If you could peek into the secret stashes of bass pros, you might be surprised at how many have at least a few Cotton Cordell Super Spots tucked away somewhere. Even anglers who mostly use another specific lipless crankbait turn to a Super Spot when cold fronts come through because it is a slower sinker than most, making it ideal for working over shallow, developing grass beds and allowing for the ultra-slow presentations that are sometimes the key to early-season success.

Such was the case for Texas pro Alton Jones Jr. during the inaugural MLF Bass Pro Tour Event in Kissimmee, Florida, and a ½-ounce Gold/Black Spot got him to the final round, thus aiding in a 5th place finish. During the Knockout Round, which is the semi-final round that cuts the field from 40 anglers to 10, Jones moved to a new area in Lake Kissimmee, and a Spot proved ideal for the area.

“It was a hydrilla bed, and the water was only 2 ½ feet deep. I chose a Spot because it’s lighter than other lipless baits, and I can really feather it through the grass in extremely shallow water,” Jones said.

With clean, crisp hydrilla, like Jones found on that flat, he can let the lure drop down into the vegetation and work it with a slow yo-yoing retrieve, repeatedly lifting it out of the grass and letting it fall just into it.

“I could fish it effectively and extremely slow, which was important because we were fishing under cold front conditions,” he said. “My competitors were throwing bladed jigs and other lipless crankbaits, and I clearly had the upper hand because of my ability to work the lure much slower.”

Jones chose Gold/Black because he was fishing in Florida. “Golden shiners are the main forage the bass relate to in those waters,” he said.

Jones’ default lipless crankbaits for most situations are the BOOYAH One Knocker and Hard Knocker because he generally wants a little faster sink rate to work deeper, fish the lure faster and cast farther. However, when he fishes grass in super shallow water or when a hard cold front forces him to slow way down, even in somewhat deeper water, he reaches for a Super Spot.

As long as the bottom is clean or grass is crisp enough to allow doing so, Jones always yo-yos a Spot and lets it drop down into the vegetation, believing that slow rising and falling action, with the lure coming up out of the grass, prompts the most bites. Milfoil can be a little grabbier and the lure can bog down in it. In such situations, Jones just reels slowly, keeping the lure at a level where it barely hits the top of the vegetation from time to time.

The right rod is important for fishing a Super Spot through the grass, Jones noted, explaining that you need a lot a lot of backbone, but a very soft tip. He uses a 7-3 Heavy Kistler KLX, which is a composite rod that has a fiberglass tip, so he has the backbone needed for effectively pulling the lure through the grass and getting fish out but the very light tip needed for playing those fish gingerly.

During the Kissimmee event, Jones threw his Spot on 15-pound-test fluorocarbon. Sometimes he’ll go heavier to keep the lure even shallower, but 15-pound was a good match for that situation and it allowed for long casts to cover more water.

All of Jones’ Super Spots are the ½-ounce model.