One of Bassmaster Elite Series Angler, Patrick Walters', favorite way to fish heavy cover and shallow trees is with the trust spinnerbait. Spinnerbaits effectively imitate a wide variety of baitfish species and excel in the springtime and during the shad spawn that occurs after largemouth bass finish spawning. When fishing a spinnerbait, the biggest misconception is not fishing the bait through heavy cover. With each cast, you want to throw the spinnerbait as tight to the cover or shallow tree that you're targeting and even deflect off the cover to help trigger strikes. In lakes that are ridden with cypress trees, the root systems also offer additional cover and deflection targets that the changing direction of the skirt and blades will trigger strikes. When throwing a spinnerbait, Patrick Walters likes to use a Terminator spinnerbait with an added small paddletail style trailer for added drawing power and attraction for bigger bites.
Patrick Walters' Top 3 Spawn Techniques
Fri, April 29
The water is warming and full moon cycles have big bass pushing the bank for their annual spawning ritual and there's no better time to hit the water in search of the hottest springtime bites. Bassmaster Elite Series champion Patrick Walters is a South Carolina native who is here to share with us his top three techniques for fishing during the spawn.Video