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Brian_Reeves

"Finesse" spinnerbaits

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I'm not even sure if that is a proper term, but I'm gonna run with it for now.

I've been using beetle spins for years and years.  The problem is that they target too many fish species.  I've caught everything from bluegill to crappie to bass on these things.  Granted, I love catching fish, but I specifically want to target bass.  I know that with small baits, anything is a possibility, but I'd like to start cutting out 95% of the blugill strikes at very least.

I've been experimenting with the beetle spin clip-on spinnerbait blade systems.  I've tried them both with a skirt and without, using a vertically rigged 3.5inch beaver, original cocahoe minnow, and 5" * with a little bit of success in the skirtless department.  As far as skirted, I've tried my favorite jig colors and a few whites with a little success.  

Here is my question...what do you all use for finesse style spinnerbait lures?  I know inlines are in a lot of people's boxes, but what else is out there that y'all have used with success?  I might want to try a little more than an 89cent clip-on system ;D

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Well I am going to use the largest beetle spin spinner arm and a normal jig head(1/4 & 3/8) with 4 and 5 inch curly tail grubs. I have been told this works well. I may just add grub bodies to my smaller spinnerbaits if the previous fails.

Paul

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Strike King Mini Kings and McClelland's War Eagle "finesse spinnerbait". The Mini Kings can get you a limit of barely legals in just minutes.

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you can always use northlands mimmic minnows with a spinner

the bigger sizes have boated many 4 and 5 pound smallies for me

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Yes mini kings work very well and they are on of the only lures that work on a high pressured lake.  They are great to use when you want to use a spinnerbait and your fishing during a major cold front.  You can just really downsize it and catch fish.

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the 1/8 terminator works well.

just use a slow retrieve...tends to roll if you don't.

the 3/16 kvd's are pretty good, as well.

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Stanley Small Fry; if you go to Academy the price aint to bad  ;)

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you can always use northlands mimmic minnows with a spinner

the bigger sizes have boated many 4 and 5 pound smallies for me

That's my secret bait!  I've caught so many fish on that.  Pike, Muskie, Bass and Crappie. It's a good one.  

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I cannot tell you the number of fish I have caught on the small Stanley s/b fishing pressured waters and right behind someone on them. Granted most are small, but when it is tough and you are needing a small keeper to fill out a limit it is a good one. I still have a supply of the old H&H with double hooks that I throw from time to time.

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I have made my own in the past pouring 3/8oz hiddenweight spinnerbait heads on 1/4 or 1/8oz frames. Use small willows like 2-3 and a 3.5 rear blade with fine silicone skirts in natural colors.

Allen

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There is a smaller version of the Chatterbait. That may not be what you're looking for though...

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The George Cochran Little Mr. Money spinnerbait (3/16 oz) is a compact spinnerbait that I've been using some this year with good results. The Stanley Wedge that someone mentioned is another good one. You might want to look at the Mini-Me by S.O.B. Lures also....that one's a killer....dont really know why but they smash it....it has the hidden weight behind the head.

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