Wednesday, February 28, 2007, 12:56 AM - BassFishing a bass spinnerbait, which are usually just called a spinnerbait, is a great way to catch bass with and is proved time and time again to be “The Bass Bait” because it just catches so many of them. They make bass go wild because of the blade-flashing, vibration-emitting, and skirt-flowing appeal to this lure. They are arguably the best lure for year round bass fishing. They are great in weeds because of their weedless design. The placement of the hook and the blades are responsible for keeping weeds off of this lure.
When should I fish this lure? It is especially affective in the spring for shallow bass in weeds, but if you adapt to some different retrieves, styles, and locations throughout the year, you can consistently catch bass on a spinnerbait. First let’s look at the different styles of bass spinnerbaits. There are two main styles, single-spins (single bladed) and tandem-spins (double bladed). The double bladed obviously has more flash and vibration to it for more active fish. There are also three different types of blades: Colorado blade, willow-leaf blades, and Indiana blades.
-Colorado blades are round, for more water resistance at slow speeds.
-Willow leaf blades are oval shaped and thus have less water resistance for higher speeds.
-Indiana blades are a mix of the two for in-between conditions.
OK, now let’s look at the different ways to retrieve a spinnerbait.
-Bulging a spinnerbait is fishing it almost on the surface so the blade just “bulges” the surface. When the fish are active, fish it fast, lowering your rod a bit if you have to. If the fish are not active, then raise your rod high and reel slower.
-Slow rolling a spinnerbait is affective when the fish are not particularly active. This retrieve is especially affective when bumping logs, weeds, and other objects while reeling slowly.
-Helicoptering a bass spinnerbait is a great retrieve when the fish are active or inactive, but particularly when they’re hanging around vertical structure. It is simply reeling up vertically and letting it drop, repeating the process.
By: Nicholas Cudzilo
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