What To Do When It Goes Bad
- Part 2 of 4
(Murphy's Law Re-Defined)
By: Dennis Bryant "The Fishing-Professor"
"LEARNING WHAT MAKES A
SPINNERBAIT OR BUZZZBAIT WORK, AND WHY"
SPINNERBAITS & BUZZZBAITS work their "magic"
by causing REFLEX STRIKES from fish that are attracted to
the FLASH and VIBRATION given off by the blade (s) attached
to the lure. In clearer waters; COLOR adds considerably to
the attraction. As does; SIZE, SHAPE, PRESENTATION, and LOCATION.
The fish feel, see, or hear an
intruder in their area, and simply attack the lure being presented,
to get it out of their domain. Let's face it! The overall shape
of most spinnerbaits and buzzbaits, do not resemble any known
food source, of any fish in nature! They just plain get mad
at it, and want it out of there!
Spinnerbaits that are made to resemble minnows,
etc., are primarily intended to catch fishermen, rather than
fish! The minnow shaped & colored heads offered for sale on
spinnerbaits and buzzbaits; would be better suited to the making
of a jig, jerkbait, or crankbait, than a spinnerbait or buzzbait.
Spinnerbaits and buzzbaits are intended to go
places that most other lures can't. IN THE JUNK! Or, to be used
as a "search-lure", to cover larger amounts of water quickly!
Their form should be intended to follow those functions. Unless
a spinnerbait or buzzbait is normally used strictly for 'helicoptering'
at drops and ledges; the minnow-shape & look-alike coloring
of some lures on the market, is totally wasted on the quarry,
until the fish is within 12" of the lure. But, that's the purpose
of a soft-jerkbait or a jig! Not a Spinnerbait or Buzzbait!
A spinnerbait should be made to go through weeds,
brush, grass, timber, and every other kind of imaginable slop
that it could possibly come in contact with. While going through
all that JUNK, it's supposed to protect itself from snags (not
from fish), attract fish by sending out vibrations through the
water, and make itself visible to the fish ~ at a distance.
It does that by its' physical structure, coloring, and a balanced
combination of body-weight, drag, and blade(s) combination.
In order to obtain a balanced unit to fish with; the combination
should have blade(s) that balance with the body weight, skirting,
etc., (that act as drag) to present the hook in an upright manner,
with the point of the hook directly inline with the attached
line drawing it through the water. The intent is to offer the
hook in this attack-position, to insure consistent insertion
in the upper jaw of the quarry, without the "blade-arm" acting
as a "weed-guard" and preventing or diminishing the purpose.
To make it all come together: BIG
BLADE combinations, require heavy-wire, and an even heavier
body, to act as a balanced unit. SMALLER BLADE combinations,
allow lighter wire to be used. And, combine with a lighter weight
head, to produce their balance. The shorter the balanced arms
are the faster the bait can be fished. The longer the balanced
arms are the slower the bait can be fished. The blades attached
to the arm, perform two functions: flash & vibration. Thin blades
(e.g.: Willow & Indiana style) allow less drag, and less fouling
(best for fishing grasses, and thick weeds). Wider blades (e.g.:
Colorado & Magnum style) cause more drag, thereby providing
more vibration (best for open water situations). Lighter wire,
combined with smaller blades and heads, can be effectively used
to provide as much, and sometimes more vibration, than heavy
wire with big blades and heads. That's when the targeted fishing-depth
then becomes the determining factor of weight and blade usage.
WOW! How's that for "tech-talk"? Almost Ver
Batum from the copyrights! Confused yet? No? Good! 'Nuff said!
Next time, let's get on with the basics of balancing and repairing
spinnerbaits & buzzbaits on the water!
~~~~~ STAY TUNED FOR THE
NEXT EPISODE ~~~~~
"QUICK, BASIC, REPAIRS TO DO BEFORE YOU HIT THE WATER"
(WITH SIMPLE-TOOLS USUALLY AT HAND)
Dennis Bryant ( The Fishin' Professor )
- Contact Dennis with your questions
or comments at TheFishingProfessor@bassonhook.com
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