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Spinnerbaits Weight For Smallmouth?

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#1 Kabar



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Posted April 10 2012 - 11:25 PM

I'm pretty much new to fishing.:) Need some help.

What weight of spinnerbaits should I use (mostly) for smallmouth? 3/8...1/2...3/4 oz? Don't wanna buy to small or to big. :Idontknow:
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Posted April 11 2012 - 07:08 AM

3/8 is a great all around size.

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Posted April 11 2012 - 08:09 AM

3/8 is the weight i use the most.

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Posted April 11 2012 - 08:12 AM

I usually stay with a 1/2oz. double-willow over here for smallies.

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Posted April 11 2012 - 08:47 AM

I'm pretty much new to fishing. :) Need some help.

What weight of spinnerbaits should I use (mostly) for smallmouth? 3/8...1/2...3/4 oz? Don't wanna buy to small or to big. :Idontknow:
Thank you.

Generally, I stick with 1/4 or 3/8oz for both large and smallmouths but don't think that size is all that important. I've had smallies crush 3oz (9inch long) top water musky baits! I've also caught smallies on the larger profile (3/4oz) Ledgebuster spinnerbaits as well.

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Posted April 11 2012 - 09:07 AM

start with 3/8oz and work ur way up (till you can cast w/o splashing & also slow roll heavy ones w/o getting hung up). if i'm in deeper water or the bass are ok w/ a fast retrieve=1/2-3/4oz. (i also like banging heavy ones off of structure b/c they make a bigger thump). 3/8oz if the bite is tough/ i need a slow roll presentation (or very shallow ponds where large buzzing lures spook the heck out of them).
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Posted April 11 2012 - 10:51 AM

Spinnerbaits are my absolute favorite way to catch smallies and I've done a lot of experimenting with size, color and blade configurations and the advise you got here is really good, and that is to go with a 3/8oz spinnerbait. 3/8oz is what I call the universal size, and for those just learning the bait I will push them to get a 1/4oz or 3/8oz bait. The deal with that size bait is it appeals to all size fish a majority of the time,while it is true tha smaller fish will hit a bigger 1/2oz and 3/4oz bait , it will not be a majority of smaller fish. The 3/8oz appeals to big fish as well as small and when you are just learnig big fish aren't important, it is getting bit that is important as it will teach you how to retreive it to produce bites, what bites feel like, places were you get the most bite, etc. A 1/4oz bait also has its place and if you didn't like a 3/8oz bait the next one would be that.

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Posted April 11 2012 - 11:21 AM

All of the above. All things equal, i.e. blade combination and size, a heavier spinner bait can run deeper at the same retrieve, or faster at the same depth as a lighter bait. You let the fish be the judge of what retrieve is right. And 1/2 oz. chartreuse double willows are a good starting point for smallies.

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#9 Siebert Outdoors

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Posted April 11 2012 - 12:09 PM

3/8 standard or 1/2oz hidden weight.




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Posted April 15 2012 - 11:55 AM

Here on St. Clair, with the very clear water, I use a 3/8 oz with double willowleaf, and translucent skirt. I tend to downsize the blades also.


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Posted April 15 2012 - 01:49 PM

A 1 oz. LedgeBuster works fine. :)
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Posted April 15 2012 - 03:25 PM

1/2 hidden weight, compact is my favorite.

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