Although it was more than 20 years ago, Eric Porterfield still remembers well the semester in college when the $500 he needed for books simply didn’t exist. Time was running out, and he had no idea where the money might come from. He did have $100, though, and that was just enough to register as a non-boater in a major tournament at Lake Fort Gibson.

Fortunately for Porterfield, he drew a boater who by his own admission knew nothing about the lake and chose to surrender boat control to Porterfield. Having found a good group of fish a week earlier, Porterfield gladly took that invitation and took both of them to the fish.

The boat owner got things started with two keepers he caught on a Fire Tiger Pop-R. Then Porterfield caught a couple of small keepers on a White/Green Fleck Deep Tiny N. He felt like there were better fish to be caught, though, so he picked up a DD22 in the same color pattern. That color had proven itself in the Deep Tiny N, but it was new to Porterfield in a DD22.

Any uncertainly dissipated quickly as Porterfield proceeded to catch several bass, including a 6-pound, 8-ounce largemouth. The kicker turned out to be the big fish in the tournament and earned him a $1000 prize, which, along with $500 for a seventh-place finish, provided three times what he needed to pay for the next semester’s books.

“That crankbait is still hanging on my wall,” Porterfield said, “and that color still is one of my favorites.”

Porterfield knows White/Green simply as 141, which is the catalog color code, and 141 is one of the first colors he grabs any time he wants to imitate a shad, whether with something small like Deep Baby N or full-sized DD22.