When it comes to spinnerbait and chatterbait fishing, Bassmaster Elite Series angler, Patrick Walters, likes to keep things simple and consistent. For each technique, Patrick likes to use the same rod: a Daiwa Tatula 7'4" Heavy Power, Moderate-Fast Action rod that was designed by Daiwa specifically for bladed jig and spinnerbait fishing. This rod is a glass composite rod, making it ideal for single-hooked moving baits with its parabolic bend, allowing the fish to really "get" the bait and stay hooked when fighting back to the boat. The length of the 7'4" makes it great for achieving long casts, but is also versatile enough to be an effective rod for target casting around shallow cover. For both the spinnerbait and chatterbait, Patrick prefers using 17 or 20lb fluorocarbon line, but prefers to stick with 20lb when the conditions allow. A Tatula Elite 7.1:1 gear ratio is Patrick's reel of choice for the spinnerbait, while an 8.1:1 gear ratio gets the nod when slinging the chatterbait.
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