That hit it as it was falling!I’m throwing a 3/4-ounce Strike King HeavyCover Hack Attack Spinnerbait and I’m throwing it deep. I’mfishing it out in 10-17 foot of water andfishing it on 15-pound line. He’s staying down. There he comes, that’sa good one. He’s going to jump! Come here baby. How about that!So like I said it’s just a 3/4-ounce spinnerbait. When the fish get offshore and I’m fishingjust a hump out here away from the bank. That’s a great fish, about a 4 pounder!But that’s a big bait; it throws a big profile,it has a big thump, you can catch numberswith it, and you can also catch real big ones. That’s a good start. Let’s put him back andsee if we can get another one. Most people think about a spinnerbait andthey’re thinking about throwing it at thebank, fishing it over grass, or fishing itnext to a lay down tree. But it’s a very effectivetool for catching bass in deep water. It mimicsshad or a group of shad. You get on thesehard humps offshore where the bass group upand it’s a great way to not only trigger abite but to also catch numbers. It’s got such a big profile. I mean youput that next to a crankbait and that’s amuch bigger profile than a crankbait. So it’sa good way to catch a big one too. One of the things I like about it you knowthat fish we just had a minute ago hit onthe fall. It’s kind of windy today so I snatchedmy line down so I don’t have a big bow init and so I can have a direct line to thespinnerbait. I like to let it fall on a tight line. WhatI saw there was it jerked forward and thenit laid limp. That told me something happenedon the fall. Once it gets to bottom I’m just going to startslow reeling it and there’s several differentretrieves you could do. But generally I startwith the slow reel. If I think blade is liftingup off the bottom, I’ll quit reeling for asecond, let it go back down, and then I’llstart my retrieve again. I mean it’s real simple and straightforward. You’re just trying to keep it down there closeto the bottom. But one of the nice thingsabout a spinnerbait is where as crankbait is goingto go down and it’s going to keep going down. Well maybe they’re not pulling a lot of currentor those fish are kind of up off the bottomand they’re still looking down they’re justnot down tight to the bottom. You can run that spinnerbait more at theirlevel. Its not going down under them likea crankbait would. It’s kind of coming attheir level. So it’s real effective in coveringnot only the bottom, but it also can covereverything in between the bottom too. Another retrieve I’ll do with it is I’ll castit out on a spot and basically my line istight and I’ll know when it gets there becausethe line will kind of lay on the water. Soonce I see that I know it’s on bottom I’mgoing to start just slow winding it. But alot of times what I’ll do is I’ll take andwind it a couple times, let it fall, let itget to bottom, I’ll wind it a couple times,and let it fall. We’ve got a little bit of wind drifting usso I might open up my bail and make sure itgets back to the bottom, wind it a coupleof times, and then let it fall. The key to fishing a spinnerbait is obviouslythe weight of the spinnerbait itself and thenwhat blades you choose. Aw man! One just stroked it right there. When that happens when you get a bite likethat just let it go back to the bottom andstart reeling again. I don’t know what those are! I can’t get them!So obviously the key to fishing a spinnerbaitdeep is the weight of the spinnerbait, andthen the blades you pick for it. If you picka big round blade it’s going to cause thebait to have a lot of lift and the force againstthe blade will cause the spinnerbait to riseup so it won’t stay on the bottom real well. So what I usually choose is going to be WillowLeaf maybe with a Colorado combination. That’s my favoritecombination for doing this. There we go!I missed him! I’m going to make another castreal quick. I’m going to let it get down there. But that Willow and Colorado combo doesn’thave a lot of torque on the spinnerbait that’sgoing to cause it to raise up off the bottomso I just keep a nice steady retrieve. I likea big head on that spinnerbait and some peoplelike a small kind of narrow head even thoughit’s much larger than a shallow spinnerbaitwould be. I can use a 3/4-ounce with that big head andI want to feel it bumping into the cover downthere. I like that big head on there to kindof knock and come over the cover. My Goodness! That took a bunch of tries. Thismight not be a bass they way they’re biting. It’s like they’re hitting the blades or something. No it’s a bass, and a keeper. There must just be a bunch of them down there. But the weight of the spinnerbait is realkey too because the weight with a combinationof blades that won’t pull real hard will keepit down. Nice! Come here buddy. There we go! A chunker. I mean these fishare offshore and they’re feeding on shad. Those bellies are full of shad right there. How about that! That’s a nice one, a 3 or3 1/2 pounder. Big bellies, love that! But there were fouror five bites on that one cast and it’s hardnot to jerk. If I feel a bite I might pulland I’m kind of trying to feel tension. Iwant that fish to kind of get the bait andthen load up. A lot of the time they’re coming up and they’resmacking at those blades and they’re not gettingdown by your hook. You can see how it has kind of bent that oneout. We will talk about that too. I’m going tolet this one go. So on that last fish I let it get down thereon top of that hump and then I just startedwinding on it. I had 4-5 bites there on onecast and that’s kind of hard to know if youneed to jerk or if you should just keep comingwith it and see if they’ll get ahold of it. When you start to feel the rod load then reallylean into them. Because I think what happens is you get thesebig fish in these schools and they see thosetwo blades, the skirt, a trailer, and it probablylooks like 4 or 5 shad coming through their. You’ll get 3-4-5 bass coming in there andswooping on it. They’ll hit the blades, hitthe trailer, hit the bait, and don’t actuallyget ahold of the hook. I almost get to the opinion of where you’vegot to if you don’t feel the fish you don’tset the hook. But I don’t know it’s a toughone. Sometimes they’ll come up from behindit and clobber it and it will just go slackso you’ve got to be ready. I feel like when I’m fishing a deep spinnerbaitI’m kind of coiled up right now. I’m realtense because I want to be able to turn immediatelywhen I think he’s on it. One thing about deep spinnerbaits too is whenit gets down and hits the bottom sometimesit will lay kind of cockeyed and the bladeswon’t start spinning when you start reelingit. So you won’t feel that good pressure on theother end of the line caused by the bladesrotating. If it feels just kind of loose onyou I just give it a quick pop and it willusually straighten those blades out behindit where they will start spinning the rightway. There’s one, another spinnerbait fish! I threwa buoy right here because I want to mark wheremy boat needs to it sit, not where the actualfish are. I don’t want the buoy in the wayof where I’m fishing. But I need a referenceof where I need to keep my boat and what castI need to make. He just got off. Quick Release!So I’ve got a reference. My buoy is rightthere behind me, I’ve got my line up on thebank, and now I can make that same cast that I’mgetting bit on every time. I’m in their feeding zone there and I’ve gotto make that same cast every time now onceyou get them going. A spinnerbait is not a rapid bait and I’mwinding it pretty slow, but it’s putting outa lot of pressure waves because those bladesare fairly large. The bait weighs 3/4 of anounce, it’s got a skirt, a trailer, and it’sputting out a large profile in the water. Sometimes I think that’s the key to triggeringfish is as much as a wild erratic action,just a large profile. I missed him!