Spinnerbaits are one of the most versatilebaits 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. Itjust depends on how you fish it, what typeof bait that you choose and what kind of coveryou’re going to be fishing under. Let’s try it out today. There are three primarytypes 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 vibrationand it can spin at a very slow rate. You canbarely move that bait and that Colorado blade’sgoing to start turning, it puts out a heavy,heavy vibration. Conversely, the Willow Leaf blades, thosedon’t put out a whole lot of vibration butthey have a lot of flash to them which aregreat for when the Bass are schooling on baitfish and that sort of thing, that’s what youwant to focus on. Also the cool thing aboutthe Willow Leaf blades is that they’re prettymuch weedless so if you’re fishing throughsome heavy, heavy weeds like hydrilla andmillfoil and that sort of thing the WillowLeaf blade might be your choice that you wantto go with. For me, I like the Indiana blades. That’ssort of a mix between the two, they put offenough vibration that the Bass can hone inon it but yet they don’t slow the bait down,there’s not a whole lot of drag on it so Ican fish it really fast without the bait turningon its side. So I really like it, it’s veryversatile. I can fish it very slow, very fastand I don’t have to change baits. As for blade color, primarily there’s threedifferent types you can choose from, there’sa plethora of colors you can pick betweenbut usually there’s gold, there’s silver andthen there’s some painted blades, you canget like white or chartreuse. Typically whatyou want to do for color choice is with goldblades you want to fish those on cloudy daysor when the lake is murky. Silver color bladesare really good for bright sunny days andwhen the water’s really clear, that’s whenyou want that nice, bright flash or when thebass are feeding on bait fish, that sort ofthing. You’ll get that silver flash that thebait fish give off. Typically what I like to do is fish with thegold blades, even when it’s sunny out. Typicallythe bass will smack that thing, mainly becausein my neck of the woods where I’m fishingthe bass primarily feed on Perch and thatgold color tends to be what they focus on. Now you’ll see that most of these baits, theyhave tandem blades on it but there’s alsoa single blade bait. Now the difference betweenthe two is a tandem blade will give you alittle bit more vibration, it gives you alittle bit more lift and you can fish themfaster because they have a little more evenkeel to them. So you can fish it just underthe surface at a pretty fast clip and thebait won’t lean over to one side or the other. Now with the single blade, that gives offa lot of vibration. You can slow roll it,meaning you can crawl it right along the bottomof the lake and they’ll still remain uprightand you can do it at a very slow speed. When you’re choosing a spinnerbait, I liketo choose ones that have a thinner wire diameteron the arm. The reason being is because thatallows that blade to give off a lot of vibration. The downside of that is that eventually thatarm 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 andyou go through several packs a year. Spinnerbaits,same sort of thing. You spend a couple bucks on them and you gothrough three or four of them a year, that’sjust how they are, now that’s if you use thema lot. So the thinner diameter wire givesoff that ability for that blade to give offthat vibration, you really feel it and itallows the Bass to hone right in on it. Sofocus on that when you’re looking at a spinnerbait. Another thing that you want to look at whenyou are looking to buy a spinnerbait and you’relooking at them on the rack, is check thisball bearing. Usually a Sampo bearing is oneyou want but oftentimes you can’t tell whatthe brand is so the best way to check is justto give it a little flick, and you see howlong that thing spins? The longer the bladespins the better. That gives a real chancefor that blade to, it’ll start spinning rightwhen you just move it, just barely give ita 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 skirtsand the trailer. If you notice, this isn’ta silicone skirt. A lot of baits come withthem, I throw them right out. I replace themwith a Lumaflex skirt which is this hairylooking thing right here. Reason I like Lumaflexskirts is they undulate a lot better underthe 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 beforebut 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 hardto find. You have to look everywhere to findit, you go online, do some searching for Lumaflexskirts, 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 reallycheap. You’re going to go through severalof these before the spinnerbait breaks. Reasonbeing is, is as you use them this gets realpoofy, this one’s been used a few times. Asyou 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 getsall, 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 touse 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 baitto track straight and it gives off a littlebit of action, not so much a vibration butjust a little kicking action on the back ofthe bait, just adds a little more appeal forthe Bass. If you notice, it’s nice and straight, nowthis is key, this is real key. Sometimes whatwill happen is you’ll rig it and you’ll seethat this hangs down nice and straight butif you look closely this is crooked. Manytimes what happens when you see a bait comingthrough the water and it’s ticked off to oneside a lot of the times, you’ll read thisin articles on the web and whatnot, peoplewill say, “Bend the arm back and that willstraighten it out. ” Really the first thingyou ought to do is if you’ve got a traileron make sure it’s straight all the way, evenif it’s kinked up here. What happens is aerodynamics completely changein the water and it can make the bait flipover to one side or the other and that’s what’scausing it, not the blades. So before youadjust the arm to get it right back on trackmake sure that this is on nice and straight. If that is nice and straight and it worksjust the way it’s supposed to then you bendthe arm. You can bend it one way or the otherto get it to track nice and straight but that’swhat you want it to do. I also take the bait and if you notice, Iopened it up a little bit. That gives theability for the Bass to eat, for this hookto nail them instead of them clamping downand this could end up being used like a weedguard. So just open it up a little bit andthat way there’s a lot more exposure for thehook to, for the bass to hit it. Now that’s still going to be weedless. That’sthe beauty about this bait is it’s very, veryweedless. You can fish it just about anywhereyou 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 awfullot of fish. Just throw it in the bushes,throw it in the trees, throw it in any typeof thick cover that you see. This is goingto come through, you’d be really surprisedat how well it goes through. But for thatvery reason, that’s why I don’t use a trailerhook. Trailer hooks tend to snag up a little bitmore 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 thetrailer hook on and that’ll catch the fish. For me, I’ve discovered that if you’re gettingfollows 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 bladeand that usually will illicit the bites. Orjust change the front one, sometimes it’sjust the front one is all you need to do. But change the blade color first if you’regetting short strikes or getting follows andtypically that will change, that Bass willstart nailing them and if they don’t thenyou want to change the skirt color or changethe trailer. Dip in chartreuse dye, whateveryou need to do but just change the color andthat’s what’s going to get them to smack itand glom on to it. As for color, you can fish any color you wantas 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 isanother reason why I use the Lumaflex skirtsis because they absorb that dye and it putsoff a real vibrant, vibrant color what thesilicone skirts won’t do. Same with the whitetrailer, is you can dip that in any colorthat you want and it’s really going to bringthat color out. Now if any of you’ve noticed on the web orany of the seminars that we’ve done with JJ’sMagic is you can take your plastics and basicallycolor them anything you want. Same thing witha spinnerbait. You can color that skirt whateveryou 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 ofthe trailer and then dip that in red and thendip the tips in chartreuse. Whatever yourimagination is you can do it using JJ’s Magic. So that’s why I pick everything in white tostart off as a base and then color it at will. Also when you’re choosing spinnerbaits you’llwant to look at size. There’s all kinds outthere from an eighth ounce all the way toover an ounce. For me, I don’t get that muchinto them. I’ve been fishing spinnerbaitsfor decades now and really, what I’ve discoveredis the three quarter ounce spinnerbait iswhat you want to throw. Reason being, is it’seasier to throw in the wind, it’s easier tocast, it’s easier to bring back at fast rates. A lighter bait, when you bring it back reallyfast under the surface it’s going to tip overno matter what you do, no matter how wellyou straighten the arm, no matter how wellyou’ve done the trailer, it’s still goingto tip over if you bring it back quick. Threequarter ounce won’t do that. The other thingabout three quarter ounce is that you canbring it back really slow, right along thebottom of the lake or the bottom of the river. You can bring it back at any level that youwant, at any speed you want and in any coverthat you want. It’s extremely flexible andversatile, that’s why I like to throw it. And as I mentioned before, you can throw itin the bushes and the trees, this will crashright through them. It’s what I call a crashingthe bushes. You throw it in there really hardand it’ll crash right through and get rightin to where the Bass are. You can’t do thatwith a smaller spinnerbait. So, three quarterounce, that’s what I use year round. The onlyother time that I won’t, well downsize isright after the spawn when there’s a lot ofsmaller bait fish out there and the Bass arekeying on that I will downsize maybe to athree eighth ounce, maybe a quarter ouncebut typically three eighth ounce for aboutthree or four weeks after the spawn. For therest of the year, three quarter ounce. Let’s talk a little bit about equipment rightnow. Usually like I said I’m fishing a threequarter ounce spinnerbait so to match thatI use a heavy action rod, usually medium heavyaction rod. Reason being is because this biggerspinnerbait has a bigger hook so you’re goingto need that power and action to drive thehook into the jaw of the mouth. If you’reusing a smaller bait like a three eighth ounceor a quarter ounce then you’ll want to downsizeon your rod too. Go with a medium action ormaybe a worm type rod. That way you don’toverpower it and you can also still set thehook on it. Now what a lot of guys do, they go with alighter action rod because typically whena Bass smacks one of these things they reallyinhale it and you’re going to feel it instantlyand your reaction is to set that hook rightaway, thing is, is that you’re going to endup ripping it right out of his mouth beforehe has a chance to clamp down on it. So witha softer action rod or maybe a fiberglasscomposite that will give you a little bitof that give and just gives you a little bitmore time before you load up on that rod andgives you a chance for that Bass to grab itbefore you set the hook. I like to, I’ve been fishing it for a whileso after a while you get used to that, youget used to just giving it a little bit ofa pause, a little bit of hesitation beforeyou set the hook. It’s a matter of personalpreference, whatever you like to do. I liketo use 14 or 15 pound test line, again, fishingreal nice heavy hook but again, I like tothrow this into heavy, heavy cover. Lots ofbushes, laydowns, that sort of thing so you’regoing to need a heavier diameter line to gothrough 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 uselighter line like eight pound, ten pound lineand that line’s going to get all roughed upand it’s going to break off on you if you’refishing in rocks and that sort of thing sodon’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 wrappedup around where you tie it on and it actuallyhinders the action of the spinnerbait. Justtie directly to it. The key to fishing spinnerbaits is in theway you cast them. A lot of people, they’vedone everything right, they’ve chosen theright spinnerbait, they’ve put the right skirtson it, they’ve got the right color, everythingdown to exactly what they want to do and thenthey end up spooking the Bass because of theway they’re casting it. Really the key with fishing the spinnerbaitis you want a low trajectory and a soft entryinto the water, just like an Olympic diverright into a pool. As little wake as you canpossibly do. A nice quiet entry, you’re goingto 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 castis 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 onewill be at 11, that sort of thing. Just tocover a lot of water because if it’s realweedy, that sort of thing you’ll probablybring it right across them as they’re sittingin 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 youdo is you just give it a little cast justlike that. Very simple as you can see. That’sa three quarter ounce spinnerbait and it madea real light entry. I can actually do it alittle bit better than that. What you reallywant to do is give it a nice, low trajectoryright into the water, just like that. That’swhat you’re looking for, a real nice, lowtrajectory. 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 todo it, a little bit of practice with the thumbas well. As you practice with that thumb that’swhat you want to focus on is that light entryand a heavier spinnerbait makes it easierto do that. Now do that cast, it’s just a one handed castand really, all it’s like, if you’ve neverdone this before, it’s just like turning thehandle on a doorknob except you’re also givingit a little bit more of a backwards letterC as you turn. That’s really all there isto it, watch my arm when you do this, you’llsee I’m not taking the arm and swinging itand doing any of that crazy stuff, it’s allin the wrist, it’s just like that, that’sall you do. The other cast which takes a lot more practiceto master but it’s really worth doing is thebackhanded, underhanded cast. It looks justlike this. ‘K, very simple cast once you learnhow to do it. Trust me, it takes a littlebit of practice but folks, this is reallyworth learning how to do. It opens up a wholenew field of targets. Again, you just underhandjust like that. It’s kind of like, it’s sortof like a weird backhanded golf swing or ifyou’re left handed, baseball bat swing ifyou’re going for a real low bat, you know,low ball. It’s kind of awkward when you first learnhow 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 frontseater, if he hasn’t learned how to do thiscast, folks if you’re in the back seat itjust opened up a whole new bevy of targetsthat the front seat can’t get to. The otherthing about this backhanded cast is it allowsyou to fish either on this side of the boator 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 lookingfor. It doesn’t matter what side you’re fishingon you can do it. Doesn’t matter if you’vegot consoles in the way or trolling motorsor you’re engine in the way, whatever. Youcan either use the front-handed or the backhandedcast to get that bait right where you wantto. The thing about the backhanded cast, reallythe 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 learnbut once you do, man you’re going to loveit because it’s going to open up a whole lotof 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 likethis. Well, I hope these tips certainly help youout, especially if you’re a beginner but evenif you’ve been using spinnerbaits for a longtime I hoped you picked up a few little tips,it’s going to help you catch a lot more fishwith them. If you have any more questionsplease go to bassresource. com/spinnerbaits. Thanks for watching.