Spinnerbait Basics – Tips to Catch More Bass

A spinner bait is one of the most popular and now iconic lures in the bass fishing industry. Spinner baits really caught fire the 60s and quickly dominated with their effectiveness.

According to Wikipedia hey spinner bait is defined as; a family of fishing lures that get their name from one or more metal blades shaped so as to spin like a propeller when the lure is in motion, creating varying degrees of flash and vibration that mimic small fish or other prey.

Spinnerbaits attract numerous predatory fish. Although, the most common may very well be bass. Spinner baits have grown in popularity because of their innate ability to mimic pods of baitfish.

Similarly to fishing crankbaits for bass, spinnerbaits can be tweaked, tuned, and manipulated to have tremendous success on the water.

A spinnerbait can have various shapes, sizes, weights, blades, skirts, and trailers. Adjusting these components allows for specific targeting of bass Depending on weather and water conditions.

Basic spinnerbait blades

In the world of spinner baits there are three predominate blades throughout the industry. These three blades include the Willow leaf blade Colorado blade in Indiana blade. Spinnerbait blades offer flash, vibration, and movement. Let’s cover these in a little more detail.

Willow leaf blades

By design Willow leaf blades run at higher speeds then there are other counterparts. The longer taper allows for the blade to act more true when coming through the water. This is it to say that Willow leaf blades cannot be retrieved slowly. Smaller, wider, less carpet blades have the ability to run slower through the water.

Willow leaf blades are generally ran in tandem with other blades. Designed for faster retrieves these blades offer maximum flash. Willow leaf blades can be ran in tandem with another willow leaf blade, a Colorado blade, or Indianna blade.

Colorado blade

The uniqueness about the Colorado blade is it’s rounded design. With it’s almost circular shape and cupping these blades allow for a much slower retrieve.

Colorado blades by design create vibration more so than Willow leaf blades.

Often times anglers will use Colorado blades On spinnerbaits around dense vegetation, low visibility water conditions, or night time. They are equally as powerful and down timber, rocky shoreline, and mats.

Indiana Blades

The Indiana blade has a more tear drop shape. These blades were designed to be used under moderate water conditions.

The shape of the Indiana blade offers an ability to be retrieved at moderate speeds. That speed just between the willow leaf blade and the Colorado blade.

They offer more flash than a Colorado, but less than a willow leaf. At the same time the offer more vibration that a willow leaf, but not as much vibration as a Colorado blade.

Spinnerbait skirts and why they matter

The skirt of a spinnerbait rivals the blade when it comes to their importance in the water. While the blades offer a unique vibration, flash, and movement, the skirt offers the true value of mimicking bait pods.

The action and color of the skirt will alert fish as to the realism of the lure. When using a spinnerbait under clear water conditions, using a red skirt would be ill advised. This may alert fish to key in on the fast that this is not natural.

Spinnerbait skirts come in all colors and often times has multiple colors mixed throughout. As a general rule, here are the best colors to use for all water conditions.

Clear Water Spinnerbaits

When using spinnerbaits in clear water, stick to the more natural colors of your bait fish. Colors such as clear, green, silver, and blue will all provide realistic imitations.

Variation of these colors are also acceptable. A skirt that is mostly clear, mixed with some silver stands, and green strands is just one example of optimal color match.

Moderately Stained Water

Semi stained water conditions are almost ideal for spinnerbaits. This allows for some “wiggle room” when it comes to variances. Here we will want to move away from your standard clear water colors and start adding some more bold coloration.

Spinnerbaits that are silver, white, and chartreuse will allow your lure to be seen under these water conditions. Adding purples, bold greens, and even black is acceptable here.

Low Visibility Water Conditions

Low visibility water condition allow for anglers to really get creative when it comes to color selections. The standard clear water colors can be thrown out here.

When fishing under low visibility anglers should rely on dark bold colors. Colors such as red white, and black are going to be at the forefront.

These colors allow for the spinnerbait to be seen from greater distances. Refer to the blade selection of this article for optimal performance with these colors. Under low visibility water conditions the blade is of the utmost importance.

Spinnerbait Trailers

When it comes to spinnerbait trailers every angler is going to have a different opinion. Some prefer larger trailers that really add some bulk to the bait while other anglers prefer smaller more subtle trailers.

The purpose of the spinnerbait trailer is to add more “body” to the bait.

Trailers such as the Zoom Split Tail offer a smaller profile to a spinnerbait. The standard length is about 3 ½ inches with two tentacles that come off the back. These can be purchased at most sporting good stores.

Another option is the Strike King Chaca Chunk trailer. This is more of a craw imitation that offer a medium body to the spinnerbait. The Chaca Chunk can be purchased at the larger sporting good stores typically or online.

Lastly, and my personal favorite is something like the Zoom Swimming Super Fluke. This is a small soft plastic swimbait produced by Zoom however you can substitute any small plastic swimbaits. These baits although not intended to be a spinnerbait trailer offer a large body profile. The larger profile seems to land bigger fish in my experience.

What to Prepare for a Successful Fishing Trip With Kids

Kids nowadays, with their endless technological options for fun and entertainment, sadly, don’t find the outdoors too attractive as compared to video games like Fortnite . If you’re struggling to pry them off of their phones and computer screens then a family fishing trip would be a fantastic way to cultivate their passion for outdoor adventure. It’s a beautiful way to spend some quality time with your kids and most kids would love the experience of pulling their very own fish out of the water (if they catch any).

Why “if they catch any”?

I say this because kids would like to be able to catch something to call it a success. But as adults, we all know that fishing isn’t about catching a fish, it’s all about the trip; the practical lessons we learn from it like patience and persistence, the feeling of belongingness to this world that only nature can provide and best of all, the time for us to relax – to detach ourselves from the stress of daily living and technology.

Dad and son fishing

We’d like our children to have fun and enjoy their fishing trips and the first step to doing this is to encourage them. So here are the things to prepare for to make you and your children call their trip a success:

  1. Food and Drinks: How much you will carry depends on how long the trip will be and how much you can carry but remember this, your kids’ and your appetite will be enhanced by the sea air and water activity so be sure to take as much as you can. Be sure to bring in nuts and seeds too as they’re a great way to pass the time while waiting for something to reel in and/or while exchanging stories. Here’s a few examples:
  • Homemade Beef/Deer Jerky
  • Almonds/Sunflower Seeds/Peanuts
  • Granola Bars
  • Lots of Water
  1. Quality Clothing: Probably the most important decision to make for fishing trips. You don’t want your kids to shivering when it’s too cold or scalding when it’s hot. Here’s what to bring depending on the weather:

Cold Climate

  • Rain Gear: It’s easy to get soaked especially during a heavy downpour so  be sure to buy quality rain gear like the Wallrest Poncho to keep yourselves dry
  • Heavy Jacket: heavy jackets are life-savers especially after a cold snap and comes handy during a long morning boat ride
  • Socks, Hats and Gloves: It’s recommended you get insulated hats and gloves and possibly wool socks for additional warmth as it’s important to keep your feet, hands and your head warm not to freeze out there.

Warm Climate

  • Hat and Sunglasses: It reduces the glare of the sun against the water which allows you to spot fish easier as well as protect your face, neck and ears from the harsh sun
  • Sunscreens: Basically, these protect you from harmful UV rays and a sun burn which will be a problem when you’re nowhere near a hospital
  • Rain Jackets: These allow you to continue with your trip in any case of a downpour rather than turning back and spoiling the whole trip. Buying a Wallrest or a pair of Frogg Toggs will do the trick.

  1. First Aid Kit: It’s always recommended you carry an emergency kit to treat minor wounds such as cuts, scratches, insect bites, and headaches. Don’t forget your medications if you’re taking any.

 

  1. Equipment: It’s a fishing trip and it can only be successful if you have your rods, reels, lines and lures with you. These are the basic pieces of equipment every fisherman should have. One tip though is to provide your kids with easy-to-use equipment – there are a variety of simple poles available which are designed specifically for kids at a young age.