Glenn: There we go. It’s a good fish. Yeah, he’s not gonna do anything, come here. Yeah, he just came right up and smacked it. Nice little belly on him. Keri: Yeah, he’s eating, getting ready tospawn. Glenn: Hey folks, Glenn May here with BassResource. com. And today, I wanna talk about fishing spinnerbaitsin the spring, and how to catch a lot morefish with them. You know, it’s funny, I get a lot of e-mails,I get a lot of. . . I see a lot of questionson our forums, and I see a lot of people mentionthat they don’t have a lot of confidence inspinnerbaits. And it’s hard for me sometimes to comprehendbecause a spinnerbait is one of my top confidencebaits. I’ve been fishing them for decades, and I’vecaught countless fish on them in all kindsof conditions all season long. So, let me talk to you a little bit aboutkind of what it is about spinnerbaits, andhow to get more confidence in them. The first thing I’m gonna tell you is a spinnerbaitdoesn’t resemble anything in nature. And I think that’s maybe the key thing whypeople have a hard time having confidencein them, because it doesn’t look like a worm,or a jig, or, you know, the crawfish, or abaitfish. It’s hard to think that a bass would hit it,but let’s think of it this way, let’s thinkof an analogy here. Cats and string. Cats by nature don’t eat string, it’s notsomething that you see out in the wild thatthey go out attack. Maybe it kind of looks kind of like a snake,but I’ve never seen a snake that looks thisthin, unless it’s a baby. But what happens is, you throw a string pasta cat, cat’s here, and you move that string,he may notice the string moved, you know,kind of, “Whoa, you know, look at that. “But he won’t really attack it, most of them. Unless it’s a kitten, they attack anythingjust like little baby bass attack giant lures. But it moves just a little bit and it getstheir attention. What happens is when you get towards the endpart, that’s where it really gets their attention. They can focus on it. It looks like it’s moving a little bit morethan the rest of the string, but that’s whenthey attack. When it goes by them, the end part goes bythem. That’s when they pounce on it. Now, why am I saying that?Because again, the string is not somethingthat’s natural to a cat to eat. But yet they will still attack it out of instinct. Because it’s something moving that’s gettingaway from them. With the spinnerbait, it’s very similar, itlooks like something that’s alive, that’smoving, that’s trying to get away from them,and their instincts, they’ll attack it. And a lot of times happens during those pointswhere those fish are sitting in an ambushlocation and it comes right by them, that’swhen you get hit. It’s not like out in the middle of nowherewhere you get, you know, across a flat orsomething like that. Where other baits you can get hit pretty muchany time during the retrieve. This is very specific to an ambush point. And there’s two main things, one is when itfirst enters the water and the other one whenit comes by an ambush point. So, an ambush point, let me get to that first,is like, at the end of a dock, you may goalong the whole length of a dock not get bit,and you get right to that corner of the dockright when that lure comes by and suddenlybam. That’s when you’ll get smacked. Or you got a little weed point that comesout, or you’re bringing across the point,or towards the front of a dock, or by somelogs or rocks. As you bring it across those pieces of structurewhere the bass could be sitting, or that cover,that’s when you’ll get hit. They won’t come out and follow and hit a lotof times. They’re sitting in ambush and it comes bythem just like a cat, boom, they’ll pounceon it. So, expect to get bit during those points,and you’ll see when you start to experiencethat, you’ll get a lot more confidence inthem because that’s how this bait works. The other time when you get hit a lot of timesis right when it hits the water. Actually, the majority of the bites I gethit is when it enters the water, and that’sbecause I’m not throwing it overhand. I see a lot of guys make this mistake. They cast overhead. . . overhead cast, it comescrashing down with a big splash. Well, anything that’s around it, you’ve nowjust spooked it. Because you’re basically throwing rocks atit. You’re not gonna get bit. What I do, is I have underhand casts all thetime. Underhand, or sidearm cast, backhand cast,but I want a low trajectory. I’m using a large bait, a three-quarter ouncebait. So, it’s a lot easier to do it this way, butI throw it, I can give it a fast trajectory,low to the water, and just before it hitsthe water I use my thumb and I break it hardto the point where I’ve lost pretty much allmomentum. And because it’s only this far off the waterinstead of way up here, it doesn’t come crashingdown. It basically just dies and just slips intothe water like a 9. 9 Olympic diver. Just right in. It’s kind of like flipping and pitching withjigs and plastics, that nice, soft, quietentry. A lot of times you get bit right when thathappens. So, it’s the same thing with a spinnerbait,only further distance away. It’s all in the thumb and when to stop it,you almost stop it just before it hits thewater. A lot of times my spinnerbait will get crushedbefore I even have a chance to turn the reelhandle that way, or sometimes I’ll get maybetwo turns, three turns. That didn’t take long. There we go. So, a lot of times I’m expecting to get bitas soon as it hits the water. So, I’ll throw it out there, do it, give ita couple of cranks. If I don’t get bit then I’ve cast in suchin a way that’s it’s gonna come across thoseambush points. Logs, rocks in the water, whatever it maybe and bring it across those, and expect toget bit when you bring it by there becausethose fish will hit it. Sometimes, you do get hit seemingly in randomareas when you’re bringing it back becausethere’ll be something under the water thatI didn’t see. And the bass will be sitting there in ambushand will hit it. So, you can get hit when you’re not expectingit. One thing I do like to do is on floating docks,I’ll bring it along, the floating dock. . . nowyou got to be careful about this. Floating docks, like, here’s the water andthen below the water, it depends on how thedock’s built, but there’s a mount of woodunderneath it. So, you need to bring the spinnerbait, seeit’s this, you know, foot under the water. Bring the spinnerbait not right under thesurface, but bring it down below where thatwood is so the fish can see it. But I’ll bring it along there and if I thinkthere’s a bunch of fish under that dock butthey’re not committing, I’ll just kill itduring that retrieve. Because sometimes the bass will follow itout from underneath those docks and they’reright behind it, and when you kill it, theysuddenly have to do. . . they got to react, they’reeither gonna bite it, or they’re gonna peeloff. And a lot of times they bite it when you killit like that. So, that’s another way to elicit a strike. But get over the way the bait looks and instead,focus on how can you get a strike out of itlike you are when you’re playing with a catwith a string, or a dot, a laser dot is anotherexample. You know, there’s nothing in nature that lookslike that, but yet cats go after it like crazy. Again, you’re trying to get them to reactto it, so a spinnerbait is a tool to get thatreaction bite. Holy crap, I can’t believe that. Keri: Fish. Fish. Look at that little guy. Little buckaroo. Fish. Glenn: Wow. Even after a cold front. Keri: He was hungry. Glenn: Yeah. Keri: He said he was hungry. Little buck. Glenn: Yeah. I’ll take it. Keri: Yeah. Glenn: So, I keep it real simple with colors. I just use white, or white and chartreuse,I put on a twin tail trailer on it, and I’lluse gold blades. Maybe twin Colorado blades to get a littlebit of vibration, get their attention. And that’s about it. It’s pretty simple, you don’t have to gettoo crazy with all the retrieves, but thereare several retrieves, a moderate, steadyretrieve is the most common and works thebest over most conditions. But sometimes, if they’re buried up in weeds,say milfoil, hydrilla, where there’s a littlegap between the top growths of those weedsand the top of the water, I’ll burn it acrossthat as quick as I can so it kind of bulgesthe surface without breaking the surface. Sometimes just wing it right by their head,they just react to it. So that’s when I’ll burn it by. And during periods when you’ve had a coldfront come through where the bass aren’t asaggressive, I’ll slow roll it, let’s say theoutside lines, the weed lines, or on deeperpoints. I like to slow roll it nice and slow on there. And again, those bites are gonna be aggressive. They hammer it. So, hang on when you’re doing that. But that’s essentially the way I fish a spinnerbait,especially in the spring. I hope that helps for you. I hope you use those tips and you catch alot more fish this spring on spinnerbaits. For more tips and tricks like this, visitBassResource. com.