For the majority of 'pond-fishing' spinnerbait applications there
basic fundamentals to keep in mind:
1. Smaller is better!
2. Slower is best!
Down-size your current spinnerbait to no larger than a 1/4 oz. size;
is the best choice for smaller ponds (less than 10 surface acres).
Maintain a retrieval rate only fast enough to keep the blade revolving,
the lure running between 6" to 8" below the surface, rod-tip at
about a 45
degree angle to the water.
Personally; I prefer using a very-slightly modified (pinched-down
blade-shaft), "ZAP Lures" 'Custom-Style' 1/8 oz. long-arm spinnerbait;
any/all smaller, or heavily fished waters. I prefer a single #3
Colorado blade, on a thin-wire (.027 Stainless spring-steel) frame,
dressed-up using a very-bulky, 120-tail, 'living-rubber' skirt.
If you use any titanium shaft spinnerbait, the standard .029 'ti'-shaft
more than sufficiently limber; but is impossible to modify by pinching
blade-arm any closer to the hook for a slower retrieval.
I've also had an awful lot of luck fishing small ponds, using a
inch), single-treble, undressed (plain-no-skirt), cream colored
(or ivory if
you can't find cream) popper, fished so darned slow that it even
nervous watching it work!
Make your 1st (SOFT) cast to a point just beyond your intended target.
Let the lure sit untouched until the last remaining semblance of
a ripple has
totally left the pond. (long enough to sit down, open a can of soda,
two or three LONG cool sips)
ONLY THEN; TWITCH the popper 2 quick shakes, making it remain in
move only a VERY LITTLE bit. Then let it sit again, until every
left the pond.
Repeat this, at least two more times with the same long delays as
The Bass can't stand it! And the 'heart-attack' type surface-strikes
brings, are more fun than winning the state lottery!
Spinnerbaits have a variety of uses in any body of water, however
in a pond
with heavy weed growth, I tend to look for some different approaches
1/ Topwater rats, frogs and large worms or lizards. Fish these with
line over the top of the weeds, stopping for 30 or more seconds
moving the lure again. Always pause near openings in the weeds.
When the fish
strikes it may miss the bait the first time, so cast back and stop
same area. When the fish takes the lure, DO NOT STRIKE. Wait until
the fish swimming with the lure , then set the hook with a single
2/ Texas Rigging. I like this approach in heavy cover. Flip the
with a worm or crawfish imitation, slowly lowering the rod tip as
enters the water to slow down the presentation. Once you have fished
edges, move into the weeds and "flip the pockets" or holes in the
Strong line and a good hook set is needed.
First thing to consider would be the how far below the surface the
top of the
submergent vegetation is. Once this is established you can determine
weight spinnerbait will be best suited for your needs. The next
would be blade style and size. For fishing vegetation I like to
use a willow
leaf style blade. It comes through the weeds easier and fouls less.
As far as
blade size goes I let the size of the primary baitfish determine
size. In clear water with clear skies I use nickel colored blades.
water with cloudy skies as a rule of thumb I use the gold colored
respect to what retrieve to use, I start out just trying to tick
the top of
the grass with the spinnerbait. You will have to experiment with
retrieves and let the fish tell you what they like best. In reference
another bait to try in that situation I would rely on one of my
baits the floating worm. For that lure try the different colors
for the technique try to imitate a snake coming through the water.
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