Bassmaster Elite Series pros Brock Mosley, Luke Palmer, and Matt Arey all took home a top-35 paycheck last week on Lake Hartwell and are looking to keep the momentum rolling on Winyah Bay for the 4th stop of the 2019 season. We caught up with them before tournament registration to gauge their thoughts on this expansive, and sometimes confusing fishery.
Team Toyota’s Matt Arey and Elite Series rookie Luke Palmer had never launched a boat on Winyah Bay until official practice this week, While Mosley competed in 2016 and finished in 41st place. Similar to when the Elites were last here; fickle fishing and long boat rides seem to be the topic of conversation.
Q: Name two lures you suspect to play a role in the top 10s arsenal this week.
Mosley – “A Texas rigged worm of some kind and a chatterbait.”
Arey – “I’m going to say something to flip with, like a creature bait, and a swim jig.”
Palmer – “I’m going to say a chatterbait and a Senko type stick worm.”
Q: How many miles, round trip, do you suspect the winning angler to run their boat each day this week?
Mosley – “I’d guess about 110 miles each way… so 220 miles round trip.”
Arey – “Hmm… Round trip? I’d say 160 miles. The local gas stations love us this week. ”
Palmer – “Brock’s guess of 110 miles is pretty good, but I’ll say 115 each way just to be different. 230 miles total each day.”
Q: What’s your favorite seafood dish to take advantage of when the Bassmaster Elite Series competes near the coast?
Mosley – “Hard to beat seafood! Both redfish and shrimp are way up on my list.”
Arey – “Sushi all day for me… preferably tuna.”
Palmer – “Boiled shrimp for me.”