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Angler’s Guide to Spinner Baits - Part 1 of 7

Spinner baits are an “all purpose” lure which can catch many different fish. They can be fished by amateurs or pros alike. They’ve been around for a long time & are proven to catch fish – and not just bass.

Angler’s guide to spinner baits:
Part one of a seven part series

Spinner baits are an “all purpose” lure which can catch many different fish. They can be fished by amateurs or pros alike. They’ve been around for a long time & are proven to catch fish – and not just bass.

Over the course of this seven part series, I hope that you are able to pick up a few tips or perhaps a technique or two that you have never tried before. Let’s get started.

Types of Fish

Spinner baits will basically catch all kinds of game fish. They are a cast and retrieve style lure, which as a general rule, you do not troll with. Spinner baits are primarily used for freshwater fish.

The main freshwater species sought after with spinner baits are the smallmouth and largemouth bass. However, when fishing for bass, it is not uncommon to hook into a walleye, pike or even musky. Other species will also take spinner bait, so the list is almost endless.

However, when you think of walleye for example, the first choice in lures would not be spinner bait – even though they do work for walleye, they are not the bait of choice. Mind you for bass, the spinner bait may possibly be one of the first lures you reach for.

Spinner bait “Arms”

A Spinner Bait
Image from landbigfish.com

The spinner bait is basically “V” shaped. Many times after a fish hits, the “V” shape may get distorted somewhat. This is because the metal arms are very flexible & when fighting a fish (especially larger ones) the spinner baits tend to lose their original shape.

I’ve had spinner baits straighten right out on me, many times – it’s quite common. There are some titanium wire spinner baits on the market, and these were introduced to prevent such distortion. I have yet to use this style, so if you have, please write in and share your experiences.

Tight “V”

Should your spinner bait get “bent out of shape”, just bend it back into shape. Keep in mind also that some anglers actually bend their spinner baits to a different shape, right out of the package.

If you squeeze the spinner bait arms together, you will naturally get a tighter “V”. This spinner bait shape will now allow you to retrieve your lure much quicker and it can be a bit more weed less, as it is more streamlined.

However, be careful when doing this as you do not want your blade to interfere with your hook. In this case, it would be possible for a fish to hit your blade and hook at the same time, equating to a missed hook set.

Wide “V”

If you take your spinner bait and spread the arms out to form a wider “V”, this will come through the water much slower but the action will not be quite the same. Sometimes the wide shape will actually cause the spinner bait to not function & “mess up” upon casting.

Should your spinner bait shape be a bit wide, it would be a good idea to bend it back a bit, to a tighter “V”.

Summary

So when using spinner baits, be prepared to modify your spinner bait arms, after catching larger fish. If you’ve used spinner baits with titanium wire arms, we’d like you to share your experience with us, so feel free to leave a comment.

Until next time, good fishin’!
Ivo

PS: Stay tuned for Angler’s Guide to Spinner Baits - Part 2 of 7




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