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A good way to reel Spinner baits

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Hi im new to fishing, so i have a couple of questions me and my friends have argued about ways to reel in spinner baits i want to know the best way to to do it

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Just throw it out and reel it in while twitching, jerking, bumping, rolling, dropping, speeding up, slowing down, and popping to draw a strike. ;) The fish will sometimes tell you how they want it retrieved. Always use a trailer hook.

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Throw into thick wood and work it back out going up and over, in and out & bump and stop. Rip it across the top of submerged vegetation.

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Another way to go is to reel the spinner bait quickly so that it runs just under the surface, this is called waking and I would suggest trying this over weed patches. While doing this you can try a yo-yo retreive or a stop and go retreive. the way tou work that spinner bait is most often dependent on the type of blade it has on it. Each different type of blade has a place to apply it and a different way to retreive it. Hopefully some one can explain this or I will in the morning, it is 12:12 am and this can wait, sorry.

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On the Outdoor channel on Saturday, they had KVD showing how he worked spinnerbaits.  This particular show, he was fishing for smallies, so he was working them pretty fast.  (He mentioned that he fishes them slower for bigmouths)  He did a lot of tempo changes, the occasional jerk, and some stop and go.  I think that I may try to use some of his technique this summer.  I usually fish slow with plastics.  This method has worked well for me in the morning, but I think covering more water when the fish are neutral or slower will improve the catch.  We will have to see!!

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Alright bud sorry, well here it goes,

Single blade Colorado spinners:

1)A colorado blade (ham hock) with its large and wide tear drop shape gives off an amazingly strong vibration that makes it great for night fishing. The length of the arm of the spinnerbait tells you how that spinner bait was designed to be used.

A good rule for that is the shorter the arm the deeper it is used. These spinner baits can weigh up to 1oz. or more. Personally I go like 1/2oz or so. With a short arm spinner bait it makes helicoptering the bait very easy, this technique is very effective for capturing bass along a rock wall or in creek channels, or any place that you have drop offs with fish on it.

The longer arm spinners are some of the ultimate night lure because of the extreme vibrations these things send out. They are used shallower and reeled at a faster pace. Also since the arm is longer it helps keep it from getting snagged by weeds and sticks, the draw back is that you can't really helicopter this bait as well as the short arm.

One thing to keep in mind is that the bigger the blade the stronger the vibration and the slower it should be fished. These spinners come in all sizes from the huge sizes mentioned above to the tiny brush hog spinners that weigh only 1/8oz that can produce numbers of fish all over. So just try some in all sizes and really get a feel for how you like to use each one.

2)Single bladed willow leaf spinners

These spinners are all long arm with a that willow leaf blade being made for a fast retreive, these spinners do not helicopter, however they do flutter well when paused. These spinners where made to fish around weeds and such this is why the arm is linger and the spinner too. I like to wake this variesty over weed beds. Or to let it fall to the bottom and burn that puppy in, either way a fast retreive is the way to go.

3) tandem spinns

Now these bad boys are great because if you do it right you can have the best of both worlds.

Now with double colorado spins if the rear blade is large enough you can helicopter it, or if it is small you can wake it. When you wake these you do it much slower than a willow leaf. But I like to use this style to go through brush and to bounce it off of wood while fishing. It gives a good vibration and since the blades are smaller than the big single spins they  can be retreived faster. This keeps it from getting snagged, while still letting it go slow enough to really get the fishes attention with its vibration.

The double Willow leaf is still like I said a fast moving bait and you are still nearly weed less. THe fact that it has two blades allows you to slow it down some, and allows you to use a stop and go retreive.

A colorado willow tandem spin gives what I feel is the best of both worlds although there are still limitations.

Just go out and give them a whirl, practice each technique and hold on, bass love spinners.

Good Luck,

Peter    

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There really aren't any hard rules for spinnerbait retrieves, except for one: Experiement!  Start with the 5 basic retrieves outlined in this article:

http://www.bassresource.com/fish/spinnerbaits.html

and vary from there.

Enjoy!

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I'm with landinlunkers, two speeds, fast and faster!!! Now in the cold months I will slow down only to get the bait deeper.

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i dont use a trailer hook when im around a lot of cover to many snags

Was out this evening, lost focus for just a second and lost one of my top spinnerbaits (with a trailer hook on) to a submerged log!   >:(  Luckily I have a second one!

What retreive? The one that's working that day!  :)  But seriously, I typically start out with a steady medium retrieve and then switch up when that doesn't produce (Will covered most of what I switch up to) but I'll also wake it too (in warmer water).

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