Spinnerbaits 101: Session #2 of 3
By: Dennis Bryant "Fishing-Professor"
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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 it".

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.

Dennis Bryant- Contact me with your questions or comments at TheFishingProfessor@bassonhook.com
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