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What are your guys and gurls favs in Bass spinnerbaits.
And do they work everytime or every other time you fish for the bass on a great sunny and maybe a little wind. ???
 

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PH-I don't find that a spinnerbait is all that great a lure on most bodies of water unless the bass don't get alot of pressure-ie they're stupid. You can throw one on Pueblo or Brush Hollow until your arm is sore and you won't have much to show for it. Now wipers are a different story and I've caught a bunch on a white/chartreuse skirt, double willow. And I've had good luck on pike when its windy. But bass learn pretty quick not to hit one. Ed
 

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Heres a bit of info thats kind of interesting-I read awhile back that in one year Texas had something like 16 or 17 bass entered into the Share A Kunker program-bass over 13 lbs. Anyway, they talked about what the fish were caught on. Spinnerbait-no fish. Crankbait -1 fish. Soft plastics were most of the entries and the jig/pig or plastic trailer made up most of the rest. Just goes to show, a bass doesn't get big if its stupid. ;D Jigs and slow presentations are the way to go. Ed
 

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I use chart and blue skirt with either a gold or silver willow leaf (depending on water/sun).

I also catch a lot on a dark purple spinner with a gold blade. It's actually my favorite combo. Hard to find so I order the skirts seperate.

For buzz baits it's either all white or all black for me.

I have never been a believer in brands but I did order some Team Supreme spinners just to see if they work any better then the 2 dollar strike king ones.
 

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I find spinnerbaits don't work all that well in Colorado because they are simply too big for bass here because bass are used to eating smaller food here. I have caught them though on spinnerbaits, but on some lakes when they are really pressured they won't touch them. I have caught more trout than bass on them. Spinnerbaits are however about the best northern pike lure around. But in really pressured conditions, even pike won't hit them.
Best spinnerbaits are the pepper hawgs. They are heavier baits with smaller profiles. Spinnerbaits do work good though for bass in off colored water or in heavy cover.
 

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I have actually caught hundreds of bass here and in Kansas on spinnerbaits? I have a whole tray just for them in my Pike/Bass bag.

I feel they work better on smaller bass though! My biggest have all come on soft plastics. Although my biggest Smallie came on a Spinnerbait! I like to use them when the water is being roughed up by the wind and fish can't get a good look at them. They are supposed to give the illusion of a small group of shad coming through. I fish for Pike alot and have found that the pike at 11-Mile, Spinney and Williams Fork have seen to many of them?

I really like the Nichols Pulsators!!!!!! They are compact and have same great color options. Don't buy cheap spinnerbaits!
 

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I love my Cabela's Real Image spinner baits. They cost $3.00, nice and cheap. I find that they do very well for prespawn bass in Colorado, after that, it seems to not to be the preferred lure of choice. I do love them for the PIKE. Virtually wheedles, good design, and flexible. I do experiment with different size and color willow leaf blades, and a second trailer hook. I started to land more fish once I played around a bit.  
 

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I will use spinner baits occasionally (rare). Usually when it is so windy nothing else works. I have landed many fish on these baits over 20 years but nothing giant. I did have a 10+ break off at the boat in Missouri. I love the old Manns Classic.
 

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I have always had luck with the Mepps spinners. I have used them for bass in Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado and even Germany (for trout).

Here I used a lot smaller, like a #0 or #1 and have had some good luck so far.

John
 

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Ed Marcol said:
PH-I don't find that a spinnerbait is all that great a lure on most bodies of water unless the bass don't get alot of pressure-ie they're stupid.  You can throw one on Pueblo or Brush Hollow until your arm is sore and you won't have much to show for it.  Now wipers are a different story and I've caught a bunch on a white/chartreuse skirt, double willow.  And I've had good luck on pike when its windy.  But bass learn pretty quick not to hit one.  Ed
Then what have you used that works for you
 

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I have caught a lot of bass and pike on them. They do work in certain situations. Though for bass they are not the first thing I tie on. I do think they are about the best lure for pike though.
 

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JH-At different times of the year and depending on if its smallies, spots or largemouth I fish jig and pig, jerks, tubes or hula grubs. These four are 95% of my fishing here in CO. Ed
 

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I fish bass in Colorado with four lures:

1. Soft Plastic Jerks In The Fluke Style
2. Senkos
3. #4 or #5 shad raps weighted with suspendots for a very slow rise
4. Rapala Skitterpop in the evenings, mornings, and cloudy weather (deadly)
5. Curly tail grubs fished either on jigheads or weedless hooks

I have caught my share of bass on other lures, like spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, plastic worms, plastic lizards, tubes, ect. But those five lures I have listed should be in your tacklebox at all times. I have found bass hit them anywhere. Smaller lures and light line better match Colorado's small forage. I have caught plenty of bass, big and small on these lures, including over a dozen five pounders, three six pounders, and probably hundreds of fours.
The main thing is you must fish a lake that doesn't have a stunted population. Then tie on one of the five lures I have suggested. Of all of them, the fluke style jerkbaits are deadliest.
 

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Ice, what was that crankbait you mopped em up at jerry creek with?


Me, I like senkos mostly. I also use rattletraps. I have experimented more with spinner baits this year with no success at all, both 1/4 and 3/8 oz, and that is at jerry creek where bass hit about anything. I've never caught a bass on a spinnerbait anywhere, although I'm sure they will work. This year I'm trying the rocket shad from sportsmans because they are smaller profile yet heavy. So far they haven't worked but I bet they will at highline or connected where big bass roam.
Good luck in your quest of the bucketmouth!
 

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Used spinnerbaits a lot, but in Minnesota. Because of their weight, they can be cast very far and are not prone to snags. Nothing like cruising the shoreline from a distance and then casting into 2' of water to have a largemouth hit the spinnerbait immediately as it hits.

I like the black ones with silver blades.
 

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TroutFishingBear said:
Ice, what was that crankbait you mopped em up at jerry creek with?


Me, I like senkos mostly. I also use rattletraps. I have experimented more with spinner baits this year with no success at all, both 1/4 and 3/8 oz, and that is at jerry creek where bass hit about anything. I've never caught a bass on a spinnerbait anywhere, although I'm sure they will work. This year I'm trying the rocket shad from sportsmans because they are smaller profile yet heavy. So far they haven't worked but I bet they will at highline or connected where big bass roam.
Good luck in your quest of the bucketmouth!
I forgot to add that I really like rat l traps and even better, cordell super spots. Super spots are the best lipless crank made. Too bad they discontinued so many of their colors.
I have caught quite a few bass on spinnerbaits at Jerry Creek, but they don't work that well until the weedgrowth gets really thick later in the summer. Then they work quite well actually.
Bear, I was catching them on the discontinued rapala risto rap, in the smallest size. That is the deadliest bass crank around. And they discontinued it. Stupid rapala guys. In it's place, they put out the dives to, a ridiculously big crankbait. Uggh.
 

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I catch a good share of bass on white spinnerbaits. This color has worked at Brush Hollow, Pueblo, and Lonetree for me. I use white because Colorado lakes have shad, and I believe that's what the spinnerbait is imitating. I usually don't have any luck when I put a trailer pork or tail on? I don't know why.
 

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spinner baits is one of those confidence baits, I didn't have any confidence in them until I started using them, pretty much in the weeds and not so clear water, I like the rocket shad in perch flavor, and another strike king model with a single black colorado blade for smallies at night, two other mods I picked up in the great lakes is slipping a tube over the shank instead of the skirt and using a beetle spin arm on top of an ultra light rattle trap
 

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I think you are right Meth? I think it looks like a small group of Shad coming thru and the skirt is the most vulnerable, lowest riding shad? I think that is why they work so well in off color or rough water?

I have a Bassmasters mag from last summer with a nine pound plus smallie from Watts Bar in Tennessee that apparently didn't get the memo ???
 
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