When bass head shallow for their annual spawning ritual, Bassmaster Elite Series pro, Patrick Walters likes to cover a lot of water with his trolling motor and use a large search bait, such as a glide bait, to help him visually locate bedding bass. One of the most important tips from Patrick is that once you've located a bass on its bed, don't just stop immediately and begin trying to catch the fish. He recommends continuing to trolling motor past the bass on its bed, but remember exactly where it is located and turn around after a short amount of time, and re-approach the fish in a more stealthy manner. This helps prevent the fish from knowing you are there and allows it to calm down and be far easier to catch. Patrick's first cast will be with a wacky worm at a distance where the fish can't see your boat and you can't see the bed - you are making the cast off of memory of where the fish was when you trolling motored past it before. As you get closer to the bed and can begin to visually see the fish, then it's time to break out the Texas rig and really work the bait to entice the fish into biting.
Must Have Baits for South Carolina Bass Fishing with Patrick Walters
Fri, May 27
South Carolina native and Bassmaster Elite Series angler, Patrick Walters, is no stranger to catching bass in the diverse fisheries that South Carolina has to offer. Here, he breaks down three must-have baits for catching bass in the Palmetto State.Video
How Patrick Walters Fishes Finesse in the Post Spawn
Tue, May 24
The post spawn funk can often bring about the bassin' blues for anglers, as it can be a challenging time to pattern and catch quality bass while they recover from their annual spawning ritual. Here, Bassmater pro, Patrick Walters shares his tips on capitalizing on this often challenging time to catch bass.Video