If you have been bass fishing very long, you’ll understand that every good bass fisherman keeps spinnerbaits in his tackle box. But what are the different types, and when is the best time to use them? Well, I’ll answer that question in just a minute.
But I remember when I was growing up, that we would go out to a friend of the family’s property, which had a nice sized pond on it. This pond was absolutely loaded with bass. Now some people think pond bass fishing isn’t very exciting, but I am here to tell you that we pulled some whoppers out of that little pond! And we caught most of them on a tiny spinnerbait.
This tiny spinnerbait that we used was a bent (angled) shaft with one small, broad Colorado blade and a tiny one inch purple worm with a curly tail. We did not use any kind of skirt, just a purple a worm on a jig head. Normally we fished during the spring and summer, and we usually knocked them dead, catching many bass, most of them in excess of 3 pounds, even as high as 6 pounds and more.
This bait worked very well for me, but let’s get back to the different types of spinnerbaits and when to use each one. With spinnerbaits, you basically have two types of shafts, a straight shaft and an angled, or bent shaft. Most anglers, including myself, prefer the angled shaft spinnerbait because it presents the reflective blades a little more prominently in the water, and helps to keep the spinnerbait balanced, so the hook will ride up during the retrieve.
There are three basic types of spinnerbait blades.
- The elongated willow blade looks like a an oval with two hard corners on either end. These blades are good for general fishing in multiple types of conditions, as they provide a lot of reflection and some vibration in the water as well.
- The broad shaped Colorado blade creates more vibration in the water, and therefore can be retrieved slowly. This makes this type of blade good for cold weather conditions, and murky water.
- The tear shaped Indiana blade is good for warmer water conditions, with slightly murky water.
Many spinnerbaits have multiple blades, and can even have blades of different types on the same lure. Stick with the basics, and then experiment with some of the combinations available.
After the jig head, many spinnerbaits are equipped with a skirt, usually made of silicone or rubber. The skirt hides the hook, and helps to make the spinnerbait (somewhat) weedless. Using a weedless hook with your spinnerbaits can ensure the ease of retrieve through heavy cover. The color of the jig head and skirt is up to some experimentation, but stick the basics, use more natural colors in clear water, and the more vibrant colors in murky water.
So that’s spinnerbaits in a nutshell. Again, the basic spinnerbait componens are a shaft, blade(s), a jig head and skirting or a worm. Spinnerbaits are very popular baits, and have yielded some good bass in many different locations.