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When you're fishing a lake with trees, preferably cypress, a spinnerbait is deadly. Cast past the tree. Reel a steady, moderate retrieve until your bait reaches the tree. At that point snap your reel handle 1/2 a turn and resume your steady retrieve. What happens is the bait is just moseying along until it reaches the tree where ole bucket mouth is hiding. Bait sees bass and flares to escape which causes bass to instinctively react by smashing the bait. It works like a charm. Be aware of your line and weight of the bait as often times the bass engulfs the bait from behind and the only notification you get is the line goes slack or starts swimming sideways. 

 

Best time to try this is any time bass are staging on cypress trees. Which is pretty often since cypress have a root system that makes great habitat for bass to hide in. 

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23 minutes ago, Jigfishn10 said:

Definitely my favorite spinnerbait technique is helicoptering down a steep bank. A nice short are spinnerbait works great for this.

Letting a spinnerbait sink on a semi slack line is killer some days. I had one where I dented the blade on a back cast, and it did something the fish liked a lot on the drop after that. Finally lost it on a snag.

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17 hours ago, BassWhole! said:

Letting a spinnerbait sink on a semi slack line is killer some days. I had one where I dented the blade on a back cast, and it did something the fish liked a lot on the drop after that. Finally lost it on a snag.

Probably slowed the fall a little more and if I'm not mistaken, make a bit more noise as the blade is spinning.

 

Good idea here as well, ads a wake to the spinnerbait then kill it like you mention.

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19 hours ago, Jigfishn10 said:

Definitely my favorite spinnerbait technique is helicoptering down a steep bank. A nice short arm spinnerbait works great for this.

To add to this great technique, helicopter a spinnerbait next to any vertical structure. Especially if you're getting short strikes. One of the best lures for this is also one of the best waking spinner baits. Zorro Baits Short Arm Aggravator. It has a pretty aggressively cupped blade that really thumps and has a great action when the bait is killed next to a stump or tree. I prefer to allow the bait to hit bottom then pop it off the bottom and continue my retrieve to the next available structure. 

 

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I can count on 2 fingers the amount of bass I've caught on a spinnerbait. I'm not exactly a newbie either. Some things just aren't for me 

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I believe a lot depends on where you are geographically. Our lakes are primarily shallow and have a mud bottom with thick tangled vegetation. So here, When the spinnerbait hits the water raise the rod tip and reel fast. Run the bait just under the surface. The fish come up out of the weeds to the bait.

I can see if you have deep water with a sand or rock bottom, slow rolling could be deadly.

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I like to run my spinnerbaits high in the water column, but usually as slowly as I can retrieve without letting the bait drop deeper.  There are times when burning one will work best, but I've found that a steady, pretty much moderate retrieve is a higher percentage method.

 

I got onto a spinnerbait bite the other day in about 15 feet of water, and I had to count down to 4 or 5 to get it at the level that the fish would commit.  I gathered that the fish were suspended off the main drop off from the bank.  If I kept it high, no bites.  If I let it drop lower than a 5 or 6 count, no bites.

 

The point is, you will have to experiment at different depths and speeds each day.  The same applies to nearly every other lure category.

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My PB was on a spinnerbait which I was yo-yoing around some coontail.  I also like to reel it steadily ticking the tops of weeds, or bounce it off timber.  I'll cast it very shallow on the wind blown shoreline, too.  

 

 

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I've run the gamut on spinner bait fishing.   From thinking that they were stupid looking and couldn't catch fish, to trying them and having some success, experimenting more and having them be my primary lure for a couple of seasons.  I own hundreds of them, with every blade style known to man.  I've convinced myself a dozen times that I owned the "perfect" spinner bait rod, then something about it didn't suit me.

 

Overall, I've found it to be a very frustrating bait.  I have occasional success with it, enough to always have one rigged in my boat, but I've run into guys who are much better with the bait than I am and I find myself hard pressed to replicate their results.

 

This past winter, I decided that I needed to refine my spinner bait skills and of course I needed new gear to do that.

So I got a Curado DC and put it on my current favorite spinner bait rod, a 6'8" Fenwick AETOS MH, with a little bit of a tip to it.   I haven't fished this rig a whole lot, but so far I like the distance I get with it.

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5 hours ago, Fishes in trees said:

I've run the gamut on spinner bait fishing.   From thinking that they were stupid looking and couldn't catch fish, to trying them and having some success, experimenting more and having them be my primary lure for a couple of seasons.  I own hundreds of them, with every blade style known to man.  I've convinced myself a dozen times that I owned the "perfect" spinner bait rod, then something about it didn't suit me.

 

Overall, I've found it to be a very frustrating bait.  I have occasional success with it, enough to always have one rigged in my boat, but I've run into guys who are much better with the bait than I am and I find myself hard pressed to replicate their results.

 

This past winter, I decided that I needed to refine my spinner bait skills and of course I needed new gear to do that.

So I got a Curado DC and put it on my current favorite spinner bait rod, a 6'8" Fenwick AETOS MH, with a little bit of a tip to it.   I haven't fished this rig a whole lot, but so far I like the distance I get with it.

And such is life. The love affair of fishing. On again, off again on certain techniques. Try it and somewhat succeed. Move on to other ideas. See an article, video, forum post, and all of a sudden the desire is rekindled and you're right back where you left off. God, I love this sport...  

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4 hours ago, Fishes in trees said:

I've run the gamut on spinner bait fishing.   From thinking that they were stupid looking and couldn't catch fish, to trying them and having some success, experimenting more and having them be my primary lure for a couple of seasons.  I own hundreds of them, with every blade style known to man.  I've convinced myself a dozen times that I owned the "perfect" spinner bait rod, then something about it didn't suit me.

 

Overall, I've found it to be a very frustrating bait.  I have occasional success with it, enough to always have one rigged in my boat, but I've run into guys who are much better with the bait than I am and I find myself hard pressed to replicate their results.

 

This past winter, I decided that I needed to refine my spinner bait skills and of course I needed new gear to do that.

So I got a Curado DC and put it on my current favorite spinner bait rod, a 6'8" Fenwick AETOS MH, with a little bit of a tip to it.   I haven't fished this rig a whole lot, but so far I like the distance I get with it.

I fish it with a fury 705cb and a currado dc and like it allot. 

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