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Angler’s Guide to Spinner Baits - Part 6 of 7

In this spinner bait article, you may pick up a tip or two that you perhaps never thought of or considered. Amongst other points, we will also be discussing an interesting point on spinner baits and water depths.

Anglers guide to spinner baits
Part six of a seven part series

Fish Sallow or Deep?

lake_and_skyThe spinner bait is primarily known as a shallow water bait – meaning 15 feet or less, with the “or less” part being the primary use. They are great when cast towards shorelines, fallen timber, docks and through pencil reeds/weeds etc…

However, you can also fish spinner baits deep and one big advantage is that most fish are not accustomed to seeing spinner baits deep, so when they see one, they hammer it. A friend of mine (Gino) put on to this tactic during a Bassmasters tournament one day, and it does work!

You need to use a heavier spinner bait (1/2 oz. or more) in order to get down deep - fast. Once you are down there, the key is to reel in slowly so that your spinner bait stays close to the bottom and does not start to make its way back up to the boat.

You want to ensure the spinner bait stays as long as possible in the strike zone, which typically is close to the bottom. That’s not to say there are not any fish suspended – hence, yet another reason to fish spinner baits deep. While you are reeling your spinner bait back up to the boat, you also have a chance to cash in on some suspended bass.

Sizes of Spinner Baits

Spinner baits range in sizes from very small to very large. Safe to say that the very small spinner baits will catch all sizes of fish. The beauty of small spinner baits is that they will also catch you pan fish, as well as game fish.

Small spinner baits are great for such fish as crappie, perch or bluegills. There have been many a large pan fish caught on small spinner baits.

The larger spinner baits, are great for bass and pike. Pike in particular love those large, bulky spinner baits.

Spinner Bait Skirts

Many anglers cut and trim their spinner bait skirts so that the skirt is only as long as the hook (most skirts are typically longer than the spinner bait hook). This is a good thing to do if you are only fishing with one hook.

However, if you are going to use a trailer hook (which is highly recommended) then there is no need to trim your skirt. In fact, best to leave it long and keep the extra bulk and any related action.

More great tips are coming your way in part seven and I can’t wait to share them with you!

Until next time, good fishin’!

Ivo




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