All anglers, it seems, have a favorite type of lure. For those of you who have not yet chosen that lure, allow me to make a case for the spinnerbait. Spinnerbaits are among the most versatile lures in bass fishing. They can be used as a search bait when trying to locate fish, can be used any time of year, they can be fished anywhere in the water column, and offer a variety of presentation methods. This article will explore the reasons that you should employ spinnerbaits in your arsenal, and consider making it your “go to” bait.
Spinnerbaits are among the best search baits available. They allow the angler to cover a lot of water in a short period of time to find aggressive fish. This can be important for tournament anglers who need to quickly get a limit into the boat. It is just as important for the casual angler who wants bragging rights over his or her friends and family.
Spinnerbaits are great for use no matter what time of year you are fishing. They make fantastic baits in the early spring when the bass are starting to actively feed prior to the spawn. Spinnerbaits will produce fish in the dead of winter if fished slowly and allowed to bounce off of bottom structure.
The nature of the spinnerbait allows it to be fished anywhere in the water column. As mentioned in the previous paragraph, the spinnerbait can be fished on the bottom of the body of water that you are fishing. A faster retrieve will cause the spinnerbait to run just under the water’s surface, creating a wake. The fact that it can be fished at any depth from just under the surface to the bottom allows the spinnerbait to be used to target suspended bass.
The ability to vary the way that it is fished is another selling point of the spinnerbait. Bouncing the spinnerbait off of structure, such as tree stumps, can trigger a reaction strike from bass. Casting a spinnerbait over submerged vegetation and retrieving so that it just comes through the tops of the grass can also be a great fish producing tactic.
One of my favorite presentations with a spinnerbait is to let it fall at the edge of structure. The structure can be anything from submerges grass beds to a tree limb. The key to this presentation is that the lure be allowed to fall straight down along the structure, staying as close to the grass edge or tree limb as possible. The blades on the spinnerbait will slow the fall. The resemblance to dying prey will often trigger a strike from even the wariest of bass.
For those of you just starting out with spinnerbaits, I will make a couple of recommendations on blades and colors. I like to keep things simple with spinnerbaits. For night fishing or fishing murky or stained water, chose a dark color with Colorado blades. This combination allows the fish to see the lure better, and the Colorado blades put off a lot of vibration, allowing the bass to find it in the first place. For fishing clearer water, stick with white or chartreuse and willow leaf blades. The willow leaf blades put off more flash than the Colorado blades and less vibration, which can spook fish in clear water. In addition, the willow leaf blades are more weed resistant, allowing you to fish in and around hydrilla and milfoil more effectively.
I hope that this introduction to spinnerbaits has given you the inspiration to try them on your next outing. The versatility of the spinnerbait makes it a great addition to any tackle box. See you on the water.