mess with some big bass in Texas, then Todd Castledine is the perfect guy to get a few fishing tips from
As the old saying goes, don’t mess with Texas.
However, if you want to mess with some big bass in Texas then Todd Castledine of Nacogdoches, Texas, is good guy to get a few fishing tips from.
Castledine may not be well known on the national level bass tours yet, but those who compete against him in regional circuits around the Lone Star State know him all too well.
His track record around his home state is as blistering as the summer Texas sun. He is a two-time FLW Series winner and he owns three FLW Series Angler of the Year titles. Beyond that, his resumé with team partner Russell Cecil in regional team circuits such as Bassin’ Bucks, Bass Champs, Ram Open Series, TTT and Angler’s Quest is littered with wins and points titles. What’s more, Castledine’s uncanny ability to drop 25- to 35-pound limits into the till at weigh-in is stunning.
His fishing mindset is similar to that of other great Texas sticks like Ray Hanselman or Dicky Newberry: Fish only for big ones all of the time. As a result, you will not find any spinning rods or dropshots in Castledine’s boat.
Given Castledine’s proclivity for catching Texas lunkers, he seemed a perfect candidate for an edition of Pros Pick Three. Except in his case, there’s an added Texas twist: Castledine’s three must-have lures for big bass in Texas – three lures that he feels can be taken to any waters in Texas at any time to catch the biggest bass.
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