Advanced Spinnerbait Fishing | Bass Fishing

Spinnerbaits are one of the most versatile
baits you can have in your tackle box, theycan be fished over, under and through cover,
they can be fished just above the surfaceor all the way crawled on the bottom. In short,
they can be used year round, all 365 daysof the year, in all weather conditions. It
just depends on how you fish it, what typeof bait that you choose and what kind of cover
you’re going to be fishing under. Let’s try it out today. There are three primary
types of blades, you have your Colorado blades,your Indiana blades and your Willow Leaf blades.
Now the difference between the three is theColorado blade puts out an awful lot of vibration
and it can spin at a very slow rate. You canbarely move that bait and that Colorado blade’s
going to start turning, it puts out a heavy,heavy vibration. Conversely, the Willow Leaf blades, those
don’t put out a whole lot of vibration butthey have a lot of flash to them which are
great for when the Bass are schooling on baitfish and that sort of thing, that’s what you
want to focus on. Also the cool thing aboutthe Willow Leaf blades is that they’re pretty
much weedless so if you’re fishing throughsome heavy, heavy weeds like hydrilla and
millfoil and that sort of thing the WillowLeaf blade might be your choice that you want
to go with. For me, I like the Indiana blades. That’s
sort of a mix between the two, they put offenough vibration that the Bass can hone in
on it but yet they don’t slow the bait down,there’s not a whole lot of drag on it so I
can fish it really fast without the bait turningon its side. So I really like it, it’s very
versatile. I can fish it very slow, very fastand I don’t have to change baits. As for blade color, primarily there’s three
different types you can choose from, there’sa plethora of colors you can pick between
but usually there’s gold, there’s silver andthen there’s some painted blades, you can
get like white or chartreuse. Typically whatyou want to do for color choice is with gold
blades you want to fish those on cloudy daysor when the lake is murky. Silver color blades
are really good for bright sunny days andwhen the water’s really clear, that’s when
you want that nice, bright flash or when thebass are feeding on bait fish, that sort of
thing. You’ll get that silver flash that thebait fish give off. Typically what I like to do is fish with the
gold blades, even when it’s sunny out. Typicallythe bass will smack that thing, mainly because
in my neck of the woods where I’m fishingthe bass primarily feed on Perch and that
gold color tends to be what they focus on. Now you’ll see that most of these baits, they
have tandem blades on it but there’s alsoa single blade bait. Now the difference between
the two is a tandem blade will give you alittle bit more vibration, it gives you a
little bit more lift and you can fish themfaster because they have a little more even
keel to them. So you can fish it just underthe surface at a pretty fast clip and the
bait won’t lean over to one side or the other. Now with the single blade, that gives off
a lot of vibration. You can slow roll it,meaning you can crawl it right along the bottom
of the lake and they’ll still remain uprightand you can do it at a very slow speed. When you’re choosing a spinnerbait, I like
to choose ones that have a thinner wire diameteron the arm. The reason being is because that
allows that blade to give off a lot of vibration. The downside of that is that eventually that
arm is going to break, at some point it’sgoing to break. That’s just the way it is.
To me, spinnerbaits are expendable. You spendfive, six bucks on a pack of plastics and
you go through several packs a year. Spinnerbaits,same sort of thing. You spend a couple bucks on them and you go
through three or four of them a year, that’sjust how they are, now that’s if you use them
a lot. So the thinner diameter wire givesoff that ability for that blade to give off
that vibration, you really feel it and itallows the Bass to hone right in on it. So
focus on that when you’re looking at a spinnerbait. Another thing that you want to look at when
you are looking to buy a spinnerbait and you’relooking at them on the rack, is check this
ball bearing. Usually a Sampo bearing is oneyou want but oftentimes you can’t tell what
the brand is so the best way to check is justto give it a little flick, and you see how
long that thing spins? The longer the bladespins the better. That gives a real chance
for that blade to, it’ll start spinning rightwhen you just move it, just barely give it
a pop and that blade will start going. Anyblade that doesn’t keep spinning like that,
put it back on the shelf and put it away. So let’s talk a little bit about the skirts
and the trailer. If you notice, this isn’ta silicone skirt. A lot of baits come with
them, I throw them right out. I replace themwith a Lumaflex skirt which is this hairy
looking thing right here. Reason I like Lumaflexskirts is they undulate a lot better under
the water, they give off a lot more color,it’s really reflective and I don’t know why,
I can’t tell you, but the Bass absolutelyannihilate it. I’ve used silicon skirts before
but for some reason they just don’t give offwhatever it is that the Bass is looking for,
I replace them with the Lumaflex and theyjust annihilate it. Now here’s the thing, they’re kind of hard
to find. You have to look everywhere to findit, you go online, do some searching for Lumaflex
skirts, eventually you’ll find somebody whosells it. When you do, buy it in the 100 pack.
It’s only a few bucks, you know, maybe 10bucks and you get 100 of them so it’s really
cheap. You’re going to go through severalof these before the spinnerbait breaks. Reason
being is, is as you use them this gets realpoofy, this one’s been used a few times. As
you use it more and more it begins to looklike Tina Turner with a bad hair day. Really,
it looks like Phyllis Diller. It gets allmangled and tangled and the bait just gets
all, and these skirts will eventually wrapup around the blade and get hung up on it.
At that point just rip it off and put a newone on. As for the trailer I like to use, I like to
use a little twin tail. This particular oneis a Zoom, I think it’s white, pearl white,
yeah, pearl white trailer. Nice and straight,it gives a nice even keel, allows the bait
to track straight and it gives off a littlebit of action, not so much a vibration but
just a little kicking action on the back ofthe bait, just adds a little more appeal for
the Bass. If you notice, it’s nice and straight, now
this is key, this is real key. Sometimes whatwill happen is you’ll rig it and you’ll see
that this hangs down nice and straight butif you look closely this is crooked. Many
times what happens when you see a bait comingthrough the water and it’s ticked off to one
side a lot of the times, you’ll read thisin articles on the web and whatnot, people
will say, “Bend the arm back and that willstraighten it out. ” Really the first thing
you ought to do is if you’ve got a traileron make sure it’s straight all the way, even
if it’s kinked up here. What happens is aerodynamics completely change
in the water and it can make the bait flipover to one side or the other and that’s what’s
causing it, not the blades. So before youadjust the arm to get it right back on track
make sure that this is on nice and straight. If that is nice and straight and it works
just the way it’s supposed to then you bendthe arm. You can bend it one way or the other
to get it to track nice and straight but that’swhat you want it to do. I also take the bait and if you notice, I
opened it up a little bit. That gives theability for the Bass to eat, for this hook
to nail them instead of them clamping downand this could end up being used like a weed
guard. So just open it up a little bit andthat way there’s a lot more exposure for the
hook to, for the bass to hit it. Now that’s still going to be weedless. That’s
the beauty about this bait is it’s very, veryweedless. You can fish it just about anywhere
you would fish a jig and not get hung up. Guys, don’t be afraid to throw it in the junk.
That’s what I really like to do, and that’swhen you’re really going to catch an awful
lot of fish. Just throw it in the bushes,throw it in the trees, throw it in any type
of thick cover that you see. This is goingto come through, you’d be really surprised
at how well it goes through. But for thatvery reason, that’s why I don’t use a trailer
hook. Trailer hooks tend to snag up a little bit
more and they tend to interfere a little bitwith the trailer so I don’t use trailer hooks.
A lot of people like to use them because ifthey get a short strike then they put the
trailer hook on and that’ll catch the fish. For me, I’ve discovered that if you’re getting
follows or if you’re getting short strikesthat means you need to change colors somewhere. Typically, it’s the blade color oddly enough.
What I’ll do is I’ll just swap off, if thisis a gold blade I’ll switch to a silver blade
and that usually will illicit the bites. Orjust change the front one, sometimes it’s
just the front one is all you need to do. But change the blade color first if you’re
getting short strikes or getting follows andtypically that will change, that Bass will
start nailing them and if they don’t thenyou want to change the skirt color or change
the trailer. Dip in chartreuse dye, whateveryou need to do but just change the color and
that’s what’s going to get them to smack itand glom on to it. As for color, you can fish any color you want
as long as it’s white. Now the reason, I’mpretty honest about that, but the reason being,
the reason why you want to pick white is becauseyou can change this to anything you want.
I use JJ’s Magic and what I like to do isdye the skirt or dye the trailer. This is
another reason why I use the Lumaflex skirtsis because they absorb that dye and it puts
off a real vibrant, vibrant color what thesilicone skirts won’t do. Same with the white
trailer, is you can dip that in any colorthat you want and it’s really going to bring
that color out. Now if any of you’ve noticed on the web or
any of the seminars that we’ve done with JJ’sMagic is you can take your plastics and basically
color them anything you want. Same thing witha spinnerbait. You can color that skirt whatever
you want, you can give it multicolor, I liketo take a little bit of red dye, put it in,
a little bit of chartreuse and leave somewhite in there so we’ve got a multicolor.
Same thing with the trailer, you can colorit anything you want, I’ll take the body of
the trailer and then dip that in red and thendip the tips in chartreuse. Whatever your
imagination is you can do it using JJ’s Magic. So that’s why I pick everything in white to
start off as a base and then color it at will. Also when you’re choosing spinnerbaits you’ll
want to look at size. There’s all kinds outthere from an eighth ounce all the way to
over an ounce. For me, I don’t get that muchinto them. I’ve been fishing spinnerbaits
for decades now and really, what I’ve discoveredis the three quarter ounce spinnerbait is
what you want to throw. Reason being, is it’seasier to throw in the wind, it’s easier to
cast, it’s easier to bring back at fast rates. A lighter bait, when you bring it back really
fast under the surface it’s going to tip overno matter what you do, no matter how well
you straighten the arm, no matter how wellyou’ve done the trailer, it’s still going
to tip over if you bring it back quick. Threequarter ounce won’t do that. The other thing
about three quarter ounce is that you canbring it back really slow, right along the
bottom of the lake or the bottom of the river. You can bring it back at any level that you
want, at any speed you want and in any coverthat you want. It’s extremely flexible and
versatile, that’s why I like to throw it. And as I mentioned before, you can throw it
in the bushes and the trees, this will crashright through them. It’s what I call a crashing
the bushes. You throw it in there really hardand it’ll crash right through and get right
in to where the Bass are. You can’t do thatwith a smaller spinnerbait. So, three quarter
ounce, that’s what I use year round. The onlyother time that I won’t, well downsize is
right after the spawn when there’s a lot ofsmaller bait fish out there and the Bass are
keying on that I will downsize maybe to athree eighth ounce, maybe a quarter ounce
but typically three eighth ounce for aboutthree or four weeks after the spawn. For the
rest of the year, three quarter ounce. Let’s talk a little bit about equipment right
now. Usually like I said I’m fishing a threequarter ounce spinnerbait so to match that
I use a heavy action rod, usually medium heavyaction rod. Reason being is because this bigger
spinnerbait has a bigger hook so you’re goingto need that power and action to drive the
hook into the jaw of the mouth. If you’reusing a smaller bait like a three eighth ounce
or a quarter ounce then you’ll want to downsizeon your rod too. Go with a medium action or
maybe a worm type rod. That way you don’toverpower it and you can also still set the
hook on it. Now what a lot of guys do, they go with a
lighter action rod because typically whena Bass smacks one of these things they really
inhale it and you’re going to feel it instantlyand your reaction is to set that hook right
away, thing is, is that you’re going to endup ripping it right out of his mouth before
he has a chance to clamp down on it. So witha softer action rod or maybe a fiberglass
composite that will give you a little bitof that give and just gives you a little bit
more time before you load up on that rod andgives you a chance for that Bass to grab it
before you set the hook. I like to, I’ve been fishing it for a while
so after a while you get used to that, youget used to just giving it a little bit of
a pause, a little bit of hesitation beforeyou set the hook. It’s a matter of personal
preference, whatever you like to do. I liketo use 14 or 15 pound test line, again, fishing
real nice heavy hook but again, I like tothrow this into heavy, heavy cover. Lots of
bushes, laydowns, that sort of thing so you’regoing to need a heavier diameter line to go
through all that stuff. What I don’t recommend is using spinning gear.
Don’t ever use spinning gear with spinnerbaitsbecause you’re just going to be disappointed.
Spinning gear doesn’t have the backbone toset the hook, you’re going to have to use
lighter line like eight pound, ten pound lineand that line’s going to get all roughed up
and it’s going to break off on you if you’refishing in rocks and that sort of thing so
don’t use spinning gear. Also if you notice I tie directly to the lure,
I don’t use a snap, don’t use a swivel. Thosejust tend to get in the way and get wrapped
up around where you tie it on and it actuallyhinders the action of the spinnerbait. Just
tie directly to it. The key to fishing spinnerbaits is in the
way you cast them. A lot of people, they’vedone everything right, they’ve chosen the
right spinnerbait, they’ve put the right skirtson it, they’ve got the right color, everything
down to exactly what they want to do and thenthey end up spooking the Bass because of the
way they’re casting it. Really the key with fishing the spinnerbait
is you want a low trajectory and a soft entryinto the water, just like an Olympic diver
right into a pool. As little wake as you canpossibly do. A nice quiet entry, you’re going
to get a lot more strikes when you do that. So, you can’t do that with an overhand cast,
you’re just not going to be able to. So theonly time I actually use an overhand cast
is when I’m in a big flat and I’m trying tocover lots of water, I’m randomly casting,
I’ll just start like at the nine o’clock position,the next cast will be at 10, the next one
will be at 11, that sort of thing. Just tocover a lot of water because if it’s real
weedy, that sort of thing you’ll probablybring it right across them as they’re sitting
in the weeds but other than that I use anunderhand cast. And there’s two different types you can do.
One’s a forward underhand cast and the otherone’s a backhanded cast. Let me show you these.
Now the forward cast is actually pretty simpleto do, this is a one handed cast, all you
do is you just give it a little cast justlike that. Very simple as you can see. That’s
a three quarter ounce spinnerbait and it madea real light entry. I can actually do it a
little bit better than that. What you reallywant to do is give it a nice, low trajectory
right into the water, just like that. That’swhat you’re looking for, a real nice, low
trajectory. It doesn’t come crashing downwith a giant splash or anything like that,
that’s what you want to practice on. It’sgoing to take a little bit of practice to
do it, a little bit of practice with the thumbas well. As you practice with that thumb that’s
what you want to focus on is that light entryand a heavier spinnerbait makes it easier
to do that. Now do that cast, it’s just a one handed cast
and really, all it’s like, if you’ve neverdone this before, it’s just like turning the
handle on a doorknob except you’re also givingit a little bit more of a backwards letter
C as you turn. That’s really all there isto it, watch my arm when you do this, you’ll
see I’m not taking the arm and swinging itand doing any of that crazy stuff, it’s all
in the wrist, it’s just like that, that’sall you do. The other cast which takes a lot more practice
to master but it’s really worth doing is thebackhanded, underhanded cast. It looks just
like this. ‘K, very simple cast once you learnhow to do it. Trust me, it takes a little
bit of practice but folks, this is reallyworth learning how to do. It opens up a whole
new field of targets. Again, you just underhandjust like that. It’s kind of like, it’s sort
of like a weird backhanded golf swing or ifyou’re left handed, baseball bat swing if
you’re going for a real low bat, you know,low ball. It’s kind of awkward when you first learn
how to do it but what this allows you to dois you can target the back side of targets,
the back side of docks. This is really goodif you’re a back seater because the front
seater, if he hasn’t learned how to do thiscast, folks if you’re in the back seat it
just opened up a whole new bevy of targetsthat the front seat can’t get to. The other
thing about this backhanded cast is it allowsyou to fish either on this side of the boat
or that side of the boat, either way you’vegot a cast you can use to get that low trajectory,
get it up under the trees, under the docksand that nice, soft entry that you’re looking
for. It doesn’t matter what side you’re fishing
on you can do it. Doesn’t matter if you’vegot consoles in the way or trolling motors
or you’re engine in the way, whatever. Youcan either use the front-handed or the backhanded
cast to get that bait right where you wantto. The thing about the backhanded cast, really
the key about that is when you release itwith your thumb. That’s what takes practice.
Practice with that, sit down for a few hours,I assure you it will take a while to learn
but once you do, man you’re going to loveit because it’s going to open up a whole lot
of new targets you can cast at. There we go. Fish on. Come here you. Yee haw.
All right. That’s what a spinnerbait can doright there for you. Nice two pound smally.
I guarantee you guys, you keep throwing thesethings you’re going to catch fish just like
this. Well, I hope these tips certainly help you
out, especially if you’re a beginner but evenif you’ve been using spinnerbaits for a long
time I hoped you picked up a few little tips,it’s going to help you catch a lot more fish
with them. If you have any more questionsplease go to bassresource. com/spinnerbaits.
Thanks for watching.

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