Fishing Spinnerbaits Deep for Bass

That hit it as it was falling!I’m throwing a 3/4-ounce Strike King Heavy
Cover Hack Attack
Spinnerbait and I’m throwing it deep. I’mfishing it out in 10-17 foot of water and
fishing it on 15-pound line. He’s staying down. There he comes, that’s
a 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 and
see if we can get another one. Most people think about a spinnerbait and
they’re thinking about throwing it at thebank, fishing it over grass, or fishing it
next to a lay down tree. But it’s a very effectivetool for catching bass in deep water. It mimics
shad or a group of shad. You get on thesehard humps offshore where the bass group up
and it’s a great way to not only trigger abite but to also catch numbers. It’s got such a big profile. I mean you
put that next to a crankbait and that’s amuch bigger profile than a crankbait. So it’s
a good way to catch a big one too. One of the things I like about it you know
that fish we just had a minute ago hit onthe fall. It’s kind of windy today so I snatched
my line down so I don’t have a big bow init and so I can have a direct line to the
spinnerbait. I like to let it fall on a tight line. What
I saw there was it jerked forward and thenit laid limp. That told me something happened
on the fall. Once it gets to bottom I’m just going to start
slow reeling it and there’s several differentretrieves you could do. But generally I start
with the slow reel. If I think blade is liftingup off the bottom, I’ll quit reeling for a
second, 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 things
about 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 bottom
and they’re still looking down they’re justnot down tight to the bottom. You can run that spinnerbait more at their
level. Its not going down under them likea crankbait would. It’s kind of coming at
their level. So it’s real effective in coveringnot only the bottom, but it also can cover
everything in between the bottom too. Another retrieve I’ll do with it is I’ll cast
it out on a spot and basically my line istight and I’ll know when it gets there because
the line will kind of lay on the water. Soonce I see that I know it’s on bottom I’m
going to start just slow winding it. But alot of times what I’ll do is I’ll take and
wind 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 us
so I might open up my bail and make sure itgets back to the bottom, wind it a couple
of times, and then let it fall. The key to fishing a spinnerbait is obviously
the 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 like
that 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 spinnerbait
deep is the weight of the spinnerbait, andthen the blades you pick for it. If you pick
a big round blade it’s going to cause thebait to have a lot of lift and the force against
the 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 Willow
Leaf maybe with
a Colorado combination. That’s my favoritecombination for doing this. There we go!I missed him! I’m going to make another cast
real quick. I’m going to let it get down there. But that Willow and Colorado combo doesn’t
have a lot of torque on the spinnerbait that’sgoing to cause it to raise up off the bottom
so I just keep a nice steady retrieve. I likea big head on that spinnerbait and some people
like a small kind of narrow head even thoughit’s much larger than a shallow spinnerbait
would be. I can use a 3/4-ounce with that big head and
I want to feel it bumping into the cover downthere. I like that big head on there to kind
of knock and come over the cover. My Goodness! That took a bunch of tries. This
might 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 real
key too because the weight with a combinationof blades that won’t pull real hard will keep
it down. Nice! Come here buddy. There we go! A chunker. I mean these fish
are 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 or
3 1/2 pounder. Big bellies, love that! But there were four
or five bites on that one cast and it’s hardnot to jerk. If I feel a bite I might pull
and I’m kind of trying to feel tension. Iwant that fish to kind of get the bait and
then load up. A lot of the time they’re coming up and they’re
smacking 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 to
let this one go. So on that last fish I let it get down there
on top of that hump and then I just startedwinding on it. I had 4-5 bites there on one
cast and that’s kind of hard to know if youneed to jerk or if you should just keep coming
with it and see if they’ll get ahold of it. When you start to feel the rod load then really
lean into them. Because I think what happens is you get these
big fish in these schools and they see thosetwo blades, the skirt, a trailer, and it probably
looks like 4 or 5 shad coming through their. You’ll get 3-4-5 bass coming in there and
swooping on it. They’ll hit the blades, hitthe trailer, hit the bait, and don’t actually
get ahold of the hook. I almost get to the opinion of where you’ve
got to if you don’t feel the fish you don’tset the hook. But I don’t know it’s a tough
one. Sometimes they’ll come up from behindit and clobber it and it will just go slack
so you’ve got to be ready. I feel like when I’m fishing a deep spinnerbait
I’m kind of coiled up right now. I’m realtense because I want to be able to turn immediately
when I think he’s on it. One thing about deep spinnerbaits too is when
it gets down and hits the bottom sometimesit will lay kind of cockeyed and the blades
won’t start spinning when you start reelingit. So you won’t feel that good pressure on the
other end of the line caused by the bladesrotating. If it feels just kind of loose on
you I just give it a quick pop and it willusually straighten those blades out behind
it where they will start spinning the rightway. There’s one, another spinnerbait fish! I threw
a buoy right here because I want to mark wheremy boat needs to it sit, not where the actual
fish are. I don’t want the buoy in the wayof where I’m fishing. But I need a reference
of 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 right
there behind me, I’ve got my line up on thebank, and now I can make that same cast that I’m
getting bit on every time. I’m in their feeding zone there and I’ve got
to make that same cast every time now onceyou get them going. A spinnerbait is not a rapid bait and I’m
winding it pretty slow, but it’s putting outa lot of pressure waves because those blades
are fairly large. The bait weighs 3/4 of anounce, it’s got a skirt, a trailer, and it’s
putting out a large profile in the water. Sometimes I think that’s the key to triggering
fish is as much as a wild erratic action,just
a large profile. I missed him!

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