The Purolator Big Bass awards

Mike Wurm
3 pounds, 10 ounces (smallmouth)

Day 1 Big Bass and Big Bass of the Tournament
Total payout: $2000

What did you use to catch the fish?
Wurm: It was a Strike King Z2, a soft jerkbait, that I rigged with a 5/0 hook. I fished it on 14-pound Trilene XT and a 7-foot medium action Quantum PT baitcast outfit.

How were you working the bait?
Wurm: I twitched it a few times, then paused, and then twitch it again. I was using an erratic action to trigger the strike.

What kind of water were you fishing?
Wurm: My boat was sitting in 10 feet of water but I was casting toward shore and working the bait over two to five feet of water. It was an inside turn of a river and baitfish were funneling into the area.

When did you catch the fish?
Wurm: It was late afternoon. In fact, that's when I caught all my fish, late in the afternoon when you would think the smallmouth wouldn't be that shallow. But they were.

Complete Purolator Big Bass winners

1 Mike Wurm Hot Springs, Ark. 3-10 $1,000.00
2 Gary Klein Weatherford, Texas 3-01 $500.00
2 Shaw E Grigsby, Jr Gainesville, Fla. 3-01 $500.00
3 Takahiro Omori Emory, Texas 3-03 $1,000.00
4 Kevin VanDam Kalamazoo, Mich. 3-03 $1,000.00