One of the most versatile lures available to today’s anglers is the spinnerbait. Spinnerbaits are perfect for the year-round fisherman, as they can be fished no matter the season. They can also be caught in just about any environment, regardless of water temperature, clarity, or depth. Another great reason to keep at least one spinnerbait in your tackle box is because of the versatility in how they can be fished. You can use spinnerbait around, over, and through practically any type of cover. The spinnerbait lure is one you’ll want to have in your tackle box for every fishing trip.
At first glance, spinnerbaits can easily be mistaken for a giant safety-pin due to their wireframe, spinner blades and sharp hooks. It is for this reason that they are sometimes termed “safety-pin lures.” You will combine the spinnerbait with a lead head with a weight of your choice. This will vary based on your fishing technique and personal preferences. It is also common to cover the hook with a soft-rubber or silicone skirt–to ensure the lure is more attractive to bass.
Spinnerbaits glide through the water smoothly, and are designed to mimic a swimming baitfish; this makes spinnerbaits great for most situations. Spinnerbaits perform particularly well in shallow cover, but as stated previously, the versatility of spinnerbaits is practically endless.
There are a variety of sizes and spinnerbait designs. The most popular sizes tend to fall between 1/4-ounce and 3/4-ounce. Next, let’s take a look at some Spinnerbait Designs. The three most common design styles for spinnerbaits are short-arm, long-arm, and twinspins.
- Short-arm: The top wire arm length is shortened. This is the preferred design for dropping or helicoptering off ledges.
- Long-arm: The top wire arm is lengthened. This design is preferred for grassy or brush cover.
- Twinspins: Typically has two wire arms each with its own spinner blade. These are most effective when used as a drop-bait or dragging the bottom.
Now that we have considered the design and weight options for spinnerbaits, it is also essential to know some necessary information about techniques. Spinnerbaits are best known for being used in areas with high cover. They are often referred to as “contact lures” because spinnerbaits are most effective when they make contact with cover or a structure.
A 14-pound test line or better combined with a baitcasting reel and a mid or medium action fishing rod is the recommended setup. This will prevent you from yanking the lure out of the mouth of your catch, which is a common mistake made when using a heavy, worm-type rod.
Once you have cast, and the lure breaks the surface with the water, you will want to give it a quick reel or “pop”, allowing the spinner blades to start their magic. It is best to fish your spinnerbait lure at a slow or medium retrieval speed, and you should always try to fish in shallow enough water that you can see your lure.
There are different bait and lure options when you are fishing “blind”, and do not have full sight of your lure. Each time you notice a hit on your line, take note of the techniques you are using and try to replicate those variables with each cast.
No matter which design style spinnerbait you use, and regardless of the conditions you are fishing in, experience will always be the best teacher. It is highly recommended that you experiment with different lure designs, weights, casting styles, and retrieval speeds. This is because no single answer or technique works 100% of the time. Throughout any day or fishing trip, be sure to change things up regularly, and find what works for the fish at your location.