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So I have a couple and are wondering if I should give this a try in the cold water period (temps are about 40-45). Was thinking of fishing it similar to a blade bait. If anyone has experience with these advice would be greatly appreciated. I’d be throwing them at both large and smallmouth.

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Yes they are a good cold water bait. I have a few, but they don't get wet. I would rather use bladebaits. Hopefully someone will chime in...

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Cast them out and let them sink to the bottom then give it a pop to get the blade spinning and reel it in slowly. Not exciting, but they do work. You can lift and drop them too but I've never had much luck doing that.

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@Bluebasser86 ok thanks for the input. Next time I head out I’ll spend the day working these and see what I come up with.

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16 hours ago, Swbass15 said:

So I have a couple and are wondering if I should give this a try in the cold water period (temps are about 40-45). Was thinking of fishing it similar to a blade bait. If anyone has experience with these advice would be greatly appreciated. I’d be throwing them at both large and smallmouth.

I'm going to write this post even though I don't believe we are envisioning the same type of tailspin bait.  I tie a 1/4 oz bucktail jig with a small spinner tied to the hook bend quite similar to Charlie Brewer's Whirly Bee.  I keep one tied onto a light hair jig spinning outfit most of the year and use them while smallmouth and walleye fishing, although other species will often bite. 

 

1st situation, I swim it pre-spawn over shallow rocky flats and newly developing weeds slow and steady.  2nd situation, throughout summer when I encounter surface feeding frenzies I'll toss this bait beyond the activity then swim it into the feeding and let it drop 4 - 6 feet.  It sometimes gets bit while in the middle of the bait school and sometimes will get bit while falling underneath the bait school.  White bass and undersized smallies will often be the aggressors near the surface, but there will occasionally be larger smallmouth underneath the bait school to pick the spinner off as it drops.  3rd situation, swimming it along a current seem under a bridge or a necked-down area during the fall.  I'm looking for fall walleye when here, but again will catch plenty of white and yellow bass.

 

An under-spin will probably work in these situations as well, but my tail spin has a larger blade than I've found on under-spins and I prefer it.

 

oe

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This is what I throw 😉

 

 

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Both underspins and tail spins you slow roll them just fast enough to feel the blade anywhere in the water column or along the bottom depending where the bass are located. Ripping them every ounce in awhile sometimes gets a reaction strike.

Bass feeding on deep baitfish it's hard to beat a structure spoon IMO.

Tom

 

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The only ones I have used are the Sworming Hornet in 1/8 ounce. I put either a small fluke or swimming fluke on for my soft plastic on it. I usually just fish them working a bank like you would with a crankbait. I have caught fish on them in warm weather when the bite was slow. Like several others have said you do need to fish them slow.

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Thanks for all the input everyone. @Catt my bait is very similar except it has a line tie not a line through to the hook. Is there any advantage to that style you prefer to fish?

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You need to disregard my earlier post. You want info on a tail spin bait and what I wrote was about an under spin. Sorry about that. I really thought I was awake when I read it.

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3 hours ago, Swbass15 said:

Thanks for all the input everyone. @Catt my bait is very similar except it has a line tie not a line through to the hook. Is there any advantage to that style you prefer to fish?

 

Like a Texas Rig the bass can not use the weight to throw the hook!

 

It also acts as a lure knocker 😉

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The 1st tail spin I recall was Pedigo Spinrite followed by Mann's Little George. Mann's came out with a plastic body version called a Big George and a line through model called a Pro Little George. 

Catts Rinky Dink line through looks good, longer body then Little George design.

A heavy weight attached to a treble hook makes it easy for bass to shake it loose, line through design is lot better!

Tom 

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@Catt that’s what I was imagining whe I looked at your old post. I read up a little last night. I’ll look into getting the one you posted.

 

@Log Catcher no worries even though you were talking unders the tactic might still apply here on my lake with this bait. We have a ton of threadfin here. 👍🏻👍🏻

@WRB Tom thanks for chiming in with some of the older history. There is an old article in Bassmaster about the use of them on my home lake, elephant Butte believe it was in the late 80’s early 90’s when it was wrote. It was what turned me on to the bait, but the tactics described really aren’t in play here anymore due to extremely low water levels. I appreciate all the feedback.

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5 hours ago, Swbass15 said:

Thanks for all the input everyone. @Catt my bait is very similar except it has a line tie not a line through to the hook. Is there any advantage to that style you prefer to fish?

The sliding style are more difficult for the fish to throw once hooked and you can just fish whatever hook you like instead of the fixed hook style that you have to swap out hooks.

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Many many anglers overlook the fish catching ability of the "Rinky Dink". They try to fish it like a jigging spoon which will work. You will be surprised how many bass will pick it up off the bottom sitting still. On deep water structure it's a deadly search bait.

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Hey guys I use the pedigo spinrite I prefer the chartreuse 1/2 oz. normally unless I’m fishing deeper water 50+. I catch several fish on them especially around bait in fall and winter . The slower you fish it the better .

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