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I was Crappie fishing with my son Sunday and we got into them pretty good late in the day. Water temp was 38-40, when I saw 3 dudes Bass fishing down the opposite bank. All 3 were chucking and winding big spinnerbaits. Seemed odd to me, we are  having April type weather but right after a single digit spell. Didn't see them catching, but curious if anybody here has any luck when the water is that cold. I'm not talking slow rolling here, chuck and wind.

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The MD state record largemouth was caught on a spinnerbait in water so cold, the fisherman had to look for some openings in the ice. They'll still bite big willow leaf spinnerbaits here in SC in winter. You can reel them very slowly if you need to. But the fact they weren't catching tells you perhaps they should have slowed down.

 

Sometimes in the dead of winter, nothing works.

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2 minutes ago, the reel ess said:

The MD state record largemouth was caught on a spinnerbait in water so cold, the fisherman had to look for some openings in the ice. 

Wow, I might have to break them out a little sooner this Spring.

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1 hour ago, Todd2 said:

Wow, I might have to break them out a little sooner this Spring.

I'm going this afternoon and, as usual, I have one tied on. I'll let you know. But we are in a warm trend. 73 for a high today. I'm going to a big, shallow pond.

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Twin spins like Shannon are a spinnerbait long forgotten that excel in the winter cold water period. 

Tom

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28 minutes ago, WRB said:

Twin spins like Shannon are a spinnerbait long forgotten that excel in the winter cold water period. 

Tom

Perhaps not completely forgotten ~

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Just don't get as many opportunities to let them shine as I'd like.

But they do when I can.

:smiley:

A-Jay

 

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I have one twin spin and have never used it . The spinnerbait I like to throw is a short arm with a weedguard .

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The one I like to throw in cold water has 6 blades on it.

 

 

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A Shannon Twin spin, with a pork trailer used to be an excellent bait on Ozark lakes. I'm sure they would still work.

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I caught some over the last few weeks on spinners here in Arkansas.  I've had friends tear them up with spinner baits in the winter, just got to find them.  

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I've caught them on a spinnerbait in the winter but not as much as my other go to winter lures.......

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I fish smaller spinnerbaits throughout the winter. It’s not always a winner for me, but it has saved quite a few outings. 

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On 2/5/2019 at 9:41 AM, Todd2 said:

Wow, I might have to break them out a little sooner this Spring.

Well, I went yesterday. I got one bite on the spinnerbait and missed it because I was reaching for the paddle when it bit. I caught 5. I probably should have switched over to a Colorado blade model to slow it down, but I didn't. Water was very clear and not much of a breeze. Caught one on a Cordell Spot and 4 on a Swimming Super Fluke. As the sun got high the water in the weeds 3-4' deep warmed up to about 62 degrees. I had to work hard for the bites. Fish were very spooky in the shallows.

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I might have to take a Crappie break and break out the Spinnerbaits this weekend.😉

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On 2/5/2019 at 9:38 AM, the reel ess said:

The MD state record largemouth was caught on a spinnerbait in water so cold, the fisherman had to look for some openings in the ice.

I read this and I have to ask, were they fishing it like a spoon or something? Probably not, but I have to ask anyway

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9 minutes ago, Boomstick said:

I read this and I have to ask, were they fishing it like a spoon or something? Probably not, but I have to ask anyway

I don't know. Now that I'm looking for it, I may be wrong or have the wrong state in mind. I can't find it. Sometimes i misremember things. I'll keep digging and let you know if I can find it. I can tell you though, that my biggest bass ate a spinnerbait as soon as it hit the water. When i made the first turn of the handle she was on.

 

This may be what I was thinking of. It's DE, not MD. It was Feb.

https://www.***.com/record-fish/giant-delaware-bass-breaks-state-record/

 

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30 minutes ago, the reel ess said:

I don't know. Now that I'm looking for it, I may be wrong or have the wrong state in mind. I can't find it. Sometimes i misremember things. I'll keep digging and let you know if I can find it. I can tell you though, that my biggest bass ate a spinnerbait as soon as it hit the water. When i made the first turn of the handle she was on.

 

This may be what I was thinking of. It's DE, not MD. It was Feb.

https://www.***.com/record-fish/giant-delaware-bass-breaks-state-record/

 

Nice, the water should still be fairly cold water regardless!

 

I once was reeling in a spinnerbait slowly and at the end of the retrieve and for whatever reason, I didn't reel in quickly as it got near my feet to recast and a giant walleye jumped out of the water, right over my spinnerbait. This was in July in Canada when the Walleye mostly moved to deeper water, so that would have been a great catch!

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My PB came on a jig in deep water, but #2 came on a white spinnerbait right before I was getting ready to lift it up for the next cast. Saw the whole thing go down.

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It was 42 degree water that I was catching them out of last Friday with a homemade 5/8oz white with double copper Colorado blades. They were slack lining it and choking the bait. It was in the low 40's when Jason Christie almost won the Bassmasters Classic on Grand with a 1oz single Colorado bladed Booyah spinnerbait. 

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