In this report I will talking about how to fish spinnerbaits effectively and methodically. These are tips I've learned from experience, books, magazines and TV. When I use spinnerbaits, I try to follow these tips to increase my catch rate! Enjoy!
When using spinnerbaits, try to bump any piece of cover you encounter. This will trigger reaction strikes. Also, when around banks or walls position your boat parallel to the shore and also cast parallel to the shore. This way all the bass on the shoreline will see your bait for a while instead of for 3 seconds if you were to cast into the shore. Look for isolated objects, big or small or even a bottom thats a different colour. When fishing a ledge, put your boat where its deep and cast onto the shallowest part and bring your spinnerbait through the different depth-zones. Just a tip, if you want to slow-roll a spinnerbait, widen the wire and if you want to burn it, make the wires closer together. When fishing shallow water, fish slower and around structure or cover. When fishing deep water, fish the spinnerbait faster. If its cloudy, fish will relate to underwater cover/structure, but if its sunny, fish will relate to cover on top of the water (overhanging trees,docks). If your fishing floating docks or around pontoons and boats, try to swim your spinnerbait literally under the dock or boat. When your pinpointing your bait to get in a certain spot, try not to make a splash because the bass that are right beside or under your lure when it hits the water will be spooked off. Try to fish deeper points rather than shallow ones. Deeper points are more productive. Burn your spinnerbait near the surface and on the edges of structure. Wind can position bass and baitfish in certain areas, such as where the wind is blowing. One real important tip for using spinnerbaits is to use a trailer hook. A trailer hook will increase your catch rate. In clear water, use a lower profile trailer and in stained/muddy water, use a bigger trailer that will push more water. Scent and rattles will sometimes help your fishing and they probably won't sacrifice your fishing. In dirtier water, fish will be higher in the water column and in clear water they wil be deeper. If your fishing shallow water, sometimes heavier baits will perform better than ligghter ones and in deeper water, lighter baits might perform better. An overcast day will probably enable you to catch more fish with a spinnerbait than on a sunny day. There are 3 basic types of spinnerbait blades: Colorado, Indiana and Willow. Colorado blades give off the most vibration, so its better for dirtier water. A Willow blade doesn't give off much vibration but it gives off more flash, a good choice for clear, open water. And an Indiana blade falls in the middle. Also, a lot of hits will come off the fall. When fishing large, underwater structure, bump the fattest, biggest piece of it!
I hope you guys enjoyed this post and I will try to put up more reports on certain techniques. Hopefully now, you will catch more spinnerbait bass!