The Patriot is the original Monsterbass lure that started it all. Two Kitana Hooks, one in characteristic Monsterbass red, provides unique side-to-side action. You’ll get more vicious topwater strikes with a single twitch of your rod tip with the Patriot than any other bait. Why the red hook? You are using nature’s instincts to your advantage by signifying a wounded victim. The Patriot is available in six colors and great anywhere you’d use any walking bait. Throw it around the edges of weed beds, and walk it back-and-forth over shallow rocks. Fish it gently, though, because this bait’s design gives a side-to-side action all its own.
Learning to fish a topwater walking bait the right way can take a little bit of extra time and practice. You’re going to want to learn how to “walk-the-dog” which is basically a way of retrieving the lure that makes the bait move side to side, slashing one direction and then the other. After you cast out the Patriot, let it sit until the rings have dissipated. Many times you’ll get strikes before you even move the bait. Then, point your rod tip at the bait and with a small amount of slack in the line give your rod tip short “pops” downward. Repeat this action throughout the length of your retrieve.
“The Patriot is an excellent search bait and is the type of topwater that can be effective all day long. Changing up your cadence is definitely a key. Early in the season, sometimes a much slower retrieve, with longer pauses can illicit violent strikes. Later in the year, particularly in the post-spawn and fall, you can almost not retrieve it fast enough at times. Remember to always keep your eye out for schooling bait fish busting the service, too. You can have some incredible days chasing bait around.”
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