Patrick Walters' Top Bed Fishing Baits

Mon, May 9, 2022

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.

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