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I just have a few questions that I would like some answer to!

1. Should I use a trailer on these?

2. Braid, mono, of floro?

3. What type of rod would you use when fishing these? I know people who use a lot of give in their rod and people who like a more stiff rod.

Just wondering these questions for future use of these baits! Thanks Guys!

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  1. Most the time I do use a trailer on a spinnerbait, every now and then I don't. A craw, chunk or a split tail worm. Buzzbaits I don't fish with but probably wouldn't use a trailer if I did.
  2. Right now I am using 15lb P-Line Fluoro.
  3. Right now I am on a 6'6" Med Heavy BPS Tourney Special.

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1. Every spinner and buzzbait I own has a trailer hook. I have hooked more fish on the trailer hook than on the main hook by a wide margin.

2. I'm also using 15lb fluoro, though maybe some of the more experienced guys here will have a better suggestion.

3. For me it depends on the spinner bait what rod I use. I have some smaller ones I throw on a 6'6" medium. My 3/8oz and up baits get thrown on a 6'6" medium heavy rod.

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1. I use a trailer hook on both almost 100% of the time. I do not use a bait threaded on the hook under the skirt as a trailer. I use Strike King spinner baits and buzzbaits with what they call "magic skirts" that have a trailer built in.

2. Braid...100% of the time, 20,30, or 50 lb depending on where I am using the baits or what rod I am fishing them on.

3. 7' M/F for 3/16 or 1/4 oz baits, 3/8 and up on 7' MH/F

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I just have a few questions that I would like some answer to!

1. Should I use a trailer on these?

2. Braid, mono, of floro?

3. What type of rod would you use when fishing these? I know people who use a lot of give in their rod and people who like a more stiff rod.

Just wondering these questions for future use of these baits! Thanks Guys!

  1. I always have a soft palstic trailer (I think yum makes the twin tail trailer that I use) I also always have a trailer hook on there. I too have caught numerous fish just on the trailer hook, and like the added confidence it provides.
  2. I use 30-50 lb briad. I fish my spinners just above heavy weeds, and like the braid for ripping the spinnerbaits through the weed tops.
  3. I use a 7' MH fast action rod for spinnerbaits. The length is really for distance (I want a 6'9" for better control), The action is to make ripping the spinnerbait out of the weeds easier.

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All of your questions are matters of personal prefrence but I'll add my 2 cents. I don't use a trailer very much, it causes a lot of short strikes and I hate using trailer hooks because I'm throwing spinnerbaits and buzzbaits in and around cover. I use mono for both spinnerbaits and buzzbaits as I like to use a fast action rod which is stiff. The reason for the rod is simple, I'm target casting to areas with cover, and a lot of times I'm ripping the bait free from grass and it is tough to do with a moderate action rod with a lot of flex or give. The mono is my shock absorber since the rod is stiff I rely on the little bit of stretch mono gives to take some of the shock off the rod, if you ever set the hook on a big smallies using a fast action rod with braid, well it is a bone jarring experience. I will add that I make my own spinnerbaits and the hooks I use have an extra long shank so it helps but if you fish a lot of cover with them trailers and trailer hooks just seem to get in the way but everyone fishes them differently so they choose different methods.

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Trailer on spiner bait yes on buzz bait no.

For line you can use any line you would like on spinner baits, I use either braid or flouro. For buzzbaits I use either mono or copoly line, wan't my line to have sime stretch.

For rods, on spinnerbait rods I like a 6' 10" to 7' rods MH/F and MH/XF, for buzzbaits a 6' 6" to 7' rod M/F and sometimes I will use a MH/F rod

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1. Trailer hooks, only in sparser cover, trailer plastics almost always, except with Terminator baits that have the built in trailer.

2. Sufix Elite Mono, 12lb.

3. Personal preference, but I throw a 7' MH rod.

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All of your questions are matters of personal prefrence but I'll add my 2 cents. I don't use a trailer very much, it causes a lot of short strikes and I hate using trailer hooks because I'm throwing spinnerbaits and buzzbaits in and around cover. I use mono for both spinnerbaits and buzzbaits as I like to use a fast action rod which is stiff. The reason for the rod is simple, I'm target casting to areas with cover, and a lot of times I'm ripping the bait free from grass and it is tough to do with a moderate action rod with a lot of flex or give. The mono is my shock absorber since the rod is stiff I rely on the little bit of stretch mono gives to take some of the shock off the rod, if you ever set the hook on a big smallies using a fast action rod with braid, well it is a bone jarring experience. I will add that I make my own spinnerbaits and the hooks I use have an extra long shank so it helps but if you fish a lot of cover with them trailers and trailer hooks just seem to get in the way but everyone fishes them differently so they choose different methods.

I agree 100% Smalljaw. We seem to have very similar views on spinnerbaits.

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I use mono for both but fluoro is good for spinnerbaits. I prefer a moderate/soft action rod, basically a crankbait rod, unless I'm ripping free of a lot of grass. Since I make long casts I prefer a 7' rod. For spinnerbaits I use two reels. A 5.0:1 for slow rolling and a 6.4:1 for fast retrieves, using as light as 10 pound for 1/4 ounce baits and up to 17 pound for 1/2 ounce baits.

Buzzbaits call for a 7.0:1 reel and 12 - 17 pound mono. Braid works in really heavy weeds but mono for all other applications.

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on spinnerbaits this spring,strike king 3/8oz. chat/white [missing the magic tail] replaced with a twin-tail grub. iv'e been using a 6.4:1 stx and 10/12# hybrid.One of my favorite baits so far..

Buzzin,i like the curado 200E7,30-40# braid, cavitron white/copper blade day,black at night.

Agree w/ most about the trailer hook,works good for short strikers, but have not used one yet this year and have done great without it.

The SK spinnerbait came w/ a trailer hook and "magic tail" skirt trailer

when purchased last season,but that bait has caught so many fish for me,i tweaked it off season..cut back the remaining magic tail,added a grub tail,sharpened the hook and its been catching again this year! excellent baits @ DSG for a very reasonable price!

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