After finishing third in 2015 and 2016, Jay Wallen broke through to a win at the 2017 Hobie Bass Open. Here he breaks down his victory for Hobie Fishing.

I think about this tournament in the winter time. When no one else is thinking about it, I’m thinking about dragging a jig across Kentucky Lake.

The pattern was post spawn, the water temperature was 80 degrees. There was still a little shad spawn going on but for the most part they were pulling out to the ledges looking for cooler, more oxygenated water. The hard rock ledges grow mussels and those mussels grow algae, the algae feeds the shad and of course the shad feed the bass. If you can find all that you can usually make it work for you.