Catch More Bass On Spinnerbaits This Spring | Bass Fishing

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 to
spawn. Glenn: Hey folks, Glenn May here with BassResource. com. And today, I wanna talk about fishing spinnerbaits
in 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 mention
that they don’t have a lot of confidence inspinnerbaits. And it’s hard for me sometimes to comprehend
because a spinnerbait is one of my top confidencebaits. I’ve been fishing them for decades, and I’ve
caught countless fish on them in all kindsof conditions all season long. So, let me talk to you a little bit about
kind of what it is about spinnerbaits, andhow to get more confidence in them. The first thing I’m gonna tell you is a spinnerbait
doesn’t resemble anything in nature. And I think that’s maybe the key thing why
people 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 not
something 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 past
a 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 anything
just like little baby bass attack giant lures. But it moves just a little bit and it gets
their attention. What happens is when you get towards the end
part, that’s where it really gets their attention. They can focus on it. It looks like it’s moving a little bit more
than the rest of the string, but that’s whenthey attack. When it goes by them, the end part goes by
them. That’s when they pounce on it. Now, why am I saying that?Because again, the string is not something
that’s natural to a cat to eat. But yet they will still attack it out of instinct. Because it’s something moving that’s getting
away from them. With the spinnerbait, it’s very similar, it
looks 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 points
where those fish are sitting in an ambushlocation and it comes right by them, that’s
when you get hit. It’s not like out in the middle of nowhere
where you get, you know, across a flat orsomething like that. Where other baits you can get hit pretty much
any time during the retrieve. This is very specific to an ambush point. And there’s two main things, one is when it
first 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 suddenly
bam. That’s when you’ll get smacked. Or you got a little weed point that comes
out, or you’re bringing across the point,or towards the front of a dock, or by some
logs or rocks. As you bring it across those pieces of structure
where 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 lot
of times. They’re sitting in ambush and it comes by
them 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 in
them because that’s how this bait works. The other time when you get hit a lot of times
is right when it hits the water. Actually, the majority of the bites I get
hit 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 comes
crashing down with a big splash. Well, anything that’s around it, you’ve now
just spooked it. Because you’re basically throwing rocks at
it. You’re not gonna get bit. What I do, is I have underhand casts all the
time. Underhand, or sidearm cast, backhand cast,
but I want a low trajectory. I’m using a large bait, a three-quarter ounce
bait. So, it’s a lot easier to do it this way, but
I throw it, I can give it a fast trajectory,low to the water, and just before it hits
the water I use my thumb and I break it hardto the point where I’ve lost pretty much all
momentum. And because it’s only this far off the water
instead of way up here, it doesn’t come crashingdown. It basically just dies and just slips into
the water like a 9. 9 Olympic diver. Just right in. It’s kind of like flipping and pitching with
jigs and plastics, that nice, soft, quietentry. A lot of times you get bit right when that
happens. 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 crushed
before I even have a chance to turn the reelhandle that way, or sometimes I’ll get maybe
two turns, three turns. That didn’t take long. There we go. So, a lot of times I’m expecting to get bit
as soon as it hits the water. So, I’ll throw it out there, do it, give it
a couple of cranks. If I don’t get bit then I’ve cast in such
in a way that’s it’s gonna come across thoseambush points. Logs, rocks in the water, whatever it may
be and bring it across those, and expect toget bit when you bring it by there because
those fish will hit it. Sometimes, you do get hit seemingly in random
areas when you’re bringing it back becausethere’ll be something under the water that
I didn’t see. And the bass will be sitting there in ambush
and will hit it. So, you can get hit when you’re not expecting
it. 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 and
then below the water, it depends on how thedock’s built, but there’s a mount of wood
underneath it. So, you need to bring the spinnerbait, see
it’s this, you know, foot under the water. Bring the spinnerbait not right under the
surface, but bring it down below where thatwood is so the fish can see it. But I’ll bring it along there and if I think
there’s a bunch of fish under that dock butthey’re not committing, I’ll just kill it
during that retrieve. Because sometimes the bass will follow it
out from underneath those docks and they’reright behind it, and when you kill it, they
suddenly have to do. . . they got to react, they’reeither gonna bite it, or they’re gonna peel
off. And a lot of times they bite it when you kill
it 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 cat
with a string, or a dot, a laser dot is anotherexample. You know, there’s nothing in nature that looks
like that, but yet cats go after it like crazy. Again, you’re trying to get them to react
to 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 little
bit of vibration, get their attention. And that’s about it. It’s pretty simple, you don’t have to get
too crazy with all the retrieves, but thereare several retrieves, a moderate, steady
retrieve 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 weeds
and the top of the water, I’ll burn it acrossthat as quick as I can so it kind of bulges
the 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 cold
front come through where the bass aren’t asaggressive, I’ll slow roll it, let’s say the
outside 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 a
lot more fish this spring on spinnerbaits. For more tips and tricks like this, visit
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