Fishing lures exist to do one thing, and that’s catch fish.

Oh sure, some are better at catching fishermen than anything else. They just look “fishy,” enough so to convince anglers to spend their money.

But if they don’t produce, well, word gets around. And they’re not long for the market.

Yet if they do?

Word gets out about that, too. That’s why spinnerbaits have been around forever.

They don’t necessarily look like anything a fish would eat, but they just work.

Spinnerbaits in all sizes and colors catch fish.

Weedless – meaning they can be fished through grass, weeds and rocks – they spark a reactionary bite among bass and even some other species. They’re perfect for when fish are feeding aggressively.

You just have to fish them right.

Early in spring, that means slow. Keep them just barely off the bottom on the retrieve.

From summer through fall, you can speed things up.

Sometimes, it pays to reel pretty fast, with enough speed to keep the lure at or just below the surface. At other times, it’s best to let the lure sink a bit – counting it down as it goes – until you find where fish are suspended. Then, keep the spinnerbait at that depth.

In both cases, though, don’t be afraid to reel the lure in too fast. In fact, you almost can’t.

Spinnerbaits in summer and fall work best when they’re really moving.

Often they can be fished alone. Lots of times, though, it pays to add a tube, soft plastic-bodied minnow or something else.

In the case of tubes, some anglers stuff them with scent and plug them with a cotton ball. That lets scent out, but slowly.

Spinnerbaits come different blades, of course. Which one to choose?

Willow blades are a favorite in clear water, Colorado or turtle blades in stained water beause of the extra vibration-inducing thump they produce. Double blades are good in those conditions for the same reason.
Which color to choose varies by location. It’s best, when possible, to match the color to the forage fish in a particular body of water.

In a lake where the bass feed in yellow perch, let’s say, a gold spinnerbait with green and orange in the skirt or trailer can be good. If bluegills are the predominant feed source, a white spinnerbait with blue in the tail or trailer is good.

Whites, golds and chartreuses are good all-around colors, too.

They can be fished on monofilament, braid or fluorocarbon – everyone seems to prefer something different for different reasons – in all kinds of sizes, though 3/8- and 1-ounce are most common.

Always, fish seem to see them the same way, as a nice, large profile – dare we say fat and juicy – meal for the taking.

And they hit spinnerbaits like they mean it. So keep a couple in your arsenal this season.

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