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#11678771 - 06/20/16 05:19 PM Spinner Bait Confidence
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Having trouble getting bit on your spinner baits? There are some techniques that will turn this around in a hurry. The key is to fish different blades and skirts than everyone else is using. As I stayed with the old school baits and watch the trend move into a different direction my bite kept getting better. Spinners still produce bass after bass for those who know when, where and how to fish them. We just have to adapt to these subtle changes that have changed the spinner bait bite over the years.

There's no doubt that bass are a lot smarter today than they were just a decade ago. It takes more to convince them that the lure is alive, and slinging the same chartreuse/white tandem Colorado/willow leaf spinner bait where you slung it with great success a few years ago won't even earn you a sniff today. It is also no secret that big Bass bite big baits; but you will suffer the number of bites. This doesn't mean I am going to stop fishing the larger profile spinners for I have caught my share of big fish and they are old school baits which is plenty different from today's big baits.

Some Tips:
- Simply down size by removing the smaller blade. This changes the sound and vibration. It becomes a very realistic bait fish.
- Bass have become accustom to the beautiful Silicone skirts. Change over to Living Rubber. It has a completely different appeal as it pulsates and ripples through the water. Just cutting the full-length skirt down to just behind the hook will produce more bites and become obvious.
- With the skirt cut back the experimenting becomes crustal with the trailers. It is not likely that you will find these but my choice is the Stanley Pro Trailer.
- I rarely cast a spinner bait out and reel it straight back. I am constantly making subtle changes in each retrieves to make the lures do different things. Some of these are Stop-N-Go for just one second and resume. Use your rod to steer the bait into and around cover. Strike the cove and kill the bait. Keep the spinner bait in sight 98% on every cast. Let the bait flutter down beside the deeper cover.
- High water over the years has killed out the grass; so some changes are needed. Hit your target. Put that spinner bait in the right spots. No grass means they are using what they have and are not roaming for us to fan fish like it use to be. Bump the stump so to speak, let it die, speed it up, stop and go, burn it through a bush, kill it in the bush; using every trick in the book.

It's common knowledge that big baits catch big bass, but not as many bites. Struggling anglers who no longer have a spinner bait tied on need to get some bites to get their spinner bait confidence back up. The best way to do that is to fish a smaller bait. Step it down to a 1/4 oz. and still make the changes. You can step it back up when the cover is heaver with grass.

All these spinner bait tips are offered to help you improve your spinner bait bite, but you want improve if you don't use them. It's easy to go back into the same old rut with the plastics, and that's going to keep you wondering about what happened to the spinner bait bite.
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#11678861 - 06/20/16 06:07 PM Re: Spinner Bait Confidence [Re: Donald Harper]
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Good read, thanks. I have never given up on them but do not fish them as often as I probably should. Had fair luck ditching the skirt all together and putting on a boot tail swim bait.

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#11678904 - 06/20/16 06:24 PM Re: Spinner Bait Confidence [Re: Donald Harper]
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Where is Jason Christie getting the old style flat rubber skirts? Wish I could get ahold of some... Dan

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#11678960 - 06/20/16 06:47 PM Re: Spinner Bait Confidence [Re: Donald Harper]
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Very nice read.

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#11679040 - 06/20/16 07:37 PM Re: Spinner Bait Confidence [Re: Donald Harper]
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And I have bags of Stanley pro trailers, its the small accessories that I'm running out of.

In my experience the Stanley pro trailers work well in pre-spawn. other times of the year I do not see an increase in bites.

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#11679043 - 06/20/16 07:37 PM Re: Spinner Bait Confidence [Re: Dan A]
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Originally Posted By: Dan A
Where is Jason Christie getting the old style flat rubber skirts? Wish I could get ahold of some... Dan


http://www.tacklethisshootthat.com/ttst/...amp;x=7&y=4

http://lurepartsonline.com/Online-Store/Pro-Skirts/Premium-Pro-Skirt.html


Edited by Donald Harper (06/20/16 07:43 PM)
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#11679097 - 06/20/16 07:58 PM Re: Spinner Bait Confidence [Re: Donald Harper]
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Great info for us newbies

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#11679126 - 06/20/16 08:10 PM Re: Spinner Bait Confidence [Re: Donald Harper]
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Very good info Mr Harper!


Clunn prob did a lot to sell a lot of spinnerbaits in the near future
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#11679375 - 06/20/16 10:13 PM Re: Spinner Bait Confidence [Re: Doug R.]
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Originally Posted By: Doug R.
Very good info Mr Harper!


Clunn prob did a lot to sell a lot of spinnerbaits in the near future


This is the type of things I look for when working Old School baits. This is where Clunn got started with the one he makes and or endorses now. The Trickster spinner baits with the Long Drop blades with Luck-E-Strike




Edited by Donald Harper (06/20/16 10:18 PM)
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#11679481 - 06/20/16 11:36 PM Re: Spinner Bait Confidence [Re: Donald Harper]
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cheers
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#11680269 - 06/21/16 12:24 PM Re: Spinner Bait Confidence [Re: Donald Harper]
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This is another great little spinner bait that made the history books when Don Butler won on Percy Priest Reservoir in 1972 and repeated in many other bass tournaments with it.




Edited by Donald Harper (06/21/16 03:49 PM)
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#11680276 - 06/21/16 12:29 PM Re: Spinner Bait Confidence [Re: Donald Harper]
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Spinnerbaits were 6 dollars a pop even back then? Or was that like the LC of spinnerbaits?
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#11680303 - 06/21/16 12:50 PM Re: Spinner Bait Confidence [Re: Donald Harper]
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Excellent post Mr. Harper. I'm one of those guys who has almost forgotten spinner baits, and will throw a chatter bait instead. I've seen several pros using spinner baits on the Major League Fishing show with good success. And Jimmy Houston is still devoted to them and likes to keep the bait near the surface as you suggested. I threw H&H spinner baits back in the 50's and caught a lot of bass. Thinking I need to rebuild some spinner bait confidence. Thanks for the specific tips.
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#11680304 - 06/21/16 12:50 PM Re: Spinner Bait Confidence [Re: Mike_Soriano™]
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Originally Posted By: Mike_Soriano™
Spinnerbaits were 6 dollars a pop even back then? Or was that like the LC of spinnerbaits?


Most of the good ones were $2.50 and the H&H spinner baits were .39 cents for a single blade and .49 cents for a tandem blade, both available in the willow leaf and Colorado blades with colors, chartreuse, yellow, white and yellow and black. Could be found at the local Gibson's
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#11680306 - 06/21/16 12:51 PM Re: Spinner Bait Confidence [Re: Mike_Soriano™]
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Originally Posted By: Mike_Soriano™
Spinnerbaits were 6 dollars a pop even back then? Or was that like the LC of spinnerbaits?


That was my first thought as well, read the fine print and it is actually $5.95 for 4 SB's, 4 trailers, 4 trailer hooks and some other misc. garbage.

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