Lately I have received many requests
about spinner-baits questions from how to use them? To when and where do
I fish them?
So I thought I would publish an article and try to answer the many
questions I have received.
1st let me state that a spinner-bait is a fun bait to fish, the hit you
get when a bass strikes it is just unbelievable, the problem is most
fisherman do not have confidence in using a spinner bait and if they do
not catch a fish rite away they put it down. In this article I will try
to explain how to use a spinner-bait as well as how to gain confidence
when you do.
There are many uses for a spinner-bait; it can be used as a fish finder,
a deep water bait, a shallow water bait, a bait that covers a lot of
area in a short time, you can drop it like a worm or speed it up like a
rattle trap. All these uses allow you to make it one of the most
flexible baits in your tackle box. A Bait that you could just about fish
exclusively on a fishing trip and catch a good stringer of bass with
day after day. The key to this is to understand what a spinner-bait
emulates in the water and how to make it perform like you want it to.
If you can imagine a baitfish in the water, erratically swimming along
the top, bottom or in the thermo-cline you basically understand what
this bait emulates. Now that we have established this, the next thing is
to understand that bass are predators, and they love to strike what
appears to be wounded, its kind of like the class room bully, they always
pick on the ones that look like they can beat or win. Well a bass acts
much the same; if a baitfish appears weak it will strike it in a
heartbeat. So the key is to make this bait appear erratic in the water,
act wounded, play hurt, or just plain loud so it aggravates Mr. Bass.
If you can do this the sky is the limit on ways you can make this bait
work, look or act in the water. So this is why this bait can be so
versatile, you can fish it in shallow water by ripping it along the top
of grass or structure. You can go heavy ¾ to 1 oz. And fish it in 10 to
15 ft. of water by just slowing down the retrieve and let it tick the
structure at the bottom. You can make it act erratic by stopping,
dropping and speeding up your retrieve. You can throw it around or under
boathouses or docks. You can make it noisy by adding a Colorado leaf
blade, or adding big blades that hit each other in the water. You can
fish it with a single blade a double blade or a combination of a Willow
and Colorado blade.
Knowing that a spinner-bait has so many ways to use it fishing this bait
now becomes easy. You want to examine the water your fishing, establish
whether it’s deep, shallow and what the structure is around you, and
dress the bait. In other words, add a trailer, and trailer hook, be
aware of what you are using the bait for and get ready to start fishing.
||The biggest part now is to make sure you are rigged properly
in other words match the correct rod and reel. A spinner-bait
needs to be set up properly to get the effect we have been
discussing, you must select a rod long enough to get a long cast
a 7 ft. rod is my preference, soft enough in the tip to let the
bait work properly and with a fast enough reel to retrieve it so
it will stay on top of the structure. Today’s modern rods with
IM6 in the base of the rod and fiberglass in the tip are perfect
to match this up with. You get a rod heavy
enough to hold a bait cast reel, strong enough to work
the bait and soft enough in the tip to get a medium light action rod.
Now all you need is a 6.3 to 1 bait cast reel, with either 12lb or 14 lb
test monofilament line and you’re rocking.
So let’s go fishing, the first thing you must do to fish a spinner-bait
is start with a long cast. A spinner-bait works the best when you give
it distance at the cast to perform, so get it out there 50 to 75 yards
when you cast. This will allow you to start working the bait so it
performs to the highest level of possible achievement, that being to
stop it, drop it, change speeds or rip it over or next to the structure
you are fishing. With a soft rod tip there are many ways to enhance the
action of this bait. A spinner bait rig is fished with your wrist for
movement, if you change the wrist position by moving your wrist back and
forth it changes the action and hence the presentation. The only time
this long cast process would not be preferred would be if your using it
around boat houses or docks. Then you have to get it up under the
structure and let it drop and pull it changing speeds and using your
wrist quickly to create some quick action with the bait. It can also be
yo-yoed by fishing the tip of the rod high and dropping it to get the
bait to fall, like a baitfish that has been struck and is dropping.
Remember imagine this being a baitfish and you want that predator bass
to act like the class bully and strike this wounded, weak meal. Make it
act wounded and I’m telling you it will perform, you will catch fish and
have fun doing it.
|Lastly setting the hook while fishing a
spinner-bait. Many times the strike alone will hook the fish,
however there are times that you get a strike especially on a big
fish and you just know its not hooked good. While your reeling
this fish in, yank that rod toward you with the tip down to get
the hook set deeper into the mouth of the fish. If the fish is
not hooked good the first time it jumps it will throw the hook
and this will ensure a deeper hook set, I have lost some fish
this way over the years but I believe I have kept many more that
would have thrown the hook anyway than I have lost.
My preferences of spinner-baits are as follows:
1. In the summer I like colors that match the color of
the water, in the spring I like them a little lighter. I want red
somewhere on the bait always, on the skirt, or a blade or hook again
this is for reasons of the predator bass, and red looks wounded.
2. I use a trailer that offsets the color of the skirt, generally gray
or silver with a dark color and bright green or white with a bright
3. I generally use a 1.0 or 2.0 trailer hook; again I like red hook
trailer with dark colors and silver hook with light colors.
4. I use a ½ to 1.0 oz. Most of the time, unless I have some real thick
grass I am trying to fish over then I go lighter.
5. I use a combination Willow leaf and Colorado blade most of the time
unless I want more vibration to trigger a reaction bite like in the
spring then I use a single Colorado blade. I use a double Willow leaf
blade if I want a lot of clanging noise.
6. I want a spinner-bait that does not rollover, I have found only one
that you can bet on will not and that’s
“Punisher Lures,” “Flame
||Now that you know how to fish, what to fish it with, and how
to make it act in the water you can go out there and fish with
confidence that you will catch fish. If you don’t believe me,
try this little trick. Get in your boat, leave your entire
tackle box home except your “Flame Spinner Baits” your rod and
reel, and make your success depend on this bait. This will make
you think like a wounded baitfish and you will catch fish, learn
to use your spinner-bait and have fun doing it.
I have one more suggestion; let me personally teach you to fish
the “Punisher Lures Flame Spinner-bait” come fish with me on
beautiful Lake Guntersville Alabama. I will supply the tackle,
boat, teach you these techniques and help you catch bass.
Fish Lake Guntersville Guide Service