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I saw some posts on people building these so I figure I'll ask.

 

Back in the late 80s i had about six seemingly rare crappie type inline spinners.

These were one size bigger and had a small weight between the spinner and body. I'm guessing the weight was about 2 Number 2 shot shotgun pellets on the stem , the stem was longer and there were beads on it.  I lost all long ago and have been looking for years.

Anybody have any idea what it's formal name is and if anybody makes them anymore.

 I've tried weights but all mess up the spinner or if mounted high up it swims like a stick..

I used to catch 2-3 lb bass all day with those skimming hydrilla and around trees.  They were great as everything would hit them, they were my poor mans fish finder.

Note the weight was very small, just enough to get a slow jigging action in the grass when you paused.

Thanks

 

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Sorry, found a whole bunch at bass pro. They had 45 rows of fishing lures, 10 alone of plastic worms. This was tucked away in a trout fishing corner.

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Just a 1/2oz cabelas inline spinner or rooster tail. Gold, large sliver spinner, yellow beads,, dark "hairs" so to speak with a longer red trailer. Found in the trout/pike section. They had a musky/pike

one that was about 8" long. I bought it in May then lost mine a month ago but found two more at BPS...they must be popular around here. There were 8 empty row hooks listed the same. I got the last two. I don't know if the beads are weighted.

I personally have always had very good luck with this type. These 1/2oz are much better than what I described originally. Also bluegill don't seem to hit it.

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You're inspiring me to throw some inline spinners and reminding me of the old days.

 

When I was a kid, there were four lures that I would buy from the local store when I could afford them:  Rapala floating or countdown minnows, Daredevle spoons, Heddon hard baits of various types, and Mepps inline spinners.

 

I had Mepps from the smallest trout size on up to the pike size (even one with a big rubber minnow trailer), with or without the squirrel tail dressing on the treble, and with gold, silver or black blades.  They seemed to work well on every kind of fish I was after.  The smallmouths on the local lake loved them.

 

Mepps used to have a note on the back of the spinner package or in their ads asking for squirrel tails to purchase.  I think I remember them offering ten or twelve cents each....

 

 

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2 hours ago, Captain Phil said:

Try the Mepps Comet Minnow.  Great for schooling bass. 

MeppsComet.jpg

Comets in size 3 to size 5 have been a standard part of my repertoire for decades...they work.

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I'll have to look. The only ones I find at Walmart or Dicks are the very very tiny ones.

I had three lures that were the best

The "mepps" type spinner 

Silver and black repalla 

Red and white headed jigs.

 

I haven't used jigs in 20 years now. I'll  have to try them again.

My best spinner was a green and yellow one. I caught at least 5 bass with it hanging over the row boat in the water then the rod took off out of the boat.

Maybe it's where I live or lack of skill with them but I've never got even a fish follow a spinner bait ever. These "inline" work great for me.

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On 10/26/2021 at 6:10 AM, Captain Phil said:

Try the Mepps Comet Minnow.  Great for schooling bass. 

MeppsComet.jpg

 

The largest Mepps I have is that style, but it's very big and the minnow is shaped much like a catfish instead of the generic type minnow.

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On 10/26/2021 at 3:31 PM, newbiedmv said:

 

Maybe it's where I live or lack of skill with them but I've never got even a fish follow a spinner bait ever. These "inline" work great for me.

I have had that exact issue when I first started fishing.  Inlines? Yes. Spinnerbaits? No. It was like this for 14 years but it finally happened. Now I can catch them on SBs pretty well. That said, inlines, spoons and floating rapalas is how I started and these lures have a special place with me. I still use them to this day. 
So just hang in there with the SBs. I recommend you try a 3/8 double willow type. I’ll leave color selection up to you but the white/chartreuse seems to me like a good place to start. ??

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What weight on the spinner bait?

I'm in central MD. And just about everyone I spoke to hasn't had much if any luck with them. We are split between small mouth and largemouth bass, snakeheads, and catfish. Of course carp and sunny.

I catch 2 #'s mostly.

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