Some anglers will just cast their Spinnerbait out and reel it in at a steady pace, this is fine and there is nothing wrong with this method, but other times you’ll need to change things up in order to get that bite.
Some of the other retrieves I’ll use when fishing a spinnerbait include:
Ticking: is when you make your bait just tick the tops or roots of the vegetation or timber
Burning: reeling the spinnerbait in as fast as you can to draw a hard reaction strike out of the bass
Slow-Rolling: letting the bait sink down to bottom and just reeling it fast enough to bring in line, but make sure you are maintaining contact with the bottom
Yo-Yoed: reeling the spinnerbait in and letting it free fall for a few seconds. This is good when reeling the bait over the top of a flat and then letting it fall down the drop
Ripping: plain and simple rip the lure out of the weeds and just hold on because many times this is when a hard hit will occur
Because of the water clarity being very good this time of year, making long casts is important to getting those bites, especially on heavily pressured waters. This is why I’ll use 15 lb. test Seaguar Tatsu Fluorocarbon, as I can make long casts and when I set that hook, the low stretch will give me a solid hook set.
Every angler has their favorite spinnerbait that they like to throw and pretty much every tackle company makes one, it is just up to you to find one that you like, learn how it runs and get out on the water as much as you can this fall.
Glenn has been fishing tournaments for over ten years, spreading his passion and knowledge of the sport via articles and videos. He keeps busy fishing events across Minnesota and on the Mississippi River. Glenn’s sponsors include: Bass Boat Technologies, Ducky Products, Humminbird, Mercury Marine, Minn Kota, Plano, Rayjus, Seaguar, Simms, Snag Proof, The Rod Glove, TroKar, War Eagle Custom Lures, Witch Doctor Tackle, Wright & McGill and Zoom Baits. For more information check out glennwalkerfishing.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/glennwalkerfishing.
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