Two of the most classic names in bass fishing are “Heddon Spook” and “Lake Okeechobee,” and right now those names put together can result in explosive big bass action.

An Okie Shad colored Super Spook was the No. 1 lure for Arkansas pro Stetson Blaylock last week when the Bassmaster Elite Series visited Lake Okeechobee.

“I tried getting them by winding baits and fishing slow, and couldn’t get that going,” Blaylock said.  “I caught a good one early on the first day on a Spook that kind of clued me in, so I just kept throwing it.”

Blaylock noted that he almost always has a Spook tied on and will at least try it. “It’s just a fish-catching lure. If the bass are in less than about 5 feet of water, it’s something you want available,” he said.

At Lake Okeechobee, which was reported by many pros as fishing better than it has for years with a lot of quality fish, the bass were looking up and wanting a Super Spook.

Blaylock likes a Super Spook because he can make long casts and work it quickly to cover water and find fish, but he also can slow down in an area where he has found fish and work it very methodically with multiple casts and slower presentations.

“It’s a good bait to fish over beds or over holes in the grass,” Blaylock said.

Blaylock fished his Spook on straight braid, and he felt like it was important to have zero stretch when the fish hit. “With braid, you have no chance of them getting down in that grass and breaking the line,” he said.

Blaylock noted, however, that he doesn’t always fish a Spook on braid. In clearer water and more open setting, he believes fish would see the line. With Okeechobee fish coming out of the shallow grass, though, he didn’t feel like that was a factor, so he wanted the direct no-stretch connection and the best chance of getting the fish out.

Blaylock never got the really big bites he needed to contend for the win, but his Super Spook produced excellent action from 3- and 4-pound fish, allowing him to make the Saturday cut and collect good points in the Angler of the Year race.