When it comes to spawning bass there typically isn't a "silver bullet" that you can tie on and have automatic success with when fishing for bass on their beds. Bassmaster Elite Patrick Walters likes to have a little variety in his presentation but keeps it simple with a three-pronged approach and likes to throw baits he has the most confidence in. When fish are locked on a bed, he reaches for either a lightweight Texas rigged soft plastic or a wacky-rigged stick worm. For the Texas rig, Patrick prefers a 5/16 oz weight or lighter, just enough weight to keep the bait on the bottom of the bed without being too heavy. With a Zoom UV Speed Craw or Z Craw (or Z Craw Jr.) on 20lb Sufix fluorocarbon line and a 4/0 VMC flippin' hook, you've got all you need for Texas rig fishing around beds. When it comes to colors, Patrick likes a natural color, such as Green Pumpkin, or the complete opposite with a white as a secondary option if the natural color doesn't pay off initially. Patrick's other favorite bed fishing bait is a wacky rigged stick worm, such as the Zoom Fluke Stick. With its slow, seductive fall and shimmying action, a wacky rigged stick worm is truly one of the best bed fishing options out there for making long casts to bedded bass.
Patrick Walters' Top Bed Fishing Baits
Mon, May 9, 2022