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I was watching a KVD spinnerbait tips video and he said that you should keep your spinnerbait above the bass so they don't get a good look at it. 

 

I've also heard that you should slow roll it at the bottom. Those two techniques contradict each other though.

 

Should you fish your spinnerbait high in the water column above the bass' eyes or lower in the water column at the level of the bass or lower?

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2 different techniques. There are many ways to work a spinnerbait. Usually your location and the fishes location will dictate which to use

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2 hours ago, BigBassCatcher said:

 

Should you fish your spinnerbait high in the water column above the bass' eyes or lower in the water column at the level of the bass or lower?

Both ways work .

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DO Not throw a heavy spinnerbait on deep water structure!

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Both techniques work. For me, I slow roll from Ice out to early Spring and late Fall to early Winter. The rest of the time I try to fish it off of the bottom at various depths.

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4 hours ago, Kidflex said:

2 different techniques. There are many ways to work a spinnerbait. Usually your location and the fishes location will dictate which to use

I second this. For me I usually fish it high in the water column, but I don't have that much experience with spinnerbaits, as I don't fish them very often.

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I usually start off by letting the spinnerbait sink and then slow rolling it along the bottom.  If I start picking up vegetation then I don't let the bait sink as deep, and reel in a little faster.

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the  best skill i ever learned using a spinnerbait is a quiet entry into the water cast ... 

 

good fishing ... 

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Alright so both techniques work, but which one is better in the summer (right now)?

 

And generally how fast do you work yours in the summer? I've been experimenting with both a faster retrieve right at the top and a slower retrieve at the top with my rod tip high and both seem to produce. 

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Low and slow seems to produce more for me. Just play around with your retrieve until you get a couple bites then stick with that. 

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On 6/16/2019 at 12:46 PM, BigBassCatcher said:

Alright so both techniques work, but which one is better in the summer (right now)?

 

And generally how fast do you work yours in the summer? I've been experimenting with both a faster retrieve right at the top and a slower retrieve at the top with my rod tip high and both seem to produce. 

A spinnerbait now for me may not be the best presentation as the smallies I seek are often pretty deep.

But come August & into September, it's just about my favorite deal to get on.

Burning one high in the water column has resulted in quite a few plus size brown bass sliding into the Frabil.

If it please the court, I present exhibits A & B . . .  Solid examples of the subject matter at hand and a couple of memorable spinnerbait catches.

 

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A-Jay

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It depends on where the bass are at . I'm still catching them shallow in vegetation and  wood , so slow rolling under them would not be very   productive .

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This is the problem with the whole technique thing. Bass that are aggressively chasing bait will best be targeted by a fast moving bait above them (how far above them will depend on several factors). Bass hunkering down, tight to cover, or in a neutral state will best be targeted by a slow presentation at, or very close to their level, cause they won't move much (if at all) to strike a bait. So the answer is both, but that just scratches the surface. 

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14 minutes ago, A-Jay said:

A spinnerbait now for me may not be the best presentation as the smallies I seek are often pretty deep.

But come August & into September, it's just about my favorite deal to get on.

Burning one high in the water column has resulted in quite a few plus size brown bass sliding into the Frabil.

If it please the court, I present exhibits A & B . . .  Solid examples of the subject matter at hand and a couple of memorable catches.

 

:smiley:

A-Jay

Wow great catches!

 

So the general consensus is that it doesn't matter if the bass can see the spinnerbait well or not right? I would assume if you slow roll right in front of them they would be able to get a good look at the lure. 

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Everything with fishing is trial and error no matter what you use. The spinnerbait is awesome, it is my favorite lure and one of the reasons is that it is effective no matter where in the water column you fish it. The spinnerbait is one of those lure you need to catch fish on before you gain confidence in it. So rather than wondering if you should fish it high and fast or low and slow try fishing it the old fashion way at a time when spinnerbaits should get hit. If you get out on a day with enough wind to cause some ripples and maybe a little overcast, that will be the time to learn the "old fashion way" and it will help you gain confidence. The old fashion way is all about clarity, you reel the bait just fast enough that you can just barely see the flash of the spinning blades, Jimmy Houston made a living out of fishing a spinnerbait like that. Now there are times when slow rolling a spinnerbait deep around rock ledges or deep weed lines will get you good fish. There are also times in which burning a bait fast enough to leave a wake will work best but you need to gain confidence with it. Once you start catching fish on it you'll begin to see how the fish react to it and you'll learn when to slow it down or speed it up. The spinnerbait is versatile but you need confidence and experience to get the most out of it. So just focus on fishing it one way for now and the rest will come in time, good luck!!

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I caught my PB, working a 3/8oz white spinner bait, with a Silver/Chrome Colorado, like a Jig.

 

I would throw it out, let it sink, reel up the slack and work the tip from 3 to 12...repeat.

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15 hours ago, Catt said:

DO Not throw a heavy spinnerbait on deep water structure!

 

I'm dead serious 😉

 

During the Dog Days of Summer & during our winters a spinnerbait slow rolled in 15-20' of water...on the bottom.

 

Y'all ever throw a 3/4 or 1 oz spinnerbait?

 

Double Spin seems to work better in summer & a Single Spin in winter.

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1 hour ago, Catt said:

Y'all ever throw a 3/4 or 1 oz spinnerbait

Sure have. Had more luck in the winter though. May through September have not been good to me for a spinnerbait bite though. Unless the water is high and muddy I've almost stopped throwing it in the summer

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I have had more luck cranking a spinnerbait slow. I never had any luck cranking one fast or trying to keep it up where you could see the flash of the blades. I will run them a little faster if the water is fairly clear.

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I've always fished them slow rolling with 2 to 3 pops of the rod tip to get those blades to speed up and slow down. Good thread gotta try some different retreives.

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It seems spinnerbait fishing is kind of a lost art with the growing popularity of swim jigs and chatterbaits    . I've noticed  a  comeback with them on the Bass Elites this year .

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I prefer to fish a spinner bait fast and mostly shallow. If the water is clear and there is deeper cover then maybe even out to 8-10'.  Bounce it off of wood, brush, lily pads etc. Break the top of the water. twitch it. let it die and start it up again after it sinks a foot or two.  Roll it over the tops of the weeds trying to hit the tips of the weeds.  Throw it in those little ambush pockets. The back side (closest to the bank) of a weed line. Tie it on, turn the troller on 2 and commence to hitting everything you see. Make it dance! Spinner baits Rock!

FM

 

Add on: I have caught bass feeding on shad in 35-40' of water.

 

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31 minutes ago, scaleface said:

It seems spinnerbait fishing is kind of a lost art with the growing popularity of swim jigs and chatterbaits    . I've noticed  a  comeback with them on the Bass Elites this year .

 

A lot of anglers mistakenly try to substitute one for the other.

Smart anglers throw all three.

 

So Catt how do you know when to throw which one?

 

By throwing all three, the bass will tell ya which one. Sometimes a switch from one to the other will pick you up one or more fish from an area.

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15 hours ago, Catt said:

 

I'm dead serious 😉

 

During the Dog Days of Summer & during our winters a spinnerbait slow rolled in 15-20' of water...on the bottom.

 

Y'all ever throw a 3/4 or 1 oz spinnerbait?

 

Double Spin seems to work better in summer & a Single Spin in winter.

A lot of fish will stack on the ledges in 25-35 feet, a 1oz spinnerbait slow rolled is sometimes the most productive way

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