Feather Teasers for Spinnerbaits &
By Russ Bassdozer
October 7, 2003
Astute readers of Bassmaster magazine may have noticed a tip from Homer Humphreys in a recent issue. Slow-rolling a spinnerbait during 2003 Bassmaster Classic practice, Humphreys discovered that adding a treble hook trailer stung short-biting bass.
This is something I also often do with a spinnerbait, adding a treble hook - but that's only part of the story.
And now for the rest of the story...
The treble I add to spinnerbaits and buzzbaits is a feather teaser sweetened with feathers and reflective mylar flash tied on it to stimulate more strikes. The feathers undulate like the tail of a baitfish and provide you the benefits of a trailer bait and a trailer hook both in one add-on.
If you just slip a feather teaser (either size #2 or #4) on without some sort of retainer, it will fly off the hook when you cast. To keep it in place, I slide heat shrinkable tubing over the treble eye. Carefully shrink it skin tight. Then gently hog out a hole with an ice pick just enough so the treble doesn't bind during operation. Don't make the hole too big. The tubing helps keep your feather teaser from flying off the hook when you cast.
You will amaze yourself at how many bass (most of them) come in only pinned on the feathers. And while some fishing spots are too snaggy or weedy for a treble trailer, these spots are in the minority. There are far more places you can sling a feather treble than you can't. So pin a sweet feather teaser to the tail of your spinner and buzz baits. It's one of Bassdozer's proven tactics to enhance your bass-catching success.
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