Spinnerbaits 101: Session #2
By: Dennis Bryant "Fishing-Professor"
WHAT they are:
WHEN, WHERE, and HOW to use SPINNERBAITS.
Now, On with session 2 of the course!
Now comes my favorite, and also the
most controversial part; the "HOW-TO"! "Pop
it", "Swim it", "Pulse it",
"Jig it", "Drop it", "Rip
it", "Wing it", "Toss it",
"Pitch it", "Throw it", "Heave
it", "Bounce it", & "Weave
Every angler that has ever tied a
spinnerbait to the end of his/her line has a favorite way of using
a spinnerbait. Quite honestly; at any given time of the night
or day, on any given body of water, someone is reinventing the
uses of a spinnerbait! There are far too many different techniques
to mention them all. But, I'll cover a few of the different ways
to make your spinnerbait do things that the fish can't ignore.
*Throw it to the back of a small
cove, or to an indentation in the shoreline structure, and "Pop
it" just before it touches the water, so that when the
lure hits the water it makes a FLAT/exaggerated splash & drop
as it hits, and before the start of the retrieve.
*Throw it up onto the shore. After
it lands on the dry land, begin your retrieve slowly so that the
lure enters the water without making a splash, and "Swim it"
back to you at a slow - constant speed, with your rod-tip raised,
allowing the blades to cause a ripple at the surface of the water.
*Throw it to your target (begin the
retrieve before the lure touches the water), retrieve the spinnerbait
at a constant rate, but, exaggerate, or hesitate, a minuscule
amount of the winding motion of the reel handle in order to cause
the skirt to flare out and recede back toward the body of the
bait at regular intervals. "Pulse it" It drives the fish
crazy! (This maneuver doesn't work well with the newest styles
of silicone skirts. It just won"t work the same as it does with
a high-volume living-rubber skirt, or a rubber breather-skirt!)
*When positioned outside of a "drop";
throw it to the shallow edge of the drop, beginning your retrieve
before the lure touches the water, and "Jig it" back to
you with a reel/pause maneuver, or a raise/drop maneuver with
the rod-tip. This is exactly the same thing that you"d use if
you were using a "jig & pig". You"d be surprised at how many fish
can be brought to the boat this way!
*In open water, or at the outside
edges of emerged or submerged weed-beds; throw it out and begin
your retrieve before the lure touches the water. Maintain a constant
retrieve speed, then stop and immediately "Drop" your rod
tip allowing the lure to "helicopter" down about 6" to 8", then
resume the retrieve as before. Maintain contact with the lure
during the drop, and be prepared to set the hook during the maneuver.
*Throw it to your target and begin
your retrieve before the lure touches the water. Begin, and maintain,
a constant fast retrieve immediately. The blades of the lure should
just barely break the waters" surface, causing a wake.
*In open water, "Wing it"
or "Throw it" as far as you can. Begin your retrieve before
the lure touches the water. Here comes the fun part. Now, you
can use any or all of the other techniques we've discussed, while
you retrieve the lure to your position. You"d be surprised at
how often you"ll find hidden weed-beds, or structure you didn't
know existed, when you do this!
*The spinnerbait-fisherman"s" equivalent
of "flipping". Treat the spinnerbait as though it were a flipping-jig.
In heavily stained or muddied conditions, with about 10" to 12"
of line let out; "Toss it" to close shoreline structure
(boat houses, docks, stumps, etc.), again, beginning the retrieve
before the lure touches the water.
*"Pitch it" to your target
with a snap-of-the-wrist underhanded or side arm cast, beginning
the retrieve before the lure touches the water. Here"s another
place that the "pulse" maneuver works well during the retrieve.
*"Heave it" is a routine that
only Musky fishermen use. If you were throwing 1 1/2 oz. spinnerbaits
with X-Hvy. 8" rods, and using 50 lb. braided line; you"d probably
heave the lure out, or your arm out by the end of the day too!
*Have you ever fished an actual stump-field?
I don"t mean a 10" square area that has 3 or 4 stumps in it. I
mean an area of about 10 or 12 acres of water that has submerged
stumps so thick that you can"t get your boat into it more than
20 feet! It"s in a situation like this that a spinnerbait really
shines! Throw it to your target and begin your retrieve before
the lure touches the water. Begin, and maintain, a constant retrieve
immediately. When you feel the spinnerbait touch one of these
submerged stumps, "Bounce it" off the stump, let it fall
slightly, then immediately resume your retrieve again until the
next contact! Here"s one other place that the "pulse" maneuver
works well during the retrieve.
Have you noticed a repetitive sentence
throughout the article so far? Let me show you one more time!
"begin your retrieve before the lure touches the water"
If you didn't do this before when you used a spinnerbait; you've
only used a spinnerbait to 1/2 of its" potential! Beginning the
retrieve before the lure touches the water; reduces the entry
splash, points the lure in the correct position for an immediate
hookset, allows for a controlled drop on entry, and prevents ninety-five
percent of the backlashes and hang-ups that are encountered when
using a spinnerbait. Really think about that, the next time you
go out! It"ll become second nature after a while!
Now that you've got a BASIC knowledge
of Spinnerbaits and how to use them; I hope that you"ll stop in
one more time, and take my short test. It"s based on your own
basic fishing knowledge! And, It"s a requirement for your diploma!
Look for Spinnerbaits 101: Session
#3 of 3 - HOW TO FISH SPINNERBAITS - Coming Next.