Spinnerbaits are easy to use and they find fish quickly. The two traditional types are the inline spinnerbait and the safety pin style spinnerbait. The inline has a spinner blade in direct line with a weighted body and a treble hook that is usually tied with hair. The spinner acts as a fish attractor and is usually highly polished or finished in a fluorescent paint.
The hook-hair portion of the lure serves as the body, and they are dyed in dull colors that simulate natural food items. Some fishermen attach soft plastic body dressings to spinner baits which add color and incease the action of the lure. Examples include the Panther Martin and the Rooster Tail.
Safety pin style spinnerbaits have a blade or blades directly over a single hook and are usually dressed with a silicone or rubber skirt. The fish to target with spinnerbaits include all bass species, trout and crappie.
Spinnerbaits also come in many different varieties. Casting spinnerbaits over boulders and rootwads, then retrieving the lure at a speed that produces a gurgling noise from the lure, can be excellent on some days.
Spinnerbaits find fish quickly. Retrieve inline spinnerbaits fast and don't allow the lure to sink more than a few inches below the surface. Try this 'burning' fast retrieve around fallen logs, brush or rock that are often favorite smallmouth bass hangouts lakes. Though inlines still have their following, they're not used as much today as years ago.
The safety pin style spinnerbait can be fished just about anywhere. It can be retrieved through vegetation, brush and fallen logs. To trigger strikes, of Let the lure make contact with the cover, then give it a small jerk and a fast retrieve, a so-called 'bump and run' presentation.
Although we've seen fish come from depths of 20 feet or more to smash a burned spinnerbait, most cover that holds these fish will be less than six feet deep. You can quickly cover long shoreline stretches or island perimeters with these baits.
Spinnerbaits is a popular artificial lures for trout. Two of the most important suggestions are to use smaller lures f or trout; one sixteenth to one thirty/second ounce in weight, and present these lures by fishing upstream with a moderate speed retrieve. In this position the lure appears more natural, and it is easier for a trout to pursue and pick up. Spinnerbaits can be dressed with a variety of materials or with live bait. Remember speed of the retrieve is most important - not too fast.
Spinnerbaits are a great choice during the early morning hours, on cloudy days or after dark. However, don't be afraid to try them at other times as well.
Spinnerbaits are good lures for both trolling and casting. The method used for fishing with these lures is similar to those with crankbaits, except spinnerbaits sink and the retrieve must be delayed for enough time to allow the lure to achieve the correct fishing depth. First time muskie fishermen should make crankbaits and spinners their lures of choice. These lures are easy to use because a high degree of manual skill is not required to make the proper presentation to a fish.
Always keep in mind the fish you are targeting, what it eats, how big its mouth is to eat its prey and where they feed (surface, middle or bottom) when choosing the type of lure and lure size.