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WalMart $1 Spinnerbaits - Anybody Use 'Em?


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#1 Goose52

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Posted November 25 2010 - 10:17 PM

With water temps getting colder, I grabbed some of the $1 Walmart spinnerbaits the other day to use deep and slow - if I hung one up on a rock ledge or whatever - it wouldn't bother me as much as losing one of my premium spinnerbaits.

Dang, I'm catching fish on these things. Last week, I got an 18", 2.87lb LMB on one, then today I got a 15" and a 14" LMB, and lost another fish that was about the same size. I've only fished them a few times and they've produced some quality fish. Considering that the bite has slowed WAY down here, I'm pretty tickled about these things (I just love value as evidenced by performance vs. cost!).

Anybody else use these - or will admit to using them ... ;D
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Posted November 25 2010 - 10:29 PM

Goose I've tried them a few times over the years, but never had much success with them. Sounds like they are working for you. 8-) As you know I also appreciate good value. If $1.00 spinnerbaits or $99 BC reels get the job done I'm a happy camper. :)
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Posted November 25 2010 - 10:41 PM

Funny thing is that I bought these to fish deep (and have lost one on deep rock already) but all these fish have hit in less than 3 feet of water - and the water here is extremely clear so they had a good look at the bait....
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Posted November 25 2010 - 10:43 PM

Everyone talks about these $1 spinnerbaits at Wal-Mart. I have yet to see them.
Are they Wal-Mart brand or something? Mine carries Strike King and some other brands, but none of them are $1.
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Posted November 25 2010 - 10:51 PM

WalMart calls them "Promo" baits and probably has them made for them. They also have buzzbaits at the same price. They have several configurations of the spinnerbaits - a single big honking Colorado blade, a willow and small Colorado, and I think a single large willow. The photo shows several of them. Note that there is no packaging - they are just hung on pegs in the bait section of the fishing aisle.

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Posted November 25 2010 - 11:03 PM

I caught my personal best largemouth on one of those $1 Wal-Mart spinnerbaits several years ago.
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Posted November 25 2010 - 11:11 PM

I caught my personal best largemouth on one of those $1 Wal-Mart spinnerbaits several years ago.

Love it ! :)
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Posted November 25 2010 - 11:54 PM

i personaly dont like them due to the fact that i think they use cheaper parts and also they dont look as real.
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Posted November 26 2010 - 12:07 AM

i personaly dont like them due to the fact that i think they use cheaper parts and also they dont look as real.

Of course they use cheap parts - they're only a dollar! They're not $4 to $7 (or more) that you pay for mainstream spinnerbaits. :)

The question is, are people catching fish on them...
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Posted November 26 2010 - 12:26 AM

they dont look as real.


As "real" as what? Thats one of the most confusing statements I've read here??  They don't look as real as a real spinnerbait or....

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Posted November 26 2010 - 12:31 AM

they dont look as real.


As "real" as what? Thats one of the most confusing statements I've read here?? They don't look as real as a real spinnerbait or....

I was thinking the same thing, but you beat me to it. They are cheap, the skirts suck, and they get bent out of shape easily. I haven't used them for years, but I used to catch plenty of fish with them. I think I still have a couple somewhere. I never liked the $1 buzzbaits though.
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Posted November 26 2010 - 12:40 AM

I've used them and have caught plenty of fish on them, just as many as any other spinnerbait.  Walmart used sell to a jerk bait called a renegade for bass, I used them for snook and they were dynamite, especially for less than $2.00, too bad they don't sell them anymore.

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Posted November 26 2010 - 12:52 AM

They don't look as real?  I haven't ever seen a spinnerbait that looks real to me.  Most of them look like some of the earrings that women wear down on South Beach on the weekend nights.
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Posted November 26 2010 - 01:04 AM

This was this past summer when I was first starting out with fishing. I spent all my money on a brand new rod (croix avid) and so I didn't have any money for lures. One day as opposed to losing something ::), I actually found something sitting by the edge of a bank. It was one of the dollar spinnerbaits but someone had taken the smaller colorado blade off of it. I gladly took it as I didn't have any money for lures and this became the second spinnerbait in my tackle box. The backup by default, if you will.

I ended up going to the Potomach later that week when I was visiting one of my friends. I tied on a Booyah spinnerbait and got a LM on my first cast. I ended up losing that spinnerbait---snagged at the bottom of the river on some rocks.

I went to my tackle box and tied on the shoddy looking Wal-Mart $1 special.

In about 45 minutes, I managed to pull in 5 more fish. All of them over a pound some 1.5-2lbs. The skirt on the spinnerbait got pretty much torn off after the time was up. I would think that the Booyah spinnerbait, with its better skirt, would have probably lasted for a couple more fish. But then again I can't know for sure because I never slayed them like I did with the Wal-mart one!!!! ;D

So what did I take from this? Those Spinnerbaits will get them just about as good as the rest of them. You can't expect upmost performance, they only come in a very few sizes, the materials are not the most etc etc etc...

But for for $1?!?!?!? I'll buy 6 of those and catch another 36 fish when the bite is on or when I don't mind losing and shredding spinnerbaits hahahha! ;D

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Posted November 26 2010 - 08:16 AM

I've used (and caught fish with) Wally World's $1 spinnerbaits too. On some of them, I replaced the cheapo barrel swivel with a ball-bearing swivel. That makes the blade spin much better.

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