HomeblogsCheaters – Chocolate Milk and One Jig by Alan McGuckin – Dynamic Gerald Swindle says it could be worse. Flood warnings that resulted from torrential downpours in Shreveportâ€™s Red River region this past Saturday morning have not turned Bassmaster Classic waters to looking like chocolate milk. And as far as he knows, his ribs arenâ€™t broken following a missed step in rubber boots that sent his 6-foot-4-frame slamming into his Tritonâ€™s fiberglass gunnel wall during a rainy practice day earlier this week. Swindle does warn however, that rubber boots donâ€™t stick well to wet fiberglass, and this yearâ€™s Classic waters are far dirtier than the 2009 edition of bass fishingâ€™s biggest event. â€œNo, the whole river doesnâ€™t look like chocolate milk, but itâ€™s three times dirtier than it was in 2009 when Skeet Reese won here,â€ said Swindle. â€œSurface temps are around 52-degrees, and the bass arenâ€™t chasing real well, but thereâ€™s still some good looking water out there if you look hard enough to find it.â€œ â€œWhen the water rises, and gets off-colored, these bass are like me in a dark hotel room–they donâ€™t move fast, and they donâ€™t move far,â€ said Swindle, as he sat tying on shades of black, red and blue lures to a 6.6:1 gear ratio Quantum EXO reel, and 7â€™4â€ EXO pitchinâ€™ stick. BoatU.S. Angler member Terry Scroggins isnâ€™t seeing as good as he used to either. Scroggins, age 43, has recently experienced the post-40 slip in vision that a lot of folks do. â€œYep, I got me a pair of cheaters,â€ said Scroggins, referencing a cheap pair of reading glasses. â€œI spent about $550 with an optometrist, and the glasses he gave me werenâ€™t worth a dang,â€ said Scroggins. â€œSo I took my buddyâ€™s advice and went to Walmart. Itâ€™s great, you can pick out any lens you want for about twelve bucks,â€ he grinned. â€œ I donâ€™t read much, but when I do itâ€™s usually magazines. The Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition has been a big hit here in camp this week.â€ Not far from Scroggins, sat two-time Bassmaster Elite Series tournament champ, Casey Ashley rifling his sites on one lure — a jig — that he uses just about everywhere the pro tour takes him. â€œItâ€™s a hand-tied jig that an older gentleman back home makes, and it hardly ever gets hung-up or snagged compared to most jigs,â€ said Ashley, age 28. â€œThe manâ€™s name that makes these jigs is Louie Hull, and he calls them Shooter Lures. He sells them stapled on these cardboard cards, and Iâ€™m pretty sure thatâ€™s his home phone number printed on the top of the card,â€ grinned Ashley, who has a deep appreciation for lifeâ€™s simplest approaches. â€œItâ€™s pretty much the only jig I throw everywhere we go. I mostly throw a black-blue, 3/8-ounce version trimmed with a blue Zoom Super Chunk Junior. Once in a while, I use a color called Brown Craw. I cast it, pitch it, flip it, whatever â€“ Louieâ€™s jigs just donâ€™t hang-up much, and they get bit,â€ said Casey, who understands well, that simplicity is often the best approach to seeing his way to tournament success, even if the Red River was once threatening to cloud up like chocolate milk.