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Spring time is here, and the spinnerbait bite is hot on my local pond. While out fishing this morning, I spent most of my time fishing three Nichols spinnerbaits in various colors paired with a 2.8" strike king rage tail paddle tail swim bait as a trailer. Throughout the morning, I kept noticing the blades 'fowling' up, and not working properly. Perhaps the trailer I was using was too heavy? I'm not sure...I do know I should've done some more experimenting while I was on the water though! What's your favorite spinner bait? What's your favorite trailer? Do you even use a trailer? I'm truly curious!! 

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1/2oz War Eagle River Rat. Throw sucker tight in the cover and every eddy you can find! I like a baby fluke split tail trailer

 

Any War Eagle product for that matter. Love the 5/16 Finesse spinnerbait

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I have two (same trailer though)

Megastrike Strikeback spinnerbait and the Biovex Stagun with a Strike King KVD Perfect Plastic Blade Minnow trailer

 

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A-Jay

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Humdinger ... great spring sb ...

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War Eagles for me.

 

The 5/16 oz finesse has re-ignited my spinnerbait fishing game that I let fall by the wayside a while back in favor of swimjigs and chatterbaits. Sometimes there's just nothing better than a good spinnerbait bite.

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War eagle spinnerbaits! With a keitech trailer !

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War Eagle

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  In the river, it's a 1/2 oz. Northland Reed Runner, single Colorado. Chartreuse and white.

  This early in the lakes, it's either a 1/4 oz. black Worden's Super Roostertail, or a 3/16 oz. War Eagle Finesse in Mouse.  Later on in the lakes, it'll be a 3/8 J-Mac double Colorado with color to match the sky conditions.  jj

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For the little ponds I fish, love using a Boo-Yah Pond Magic spinnerbait. Do very well with it. 

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3 hours ago, A-Jay said:

I have two (same trailer though)

Megastrike Strikeback spinnerbait and the Biovex Stagun with a Strike King KVD Perfect Plastic Blade Minnow trailer

 

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A-Jay

Hey A-Jay, I bought a pack of these blade minnows on your recommendation as a spinner bait trailer. I like the look of them but I was kind of put off by the "feel" of it. Without it on the retrieve I can really feel the blades moving in the water and get a lot of feedback. With it on as a trailer the feedback is really "muffled" and not but response. Do these have much tail action to speak of? I have used it on some 1/2 oz spinner baits and I was wondering if a trailer this big/thick is over powering it or something?

 

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14 minutes ago, pauldconyers said:

Hey A-Jay, I bought a pack of these blade minnows on your recommendation as a spinner bait trailer. I like the look of them but I was kind of put off by the "feel" of it. Without it on the retrieve I can really feel the blades moving in the water and get a lot of feedback. With it on as a trailer the feedback is really "muffled" and not but response. Do these have much tail action to speak of? I have used it on some 1/2 oz spinner baits and I was wondering if a trailer this big/thick is over powering it or something?

 

 

While there is certainly some 'action' with the trailer - most of it comes as a result of the blades spinning causing the wire to vibrate, I am using this trailer more for it's profile than the action.

Seems to give the bass 'a target', which reduces their tendency to hit 'the blades' which they so often do.

Eating the trailer with the hook get's me more solid hook ups and less 'missed strikes'.

I've caught a ton of great fish with these combinations including my PB Smallie.

 

:smiley:

A-Jay

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I have been using older Stanley Vibrashafts, and older Picasso spinnerbaits for many years.

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3 minutes ago, A-Jay said:

 

While there is certainly some 'action' with the trailer - most of it comes as a result of the blades spinning causing the wire to vibrate, I am using this trailer more for it's profile than the action.

Seems to give the bass 'a target', which reduces their tendency to hit 'the blades' which they so often do.

Eating the trailer with the hook get's me more solid hook ups and less 'missed strikes'.

I've caught a ton of great fish with these combinations including my PB Smallie.

:smiley:

A-Jay

Oh I am not saying you gave me a bad recommendation. I agree with the profile of the bait and how it looks. One of the main points of a spinner bait is obviously the flash of the blades. I was asking if you think if I cannot "feel" them as much as without the trailer for some reason if they indeed are spinning as much and if not if that defeats the purpose and I should go for something lighter or not as beefy?

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Just now, pauldconyers said:

Oh I am not saying you gave me a bad recommendation. I agree with the profile of the bait and how it looks. One of the main points of a spinner bait is obviously the flash of the blades. I was asking if you think if I cannot "feel" them as much as without the trailer for some reason if they indeed are spinning as much and if not if that defeats the purpose and I should go for something lighter or not as beefy?

Again - I am not concerned with what the 'trailer' feels like as I retrieve the bait.

 The properties I need in an effective spinnerbait trailer are as follows _ 

Must have the right profile. (size, shape, color)

Must never change the action of the spinnerbait; meaning the spinnerbait still need to run true, track straight up & down and not have it's angle altered in any way as the bait comes through the water.

 I will often "Burn" my spinnerbaits and if the trailer is not dead nutz straight - the spinnerbait will run 'funny' which almost always results in Less Strikes. 

As for you using a different trailer, I can not answer that - only you can.

If whatever you chose does not do what you want it to do - change it.

This one works well for me.

A-Jay

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1.  Hank Parker's spinnerbait collection.

2.  War Eagles.

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Roll my own and use different baits depending on the situation.

 

Please elaborate on how the blades didn't spin right? I have made a lot of spinnerbaits in my life and understand how they work. Post what happened and myself or one of the other senior members can give you advice on correcting the problem.

 

Allen

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I like bouya double colorado in the spring and war eagles in the fall. For trailer i usually use the zoom split tail spinnerbait trailer. 

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Adding an action style trailer can change the flow of water behind the blades thereby impeding their ability to spin freely. The easiest solution is to bend the bait's arm up. The trailer is then lower and farther back from the blades.

My favorite trailer in the spring is a Kalin's Lunker grub. The addition of the trailer allows me to retrieve a willow bladed spinnerbait at the same speed as an Indiana bladed one without a trailer.  As the season progresses, I downsize to a smaller grub eventually eliminating their use in the summer. 

I have two brands of baits that share duties; Stanley VibraWedge and the Megastrike StrikeBack.

 

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I've never really spent good money on spinnerbaits. I've always just picked out Strike King or Booyah in a size and color I needed.

 

However recently I decided to spend some money on nice spinnerbaits and got a few of the Z-Man SlingBladeZ to try. Can't wait.

 

My PB LMB came off a Strike King Lil Mr Money. Imagine that. I think those are 3/16oz.

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2 minutes ago, papajoe222 said:

Adding an action style trailer can change the flow of water behind the blades thereby impeding their ability to spin freely. The easiest solution is to bend the bait's arm up. The trailer is then lower and farther back from the blades.

My favorite trailer in the spring is a Kalin's Lunker grub. The addition of the trailer allows me to retrieve a willow bladed spinnerbait at the same speed as an Indiana bladed one without a trailer.  As the season progresses, I downsize to a smaller grub eventually eliminating their use in the summer. 

I have two brands of baits that share duties; Stanley VibraWedge and the Megastrike StrikeBack.

 

This may be more of what I was talking about. I was throwing a 1/2 ox Booyah with twin willow braids on a 7' rod with 832 sufix braid on it. I could really feel the vibrations, almost like you could feel each "wobble" of the willow blades. When I added this trailer the feedback was quite "muffled" and did not put off near the vibration. I was saying I really liked the look and profile of the bait with it but I was asking if it was somehow "interferring" with the blade action and the vibration put off was I actually doing myself a disservice? I was wondering if I should mess with the bend of it or if the size or weight of the trailer could be the culprit.

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3/8 War Eagle mouse double willow leaf

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War Eagle and Booyah if I'm buying them. 

Recently started making my own big, ugly spinnerbaits for fishing dirty water or when I want a lot of thump and they've been doing really well and it's not even prime spinnerbait time yet.

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My favorite spinnerbaits are 

 

1. Greenfish Tackle HD Ballistic Blade Colorado/Willow Sungill 1/2 oz

 

2. Strike King KVD Fines Colorado/Willow 3/8 oz

 

3. War Eagle Screamin Eagle 

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What is that at the base of the skirt @Bluebasser86? It looks like something that makes the skirt fluff out?

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