Spinnerbait Blade Types

Hank Parker's Fishing Tips

Hank Parker discusses how to choose the right style of blade for your spinnerbait! With all the different blade types available on the market, Hank uses these criteria when picking blade styles.

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Glenn: Hey folks, Glenn May here with BassResource.com, and I'm here with Hank Parker with another edition of Hank Parker Fishing Tips. This week's question, Hank, it comes from Sean from Chicago, and he wants to know why do spinnerbaits have different styles of blades? 

Hank: Well, good question. Just for a rule of thumb, the ol' Colorado blade, the first blade that I've ever seen on a spinnerbait is a deep cup, rounded blade and it offers a lot of vibration. An Indiana blade is kind of a reduced, elongated version of a Colorado, but it doesn't have near the vibration, but it's got a little more flash than does a Colorado blade. And then the Willow Leaf, the elongated, pointed Willow Leaf, it doesn't have much vibration at all but a lot of flash.

So that Willow Leaf will come through vegetation a lot better than a Colorado or an Indiana for that matter. And so you use an Indiana blade when you want a compromise, like I do, between vibration and flash. You use the Willow Leaf when you want to come through that aquatic vegetation, you don't want to get hung up. When you have got really off-colored water and you want a lot of thump and a lot of vibration on that spinnerbait, you use a Colorado blade.

So that's how it works for me. Colorado for maximum vibration, Indiana blade for a good all-around compromise where you got flash and vibration, and then the Willow Leaf for when you're fishing aquatic vegetation. So those are the three applications that I make with the three different types of blades.

Glenn: Sean, I really hope that answers your question, and for more tips and tricks, head on over to hankparker.com, where you'll find lots of tips and tricks and articles and videos to your heart's delight. It's a fisherman's dream. And if you want to get notified of any more tips we post from Hank, just subscribe to our YouTube channel. Thanks a lot, and have a great day.