Hit Man Hite for the win on Lake Seminole

Category: Tournament

 Mar 16th, 2014 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Mar 16th, 2014 at 12:00 AM

A weather-shortened event didn’t slow down Brett “Hit Man” Hite. The Yamamoto pro continued his dominance over the pro bass scene during the early part of the regular season with a win today at Lake Seminole out of Bainbridge, GA. His four-day total of 97 pounds 10 ounces was too much to handle for the rest of the Bassmaster Elite Series field. This was Hite’s second tour-level win in 2014. The first was a victory on the FLW Tour on Lake Okeechobee. Oh yeah, add a Top 10 finish at the FLW Tour at Lake Hartwell to boot. To say Hite is hot right now is a massive understatement.

Brett Hite is towering over the competition this season (Joel Shangle)

Hite on Cloud 9.

“This is a pretty special day for me,” said Hite. “It’s a special season. I’ve won two events now. I’m on cloud 9. I’ve only been home for about four days this last month. This is special.

Hite targeted migration routes.

“Lake Seminole is fairly flat,” said Hite. “I could go down the lake and see bluff-like shoreline. There would be deeper water near those areas. I would pull in and fish them. I was fishing shallower water, but the deep water nearby acted as a migration route for the fish both pre-spawn and post-spawn.

“During the first couple of days of practice, I wasn’t on them at all. Then around 9:00 Wednesday morning, I found a couple of good stretches. I called my Dad and told him I was on them. I never do that.”

Hite fished areas just outside of the spawning grounds. The outer areas of the backwater. Many anglers would need to drive past Hite on their way to fish the backwater spawning flats. Unlike yesterday, Hite was on his fish early today, which came in handy considering the tournament was cut short due to nasty weather.

Chatterbaits and Senkos on the menu for Hite.

“My primary bait this week was a Chatterbait and a Swimming Senko,” said Hite. “Green pumpkin was the primary color, but I also fished black and blue. I set up in the deeper water and cast shallower.”

Hite used a fairly quick retrieve with his Chatterbait. He would occasionally dip the rod tip during the retrieve to make the offering pulse, often triggering strikes.

“Everything has to go perfect to win one of these. It went perfect for me this week.”

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