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Nab Summertime Bass With Strong Spinnerbait

July 28, 2008

By mike cyze

Recently while giving a seminar on summertime bass fishing techniques to a group of anglers, I was asked about using spinnerbaits during the summer months.

The angler asking the question said that although he has tried them, he was still not sure of how to determine just which spinnerbait to use when faced with different situations that he was encountering while searching for bass.

Choosing a spinnerbait to match the conditions you are faced with out on the water is not as perplexing as one may think. With all the possible combinations in blade size, color, skirts, lure weight, and design, you can match any situation you may encounter.

Let’s focus on some guidelines that you can use which are directed at choosing a spinnerbait to match a certain condition that you may run into while on the water in search of that trophy bass.

Cut them out and keep them in your tackle box for future reference.

Preferred lure weights

Most spinnerbait fisherman throw their baits in relatively shallow water.

Since the definition of shallow changes from region to region and water to water, I will say shallow is one to six feet.

For shallow water fishing, I rely on quarter-ounce to half-ounce spinnerbaits. When I want to fish my spinnerbait, so I can see it at all times, I will throw a quarter-ounce.

But If I want to get a tad deeper, a couple feet down, I will tie on a half-ounce spinnerbait, which can be hard to keep up near the surface, especially if your retrieve is slow.

For spinnerbaiting the deeper waters, under six feet, a half- ounce to 1-ounce would do. You need the weight to keep the bait falling as you retrieve.

You will not be able to burn spinnerbaits in deep water, but slow- rolling has proved be a deadly tactic, one that is not seen to much.

Types of blades

Along with the weight, the blades play an important role in fishing various depths. Colorado, Indiana, and willowleaf blades are the most popular. The Colorado blades are rounded and create the maximum amount of lift, hence providing maximum lift at slow speeds.

The popular willowleaf blade is a longer, tapered blade that allows fisherman to get deep quickly and easily. They also provide more flash and an extra weedless alternative.

Willowleafs can be burned with low-water resistance and in my opinion, offer the most natural looking imitation.

The Indiana blade is a mix of both Colorado and willowleaf. These are a great choice if you are fishing a bank that has various structure at various depths.

Line size plays a big role in spinnerbaiting. Heavier pound tests will keep your baits riding closer to the surface, while smaller pound tests will let your baits get deeper quicker and easier. You can get away with heavier lines if you are planning to buzz the spinnerbait on the surface, because there is only a little line visible in the water.

Spinnerbaits are an invaluable tool in the anglers arsenal of lures for catching bass.

The great versatility of this lure allows fishermen to adapt to every condition faced with on the water and also provide limit catches on even the most demanding days. Learn to use your spinnerbaits to their maximum fish catching ability and enjoy the rewards.

Line type

Line size plays a big role in spinnerbaiting. Heavier pound tests will keep your baits riding closer to the surface, while smaller pound tests will let your baits get deeper quicker and easier. You can get away with heavier lines if you are planning to buzz the spinnerbait on the surface, because there is only a little line visible in the water.

‘Til next time, take care, and I’ll see you on the water.

E-mail your fishing and hunting questions to Mike Cyze at: lastcast13@yahoo.com.

Originally published by mike cyze For the TH.

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