Bass Spinnerbaits

Bass fishing spinnerbaits

Tips For Bass Fishing With Spinnerbaits
By Jamie L Roberts

Spinnerbaits are very popular for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. More so for largemouth. These lures have a lot of nuances to them that are overlooked by most bass anglers. There are many modifications that can be made to these lures to change your presentation and help you get more strikes.

There are basically three types of blades that are used on spinnerbaits, the Colorado, Indian, and the willow leaf. The Colorado is almost round in shape and as a result, it disperses more water and causes more vibration to attract the fish. The willow leaf is more elongated and gives off more flash to catch the fishes eyesight. The Indian blade is simply a compromise between the two. Since bass rely more are their eyesight for hunting their prey, I tend to favor the willow leaf in most circumstances.

The gap, where you tie your line to the lure, plays a big part in how this lure acts in the water. By closing the gap–this is done by squeezing the arms together–this decreases the resistance on the blades which results in a faster, truer running lure. This strategy works great in clearer water and deep water. However, you can also widen the gap (pull the arms away from each other) and this will slow the lure down and give it more lift. This is a good strategy for muddy water. Caution, be careful not to get the arms out of line when you do this. If you do, just bend them back.

One of the problems for these lures is, missed strikes. But I got the remedy, add a trailer hook to your lure. Just get a 2/0 mustad hook and slide it around the hook on your lure, get passed the barb and crimp it with a pair of pliers. Make sure your trailer hook does not extend passed the skirt on your lure. If you do this, you will catch about 1/4 of your bass on this trailer hook.

Trailers are good for muddy or stained water conditions. And I’m talking about plastic worms, grubs, or frogs. Just make sure you put your grub on before you put on your second hook if your using a second hook. In clear water, I like a more natural presentation so I don’t use a trailer.

Another way to prevent missed strikes is to trim your skirt. Sometimes the skirt is just too long, and the bass will nip at the tail of the skirt and miss the hook. Now you can add a second hook, or you can trim the skirt with a pair of scissors. Make sure you don’t cut the skirt to far back exposing the hook.

Author: Jamie L Roberts
I have been fishing for a number of years and I have acquired some proven techniques that I believe will help most fisherman. You can read my blogs at

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