A Positive Spin On Spinners

You may not find what you’re looking for in the aisles of your tackle store. To catch bass consistently you have to make adjustments. If a bait doesn’t exist to match the conditions you can be amateur lure designer. The best bet for a bait make over, spinner baits. To put a positive spin on spinnerbaits you must first understand the performance of the bait and blades.

 What a Sight! Bass, crappie, bluegill and many other species feed predominately by sight. While bright colors make for easy viewing subtle can be the ticket to more fish. Standard for most spinners is the ho-hum gold or nickel blades. Bass have superior vision and also pick up color and different shades very well. In extremes, muddy water clear water a blade change is in order. From the perspective of just color, in dirty water chartreuse is good and surprisingly black is very effective. At specific depths regardless of water color the absence of light makes everything black. Also in highly pressured waters, places that get an inordinate amount of fishing activity bass can get conditioned to NOT hitting certain lures and colors. In short, change the eye appeal of your spinning baits.

 Get in Shape. To add a distinctive appeal to your spinners, change the blade shape. Common are the Colorado and willow leaf. Enter the Indiana and others. Used in various combinations spinnerbait blades can create a desirable appearance and an audio clue as to its presence. Shape dictates the amount of flash and vibration generated by the blade (to the wire shaft). The simplest explanation, the round Colorado blade gives the wire shaft arm maximum vibration and the least amount of flash. The willow leaf version goes to the other end of the spectrum giving off the most flash and the least vibration. To add extreme portions of flash or vibration, double up on the blade. Double willow = more flash. Double Colorado, means extra vibration. For the bleary eyed bass try the less seen tear drop shaped Indiana blade or the lesser known “turtle shell” shape.

 More Variations – Combination blades, willow /Colorado and an endless amount of possibilities, change out skirt types and colors (light for clear water, darker for murky water), shorten the arm for the tantalizing “dying shad look” when you stop reeling and let the bait free fall. A small blast of red paint with a sprinkle of glitter on the fresh wet paint makes for a sparkle when in motion. Add a trailer for color, action and slow downward drift.
 Cast, crank, set the hook, play it in. – All the correct equipment works in concert to help from cast to catch. The right rod, for me that is the McCain kayak edition rod www.mccainfishing.com

MK802M works in this instance perfectly. Enough “give” in the tip and backbone for the solid sweeping hookset and playing the bass to the kayak is what works best. My reel in this application is the Lew’s model SSG1SH with a 7.5:1 retrieve ratio. The rod and reel together weigh less that a ¾ of a pound. I spool up with monofilament which I prefer for spinnerbaits and crankbaiting. The stretch inherit in mono works in your favor now. Again the rod, reel and line are working together to properly work spinnerbaits.
 The Virtual Versatility – 12 inches of water or twelve feet of water, any season, fished around cover or in open water, blister the bait or slow rolling it spinners can put a positive spin on your next kayak fishing trip. Fish it right out of the package or modify it to your specific needs, or under any weather and water conditions, just fish it!

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