As the leaves begin to change and the water cools, covering area is key. During this time of year you can find Bassmaster Elite Series Pro, Patrick Walters with a buzzbait tied on. Whether it’s around thick cover or boat docks, having the ability to throw it in any spot is a huge plus when it comes to efficiency on the water. Not only are they extremely versatile, but they flat out catch big fish! It’s not uncommon to catch some of the biggest fish in a body of water with this larger profile presentation.
Patrick prefers to throw a buzzbait skirt-less with a Zoom Horny Toad trailer. That gives him the ability to bring it through the nastiest cover without constantly getting hung up. The reason being the toad helps keep the bait up right where a traditional skirt would put drag on it which would make the bait sit lower in the water. Braid is also another must for Patrick. He chooses to use 40-pound Sufix braid so he can make quick contact when he gets a bite. “Just keep reeling, the fish is going to hook himself with the exposed hook”. Don’t worry if the fish misses it on the first go, they will often take another swipe at it if you keep a constant speed and don’t jerk it out of the strike zone too quickly.