Spinner Baits

Once you get a spinner-bait you will know exactly why it goes by this name. A spinner-bait has a metal blade shaped like a tear drop or an oval that quickly spins around the bait as you retrieve it through the water. This spinning of the blade created a vibration through the water that is irresistible to fish. The spinning and vibration creates flash and it imitates an injured minnow which tricks the fish into thinking it has an easy snack.

A spinner-bait has 5 basic parts to it. Number one is the head. The head is basically a painted lead weight which allows the bait to be cast and allows it to sink once it hits the water. The heads come in different weights from ½ oz. to 1 oz. They are usually all shaped very similarly and resemble the head of a minnow. The second part to a spinner-bait is the skirt. The skirts in spinner-baits come in all sorts of colours, from chartreuse to white, yellow, pink, purple, basically all the colours of the rainbow and even sometimes they come in mixed colours. However, one suggestion that has proven to give you more strikes with this bait is to get one that has a few of the strands from the skirt in a red colour. The red colour has been proven to catch more fish as it resembles blood, tricking the fishing into thinking that this fish is already quite injured. You will see these red strands on the pictures below. The third part to a spinner-bait is the hook. The hooks in spinner-baits can range in size from a 1/0 size to even as large as a 5/0 size. I will cover hook sizes in another article. Because of the skirt, the bait becomes almost entirely weed-less, making it ideal for casting it into weedy spots to find the big boys. Now for the fourth part, what is called the wire-arm or the safety-pin. This is a small piece of very stiff metal wire that comes out of the head and bends out over the body of the bait. This wire-arm or safety-pin is what attaches the blades to the bait and is also used to attach your line to the bait so that you can actually fish this thing. The fifth and last part of the bait is the blade to which this bait owes its name. A spinner-bait can come with one or two blades and they are usually available in two shapes. As mentioned before it can be either tear drop shaped or oval shaped.

Spinner-bait - diagram

The blades are what attract the fish to the bait but the skirt is really what the fish goes after, this is what the fish thinks is its food. The blades play a crucial role in making the fish aware that there is something in its neighbourhood that may be worth eating. Like the skirt the blades also come in different colours. However, the two most popular colours are gold and silver. Gold blades are excellent in murky water while silver blades are great in clear water. Some spinner-baits come with two blades and often times these can be purchased with one gold blade and one silver. Try getting one with both blade colours as it will prove to be more versatile.

Skirt colours are as varied as the rainbow. Depending on the type of water you are fishing, the colour of it, the depth, whether it is weedy or not etc. you will have to change colours. It is a good idea to have at least 2 to 3 different skirt colours so that you can interchange them if one colour is proving ineffective. But remember try to get spinner-baits that have a few strand of red on the skirt.

One tip to make your spinner-bait even more attractive to the fish is to add a tail on it. This gives the bait a larger profile and adds some more vibrations to it as it swims through the water. In the pictures below you will see that I have added some plastic tails on some of my spinner-baits to add scent to the bait and to play with the contrast in colours.

Spinner baits

Booyah Red Hook Series Spinnerbaits - Single Colorado - Bleeding White Shad

Booyah Red Hook Series Spinnerbaits – Single Colorado – Bleeding White Shad

Bass instinctively attack injured baitfish first. That fact makes these already hot lures even deadlier because each is equipped with Mustad® ultra-sharp red hooks, special paint accents, and flowing red strands within the silicone skirts. Adapt your retrieve to simulate crippled prey and watch your catch rate soar!Super-soft 50-strand silicone skirts deliver outstanding action on all retrieves.. Booyah® Red Hook Series Spinnerbaits – Single Colorado –

 Fishing a spinner-bait is quite easy once you get the hang of it. Having a medium action rod with a sensitive tip is the best for these baits. The medium action rod will allow you to cast into the weeds without worrying that you will break anything while the sensitive tip will allow you to sense whether or not you are going over weeds or if a fish is attacking your bait. To actually fish this bait it is as simple as casting it out and retrieving it. Well, that is the very simple way to fish it but now here are some tricks to entice the fish to bite.

When you cast it out, a spinner-bait will begin to sink so if you start reeling it as soon as it hits the water it will stay within a foot of the surface. However, you can cast it out, wait for a few seconds, and let it sink to the bottom to try your luck at any drop offs that you may come across. While retrieving it you can pause it, jerk it, or just retrieve it at a steady pace to entice the fish to bite. Play around with these methods to find out what the fish are going after.

A spinner-bait is fantastic for covering a lot of water in a short period of time. It is also a great bait for fishing any weeds that you may come across. Because the skirt covers the hook, it makes this bait almost entirely weed less. You can really cast it into some heavy cover and pull it out with ease.

Spinner-baits are used to catch a variety of fish from smallmouth bass, walleye, the occasional musky or pike, but what these baits are known for is their ability to catch largemouth bass. As you know by now from reading other articles, largemouth bass love to hide in thick weeds, and this bait was made just for that. A few words of caution however. If you are a beginner angler this bait may prove to be a bit frustrating for you as it takes a little while to get used to it. Also you may lose some fish on this bait because of failed hook sets. Usually a fish will hook itself on this bait and then you can set the hook more firmly but sometimes you will feel a pull on the bait and try to set the hook too early. Fish have been known to go after the blades of this bait and since there are no hooks on the blades you will miss your fish. The best bet is to either wait until you really feel the fish on there to set you hook or if you feel a tap on your spinner-bait stop your retrieve and let the lure sink a bit, the fish will think that it has injured the bait some more and will usually come back to gobble it up. If all else fails cast it right back into the spot where you had the bite and see if you can entice the fish to take it again.

Do yourself a favour and go out there and get a few spinner-baits in different colours and different set ups, you won’t be disappointed.