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Hey guys,

I rarely ever fish spinnerbaits, but I want to start fishing lures that I never fish. I know gold blade is good for overcast days, while silver is great on bright sunny days. Also between all the blades of Colorado gives off the most vibration, while Willow has a more shimmer to it, and resembles bait fish profile, and Indiana is more likely the best of both worlds. But I'm not sure which kind to pick up. I have collected lots of spinnerbaits when I first started fishing, but most of them are tiny.

Just looking for some advice on what's been overall the most productive spinnerbait as in Color, Blade, Weight and Trailer?

Because I'm thinking about making a nice order with North Star with their "hidden weight" spinnerbaits. But I want something that is overall productive when I can throw anytime.

Thanks!

-Zildjian

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I prefer to use Willow leaf, silver blades. Colorado blades you can fish slower but I fish fast most of the time. I tend to use more Willow Leaf bladed spinners in the day or bright light conditions where I am burning them a lot quicker. Colorado or Indiana when its darker light or night, visibility is lower, and you want to give a good vibration off. Thats how I do it. Colors, I always like black, black and blue..or white..white/silver. Natural colors are always great to have, bluegill patterns. I don't use chartreuse or yellows unless the water is really dingy and stained.

I would say get 1 or 2 of each style and then you have a little of all. From that point you can figure out what works better for you and the water you fish. Then you can start collecting more of the kind you like better.

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Can't go wrong with White or Chartreuse or White/Chartreuse. I like 3/8-1/2 oz but you may want to go heavier if you are fishing deep. I have had my best luck with double silver Willow blades. Water clarity would dictate which blades and color skirt you would use. I don't use plastic trailers, I do use a trailer hook though.

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I have had good results using spinnerbaits from booyah, strike king, and especially strikezone's master blaster hidden weight spinnerbaits.

The strike zone spinnerbait has "hammered" willow blades with scalloped edges. Not sure why these work so well, just know that they do.

Also, look in the fishing videos section for the video Glenn did on spinnerbaits....very informative.

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I've been making spinnerbaits for over 15 years and have been fishing them for 25 years and I have spinnerbaits that I design just for moving water and others just for lakes. I'll tell you what I tell everyone just getting started using spinnerbaits, there really isn't one bait to do everything just like there isn't a rod that does everything but if you want to get close here is what you use. A 3/8oz White and Chartreuse spinnerbait with an Indiana blade as the top or main blade and a small colorado as the bottom or secondary blade. That is about as close to universal you can get as it will work in just about all conditions. If I'm burining a bait and can't get bit even when I slow it down the 3/8oz Indiana/Colorado in white and chartreuse is the bait I turn to. I like double willows, but with a colorado main blade I'll use a small indiana blade on the bottom and with an indiana main blade I'll use a small colorado as the bottom but I never use a double indiana or double colorado. If you put in the order then get the all purpose bait, that will catch fish and help you learn the bait and if you like it you can expand on them and learn different ways to ues them like slow rolling or burning but focus on just getting to use it for now.

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Awesome info!! Thank you guys for all your comments and time to post in my thread!

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Spinnerbaits are also very customizable. It won't let me post a link here, but check Tackle Warehouse under their SB section for blades and skirts. You can fairly easliy swap out all 3 blade types in all sizes and colors, and the same for skirts. Sometimes you'll run into issues though where they don't quite run true or fit will on some models. But when I'm low on a particular pattern, I like being able to swap a skirt or one blade in a pinch.

Never underestimate the ability of darker colored SBs in any condition. Where I fish, everyone's throwing white or white/chartreuse. I'll often switch to a perch or blue gill pattern, or dark watermellon and just crush em.

Personally, I throw a 1/2oz. double willow 80-90% of the time.I like smaller blades size 3, 3.5 or 4 usually. I dig Gamakatsu hooks on my SBs - check Pepper Custom Jigs spinnerbaits. My current favorites. Just bought a Dobyns 734C which will be used only for SBs - I'm totally hooked. The success and confidence I gained in them the last few years made it a "need" for me.

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another thing to look at is the swivels. If the swivels don't spin good you;ve basically got a paperweight.

-gk

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Dollar for dollar the best bait I've ever owned is the Northstar. I've caught a lot of fish on them, won a lot of money on them, too. They're durable, have the right components and the right blades. They're incredibly well built, and they just flat catch fish.

Color can really depend on your forage base, here in the Midwest and Near South, the best colors for me have been New Gill, Bull Bream, and Olive Shiner. Typically, the lightest bait I throw is 3/4, but spend a lot of time slow rolling them, fishing structure. I will use a 1/4 or 1/2 from time to time, but it isn't often.

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i'm not to big on color choice. just give me a 3/8 or 1/2oz spinnerbait with double willow (good for burning them right under the surface) and a single colorado blade (good for slow rolling)

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Dollar for dollar the best bait I've ever owned is the Northstar.

I've been meaning to try them. Have you used the Compact Series Triple Wil? It's the only one currently in stock at Tackle Warehouse so I'll probably snag a few with the next order.

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Dollar for dollar the best bait I've ever owned is the Northstar. I've caught a lot of fish on them, won a lot of money on them, too. They're durable, have the right components and the right blades. They're incredibly well built, and they just flat catch fish.

Color can really depend on your forage base, here in the Midwest and Near South, the best colors for me have been New Gill, Bull Bream, and Olive Shiner. Typically, the lightest bait I throw is 3/4, but spend a lot of time slow rolling them, fishing structure. I will use a 1/4 or 1/2 from time to time, but it isn't often.

Wow!

I like them, too!

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I have actually been using a buzzbait lately and it's working out surprisingly well, but as far as regular spinners I always use a white skirted with one good and one silver spoons on it.

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I'm a big fan of War Eagle spinnerbaits. The little 5/16oz finesse spinnerbait in mouse color seems to catch fish when I can't get them to touch any other spinnerbaits. I could get through most situations with that bait plus a 3/8oz double willowleaf bait in mouse, spot remover, white/chart, and the same colors in a colorado/indiana blade combo for dirtier/cooler water.

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I generally go with 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 ounce spinnerbaits, with the 3/8 ounce getting the most use from me. I use mostly tandem willows and double willows, with pepper hawgs and terminators being my two favorite brands. You can't go wrong with one silver and one gold blade, either. The shallower the water, and the higher up the weeds or grass grow, the lighter of a spinnerbait you want to use. I generally reel my baits pretty slow as well, with a slower ratio baitcast reel. I use anywhere from 10 - 17 pound test mono or fluoro for using spinnerbaits.

My retrieve generally goes like this: Cast out, let it sink to the desired depth, and then reel in the bait at a slow to medium pace. Every 5 - 6 seconds, I will stop the spinnerbait for 1 - 2 seconds, then pop the rod tip and get it going again.

If the slow rolling retrieve doesn't work, sometimes burning the bait back in quickly works, especially in clear water.

As for colors, I like the golden shiner skirts, chartreuse blue white, chartreuse white, and plain white. Natural colored skirts like pumpkin are also really good, and black is the go to color for murky water.

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Forgot to add I also prefer a glass or composite rod for spinnerbaits or any tight line lure technique like crankbaits or topwaters. The BPS 7' crankin' stick is my main spinnerbait rod, in medium for 1/4 ounce spinnerbaits and medium heavy for 3/8 ounce or heavier.

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I usually throw 1/4, or 3/8 oz. in white, or chart/white. I like to let it sink all the way to the bottom and then slow roll it back.

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I dont own any Northstar SB and Like the rest of their products I bet they are great. I can tell you though that there isnt a better spinnerbait than a KVD spinnerbait. those things are wicked and they flat out catch fish. Ive gotten catfish and tilapia on spinnerbaits. Its awesome. Those are very high quality. I love bleeding shad and chartreuse with gold blades willowleaf.

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I am going to only say this.. Remember there are 2 types of largemouth bass shallow cover bass ( loners hang out by cover docks trees pads stumps etc etc ) and Schooling bass ( longer thinner, but in deeper water where no one really fishes) get the heaviest spinnerbait you can..

I know there is ledgebuster spinnerbaits these go up to 2.5 ounces!! and there is also revenge spinnerbaits THE HD ones OR Find the deep drops off of weed beds and structure. Tie on a spinnerbait on at least 40# braid and let it sink right to the bottom,,, Dead stick ot for at least 15 seconds then give it a slight rip and start reeling to get it started.. Slow roll and then pause it as you work the bottom.. You will be rewarded with a few bass but each bass will be a nice fish..

I am going to do a whole video on this subject in the near future but here is a sample video of hat I am talking about

http://bassfishinschool.com/75/

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I am going to only say this.. Remember there are 2 types of largemouth bass shallow cover bass ( loners hang out by cover docks trees pads stumps etc etc ) and Schooling bass ( longer thinner, but in deeper water where no one really fishes) get the heaviest spinnerbait you can..

I know there is ledgebuster spinnerbaits these go up to 2.5 ounces!! and there is also revenge spinnerbaits THE HD ones OR Find the deep drops off of weed beds and structure. Tie on a spinnerbait on at least 40# braid and let it sink right to the bottom,,, Dead stick ot for at least 15 seconds then give it a slight rip and start reeling to get it started.. Slow roll and then pause it as you work the bottom.. You will be rewarded with a few bass but each bass will be a nice fish..

I am going to do a whole video on this subject in the near future but here is a sample video of hat I am talking about

http://bassfishinschool.com/75/

i love the video. don't u think ur equipment is failing b/c ur system isn't set up properly? i.e. ur spinnerbaits aren't bending b/c of the size of the fish. they are bending b/c of ur braid. if u have the proper hook, line, rod and reel...you should be able get many fish in the boat all day w/o any failures or the need to re-tie, re-straighten, re-spool. why don't u have a leader to absorb some of the pressure from the fish? am i missing something? btw i like ur dead sticking sb technique

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Those brand of spinnerbaits seem to do that when you get a better fish on.... ( ledgebuster) the bass also hammer this baits with this technique... Slow rolling in deep water is something not many are doing and once you try it and land a few fish you will see what i mean

they almost RIP the rod out of your hand.. lol

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