Spinnerbaits and Buzzbaits. Where, When and How!
When I saw my first spinnerbait, I found myself asking, "what kind of fish would be stupid enough to strike at a lure like this?" It did not take too long for me to find out! The next day I caught a largemouth bass around 2 pounds and was hooked on the concept. Spinnerbaits come in many forms. Single, double and triple bladed versions are available with a multitude of replaceable skirt colors to choose from. This lure can be adapted for used in shallow and deep-water presentations by using lighter or heavier bodies. I often add weight, either wrapping lead wire around the lure or pinching large sinkers onto the wire frame to make it sink faster in very deep water. Buzzbaits, while looking completely different from its cousin the spinnerbait, also come with single double and triple rotating propellers, again offering interchangeable skirts for exciting top water action. I will deal with each lure individually, to avoid confusion for the novice and talk about the many ways these lures can be used. Even our more experienced anglers may find something here that will suit their favorite fishing hole the next time they "wet a line".
Three important things I would like to let our readers know are that it does not have to be a windy day to throw a spinnerbait. I have used these lures with great success on calm days. The only difference being that I increase the retrieve rate so the fish do not get a good look at the lure. Secondly, in weedy situations do not use a trailer hook, as this will only cause the lure to snag and you will spend more time cleaning weed or debris off the lure than fishing. I will only use trailers in open water situations. Finally, making sure all your hooks are constantly being sharpened. I carry a small file and grinding stone for this specific purpose. You will thank me for reminding you, I promise!
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