Must Have Baits for South Carolina Bass Fishing with Patrick Walters

Fri, May 27, 2022

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. No matter where Patrick goes, and this applies even to lakes outside of South Carolina, not much can beat a jig. Whether you swim it through heavy cover, casting or skipping under docks and trees, or dragging on points, a jig can be fished effectively on any lake in South Carolina. With 20lb Sufix Advanced fluorocarbon on a 7'1" Heavy Daiwa Tatula Elite casting rod with an 8.1:1 Daiwa Tatula Elite Pitch and Flip, you've got everything you need for jig fishing bass in South Carolina. Next comes the trusty wacky rig, which catches fish anytime of the year on any lake you fish. Particularly when fish are near the spawn and come to the bank, it's hard to beat a wacky rigged Zoom Fluke Stick with #1 VMC Neko Hook on 10lb Sufix 832 braid to a 12lb Sufix Advanced fluorocarbon. Patrick's rod for the wacky rig is a Tatula Elite 7'0" "All-Around" spinning rod, which is a Medium/Medium-Heavy power and his reel is the Daiwa Tatula LT 4000 spinning reel. Last, but not least, Patrick's final must-have bait for South Carolina bass fishing is a hard jerkbait. The Rapala X-Rap is a great prespawn jerkbait that Patrick throws on 12-14lb Sufix Advanced fluorocarbon on the Daiwa Tatula 7'0" Jerkbait rod with a Daiwa Steez or Tatula SV TW casting reel. With the jig, wacky rig, and jerkbait, you can hit any lake in South Carolina with the confidence to catch more bass!

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