You cast to a particular location where a big bass is located. The fish just casually looks at your offering but does not attack it. Why doesn’t he want it?

The answer may be that this particular spinnerbait is the wrong color or has the wrong shaped blade for this fish on this date and time.

One of the advantages to a spinnerbait is the seemingly endless variety of spinnerbait blades and skirts in an infinite variety of colors. All will produce if used in the right combination and under the right conditions. They work in clear as well as stained water and in cold water conditions and in the heat of summer.

Many anglers set up several rods with different spinnerbaits to cope with this situation.

The most popular colors are white, chartreuse, black or a combination of these colors. Both the blades and skirts can be in these colors.

Blades come in three basic shapes: Colorado, willow leaf and Indiana. The latter is a kind of tear drop shape, while the Indiana is more oval and the willow leaf is more oblong. The less streamlined Indiana and Colorado have more resistance and provides pre vibration. The streamlined Willow leaf provides little vibration but gives off more flash.

When making a color choice the nickel or silver works well in clear to slightly stained water. The gold or brass is for the rest of the water spectrum up to muddy water. Colored blades work well in most water unless seeking flash.

Fishing spinnerbaits is a skill that the beginning bass angler should master before going on to more sophisticated lures and patterns. There are such patterns as slow rolling or bush bumping or perhaps buzzing and dropping. These techniques are too numerous to explore further here.

As one can tell by the above there is a variety of uses for spinnerbaits. Many bass anglers rig a number of different spinnerbait combinations or skirts and blades. In this way when they encounter different water conditions or structure they can drop one rod and pick up another.

The idea is to maximize the time one has a lure in the water that can be productive. Time spent removing one spinnerbait and tying on another is not time spent fishing.

Spinnerbait 1

Changes in spinnerbait construction allow for an angler to fish different sizes, colors and configurations of blades on the same bait shaft with little or loss of fishing time. One can make a single blade spinnerbait into a tandem and vice versa with little effort and time. You can couple that with the ability to change rubber skirts that make spinnerbaits so popular and the angler can fish deep or shallow, clear or stained water. The bait is productive in all weather conditions.

The spinnerbait is easy to fish and one of the most versatile baits in the tackle box.


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