Bite on a spinnerbait! Man what a hard pullingfish! That fish liked to pull me out of theboat. If I can ever get him up here. Now there’s anice one on a spinnerbait. Look how big, fat,and healthy that fish is. That fish is probablyfive pounds or maybe a little over. But lookhow good it is eating. We started out this morning and we were throwinga topwater bait. We had some bites on topwater,but the sun is kind of getting up and as youcan we’re starting to get a little breeze. When we first got here this morning it wasdead flat calm, kind of warm and humid, andwe had a few topwater bites. But really thetopwater water bite wasn’t real good. As Imentioned we had a little breeze picking upand a little chop on the surface, which isusually when a spinnerbait gets good is whenyou get a little bit of disturbance on thesurface, a little wind, and a little cloudcover. I picked this spinnerbait up, threwit out there, and caught that big fish. Forsome reason some days fish like to come upto the surface and bite on top, and some daysthey want more of a sub-surface bait. I pickedup this little Picasso Inviz Wire Spinnerbait. This is a new bait that just came out. It’sgot a brown heat-treated wire, it’s 27/1000,it’s got a special loop, and it’s got a lotof vibration. One thing about this bait isit has a light wire. It has a lot more vibration,but also when you get a light wire spinnerbaitlike this you have to tune it. That fish rightthere bent it up. Always when you get yourspinnerbait always look at the head and thehook. As you can see I’ve got the wire and whatI want is this top wire to be perfectly straightso I may need to tweak it just a little bitto the side. I want all this in line and I want this top wire to coverthe hook because that’s what is going to makeit weedless. Whenever you’re throwing a spinnerbait and whatever it is, (this is a lightwire spinnerbait and it bends a little easier)always be sure to keep your spinnerbaits tuned. That will help you not get hung up as much. Let’s see if we can pick a spinnerbait upand see if we can catch a few more fish. There’s one right there! Oh gosh my hand slippedoff the reel handle! Oh man they hit thisthing. This hit this spinnerbait so hard andI wasn’t prepared for that bite. There all ofa sudden we picked a spinnerbait up. Somethingthat runs just a little bit under the surface,and we picked up two fish. So always kindof pay attention to what the fish are tellingyou. That’s one thing about this heat-treatedwire; it’s pretty tough. Let me try that again. I did everything wrong. My hand slipped off the reel handle but Istill managed to keep up with that fish eventhough it was a little difficult. One thing I did notice is the size of theshad are about the size of the blades on thatspinnerbait. Which a lot of times that’s whatyou want to try to do. You want to match thesize of the bait to your blades. If they’resmall you’ll want to throw a smaller bladedspinnerbait. If on some lakes you have biggizzard shad and things of that natureyou want to throw bigger bladed spinnerbaits. Number 6’s or maybe even number 7’s like theydo a lot of times down in Florida. I still can’t get over that one fish and howhard it hit that spinnerbait. That was justan unbelievable I didn’t catch him he caughtme kind of deal!There’s one right there! That’s the secondfish off that brush pile. I just caught thatone just a second ago off of it and that’sthe second fish. Now that’s another good tipI think a lot of time we kind of get in ahurry and I know this is something I’m guiltyof it too at times. But whenever you cometo like a big brush pile or a lay down treeand you throw in there and catch one. A lotof times if that piece of cover was good enoughfor one fish, a lot of times it can be goodenough for two or three fish. So don’t beafraid to make multiple casts. That’s somethingelse that I can tell you I’ve learned fromspinnerbait fishing through the years is alot of times people are real bad about pullingup to a lay down, a stump, or a stick, andmaking a cast on the left and right side andthen move on to the next one. Sometimes ifthose fish aren’t real aggressive I know Ifished a tournament years ago fishing floodbushes where I would throw six times to eachside of the bush: six times to the left sideand six times to the right side. Sometimesthe fish would bite on the first cast, andsometimes it was the sixth. A lot of timeswhen you’ve got a big brushy lay down treeor piece of cover what you have to think isthat fish may not be sitting right on theedge. He might be deep inside the heart ofthat tree of that lay down. The first castyou may get his attention, the second casthe may go “hmmm what was that”, and the thirdcast he may start to move out to the edgeof that tree. So a lot of times by makingmultiple casts with a spinnerbait, a squarebill crankbait, or even a worm or a jig. Sometimes whenyou come to a good piece of cover the morecast you make a lot of the time you repositionthe fish. In other words he may not be onthe edge of it, he may be in the center ofit and maybe by that sixth cast you’ve gothis attention and he’s come out to the edgeof the tree to bite. I’m going to try to start on the end, butI threw over it. There’s one! It’s not a bassthough is it? It’s a little bass and I watchedhim come up there and eat my spinnerbait. Okay now there’s one bass. That’s a prettybig log and I tried to throw to throw on thisfar end first because whenever you come upa lot of times you could have two, three,or four fish. So you don’t want to throw deadacross it and drag that fish out and messup that whole piece of cover. We’re goingto make another cast across the end. Of courseI really could get in there a little tighter. We’re going to see if we can catch one offthe other end. We may and we may not. Butthat’s one thing I like to try to do is Iapproach cover and try to do it in a systemwhere I might be able to catch multiple fishoff of a piece of cover. Ultimately the bestcast would be to get over and throw all theway down that log. But sometimes you alwayswant to start on the outer edges before youthrow to the center first. That way you mightnot mess up if you throw right to the centerfirst and drag a fish out it may scare anotherfish that was on the edge. So that’s anotherthing that I like to always systematicallythink about it and try to give myself theopportunity to catch more than one fish offa piece of cover. See now our wind has pickedback up and we’re getting a pretty good ripple,which is a good thing. So many beautiful targets to throw to andyou know I’m starting to get the feeling thatI need to be throwing out in the shad. Youknow?That’s a good one! Good lord look at thisbass! Man I’ve got like a four or five pounderthat has short lined me. Oh man check thisbass out right here. You talk about a niceone. Now that was about my fifth cast that I madethrough that tree right there. Now if youlook I felt him bump it on the fifth castand I’m pretty sure I got him through thenose. Now that took five casts through thattree before I ever caught that bass. As youcan see that’s a nice one right there!I’m going to let him go. Once again ever sincewe picked up this Picasso Spinnerbait withthis new heat-treated 27/1000 wire we’ve caughttwo fish and we’ve almost put a limit in theboat. But it took five throws through thatpiece of cover before I ever got that fishto bite. That’s one thing I’ve noticed nowthat don’t know what it is. The fish are biting,but it’s taking a little bit more to encouragethem. They’re not always biting on the firstcast. We fished through this pocket earlythis morning and had one or two bites. SoI think I’m going to fish back through itwith a spinnerbait and see if we can’t pickup a few more fish. Plus we’ve also seen somein here schooling, which is another good reasonto fish back through here. I think angling pressure has an effect onmultiple casts. Sometimes it’s just like ifsomeone keeps coming up to you and keeps pokingyou in the chest. Eventually you’re goingto get you know. On the first pokethey might get a reaction from you, but onthe fifth or sixth poke they’re going to finallymake you angry. I think that’s a lot of theways with making multiple casts to pieces ofcover. Whether it be a spinnerbait, a squarebill, a plastic worm, a jig, or whatever itmight be. I think the more casts you makethat eventually you’ll either aggravate himor trigger his instinct to finally feed. Ithink sometimes it’s angling pressure andsometimes it’s just the mood of the fish. Sometimes they’re just not in an aggressivemood. I think after it comes through 4-5-6-8 times they decide, “hey I’m going to takeadvantage of this. ” Because you know bassare opportunists.