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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

• My Favorite Spinnerbait

You will probably laugh and you definitely have your own personal preference. There's only one spinnerbait that has done extremely well for me and I only have a couple of minor gripes about it. It's the simple $1 Walmart spinnerbait. If you don't know what I'm talking about, then the next time you're in the fishing section, look at the bottom below all the racks and you'll find them hanging together with some buzzbaits. The buzzbaits are decent too.

It's got a tandem blade setup with a small colorado and a willow, both silver. It's hard for me to find any other spinnerbait out there with blades like that. Usually one is gold or they are double willow. These lures weigh 1/4oz, so if you like heavy spinnerbaits to slow roll deep, it might not be the one to choose. The hook is sharp enough. Trust me. I put one through my ear. They come in a variety of colors. My favorite is red/white, but they also have a green/chartreuse, red, yellow, and white. There's even a black one with a single large colorado blade.

The skirts are made of tougher rubber rather than the more flimsy silicone skirts. They remind me of Koosh balls that I played with as a kid. The wire does bend, so you can adjust it for fast and slow retrieves or falls. The action of the skirt is probably not as wild and fancy free as some, but it does have its own seductive rhythm. The bands around the skirt are the same old plastic bands similar to what everyone else uses and I haven't had any break apart yet.

I do trim the skirt at the base of the hook bend to make short hits less likely. I do tend to bend the wires closer together or farther apart to help with fast or slow retrieves. I have taken skirt material from two broken red/white ones and made one with an all white skirt.

So here are my beefs with the lure. The skirt material can stick together after getting wet. Pulling them apart is no big deal, but it's something the other skirts don't tend to do. I'm sure I could spray it with something that would prevent them from sticking together. When it's in the water, it doesn't seem to make much of a difference in the action. I do use a swivel with them to prevent any line twist, but the swivel tends to slip down the wire on the blade side. A few shakes of the rod and it falls back to the bend at the top. This happens with other spinnerbaits as well, so let's call it even. Seeing as how the wire bends easily, this could be a bad thing. If you hang up on wood or have a strong fish, it might bend the angle wider. It doesn't take much effort to bend it back and it never seems to bend side to side. I haven't had the skirt band break on any yet, but if that happens, I'll just use some of my spare line and tie a knot in its place.

For only a dollar, these spinnerbaits are killers in the water. Unless I'm in murky water or I want something to stay deep, these baits are the only ones I throw. Don't go to Walmart and clean 'em out though. Leave some for the rest of us. Two or three last long enough. You shouldn't need to replace any unless you lose lures more often than everyone else. Academy also sells similar spinnerbaits with even more colors to choose from. I'll stick with my trusty red/white combo for now.


Anonymous said...

I add a #3 split shot on the hook just behind where the head ends. Behind the split shot, a I add a small piece of rubber to keep the split shot from sliding down the hook.

Makes the spinnerbait a 3/8 oz lure, and it doesn't roll!