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To fish structure in deeper water, 3/4 oz Ledgebuster Single

Willow Blade. You fish this vertically like a spoon or when casting,

lift it off the bottom and free-fall on slack line so the spinnerbait

does not swim forward on the drop.

8-)

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I'll actually go in the opposite direction that RW did in his post and say you can also burn spinnerbaits under the surface and get some of the most explosive strikes you've ever come across!

I find that at the end of spring or whenever there's a cold front approaching in the summertime is when this type of fishing can really pay off. You even get some good results in the last few hours of sunlight as well.

I normally use a Terminator spinnerbait in 1/2 ounce with double-willow blades in either white or chartreuse, basically any color that's vibrant and detectable from afar (even though the waters i fish have 12ft+ visibility). This is a very aggressive technique and it's almost as though they strike out of pure anger than anything else. I've actually had some bass BREAK my spinnerbait as all I have left of them are the arm and the blades! :o

Obviously you can't just do this in the middle of the lake. You have to find some sort of hump, saddle or a flat near deep water where they come up from the deeper water to feed. Don't be afraid to throw out in 15ft+ of water though, as they normally come out of nowhere to strike.

If the action happens to be slower than you originally thought, you can normally clean up using a #11 Husky Jerk or other suspending minnowbaits.

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Strike King now has a burner spinnerbait with downsized blades to prevent it from spinning.

I have my best results on cloudy and windy days.  Keep the bait 6" below the surface and hold on.  

5-15' water on flats etc. as stated by stepchild

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BOOYAH Bi-You Buzz. I love buzzbaits and this is my favorite. A bit pricey as buzzbaits and spinners go but well worth it

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Welcome aboard!

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Your approach to fishing for smallies with spinnerbaits would be predicated by the time/period of the year. Early on, I agree with RW that the more vertical, on-off bottom retrieve with the heavier 3/4 - 1 oz. models is a great approach. (Don't overlook blades though!) Warmer water periods, smallies can be taken with a lot more productive presentations; drop shotting, tubes, crank & jerkbaits. JMO.

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I have a bunch of spinnerbaits from different companies, and some custom made ones.  I do not use them much because other baits produce better for me.  I have not caught to many fish around here on spinnerbaits.

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The best producing smallmouth spinnerbait for me is a 3/16 or 3/8 oz. with chartreuse skirt and tandem chartreuse willow blades.

I use a treble hook as a trailer because they smack it so hard that they will miss getting hooked with the single hook or a single trailer hook.

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White or white/chartreuse skirt with silver blades in clear water can't be overlooked also. I like to add a white single tail grub also.

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