Spinnerbaits are very famous for capturing fish. These fishing lures have a lot of variation that are missed by fishermen. There are many changes that can be done to these lures to help you get the best outcome.
The three types of blades used on Spinnerbaits are the following: The Colorado, The Indian and the Willow Leaf. The Colorado’s shape is almost circular so it disperses more water that results to more vibration to lure fish. An elongated type of Spinnerbait is the Willow Leaf which flashes to catch the fish’s attention. The Indian Blade is a combination of the Colorado’s and the Willow Leaf’s features.
Since fish use their eyes to search for food, I suggest that most of the time, the Willow Leaf is best to use. The gap where the line is tied to plays an integral part on how the lure would work in the water. Closing the gap is done by squeezing the arms together which reduces resistance on the blades that would give a faster lure. This method works great in clear and deep waters.
Otherwise, you can pull the arms away from each other to broaden the gaps to slow the fishing lure down to lift it. This technique would apply best for muddy waters. It is important to remember not to get the arms out of the line when you perform this. Just bend them back if you happen to do it.
A common issue for these fishing lures is a failed strike. But there is a sure solution that I can give, just add a trailer hook to your lure. Slide a 2/0 mustad hook around your lure, pass the barb and crimp it using a pair of pliers. It is necessary that the trailer hook does not go over the skirt on the lure. Otherwise, ¼ of your bass will be on the trailer hook.
Trailers work best in muddy waters. I am referring to plastic worms, grubs and frogs. If you have a second hook, put your grub on first before you put that second hook. I prefer not to use a trailer in clear water. One way to avoid failed strikes is a trimmed skirt. There are times that the skirt is very long causing the fish to nip at the skirt and fail to reach the hook. You can opt for an additional hook, or just trim the skirt. Remember not to cut the skirt real short so that the hook will not be exposed.
This was my personal tips when using spinnerbaits for fishing lures, hope you catch some big fish following some of the above suggestions.